Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process (ACE-AP)
Population: Adolescents & Young Adults Medical & Public Health Professionals
Topic Area: Access to Quality Healthcare Family & Youth Engagement Health Promotion & Communication
NPMs: NPM 10: Adolescent Well-Visit
The goal of the Adolescent-Centered Environment Assessment Process is to improve services for adolescent patients at clinical practices across the country. The ACE-AP is a facilitated, comprehensive self-assessment tool and improvement process that includes customized resources, recommendations, technical assistance, and implementation plans using Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) improvement cycles. The ACE-AP intervention draws from a larger more complex evidence-based intervention developed by AHI, the Adolescent Champion Model, which includes intensive in-person trainings and greater time commitment. The Champion model requires a cohort of 4-10 co-located health centers and may not be feasible for practices due to limited budgets, staff time, or geographic location. In response to these barriers, AHI developed a single, scalable, low-cost component of the model, the ACE-AP. The ACE-AP can be facilitated remotely and done by a single health center which may not be located near other health centers such as in a rural community. The ACE-AP is a facilitated, comprehensive self-assessment tool and improvement process that includes baseline and year-end data collection, ACE-AP self-assessment, implementation planning and execution, and customized support and technical assistance using Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) improvement cycles.
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