Founded in 1968, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is a multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development and research.
Adolescence is a time of dramatic changes in a young person's life — a challenging stage of human development during which pre-teens, teenagers and young adults experience physical, intellectual, emotional and social maturation. These remarkable changes create a special need for adolescent-focused health research and for sensitive, appropriate health care.
Since the 1950s, a group of healthcare professionals has taken on the challenge of learning more about adolescent health and improving the delivery of health services for adolescents by developing and promoting the field now known as Adolescent Medicine and Health.
Today, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is a multidisciplinary society with an active international membership devoted to advancing the health and well-being of adolescents.