President: Kenisha Campbell, MD, MPH
Treasurer: Robin R. Miller, MD
Secretary: Altha Akers, MD, MPH, FACOG


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 October 2019, Mid-Atlantic Regional SAHM will partner with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Leadership and Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) fellowship program and Penn State Hershey to host the annual Adolescent and Young Adult Annual Conference. It will take place in Hershey, PA.  
  • In March 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional SAHM held its annual business meeting hosted at CHOP. It was both a business meeting and the annual networking event. Food was catered, great ideas were shared about how to improve our chapter and a great time was had by all!
  • In November 2018, Mid-Atlantic regional SAHM partnered with CHOP’s LEAH fellowship program to host the annual Adolescent and Young Adult Health Conference, entitled LEAH: Interdisciplinary Collaboration Works. This conference was hosted at CHOP and was a multidisciplinary conference, featuring speakers from several disciplines, including Mid-Atlantic Regional SAHM members. Continuing education credits were offered to all disciplines a well.  This educational conference received very favorable evaluations from the greater than 60 participants. The keynote speaker was Rhonda Hendrickson, Vice President of Programs, YWCA Greater Harrisburg and her topic was “Human Trafficking in the US”, and was very well received.
  • In September 2017, Mid-Atlantic Regional SAHM held its first annual Adolescent and Young Adult Health Conference in Hershey, PA. This CME conference was hosted at Penn State Hershey and featured dynamic speakers, including several Mid-Atlantic Regional SAHM members. This educational conference received very favorable evaluations from the 60 participants.  The keynote speaker was PA Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, and her topic was “The Opioid Epidemic in the US”, and was very well received.
Highlights of recent chapter member’s awards and presentations include:
  • In April, 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional SAHM President, Dr. Kenisha Campbell was an invited international speaker for a weeklong educational conference on Adolescent Health in Salzburg, Austria. It was attended by medical professionals from Eastern Europe, Africa and Mexico with the goal of disseminating clinical and public health knowledge and practices in adolescent health to their respective countries.


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  [email protected] Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter membership information please contact: Althea Akers at the above emial 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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