Research Project 3: Engaging and empowering young people

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The idea that adolescents and young adults should be engaged with policy-makers and health care providers around their health, is not a new one. Nonetheless, there have been many difficulties in adequately implementing this approach. New communication technologies offer an opportunity to engage with adolescents and young adults around their health differently, and on all levels, from the global to the local. This project will consider what we know about what works and where new opportunities for youth engagement may be. It will have two principal areas of focus.

Leads: Dr Suzanne Petroni, Ms Kikelomo Taiwo, Mr Dakshitha Wickremaranthe
Sub-leads: Dr Rima Afifi, Professor Amitabh Matoo, Dr Carmen Barosso
Team: Dr Lydia Murithi, Preeti Dhillon, Tamara Lotfi, Mariana Jaafar, Chaza Akik, Noura El Salibi, Jillian Grisel, Hala Najm, Caroline Zahm, Lilian Ghandour, Dr Elie Akl

Project 3A: Young people’s health priorities

Involves a global survey of youth advocates around their perception of major youth health needs in their countries and engaging them around the key messages and actions to be recommended in the Commission’s Report. The survey is being conducted by the International Center for Research on Women.

Project 3B: The benefits of youth engagement

Involves the development of a systematic review of the evidence around the models and effectiveness of youth engagement on health-related policies and programming at levels from the global to the local. It will examine strategies at all levels from the village to district, state, national and international.

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