Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Faculty Scholar Presentation
in cooperation with the Maternal and Child Health Program,
UIC School of Public Health

Youth Participation as a Protective Factor:
Implications for Improving Adolescent Well-Being and
Community Capacity for Health

Speakers:
Michele Kelley
Associate Professor, Division of Community Health Sciences
School of Public Health
Christine Bozlak
UIC School of Public Health, Division of Community Health Sciences

Discussants:
Myrtis Sullivan
Associate Director of Family Health
Illinois Department of Human Services
strong>Michael Rodriguez-Muniz
Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center

September 11, 2007

In this presentation, Michelle Kelley and Christine Bozlak will address the ways that youth participation can enhance adolescent well-being and health. The implications of the paradigm shift from a disease model to a strengths-based model of adolescent helath within community settings will be discussed. The speakers will review the science of youth participation and the use of the concept in the literature, and position youth participation within a "community health development" context. The discussants, Myrtis Sullivan and Michael Rodríquez-Muñiz, will address state-level policy perspectives on youth involvement and the benefits of youth organizing, respectively.

Michele Kelley, Associate Professor and Christine Bozlak, Doctoral Candidate, are in the Division of Community Health Sciences, Maternal and Child Health Program, UIC School of Public Health. Dr. Kelley and Ms. Bozlak will address youth participation in public health research and practice, drawing upon examples in their work.

Myrtis Sullivan is Associate Director of Family Health at the Illinois Department of Human Services. Dr. Sullivan will speak about state level policy perspectives.

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, is a graduate student in Sociology at UIC and founding member of Café Teatro Batey Urbano of the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center. He will contribute from the perspective of a youth organizer.

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