The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine is pleased to partner with various groups in advocating for the health and well-being of adolescents. Below is a list of advocacy and sign-on activities that SAHM has undertaken in the current year.

(View a listing of older sign-on activities:  2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011

October

SAHM Signs on to Letter to Congress in Support of Pediatric Subspecialties (PDF)
The letter urges Congress to reauthorize the Title VII health professions workforce programs.

SAHM Writes to Senators to endorse H.R. 3767 and S. 989 (PDF)
SAHM endorses the Ensuring Children's Access to Specialty Care Act of 2017. This would support today's demonstrated critical shortage of pediatric medical subspecialties. 

Press Release with the AAP Opposing Trump Administration Limiting Access to Contraception (PDF)
SAHM and the AAP urge the White House to prevent employers from denying coverage of contraceptives on the basis of moral objections.

Letter to Congress Opposing H.R. 36 (PDF)
SAHM joins other organizations opposing the so-called "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act", banning abortions at 20 weeks after fertilization and threatening providers with fines and imprisonment.

August

SAHM Statement on DACA
SAHM has issued a statement on the recent rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Who was eligible for DACA, what was gained, what is now lost, what you can do, what SAHM can do.

SAHM Updates AOUM Position Paper, Publishes Review in JAH 
new review published in the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH) outlines the harm of abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) policies and programs. The article was authored by 13 leading experts in adolescent health research and policy from a variety of institutions and organizations. 

Statement in response to Charlottesville (PDF)
SAHM President Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM sent a message to SAHM members after the tragic violence and hatred in Charlottesville, VA as white supremacists and Neo-Nazis marched downtown.

July

Response to Dr. Michelle Cretella (PDF)
Commentary included on The Daily Signal website and mistakenly included in SAHM's Adolescent Health News Roundup attacked transgender surgery and support thinly veiled as a scientific, evidence-based argument. SAHM issue a response refuting her "facts".

June

Letter Supporting Senate Bill 439 (PDF)
The bill would establish a minimum age for prosecution in juvenile court jurisdiction in California, protecting children under 12 years old from the harms and adverse consequences of justice system involvement and encouraging more effective alternatives to court involvement.

Call to Save Medicaid
SAHM sent a letter advocating for two Days of Action to protect Medicaid in the midst of the Senate debating a health care bill that could cut or cap Medicaid funding. Call your U.S. senators and urge them to say no to this bill.

Statement Regarding Contraceptive Access Policies
The Trump Administration has taken a number of troubling actions that would limit access to essential contraceptive coverage, including the American Health Care Act, the Better Care Reconciliation Act and the elimination of funding for the United Nations Population Fund.

May

Open Letter to Netflix
SAHM has some thoughts about Netflix's new show, 13 Reasons Why, a fictional portrayal of a teenage girl who commits suicide after being harassed and sexually assaulted. Although valuable by illuminating these difficult topics, the show may increase risks to vulnerable youth by motivating copycats or re-traumatizing victims.

The Road to Tolerance and Understanding
Leaders from SAHM, AAP, APS and APA, including SAHM's  president, Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley, released a statement urging the entire child and adolescent health community to embrace tolerance and understanding in the name of human progress.

Letter in Support of Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill (PDF)
State and federal laws are not aligned on sex trafficking, placing too much of a burden on the state. Bill A. 6823 would make it easier for the prosecution to bring cases against those exploiting minors.

April

Letter to Congressional Leaders in Support of TPP and PREP
SAHM joins organizations at all levels to support funding of the OAH's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program(TPP) and the Administration for Children and Families' Personal Responsibility Education Program(PREP).

Comments for Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
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AHM submitted its thoughts to Ms. Amy Bassano, the acting director of the CMS, in response to their Request for Information on Pediatric Alternative Payment Model Concepts.

Support of the Oral Contraceptives Over-the Counter Working Group
The working group is focused on the potential of OTC access to OCs to reduce disparities in reproductive health care access and outcomes among low-income, poor, and young women, and to increase opportunities for all people to access a safe, effective method of contraception, free of unnecessary gatekeeping by the health care system, as part of a healthy sexual and reproductive life.

March

Letter in Support of SB 439
SAHM sent a letter to Senator Nancy Skinner, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, expressing support of Senate Bill 439, which would establish a minimum age for prosecution in juvenile court jurisdiction in California.

Call to Action Against the American Health Care Act
SAHM sent out emails encouraging members of the adolescent health community to call their representatives and express their opposition to the ACHA, which would drain Medicaid funding, eliminate income-based cost sharing assistance and interfere with an adolescent's choice of health care provider by prohibiting funding to Planned Parenthood.

February

Sign on Letter with the ACP
SAHM joins the American College of Physicians on a letter addressing the impact of the President’s January 27 executive order on immigration on behalf of internal medicine and IM subspecialties

SAHM Sends Letter to Congress in Support of Title X
SAHM has joined a number of organizations in sending a letter to members of Congress opposing H.J.Res. 43 and S.J.Res. 13 which would erode Title X and have negative consequences on public health. Click for the full letter.

.January

SAHM Signs Letter to Senators for Confirmation Hearing
Senators included are chairs of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee urging vetting of HHS Secretary nominee Tom Price on vaccines and immunizations.

Advocacy Call to Action
SAHM issues a call to action to advocate against the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act. 
 

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