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.

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October

SAHM and NASPAG Issue Joint Statement Warning about Crisis Pregnancy Centers (PDF)
Published in the November 2019 issue of JAH and JPAG, SAHM and NASPAG have issued a statement warning of the dangers of CPCs, which frequently advertise themselves in misleading ways and often provide unproven or inadequate services. 

Support of Investment in Tomorrow's Pediatric Health Care Workforce
Act
(PDF)
SAHM joined other organizations in support bill S. 2443, which would reauthorize the Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program.

September

SAHM Calls on Congress to Include Title X Provisions (House) (Senate)(Leadership)
Organizations banded together to implore Congress to include provisions for Title X as they debate the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill.

August

Statement on Gun Control
SAHM President Dr. Maria Trent issued a statement after a string of mass shootings including those in El Paso and Dayton, calling for health care providers to call their congressional leaders and demand change.

July

Request for Title X Family Planning Funding (PDF)
SAHM wrote to senators to request funding for Title X Family Planning in the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriation Bill.

June

SAHM Endorses Child and Adolescent Mental Health Principles (PDF)
In support of strong mental health for children and adolescents, SAHM has joined other organizations in endorsing five concrete opportunities to improve and enhance mental health services.
 

Presidential Letter on Treatment of Migrant Children
SAHM President Dr. Maria Trent issued a letter to SAHM members calling for action in response to the despicable ways we have seen migrant children be treated.

Letter in Support of Humanitarian Standards Act (PDF)
SAHM joined other organizations outraged at the treatment of migrant children in detention centers around the country. The letter strongly urges the progress of this legislation to ensure adequate minimum standards of health care at the southern border.

Support of VACCINES Act of 2019 (PDF)
SAHM joined a number of organizations in writing to congressional representatives to show support for the Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety Act of 2019 (H.R.2862).

May

 

Title X Family Planning Program Support (PDF)
Support of Family Planning Coalition testimony in support of the Title X Family Planning Program and House appropriation of $400 million and language protecting the program’s integrity

April 


HRSA Latest Behavioral Health Workforce Projections (PDF)
SAHM joined 67 organizations in offering suggestions for future improvements in workforce estimates for behavioral health professionals caring for children, adolescents, and young adults.

Funding Request for Mental Health Care Access (House PDF) (Senate PDF)
SAHM joined with other organizations to support continued funding for Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depresssion and Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program 

March 


Support of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program (PDF)
SAHM partnered to request that leaders of Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations in the House and the Senate fund the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program at a level of $20 million.


SAHM Joins Family Planning Coalition of 74 organizations in letter to Congress to support Title X
Letter urging Congress to use the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill to make a strong statement in support of Title X’s high-quality, evidence-based, and patient-centered family planning care by funding the program at $400 million.

February


Final Title X Regulation Disregards Expert Opinion​
SAHM has joined other organizations in opposing the Department of Health and Human Services' final regulation that will significantly limit the healthcare available to patients under Title X of the Public Health Service Act (Title X).  

Letter to House and Senate in support of GVP public health research funding
SAHM supported a letter to both the House and Senate asking for an appropriation of $50 million in GVP public health research funding for the CDC.

SAHM Responds to HHS Request (PDF)
SAHM responds to HHS Office for Civil Rights request for information (RFI) on “Modifying HIPAA Rules to Improve Coordinated Care.” 

Letter to U.S. Secretary of Education
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Society for Adolescent Health (SAHM) and Medicine submitted a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to share concern about the recommendation in the Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety to rescind the existing Title IV guidance on school disciplinary actions. 

Title VII Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment (PSLRP)
SAHM joined several organizations in support of Title VII Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment (PSLRP) that would provide pediatric subspecialists $35,000 in loan repayment per year for up to three years in exchange for serving in an underserved area. 


January


Letter to U.S. Secretary of Education
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) submitted a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in response to the proposed rule, “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance” (Proposed Rule), which would make changes to the requirements on academic institutions under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.   

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