Nebraska Adolescent Health Advisory Committee
The Nebraska Adolescent Health Advisory Committee, or NAHAC, began meeting in March 2014 coming together as a group of professionals that are passionate about the health of Nebraska’s young people. Organized by the Adolescent Health program in the Division of Public Health, the group has worked to develop operating guidelines and a youth charter in preparation for a strategic planning activity in 2015.
As of December 2014, the NAHAC is preparing to recruit youth and young adult members. Beginning in January 2015, the full NAHAC will begin planning focus groups with young people across the state. This process will inform the strategic plan, which will be written in late 2015. Later, the NAHAC will serve as an advisory body to the Adolescent Health program as we strive to promote healthy youth development principles in all programming for youth across the state.
NAHAC will inform, advise, and advance the Nebraska Adolescent Health Program.
Nebraska adolescents are empowered and able to live safe, healthy, and successful lives.
NAHAC will collaborate to develop, advise and advocate for programs that will advance the health of Nebraska adolescents and young adults.
NAHAC OPERATING GUIDELINES
YOUTH CHARTER OVERVIEW
The Nebraska Adolescent Health Advisory Committee (NAHAC) collaborates to develop, advise and advocate for programs that will advance the health of Nebraska adolescents and young adults to ensure Nebraska adolescents are empowered and able to live safe, healthy, and successful lives. NAHAC infuses youth voice into all its process through gathering voice in the communities and inclusion of at least six members on the NAHAC.
The NAHAC values the perspective, relevance and authenticity of youth members. We aim to eliminate barriers to participation, understanding and contribution through orientation, mentorship and providing resources allowing for full engagement of all members.
NAHAC YOUTH CHARTER
Youth and young adult members will be paid a small stipend and mileage reimbursement for each meeting they attend. Reimbursement is also available for childcare. Meetings are generally held every other month.
Do you know a young person that might be interested in joining the NAHAC? The Application form and Permission form are available below.
Get Started by filling the APPLICATION FORM, and the PERMISSION FORM (for youth 19 and younger), and submit the form(s) to Michaela Jennings:
- Adolescent Health, Lifespan Health, 301 Centennial Mall South/P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln NE 68509,
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
- Fax: (402) 471-7049.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:Michaela Jennings, M.A.
Adolescent Health Program Manager
(402) 471-0538 (office); (402) 416-6746 (cell) or 1-800-801-1122Michaela.Jennings@nebraska.gov