Charles Irwin
Professor
Division Chief
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Biography

Charles E. Irwin, Jr., MD, is a distinguished professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine at the University of California (UCSF) School of Medicine and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Irwin is a graduate of Hobart College, Dartmouth Medical School and UCSF. He heads the National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center (NAHIC) and the Public Policy Analysis and Education Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health, where the AYAH NRC is located. He co-leads the AYAH-NRC. Irwin has led the federally funded Leadership Training Program in Adolescent Health since 1977. Over 150 health professional graduate students and fellows have been trained in this program at UCSF since its inception. His current health services research program focuses on improving preventive screening practices in clinical settings and the financial and structural issues altering adolescents’ and young adults’ ability to access health care in the United States. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters and reports on adolescent health. Irwin is the recipient of the Adele Hofmann Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine from the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the Swedish Medical Society’s International Lectureship Award, the National Center for Youth Law’s Award for Research in High Risk Youth, the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Hillary Millar Award for his leadership of the National Adolescent Health Information Center and the MCHB Lifetime Achievement Award. Irwin has served on several national and international initiatives on Adolescent Health including the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Adolescent Health Care Services and Models of Care for Treatment, Prevention, and Healthy Development, the IOM/NRC Committee on Improving the Health, Safety and Well-Being of Young Adults and the Office of Technology Assessments’ landmark report on Adolescent Health. He also served as the Co-Chair of the AHRQ/CMS Expert Panel on Assessing Healthcare Quality Measures for CHIPRA. He was the president of The Society for Adolescent Medicine in 2004 and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adolescent Health, the official journal of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine from 2004-2020. Currently he is the Supplements Editor of Journal.

Other Support:

MCHB 5T71MC00003 Irwin: PI 10/1/77 - 6/30/22 (2.4 calendar)
Leadership Training in Adolescent Health
The major goals of this project are to train individuals in 5 health care disciplines including Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Psychology, and Social Work to become health care leaders.

HRSA U45MC27709 Irwin: PI 09/01/2018 – 08/31/2023 (3.84 calendar)
State Adolescent and Young Adult Health Capacity Building Program (AYA-NRC)
The overall goal of this project is to increase adolescents’ and young adults’ receipt of preventive services by strengthening the abilities of State Title V MCH Programs, and public health and clinical health professionals to serve adolescent and young adults, through efforts to improve health care access, quality, integration, equity and accountability.

HRSA UA6MC27378 Irwin: Co- PI 9/1/17–8/31/22 (0.6 calendar)
MCH Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network (AYAH-RN)
The major goals of this project are to develop and maintain a national agenda to translate developmental science into adolescent and young adult practice; promote multi-site, transdisciplinary scientific collaboration; and develop additional research capacity in the Adolescent and Young Adult field.

AHRQ U18HS025297 Irwin: Co-Investigator 9/1/16–9/29/2020 (0.24 calendar)
IMPLEmenting MEeasures NeTwork for Child Health (IMPLEMENT for Child Health)
To Evaluate the feasibility and usability of the new Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) measures for asthma and sickle cell disease.

Education and Training

M.D., 1971 Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Publications

Emans SJ, Ford CA, Irwin CE, Richardson LP, Sherer S, Sieving RE, Simpson T. Early COVID-19 Impact on Adolescent Health and Medicine Programs in the United States: LEAH Program Leadership Reflections. J Adolesc Health. 2020 Apr 23.
Irwin CE. Centering Gender in Our Clinical, Public Health, and Research Programs. J Adolesc Health. 2020 Jan; 66(1):8-9.
Irwin CE. Improving Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Reflections on the Past 25 Years. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Dec; 65(6):713-714.
Irwin CE. Beyond Our Boundaries: The Journal of Adolescent Health, 2019. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Jun; 64(6):679-680.
Irwin CE. Improving the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents in Hong Kong. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Jun; 64(6):681-682.
Berg TD, Irwin CE. The Journal of Adolescent Health: Four Decades of Evolution Through Growth and Innovation. J Adolesc Health. 2019 May; 64(5):551-560.
Adams SH, Park MJ, Twietmeyer L, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Young Adult Preventive Healthcare: Changes in Receipt of Care Pre- to Post-Affordable Care Act. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Jun; 64(6):763-769.
White PH, Schmidt A, McManus M, Irwin CE. Readying Youth and Young Adults for Transition to Adult Care During Preventive Care Visits: New Clinician Toolkit. J Adolesc Health. 2018 12; 63(6):673-674.
Irwin CE. Time Alone for Adolescents With Their Providers During Clinical Encounters: It Is Not That Simple! J Adolesc Health. 2018 09; 63(3):265-266.
Adams SH, Park MJ, Twietmeyer L, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Increasing Delivery of Preventive Services to Adolescents and Young Adults: Does the Preventive Visit Help? J Adolesc Health. 2018 08; 63(2):166-171.
Hart-Cooper GD, Allen I, Irwin CE, Scott H. Adolescent Health Providers' Willingness to Prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to Youth at Risk of HIV Infection in the United States. J Adolesc Health. 2018 08; 63(2):242-244.
Kaul P, Irwin CE. Serving the Underserved: The Health and Well-Being of Adolescent and Young Adult Males. J Adolesc Health. 2018 03; 62(3S):S1-S2.
Adams SH, Park MJ, Twietmeyer L, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Association Between Adolescent Preventive Care and the Role of the Affordable Care Act. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 01 01; 172(1):43-48.
Brindis CD, Twietmeyer L, Park MJ, Adams S, Irwin CE. Improving Receipt and Preventive Care Delivery for Adolescents and Young Adults: Initial Lessons from Top-Performing States. Matern Child Health J. 2017 06; 21(6):1221-1226.
Irwin CE. Advancing a Research Agenda for Adolescent and Young Adult Health. J Adolesc Health. 2017 03; 60(3):233-234.
Berg TD, Irwin CE. Inclusive Language-The Editors' Reply. J Adolesc Health. 2016 05; 58(5):583-4.
Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Insuring Young Adults in the United States Through the Affordable Care Act. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Aug; 57(2):131-2.
Stroud C, Walker LR, Davis M, Irwin CE. The Authors Reply. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Jul; 57(1):127-8.
Adams SH, Park MJ, Irwin CE. Adolescent and Young Adult Preventive Care: Comparing National Survey Rates. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Aug; 49(2):238-47.
Stroud C, Walker LR, Davis M, Irwin CE. Investing in the health and well-being of young adults. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Feb; 56(2):127-9.
Lau JS, Adams SH, Park MJ, Boscardin WJ, Irwin CE. Improvement in preventive care of young adults after the affordable care act: the affordable care act is helping. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Dec; 168(12):1101-6.
Park MJ, Scott JT, Adams SH, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Adolescent and young adult health in the United States in the past decade: little improvement and young adults remain worse off than adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Jul; 55(1):3-16.
Lau JS, Adams SH, Boscardin WJ, Irwin CE. Young adults' health care utilization and expenditures prior to the Affordable Care Act. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Jun; 54(6):663-71.
Shlafer R, Hergenroeder AC, Jean Emans S, Rickert VI, Adger H, Spear B, Irwin CE, Kreipe RE, Walker LR, Resnick MD. Adolescence as a critical stage in the MCH Life Course Model: commentary for the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) interdisciplinary training program projects. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Feb; 18(2):462-6.
Neinstein LS, Irwin CE. Young adults remain worse off than adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Nov; 53(5):559-61.
Fox HB, McManus MA, Irwin CE, Kelleher KJ, Peake K. A research agenda for adolescent-centered primary care in the United States. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Sep; 53(3):307-10.
Adams SH, Newacheck PW, Park MJ, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Medical home for adolescents: low attainment rates for those with mental health problems and other vulnerable groups. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Mar-Apr; 13(2):113-21.
Irwin CE, Berg TD. Our global mission. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jan; 52(1):1.
Hallal PC, Irwin CE. Prospective findings from the 1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Dec; 51(6):533-4.
Hallal PC, Irwin CE. Prospective findings from the 1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Dec; 51(6 Suppl):S1-2.
Lau JS, Adams SH, Irwin CE, Ozer EM. Receipt of preventive health services in young adults. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jan; 52(1):42-9.
Catalano RF, Fagan AA, Gavin LE, Greenberg MT, Irwin CE, Ross DA, Shek DT. Worldwide application of prevention science in adolescent health. Lancet. 2012 Apr 28; 379(9826):1653-64.
Bethell C, Forrest CB, Stumbo S, Gombojav N, Carle A, Irwin CE. Factors promoting or potentially impeding school success: disparities and state variations for children with special health care needs. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Apr; 16 Suppl 1:S35-43.
Ozer EM, Urquhart JT, Brindis CD, Park MJ, Irwin CE. Young adult preventive health care guidelines: there but can't be found. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 Mar; 166(3):240-7.
Irwin CE, Berg TD. Improving our understanding of the prevention of human papillomavirus. J Adolesc Health. 2011 Nov; 49(5):449.
Jasik CB, Adams SH, Irwin CE, Ozer E. The association of BMI status with adolescent preventive screening. Pediatrics. 2011 Aug; 128(2):e317-23.
Ozer EM, Adams SH, Orrell-Valente JK, Wibbelsman CJ, Lustig JL, Millstein SG, Garber AK, Irwin CE. Does delivering preventive services in primary care reduce adolescent risky behavior? J Adolesc Health. 2011 Nov; 49(5):476-82.
Park MJ, Adams SH, Irwin CE. Health care services and the transition to young adulthood: challenges and opportunities. Acad Pediatr. 2011 Mar-Apr; 11(2):115-22.
Michaud PA, Berg TD, Irwin CE. The International Journal of Adolescent Health. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Nov; 47(5):421-2.
Irwin CE. Young adults are worse off than adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2010 May; 46(5):405-6.
Emans SJ, Austin SB, Goodman E, Orr DP, Freeman R, Stoff D, Litt IF, Schuster MA, Haggerty R, Granger R, Irwin CE. Improving adolescent and young adult health - training the next generation of physician scientists in transdisciplinary research. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Feb; 46(2):100-9.
Edman JC, Adams SH, Park MJ, Irwin CE. Who gets confidential care? Disparities in a national sample of adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Apr; 46(4):393-5.
Berg TD, Irwin CE. Blind no more. J Adolesc Health. 2009 Jul; 45(1):7.
Berg TD, Catalano RF, Chase-Lansdale PL, Irwin CE, Michaud PA, Orr DP, Sonenstein FL. The health and well being of adolescents in the United States, 2009. J Adolesc Health. 2009 Jul; 45(1):6.
Mulye TP, Park MJ, Nelson CD, Adams SH, Irwin CE, Brindis CD. Trends in adolescent and young adult health in the United States. J Adolesc Health. 2009 Jul; 45(1):8-24.
Irwin CE, Adams SH, Park MJ, Newacheck PW. Preventive care for adolescents: few get visits and fewer get services. Pediatrics. 2009 Apr; 123(4):e565-72.
Irwin CE. Can we fully implement what we know about safe driving during adolescence? Am J Prev Med. 2008 Sep; 35(3 Suppl):S313-5.
Park MJ, Irwin CE. Youth with special health care needs: facilitating a healthy transition to young adulthood. J Adolesc Health. 2008 Jul; 43(1):6-7.
Yu JW, Adams SH, Burns J, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Use of mental health counseling as adolescents become young adults. J Adolesc Health. 2008 Sep; 43(3):268-76.
Buckelew SM, Adams SH, Irwin CE, Gee S, Ozer EM. Increasing clinician self-efficacy for screening and counseling adolescents for risky health behaviors: results of an intervention. J Adolesc Health. 2008 Aug; 43(2):198-200.
Park MJ, Brindis CD, Chang F, Irwin CE. A midcourse review of the healthy people 2010: 21 critical health objectives for adolescents and young adults. J Adolesc Health. 2008 Apr; 42(4):329-34.
Adams SH, Newacheck PW, Park MJ, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Health insurance across vulnerable ages: patterns and disparities from adolescence to the early 30s. Pediatrics. 2007 May; 119(5):e1033-9.
Knopf DK, Jane Park M, Brindis CD, Mulye TP, Irwin CE. What gets measured gets done: assessing data availability for adolescent populations. Matern Child Health J. 2007 Jul; 11(4):335-45.
Park MJ, Paul Mulye T, Adams SH, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. The health status of young adults in the United States. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Sep; 39(3):305-17.
Meneses LM, Orrell-Valente JK, Guendelman SR, Oman D, Irwin CE. Racial/ethnic differences in mother-daughter communication about sex. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Jul; 39(1):128-31.
Irwin CE. To test or not to test: screening for substance use in adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Apr; 38(4):329-31.
Irwin CE. Beyond abstinence: what we need to do to decrease the risks of sexual behavior during adolescence. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Mar; 38(3):165-8.
Irwin CE. Pubertal timing: is there any new news? J Adolesc Health. 2005 Nov; 37(5):343-4.
Irwin CE. Clinical preventive services for adolescents: still a long way to go. J Adolesc Health. 2005 Aug; 37(2):85-6.
Irwin CE. Driving in America: a convergence of public policy and science. J Adolesc Health. 2005 Jun; 36(6):452-3.
Irwin CE, Rickert VI. Coercive sexual experiences during adolescence and young adulthood: a public health problem. J Adolesc Health. 2005 May; 36(5):359-61.
Ozer EM, Adams SH, Lustig JL, Gee S, Garber AK, Gardner LR, Rehbein M, Addison L, Irwin CE. Increasing the screening and counseling of adolescents for risky health behaviors: a primary care intervention. Pediatrics. 2005 Apr; 115(4):960-8.
Irwin CE. Youth violence: opportunities for intervention. J Adolesc Health. 2004 Nov; 35(5):347-9.
Irwin CE. Emergency contraception for adolescents: the time to act is now. J Adolesc Health. 2004 Oct; 35(4):257-8.
Irwin CE. Tobacco use during adolescence and young adulthood: The battle is not over. J Adolesc Health. 2004 Sep; 35(3):169-71.
Irwin CE. Fast tracking for critical issues in adolescent health and medicine. J Adolesc Health. 2004 Aug; 35(2):79.
Ozer EM, Adams SH, Gardner LR, Mailloux DE, Wibbelsman CJ, Irwin CE. Provider self-efficacy and the screening of adolescents for risky health behaviors. J Adolesc Health. 2004 Aug; 35(2):101-7.
Irwin CE. Eating and physical activity during adolescence: does it make a difference in adult health status? J Adolesc Health. 2004 Jun; 34(6):459-60.
Irwin CE. Adolescent sexuality and reproductive health: where are we in 2004? J Adolesc Health. 2004 May; 34(5):353-5.
Rubinstein ML, Halpern-Felsher BL, Irwin CE. An evaluation of the use of the transdermal contraceptive patch in adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2004 May; 34(5):395-401.
Newacheck PW, Park MJ, Brindis CD, Biehl M, Irwin CE. Trends in private and public health insurance for adolescents. JAMA. 2004 Mar 10; 291(10):1231-7.
Pirkis JE, Irwin CE, Brindis C, Patton GC, Sawyer MG. Adolescent substance use: beware of international comparisons. J Adolesc Health. 2003 Oct; 33(4):279-86.
Newacheck PW, Hung YY, Park MJ, Brindis CD, Irwin CE. Disparities in adolescent health and health care: does socioeconomic status matter? Health Serv Res. 2003 Oct; 38(5):1235-52.
Friestad C, Pirkis J, Biehl M, Irwin CE. Socioeconomic patterning of smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and overweight status among adolescents in Norway and the United States. J Adolesc Health. 2003 Oct; 33(4):275-8.
Irwin CE. Adolescent health at the crossroads: where do we go from here? J Adolesc Health. 2003 Jul; 33(1):51-6.
Pirkis JE, Irwin CE, Brindis CD, Sawyer MG, Friestad C, Biehl M, Patton GC. Receipt of psychological or emotional counseling by suicidal adolescents. Pediatrics. 2003 Apr; 111(4 Pt 1):e388-93.
Irwin CE, Burg SJ, Uhler Cart C. America's adolescents: where have we been, where are we going? J Adolesc Health. 2002 Dec; 31(6 Suppl):91-121.
Irwin CE, Duncan PM. Health Futures of Youth II: pathways to adolescent health, executive summary and overview. J Adolesc Health. 2002 Dec; 31(6 Suppl):82-9.
Halpern-Felsher BL, Millstein SG, Irwin CE. Work group II: healthy adolescent psychosocial development. J Adolesc Health. 2002 Dec; 31(6 Suppl):201-7.
Brindis C, Park MJ, Ozer EM, Irwin CE. Adolescents' access to health services and clinical preventive health care: crossing the great divide. Pediatr Ann. 2002 Sep; 31(9):575-81.