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The New Adolescents

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The New Adolescents:
An Analysis of Health Conditions, Behaviors, Risks, and Access to Services Among Emerging Young Adults

The health status of emerging young adults from 18 to 26th birthday is a major concern facing our nation. These "new adolescents":

In other words: "Emerging young adults are adrift in the perfect storm of health risks".

Too often they are considered the "young invincibles" needing only catastrophic health coverage when in fact they need broad comprehensive health coverage.

Our goal in producing this chart book is to provide health care providers, health care networks and vendors, institutions, and policy makers with the data they need to make informed decisions about broad health care coverage and health prevention interventions in emerging young adults.

A national "emerging young adult" health agenda must be developed for this at risk age group. This should include thoughtful health care research, programs and national and state policies regarding delivery and access to health care.

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Author: Lawrence Steven Neinstein, MD, FACP

Lawrence Neinstein MD

Lawrence Steven Neinstein, MD, FACP, is a professor of pediatrics and medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine. At USC, he is executive director of the Engemann Student Health Center, a senior associate dean of student affairs, and Chief of the Division of College Health. Dr. Neinstein is board certified in both internal medicine and adolescent medicine.

Dr. Neinstein is a past president of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the editor of Adolescent Health Care, A Practical Guide, now in its 5th edition, as well as the editor of the Handbook of Adolescent Health Care. In 2003, Dr. Neinstein worked with Euteach (European Training in Effective Adolescent Care and Health Programs) leading to the development of an adolescent health curriculum that is accessed annually by over 250,000 individuals worldwide (

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