- In this issue of the journal, Al-Shimari et al. report on clinicians' time alone with adolescent patients during routine healthcare visits in 10 primary care clinics in Washington State . Their secondary analysis of adolescent well visits from two randomized controlled trials of electronic health risk behavior screening feedback found a wide variation in whether young people had private, one-on-one time with their clinicians during visits. The percent of adolescents who reported having had time alone during their visit varied from 51.6% to 97.8% across their study sites.
- The Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent Health (GAMA) Advisory Group was convened in 2018 by the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish agreement across UN agencies and other stakeholders on priority indicators to monitor adolescent health. Effective monitoring requires good measures, and one of the persistent challenges in adolescent health has been wide variability on the definition of adolescence, and on the ways to measure health. Establishing how to measure process and outcomes for young people is an important step in making progress toward better health and healthcare delivery.
- This issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health includes a report on the identification of core areas for adolescent health measurement from the Global Action for Measurement of Adolescent Health (GAMA) Advisory Group . GAMA was established in 2018 as a World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored project, with support from other United Nations (UN) agencies and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the main goal of GAMA is to try to reach agreement across UN agencies and other stakeholders on priority indicators to monitor adolescent health .
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, often shortened and called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and more commonly known as Obamacare, expanded insurance coverage for many Americans, both through marketplace subsidies and through expansion of Medicaid coverage to a higher proportion of those living in poverty. The ACA expanded coverage through increasing access to insurance. It improved access by eliminating pre-existing condition restrictions and by allowing all young adults to stay on their parent's insurance coverage through age 26 years .