U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents. This website provides resources on many different health topics that are relevant to adolescent health, including nutrition, drug and alcohol use, money, online safety and many more.
A resource hub for any stage of life, from baby to young adult. You can learn about child development, healthy living resources, safety and prevention, family life and health issues that can occur in children.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s BAM! Body and Mind
BAM! Body and Mind will tell you everything you need to know about all of the stuff that matters. Whether it’s nutrition, physical activity, stress, safety, or diseases, they’ve got you covered! We designed this specifically for you — kids 9–12 years old— and even have some awesome games and quizzes to test your skills!
Platte County Back to School Fair
The Platte County Back to School Fair was founded by the Platte County Health Department in 1999 and it has continued to provide resources to low-income family to increase school readiness. This website provides information about who they are, how to donate and get connected, and registration information.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
A resource hub for individuals of all ages. Where you can learn about living a healthy lifestyle, senior and disability services, licensing and regulations for facilities and services, disaster and emergency planning and data and statistic information.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services ConnectWithMe Cards
DHSS provides an online version of ConnectWithMe Cards, a conversation tool to help families connect and discuss hard subjects (body image, substances, relationships, mental health, etc.).
United States Environmental Protection Agency: Asthma
The EPA provides information and resources about how you can learn about asthma, spot the triggers of asthma, and create awareness. They also have a link that allows you to learn about programs across the country that help improve the lives of those with asthma and reduce health care costs.
American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Child Care – https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/healthy-child-care/Pages/default.aspx
AAP’s website helps assists pediatric health providers’ work with early education and child care providers to improve the health and well-being of children. This website includes a checklist for parents to use when choosing child care, resources for pediatric health care providers, resources for early education and child care professionals, and safe sleep procedures for babies.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Facility Search Generator - https://webapp01.dhss.mo.gov/childcaresearch/searchengine.aspx
Missouri DHSS provides a facility search generator which allows a parent to research child care providers – such as Family Homes, Group Homes, Child Care Centers, and License Exempt Programs. This generator provides the facility name, address, phone, email, hours of operations, license effective and expiration dates, reports, etc.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Child Care - https://health.mo.gov/safety/childcare/parentinfo.php
This link provides information and resources for parents when choosing a child care provider. Including a spreadsheet listing all licensed and license-exempt providers in Missouri, a phone number/website to help parents select a provider, and another link to the previously described search engine.
Stop Bullying - https://www.stopbullying.gov/
StopBullying provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
LoveIsRespect - https://www.loveisrespect.org/healthy-relationships/
Highly-trained advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. We also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365. Chat at www.loveisrespect.org. Text LOVEIS to 22522*. Call 1-866-331-9474.
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault - https://www.mocsa.org/
MOCSA is an organization that exists to help victims become survivors. They offer a 24 hour crisis hotline, free-of-charge counseling, education in schools, and education in the community.
Campfire Heartland - https://campfireheartland.org/camp/
At Campfire Heartland everyone is welcomed. Their mission is to eliminate sexual, religious, and cultural stereotypes and foster intercultural bounds between children in the Kansas City area. This organization offers school year programs, teen service and leadership programs, summer programs, and conflict resolution programs.
ShowMe Healthy Relationships - http://showmehealthyrelationships.com/
SMHR's goal is to help Missouri families and couples build stable relationships, become better parents, improve well-being, and help develop money management and money skills.
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Relationships in Adolescence - https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-development/healthy-relationships/index.html
DHHS stresses the importance of developing healthy relationships for adolescence and how it is important relationships. This link provides information about a variety of topics such as bullying, LGBTQ youth, healthy parent-child relationships, etc.
National Parent Helpline
Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.
Grow Strong KC
A life resource for KC's teens.
The Northland Coalition is the regional “umbrella” coalition servicing Clay, Platte, and Ray Counties. Underneath this “umbrella” are 20 local coalitions, determined by school district
boundaries, saturating the three-county area. Through community involvement, leadership, and the sharing of resources, the Northland Coalition promotes and encourages the positive, healthy, and safe lifestyle decisions of our youth.
Connect with a licensed therapist from the palm of your hand, and experience the most convenient, affordable way to improve your mental health.
Teen Crisis Text Line - https://crisistextline.pgtb.me/775nJ2
Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and infromation.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - https://www.nctsn.org/
A resource for the public, professionals, and others who care about children and are concerned about child traumatic stress.
Mental Health America’s Back to School Toolkit - http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/back-school
MHA’s Back to School Toolkit - developed each year and released in mid-August in anticipation of the start of the new school year - provides free resources, tools, tips, and information on early identification.
Encourage Hope & Help - https://encouragehopeandhelp.com/
Encourage Hope and Help is a suicide prevention website for youth (ages 10-24), parents, educators, LGBTQ, attempt survivors, loss survivors, veterans, and community members in the Kansas City area.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - https://www.nctsn.org/
The goal of NCTSN is to help improve the access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities in the United States. This resource provides information that defines different types of trauma, treatments, trauma-informed care, and their own personally created resources.
Adverse Childhood Experiences Connection - https://www.acesconnection.com/
ACES is a movement to prevent adverse childhood experiences, heal trauma, and build resilience. Their website gives access to presentations, surveys, videos, webinars, trainings, and more. There is also a blog with a variety of articles discussing trauma and providing more resources for individuals.
Roots of Resilience - https://www.roots-of-resilience.com/
An organization that focuses on joining the community to help empower all kids in the northland area to grow up healthy and resilient against topics like drugs, stress and trauma.
Affordable mental health care from licensed providers, in-person or online.
Eat Right - https://www.eatright.org/food
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Eat Right website offers information about nutrition basics, smart shopping tips, budget friendly recipes, eating as a family, and many more.
Center for Science in the Public Interest - https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy
CSPI offers science-based advice about how to eat a balanced diet. Not only do they offer information about what to eat and what to avoid, but they also share information about ingredients of concern, foodborne illness, and even chemical cuisine.
Choose My Plate - https://www.choosemyplate.gov/
MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. MyPlate uses an easy visual representation of how to portion your meals to make ensure you are getting enough of each food group when you are preparing your plate. This website also offers online tools like recipes, portion control tips, and a MyPlate plan.
Eat Right - https://www.eatright.org/fitness
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Eat Right website may look like a nutrition focused website, but it also offers great resources about physical activity as well. Under the “Fitness” section, you can learn the benefits of physical activity, family activities, foods to eat before and after workouts, and proper hydration.
Choose My Plate - https://www.choosemyplate.gov/physical-activity-basics
MyPlate also offers physical activity information on their website. You can learn about what physical activity is, why it is important, and tips for increasing physical activity for everyone in your family. In the “Online Tools” section, MyPlate offers a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator, preschooler growth charts, and a body weight planner.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy Weight Child and Teen BMI Calculator - https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/bmi/calculator.html
The CDC provides a BMI Calculator for children 19 and younger and how to accurately measure height and weight at home.
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Above the Influence - https://abovetheinfluence.com/drugs/alcohol/
Good and factual information on alcohol and drugs. On the right side of this page, parents are able to look up facts about many different drugs including, but not limited to, marijuana, heroin, opioids, etc.
Grow Strong KC
A life resource for KC's teens.
The Northland Coalition is the regional “umbrella” coalition servicing Clay, Platte, and Ray Counties. Underneath this “umbrella” are 20 local coalitions, determined by school district boundaries, saturating the three-county area. Through community involvement, leadership, and the sharing of resources, the Northland Coalition promotes and encourages the positive, healthy, and safe lifestyle decisions of our youth.
Stop Medicine Abuse - https://stopmedicineabuse.org/
Stop Medicine Abuse is a prevention campaign working to alert parents and members of the community about the problem of teen abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM).
ParentUp is a messaging campaign coordinated by Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc. and Northland prevention coalitions dedicated to keeping children safe from the harms of alcohol and other drug use.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids - https://drugfree.org/
At the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, they are committed to helping families struggling with their son’s or daughter’s substance use. They empower families with information, support and guidance to get the help their loved one needs and deserves.
Truth - https://www.thetruth.com/the-facts
An anti-smoking campaign that uses facts to educate youth about the effects of using tobacco products. They are also taking a stand on the opioid epidemic by trying to educate the youth about the harmful effects of abusing opioids.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Adolescent and School Health Data - https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/topics/index.htm#tabs-910170-1
The CDC has provided statistics for three major health problems in the nation – Alcohol and Drug Use, Sexual Risk Behavior, and Tobacco Use. Besides statistics, this link also provides information about prevention methods being used in schools and their effectiveness.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: Missouri Opioids Information https://health.mo.gov/data/opioids/
DHSS works with nine opioid summits in Missouri in order to help combat opioid abuse. They also are collecting data to help track opioid misuse and determine where efforts are most needed and where progress is being made. This link include graphic of the death tolls, the costs, the impact on the future, etc.
Dialogue4health: Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs and Mental Health - http://www.dialogue4health.org/?utm_source=PHI+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5e4495d22a-192+Pain+in+the+Nation%3A+The+Drug%2C+Alcohol+and&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_14767b3be6-5e4495d22a-48886973
Dialogue4Health is a source for the community to use to build and share strategies that can improve the overall health of the public. This link includes web forums, a resource library, and other articles about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and mental health.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/
NIAAA is a resource hub with information about alcohol and how it can affect your health. Some topic relevant to you and your child include – underage drinking and college drinking.
Americans Against Legalizing Marijuana - https://aalm.info/
AALM is an organization that promotes the education of the effects of marijuana on young individuals. Their website includes access to documentaries about marijuana, example letters to elected officials and a bulletin that keeps you updated about their fight against marijuana.
Truth: Opioids - https://opioids.thetruth.com/o/home
Truth’s opioid page includes a personal story about multiple young adults who have suffered from opioid abuse. They also have information about what the opioid epidemic is, how to find help, and current news involving opioids.
Health Resources and Services Administration’s Opioid Crisis - https://www.hrsa.gov/opioids?utm_campaign=enews04192018&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
HRSA is approaching the opioid crisis by helping to support health centers and other primary care settings. They also offer resources such as a telehealth system, connecting stakeholders to opioid-related resources, sharing practices and regional approaches, increasing training in primary care, etc.
Hidden in Plain View
Hiiden in Plain View allows you to explore a child's bedroom right from your computer or mobile device to see if you can recognize the signs of risky behavior.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention General Tobacco Information - https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/index.htm
Offers information about cigarette smoking, facts about smoking specifically in Missouri, stories from former smokers, and how to quit smoking.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Smoking and Tobacco Use - https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html
CDC presents information to parents about e-cigarettes and the risks they have on young adults. This link defines that e-cigarettes are, why nicotine is unsafe for your children, and how you can protect your children from e-cigarettes or how to help them stop.
Safe Kids - https://www.safekids.org/
A resource hub with information on ways to keep children safe from unintentional injuries, like medication safety, sleep safety, road safety, and much more.
Missouri Poison Center - https://missouripoisoncenter.org/education/kids/
The Kids Zone section provides activity sheets, look-alike quizzes, and games that educate children on chemicals and poisons that they could come in contact with when a parent isn’t around.
Department of Homeland Security’s On Guard Online - https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0038-onguardonline
Offers free online security tips and resources. They discuss computer security, public wi-fi networks, common online scams, and how to protect children when they are playing online video games.
Stop. Think. Connect. - https://www.stopthinkconnect.org/tips-advice/general-tips-and-advice
Stop. Think. Connect., is a campaign from the Department of Homeland Security that targets youth to talk about how to be safe online. They also their campaign on different social media outlets, so youth can share their message of safety.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Injury Prevention and Control - https://www.cdc.gov/injury/
Offers information and statistics about opioid overdose prevention, home and recreational safety, motor vehicle safety, violence prevention, and traumatic brain injury prevention.