President: Kenisha Campbell, MD, MPH
Treasurer: Michele Zucker, MD, MPH
Secretary: TBD


History and Mission

In 1974, Dr. Clyde Rapp founded the Delaware Valley Society for Adolescent Health in recognition of the need for a local society dedicated to the care of adolescents. Over the years, the society evolved and in 1994, was "reactivated" into its current incarnation: The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. This regional chapter serves Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Southern New Jersey. Our 225 active members come from a wide variety of medical and non-medical disciplines. Recruiting and maintaining an interdisciplinary membership is considered a priority.

Our goals and objectives include:
  • To foster communication among those concerned with Adolescent Health.
  • To develop and promulgate standards and recommendations for adolescent health care.
  • To develop educational programs.
  • To improve the quality of and access to health care for adolescents.
  • To identify, investigate, and list opportunities for careers in adolescent health.

Highlights of recent chapter activities include:
  • In November 2014, Mid-Atlantic Regional SAHM held a regional chapter at Maggiano's Little Italy. The group discussed the benefits of membership, upcoming plans for the year and brainstormed about ways to expand our reach to include all professional that care for adolescents. The evening ended with networking and we all enjoyed a great meal with great company!
  • In June 2014, Mid-Atlantic regional SAHM partnered with the Delaware AAP to host the DE-AAP- Delaware valley Adolescent Reproductive Health Conference. The conference took place on June 28, 2014 at Nemours Children's Hospital. Members of regional SAHM served as speakers for this event, which served to educate approximately 50 primary care providers in the Delaware Valley on adolescent health topics, ranging from confidentiality laws to contraception. The keynote address was on Human trafficking in the US and was very well received. Nexplanon certification training was also held for providers during the conference.
  • In October 2012, Mid-Atlantic Regional SAHM held a potluck dinner at a SAHM member’s home in Philadelphia, PA. The group discussed benefits of membership, upcoming plans for the year. This was a great networking event and a great time was enjoyed by all!
  • The spring 2002 symposium, "Preparing Pediatricians for Their Role in the Mental Health System," took place on April 10, 2002 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The one-day symposium highlighted resident training in advocacy for children and adolescents and provided a forum to discuss different approaches to advocate for youth. This program was sponsored by the Anne E. Dyson Community Pediatrics Initiative and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Community-Based Pediatrics and Advocacy Program (CPAP). Following the meeting, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter attendees had a dinner meeting to discuss future programs for the chapter. These include a fall program for 2002 focusing on coding and billing procedures for Adolescent Medicine. We are also beginning to plan our spring 2003 chapter event on medical needs of adolescent young women to be held in Hershey, Pa.
  • The fall 2001 education program was entitled "Mind, Body, and Spirit: Preventative and Acute Needs of Children and Adolescents." This two-day conference was held at the Lehigh Valley Hospital. Several chapter members participated as guest lecturers. The audience was very interested in adolescent health and asked great questions about caring for teens.
  • In May, 2001 - We joined with St. Christopher's Hospital and the Philadelphia Pediatric Society to welcome Dr. Iris Litt, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adolescent Health to Philadelphia for the Waldo Nelson Lecture in Pediatrics. Dr. Litt's talk was entitled, "Adolescence - The Crossroads Between Biology and Society." Following the lecture, several Mid-Atlantic Chapter Members joined Dr. Litt and others for dinner.


A listserve was created for our chapter at SAHM Headquarters. Thus far, the listserve has been used mainly to post chapter events, however, questions and discussions on adolescent topics would be very welcome. To post a message on the listserve, log into your SAHM membership account and select the Mid-Atlantic regional Chapter listserve under 'Listserves.' Then send an email to Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter membership information please contact: Kenisha Campbell at the above email address.

Chapter members do not need to be members of the national organization.  Annual chapter dues are $20 for basic membership; $10 for fellows, trainees and residents and waived for students.

Join this chapter — membership in SAHM is not required to join a chapter, but you are invited to join. Members: log in and visit My Communities to network with other chapter members.

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