HMA recently received this information from HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH).  These two videos are new resources you can use to promote adolescent health.

HHS is pleased to announce…“TAG Talks, created as part of the Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) call to action from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH). The video series is co-sponsored by OAH and the federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs. All videos in the free series are presented as both a 30-minute video and in short segments and accompanied by additional resources and discussion guides for professionals and family members.
The first video, “The Crisis of Connection for Adolescent Boys,” underscores that adolescent boys want and need close, supportive friendships. It also provides guidance to professionals and family members on how to foster those relationships. The video features Niobe Way, Ed.D., an applied psychology professor at New York University who has studied adolescents’ social development for over 30 years. She shares what young men say about increasing isolation as they move from childhood to adolescence and how social connections affect health and well-being. In this video, Dr. Way provides strategies to encourage friendships that help adolescent boys thrive.
The second video, “The Power of the Adolescent Brain,” reviews adolescent brain development and how it affects learning, health, and behavior. The video features Frances Jensen, M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Drawing on clinical experience and research, and inspired by her personal experience of parenting two teenage boys, Dr. Jensen shares what is known about adolescent brain development, functioning, and capacity. Dr. Jensen explains the strengths and potential of the adolescent brain; addresses learning, risk behavior, addiction, and mental health issues; and provides practical suggestions for families with adolescents.
We encourage you to use these resources and to share them with your colleagues. Please find below sample promotional language for both videos that will help you disseminate these materials. Also, feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or want to get involved in TAG.”
Here are some Media pieces that you can use.
Sample Tweets:
The Crisis of Connection for Adolescent Boys
  • New video underscores crisis of connection among young men: Watch & share!
  • #DYK? Research indicates #friendships improve health. New video makes the connection to help boys & young men thrive:
  • Fact: #closefriendships, incl. #bromance is really important to young #menshealth. Learn more w/ video:
The Power of the Adolescent Brain

Sample Facebook Posts:

The Crisis of Connection for Adolescent Boys
Research indicates that close friendships and social connection greatly influence health and happiness for boys as well as for girls. Check out this new video with Niobe Way, Ed.D., that highlights the crisis of connection facing adolescent boys and what you can do about it. #TAG42Mil
The Power of the Adolescent Brain
Research indicates that brain development occurs throughout adolescence and continues into the mid-20s. In this new video, Frances Jensen, M.D., explains the power of the adolescent brain; describes the connection between teen brain development and learning, risk and behavior, addiction, and mental health; and provides practical suggestions for families with adolescents. #TAG42Mil