Charles Irwin, MD

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.
M.D., 1971 - Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, - School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  1. Young Adult Anxiety or Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health Service Utilization During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  2. The Opportunity to End Child Marriage Throughout the World.
  3. A Clear Message: Child Marriage Is a Significant Global Problem Requiring a Collaborative, Contextual, and Evidence-Based Response.
  4. Twenty-First Century Cures Act Final Rule and Adolescent Health Care: Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program Experiences.
  5. The Measurement of Mental Health Problems Among Adolescents and Young Adults Throughout the World.
  6. Young Adult Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccinations.
  7. Findings From the Global Early Adolescent Study.
  8. The Health and Well-Being of Adolescents in China: The Past, Present, and Future.
  9. Using Technology to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents and Young Adults.
  10. Medical Vulnerability of Young Adults to Severe COVID-19 Illness-Data From the National Health Interview Survey.
  11. Monitoring Adolescents' Receipt of Time Alone From Two National Surveys.
  12. Understanding the Health and Well-Being of Early Adolescents Throughout the World: Findings From the 2017-2018 Survey of Health Behavior in School-Aged Children.
  13. Early COVID-19 Impact on Adolescent Health and Medicine Programs in the United States: LEAH Program Leadership Reflections.
  14. Centering Gender in Our Clinical, Public Health, and Research Programs.
  15. Improving Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Reflections on the Past 25 Years.
  16. Beyond Our Boundaries: The Journal of Adolescent Health, 2019.
  17. Improving the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents in Hong Kong.
  18. The Journal of Adolescent Health: Four Decades of Evolution Through Growth and Innovation.
  19. Young Adult Preventive Healthcare: Changes in Receipt of Care Pre- to Post-Affordable Care Act.
  20. Puberty Education in a Global Context: Knowledge Gaps, Opportunities, and Implications for Policy.
  21. Readying Youth and Young Adults for Transition to Adult Care During Preventive Care Visits: New Clinician Toolkit.
  22. Time Alone for Adolescents With Their Providers During Clinical Encounters: It Is Not That Simple!
  23. Increasing Delivery of Preventive Services to Adolescents and Young Adults: Does the Preventive Visit Help?
  24. Adolescent Health Providers' Willingness to Prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to Youth at Risk of HIV Infection in the United States.
  25. Serving the Underserved: The Health and Well-Being of Adolescent and Young Adult Males.
  26. Association Between Adolescent Preventive Care and the Role of the Affordable Care Act.
  27. Improving Receipt and Preventive Care Delivery for Adolescents and Young Adults: Initial Lessons from Top-Performing States.
  28. Advancing a Research Agenda for Adolescent and Young Adult Health.
  29. Inclusive Language-The Editors' Reply.
  30. Insuring Young Adults in the United States Through the Affordable Care Act.
  31. The Authors Reply.
  32. Adolescent and Young Adult Preventive Care: Comparing National Survey Rates.
  33. Investing in the health and well-being of young adults.
  34. Improvement in preventive care of young adults after the affordable care act: the affordable care act is helping.
  35. Adolescent and young adult health in the United States in the past decade: little improvement and young adults remain worse off than adolescents.
  36. Young adults' health care utilization and expenditures prior to the Affordable Care Act.
  37. Adolescence as a critical stage in the MCH Life Course Model: commentary for the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) interdisciplinary training program projects.
  38. Young adults remain worse off than adolescents.
  39. A research agenda for adolescent-centered primary care in the United States.
  40. Medical home for adolescents: low attainment rates for those with mental health problems and other vulnerable groups.
  41. Our global mission.
  42. Prospective findings from the 1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study.
  43. Prospective findings from the 1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study.
  44. Receipt of preventive health services in young adults.
  45. Worldwide application of prevention science in adolescent health.
  46. Factors promoting or potentially impeding school success: disparities and state variations for children with special health care needs.
  47. Young adult preventive health care guidelines: there but can't be found.
  48. Improving our understanding of the prevention of human papillomavirus.
  49. The association of BMI status with adolescent preventive screening.
  50. Does delivering preventive services in primary care reduce adolescent risky behavior?
  51. Health care services and the transition to young adulthood: challenges and opportunities.
  52. The International Journal of Adolescent Health.
  53. Young adults are worse off than adolescents.
  54. Improving adolescent and young adult health - training the next generation of physician scientists in transdisciplinary research.
  55. Who gets confidential care? Disparities in a national sample of adolescents.
  56. Blind no more.
  57. The health and well being of adolescents in the United States, 2009.
  58. Trends in adolescent and young adult health in the United States.
  59. Preventive care for adolescents: few get visits and fewer get services.
  60. Can we fully implement what we know about safe driving during adolescence?
  61. Youth with special health care needs: facilitating a healthy transition to young adulthood.
  62. Use of mental health counseling as adolescents become young adults.
  63. Increasing clinician self-efficacy for screening and counseling adolescents for risky health behaviors: results of an intervention.
  64. A midcourse review of the healthy people 2010: 21 critical health objectives for adolescents and young adults.
  65. Health insurance across vulnerable ages: patterns and disparities from adolescence to the early 30s.
  66. What gets measured gets done: assessing data availability for adolescent populations.
  67. The health status of young adults in the United States.
  68. Racial/ethnic differences in mother-daughter communication about sex.
  69. To test or not to test: screening for substance use in adolescents.
  70. Beyond abstinence: what we need to do to decrease the risks of sexual behavior during adolescence.
  71. Pubertal timing: is there any new news?
  72. Clinical preventive services for adolescents: still a long way to go.
  73. Driving in America: a convergence of public policy and science.
  74. Coercive sexual experiences during adolescence and young adulthood: a public health problem.
  75. Increasing the screening and counseling of adolescents for risky health behaviors: a primary care intervention.
  76. Youth violence: opportunities for intervention.
  77. Emergency contraception for adolescents: the time to act is now.
  78. Tobacco use during adolescence and young adulthood: The battle is not over.
  79. Fast tracking for critical issues in adolescent health and medicine.
  80. Provider self-efficacy and the screening of adolescents for risky health behaviors.
  81. Eating and physical activity during adolescence: does it make a difference in adult health status?
  82. Adolescent sexuality and reproductive health: where are we in 2004?
  83. An evaluation of the use of the transdermal contraceptive patch in adolescents.
  84. Trends in private and public health insurance for adolescents.
  85. Adolescent substance use: beware of international comparisons.
  86. Disparities in adolescent health and health care: does socioeconomic status matter?
  87. Socioeconomic patterning of smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and overweight status among adolescents in Norway and the United States.
  88. Adolescent health at the crossroads: where do we go from here?
  89. Receipt of psychological or emotional counseling by suicidal adolescents.
  90. America's adolescents: where have we been, where are we going?
  91. Health Futures of Youth II: pathways to adolescent health, executive summary and overview.
  92. Work group II: healthy adolescent psychosocial development.
  93. Adolescents' access to health services and clinical preventive health care: crossing the great divide.