About the Center


Improve the health and well-being of young people by educating nurses and other health professionals to respond to the unique and emerging health needs of young people in families, schools, and communities.


  • Offer graduate education in adolescent health. Educational offerings use a resilience paradigm within an ecological model to understand influences on adolescents' health. Leadership, training, and practice is organized within the four domains for Competencies for Education in Maternal and Child Health (MCH):
  1. Scientific knowledge
  2. Management and communication skills
  3. Policy and advocacy skills
  4. Methodological and analytical skills
  • Support continuing education in adolescent health for state, regional, national, and international MCH professionals through intensive learning institutes for on-site and distant learners.
  • Disseminate educational resources, including evidence-based practices and curricular models for graduate and post-graduate education in adolescent health.
  • Provide technical assistance and consultation to MCH and CDC partners in the state, region, and U.S.


  • Center for Adolescent Nursing, Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 1993-2013
  • Adolescent Health Protection Research Training, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 2004-2011
  • Minnesota Knowledge to Practice in Adolescent Health, Maternal and Child Health Federal Consolidation Programs (MCH), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 2013-2016

Center Director

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Renee E. Sieving

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Phone: 612-626-4527
Email: sievi001@umn.edu