Who We Are

Funded by the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and coordinated by EngenderHealth, the LEAD Collaborative is a partnership between five organizations, each with their own specialization:

The Adolescent Health InitiativeThe Adolescent Health Initiative at Michigan Medicine

Focus area: Referrals and Linkages to Youth-Friendly Health Care Services. Includes support and resources to assess the youth-friendliness of health care and other services, build relationships with them, create a referral guide, and create systems for making and tracking referrals.

The Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan began with a multidisciplinary group of health care professionals who shared a vision for improving the quality of care provided to adolescents across the country. AHI has grown from an inspired idea to a nationally recognized organization working with primary care, school-based health, and youth-serving organizations across 40 states. Our mission is to advance innovative adolescent-centered health care through practice improvement, education, research, and youth and community engagement. For more information, visit www.umhs-adolescenthealth.org.


Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (SYPP Center)Center for Strengthening Youth Prevention Paradigms at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Focus area: Developing Safe and Supportive Environments for Youth. Includes support on LGBTQ inclusivity, trauma-informed approaches, positive youth development, and youth-adult partnerships.

The Center for Strengthening Youth Prevention Paradigms (SYPP Center) is a capacity-building assistance center housed in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, building upon the Division’s 50 years of expertise serving youth in partnership with communities. The approach of services offered through the SYPP Center is rooted in the belief that social determinants of health must be addressed to increase the health and well-being of youth. It is these broader issues, such as systemic forms of discrimination and access to health care, which create health inequities. Our services are designed to provide agencies, coalitions, and systems of care with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to implement structural-level changes, build cultural competency, raise youth leadership, and mobilize communities. For more information, visit www.chla.org/sypp.



Focus area: Program Implementation and Quality Improvement. Includes support on all aspects of program planning and implementation, managing quality and fidelity, making adaptations, using data to drive decision-making, and engaging youth and families.

EngenderHealth is a leading global women’s health organization. For over 70 years, we have been committed to the belief that sexual and reproductive health is a human right and that access to quality health services is vital for women and girls to reach their full potential. In line with our mission, the U.S. Programs Country Office develops innovative, science-based programs and curricula to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for young people and delivers capacity-building training and technical assistance to youth-serving organizations and providers. We are committed to developing and supporting programs that engage young people as experts in their own lives and empower them to choose the life they want to live. For more information, visit www.engenderhealth.org.


The University of Massachusetts Donahue InstituteThe University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute

Focus area: Community Mobilization and Sustainability. Includes support on creating sustainability plans, improving community mobilization efforts, and ensuring the two work together for the long-term health of your program.

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI), established in 1971 as part of the UMass President’s Office, addresses critical questions and develops innovative solutions that enable organizations and communities to meet challenges, measure success, and strengthen capacity. UMDI is known for economic and social science research; public, private, and nonprofit development; program evaluation; and workforce initiatives. Nonprofit Funding & Fiscal Solutions (NFFS), one of UMDI’s eight divisions, provides customized training, coaching/mentoring, intervention and services to enable our clients to create cultures and systems that result in sustainable programs, fundraising success, and stable infrastructure. For more information, visit www.donahue.umassp.edu.


Youth CatalyticsYouth Catalytics

Focus area: Communication and Dissemination. Includes support on communications planning, crisis communications, storytelling, and curricula packaging and dissemination.

Youth Catalytics, established in 1981, grew out of the belief that strong organizations create healthy communities, and healthy communities create healthy youth.  We bring training, research, evaluation, fund development, and best practices to youth-serving organizations and professionals, making them stronger and better at what they do. Our clients and partners include multi-service agencies, schools, communities, government systems, universities and foundations from Maine to Hawaii.  For more information, visit www.youthcatalytics.org.