Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative

The Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative (THAI) is a community based initiative located in six Texas communities. The goal of THAI is

  • To build a comprehensive local youth system to improve the health and well-being of youth so that all young people can reach their full potential. It is a collective, local, action-oriented network of youth and adults working in partnership to align efforts to achieve positive outcomes for all youth in six Texas communities demonstrating high rates of:
    • Adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
    • Juvenile delinquency
    • Adolescent substance use
    • School dropout
    • Childhood poverty
  • To improve the overall health and well-being of Texas adolescents and build communities with supportive and sustainable environments that promote positive youth development.
  • The initiative uses a systems approach to addressing teen pregnancy prevention by leveraging local partnerships and resources to collectively influence behaviors in young people that contribute to and impact adolescent childbearing using a positive youth development framework.

Current funded THAI Projects

Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services - Austin Healthy Adolescent Initiative: AHA Initiative

City of Houston Health and Human Services - Houston Healthy Adolescent Initiative

Clear Creek Independent School District

Communities In Schools of South Central Texas

Longview Wellness Pointe - Project REACH: Project REACH

Seasons of Change, Inc - Community Changers Project: Community Changers of Dallas/Fort Worth

Texas Area Health Education Center / Tyler

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – Youth Empowerment Training Initiative

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio - Familias en Accion

Recent Accomplishments of THAI Communities

  • Being named a Top 100 Best Community for Young People in the United States two consecutive years, which leveraged the participation of the business community to help expand opportunities for youth, the community-at-large, and business partnerships that promote positive youth development strategies.
  • Establishing, in partnership with other community agencies, a text line for youth and parents to gain access to information about development, day-to-day life challenges, relationships, and more.
  • Changing community norms about youth voice in program planning and establishing a youth-led community partnership that demonstrates the importance of youth voice in community program development.
  • Incorporating youth engagement as a specific strategy in a city government agency’s strategic plan.
  • Shifting a program name from issue-oriented (teen pregnancy prevention) to addressing adolescent health collectively.
  • Establishing city-funded positions for adolescent health that demonstrate sustainability and commitment to adolescent health.


Contact the Adolescent Health Coordinator

Last Updated July 23, 2009

Last updated October 29, 2014