SAHM Calls for Release Immigrant Youth and their Families from ICE Detention Centers

6/4/2020

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), along with thousands of medical and public health experts, recommend the immediate release of youth and their families detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Centers into the custody of appropriately screened sponsors in the United States.
 
This measure is the safest strategy to protect this population living with social and health inequities as well as federal employees working at the centers and their communities. It is an essential strategy to prevent overwhelming of health systems in the broader society. We call on ICE, state and federal officials to act now to protect the health and human rights of immigrant youth and families in detention.
 

 

SAHM Releases Statement on Recent Victims of Systemic Racism in Law Enforcement

6/2/2020

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), has issued a statement to express its members shared outrage, grief, and pain over the horrific murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breona Taylor, and George Floyd. “We are heartbroken that their names have been added to the ever-growing list of Black people who have been the victims of the systemic racism present in law enforcement and justice systems,” the statement reads, in part.  Read the full statement.

As adolescent health clinicians and researchers, SAHM members understand that racism is a core social determinant of health that has far-reaching effects on health and well-being. All levels of racism –  institutionalized, personally mediated, and internalized – drive disparities in health outcomes. Experiences of discrimination lead to internalized negative stereotypes that preclude the development of a positive identity and may lead to depression, anxiety and suicide.

 

Medical Groups Serving Youth Warn That Crisis Pregnancy Centers Pose Serious Health Risks

10/28/2019

Today, the Journal of Adolescent Health and Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology published a position paper jointly issued by the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) detailing how crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) fail to consistently follow medical and ethical practice standards, which could lead to negative health outcomes. The centers frequently advertise themselves in misleading ways and often provide unproven or inadequate services. Many also share biased, misleading, and inaccurate health information to prevent people from having an abortion, using modern methods of contraception, and engaging in sex outside of marriage. However, crisis pregnancy centers in the United States are increasingly securing government funding, support, and legal protections.
 

 

SAHM Urges Organizations and Health Professionals to Address Racism

9/17/2018

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) has released a position paper, published in the August issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, strongly encouraging organizations, providers, researchers and policymakers to address the negative and pervasive consequences of racism.

 

Response to Dr. Michelle Cretella

7/20/2017

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".

 

JAH Continues Meteoric Rise

6/21/2017

The Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH), the official publication of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), has steadily risen through the rankings of medical journals and is now 5th out of 120 pediatric journals, up two slots from last year. 

 

SAHM Lobbies for Free Condoms in Schools

6/20/2017

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) strongly supports access to free condoms in secondary schools in easily-accessible locations such as schools clinics, nurses’ offices and bathrooms. Despite studies showing the effectiveness of condom availability programs in schools on rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a very small percentage of U.S. schools have implemented such a program. Lack of condom availability is a frequently cited barrier for why adolescents fail to use condoms. 

 

The Road to Tolerance and Understanding

5/9/2017

Three major pediatric journals have simultaneously published an important commentary- The Road to Tolerance and Understanding.

The journals are: Pediatrics, Academic Pediatrics, and the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The paper was written by leaders from several leading pediatric associations including President Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. It discusses specific steps that the pediatric community can take to increase tolerance and understanding in this world, and to make this world a better one for our children. 

 
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