Call for Committee Members 2019 - 2022

Ready to get more involved with SAHM and share your expertise? We appreciate your interest!

All committee members must be members in good standing in the Society.  If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so now. The term of service for committee members is three years with the option for re-appointment to an additional three-year term. (Article X, SAHM By-Laws)

Please note, no action is required if you are a current SAHM committee member, unless you wish to apply for an alternative/additional committee appointment.

How to Apply
  1. Review the complete list of SAHM committees below and identify a minimum of three committees that are of the greatest interest to you. 
  2. Rank the committees in your preferred order on the application for committee volunteers.
  3. Include a brief statement (no more than a paragraph) describing your interest and qualifications for each committee you list.
    • Examples for the Advocacy Committee: I have always been involved in advocacy work no matter the community I reside. I have always considered adolescent medicine docs as those with “the boots on the ground” the ones interwoven in the communities working directly with the patients and various groups that champion adolescent health. From my experience developing programs and being a board member of various organizations, I have become a natural leader and am very passionate about programs that promote the health and well-being of children and their families. As a doctor, I know that I am privileged to have a voice that is respected. I hope to be able to represent those less fortunate and create change that impacts those that need it most. 
  4. SAHM committee application by Wednesday, April 24, 2019 to be considered for a position on a SAHM committee.
Once all applications have been collected, SAHM Headquarters will provide each committee chair with submitted applications specific to their committee for review and recommendations. President-Elect Jessica Kahn will review committee chair recommendations and forward a final list to President Maria Trent for appointment.

Questions? Contact SAHM Administrative Director, Gabrielle Jacobson via email or phone: (847) 686-2353.

SAHM Standing Committees and Sub-Committees - (click here for a listing of all SAHM committee's and current chairs)

Advocacy Committee
  • Identify the substantive issues that will be priorities for SAHM advocacy efforts.
  • Develop and/or sign onto letters to Congress and the White House. Join in congressional testimony consistent with SAHM priorities and stated policies.
  • Work with the Program Committee to develop workshops or institutes for presentation at Annual SAHM Meetings.

Awards Committees

Awards Career Sub-Committee -
(committee membership complete; not seeking new applicants)
  • Determine the recipients of the Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Medicine Award and the Student and Fellow-in-Training Career Development Awards.

Awards Research Sub-Committee
  • Determine the recipient of the SAHM/Iris F. Litt Visiting Professor in Adolescent Health Research (both the site and the professor), the Robert H. DuRant Award for Statistical Rigor and Innovation in Adolescent Health Research  recipient and the New Investigator Award recipient.

Awards Service Sub-Committee
  • Determine the recipient of the Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care and the recipient of the SAHM/Adele D. Hofmann Visiting Professor in Adolescent Medicine and Health (both the site and the professor).

Health Services Committees

Sub-committees of the Health Services Committee offer members the opportunity to:

  • Become an expert panel on a selected crucial adolescent health issue.
  • Review, revise and /or create appropriate positions on this topic for SAHM.
  • Advise the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and the Advocacy, Communications, Research and Education Committees of opportunities to demonstrate this expertise.
  • Respond to inquiries from the public and the press in collaboration with the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

Alcohol and Drugs

Chronic Illness

Eating Disorders



Mental Health

Nutrition and Obesity

Sexual/Reproductive Health


Violence Prevention

Communications and Media Relations Committee
  • Collaborate on press releases and communication strategy.
  • Educate the public on adolescent medicine/health by developing a variety of communication avenues.

Development Committee

  • Develop and implement an annual appeal with broad options for financial support of SAHM by members.
  • Develop and implement a mechanism to maintain and expand industry support for the annual meeting, and other SAHM programs.
  • Develop and implement a mechanism to expand corporate support for SAHM.
  • Explore the development of revenue-producing programs and projects.

Diversity Committee

  • Support the discovery and dissemination of knowledge that includes diverse perspectives and reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the population.
  • Advocate on behalf of policies to promote health among diverse populations of adolescents and reduce racial/ethnic adolescent health inequities.
  • Construct a workforce development plan that emphasizes outreach and recruitment of providers from diverse backgrounds.
  • Create an educational plan to bring tools that increase knowledge and skills in working with diverse adolescent populations.
  • Improve the integration of ethnic/racial/sexual diversity and inclusiveness into international, national, regional, and local SAHM activities.

Education Committee

  • Develop an education plan for SAHM in consultation with the Director of Programs, the Program Committee and the Communications Committee.
  • Develop a long-range plan for content areas and delivery mechanisms for major educational activities and how such activities may be integrated: annual meeting, JAH (e.g., review articles), website, etc.
  • In consultation with the Website Committee, recommend a plan for re-development of the website, including content and delivery of educational resources electronically (e.g., distant learning, links to other appropriate websites and educational materials, webcasts from annual meetings and other meetings to members unable to attend), communication modalities with the membership (increasing communication with and among regional chapters and individual membership, etc.)

FSAHM Review Committee - (FSAHM status is required to serve)

  • Review and determine eligibility of applicants applying for FSAHM status.

Multidisciplinary Membership Committee
  • Develop and implement a plan to recruit SAHM members from the professional disciplines of medicine, nursing, psychology, dietetics, social work and public health.
  • Develop and implement a plan to promote and retain student/trainee membership in SAHM in all disciplines, and coordinate the plan for an enlarged mentorship program.
  • Coordinate the matching of annual meeting registrants who want to have a designated Meeting Mentor with a senior SAHM member attending the Annual Meeting who have volunteered to be mentors.

Abstract Review Sub-Committee 
  • Review and select submitted research abstracts for annual meeting.

Research Committee
  • Explore linkages to professional organizations with common research interests, such as the Society for Research on Adolescence.
  • Encourage the conduct of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research including the development of models for the annual meeting and for the Journal of Adolescent Health.
  • Propose research programs at the annual meeting that will be of interest to investigators across multiple disciplines at all levels of expertise.
  • Serve as a resource for investigators regarding the legal and ethical issues involving adolescents as subjects of research.
  • Collaborate with members of SAHM’s two Special Interest Groups (Qualitative Research and Research with Adolescents) and the Professional Development Luncheon Group on Researchers in Adolescent Health.

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