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.

(View a listing of older sign-on activities: 20172016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011

November

#ThisIsOurLane sign-on letter to NRA
SAHM promoted an open letter to the NRA that makes clear gun control is "our lane" to comment on and fight for. 

October

Title VII pediatric subspecialty support letter (PDF)
SAHM sent a joint letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to reauthorize loan repayments for pediatric subspecialists as part of the effort to reauthorize the Title VII health professions workforce programs.

September

SAHM urges California Governor to sign Senate Bill 439 to establish a minimum age for prosecution in juvenile court in California, protecting children under 12 years old from the harms and adverse consequences of justice system involvement and encouraging more effective alternatives to court involvement.

Opposition to Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives affiliation (PDF)
SAHM California chapters wrote a letter to the deputy attorney general expressing concern this merger will have on reproductive justice, health care access for
LGBTQ patients, and transgender patients in particular, and economic justice.

August

Letter Opposing Family Detention Expansion (PDF)
SAHM signed onto a letter sent to US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs opposing any legislation that would expand the scale and length of immigrant family detention or overturn the child protection principles
currently governing the treatment of migrant children in custody
 

SAHM releases racism call to action press release
The position paper, titled "Racism and Its Harmful Effects on Nondominant Racial–Ethnic Youth and Youth-Serving Providers: A Call to Action for Organizational Change." was printed in the August issue of JAH. Included in the paper are a number of suggestions and steps for organizations to consider and implement. Read the full paper at the JAH website and see the press release.

SAHM writes to Secretary Azar opposing proposed changes to Title X (PDF)
The nation’s only family planning program dedicated to providing affordable birth control and reproductive health care, such as testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and lifesaving cancer screenings.

July

SAHM and AAP Respond to "Compliance with Statutory Program Integrity Requirements" Proposed Rule
SAHM and the AAP sent a letter to Secretary Alex Azar in response to a proposed rule that would fundamentally alter the Title X Family Planning Program.

SAHM Urges Family Separation Congressional Investigation (House) (House PDF | Senate PDF)
SAHM sends joint letter to House and Senate leaders expressing deep concern over the forcible separation of migrant children and their parents 

June

SAHM Statement on Separation of Children from Their Families
SAHM released a statement strongly condemning the separation of children and adolescents from their parents as a deterrent to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers searching for safety by crossing our border with Mexico

Halt the Separation of Children from Parents at the Border (PDF)
SAHM joined hundreds of national, state and local organizations in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary sharing serious concern over the treatment of children crossing the border.

May

Meeting Request to Address Firearm Research Gaps (PDF)
A number of organizations, including SAHM, sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II requesting a meeting to discuss the current research gaps in firearm-related morbidity and mortality, and prevention thereof.

Joint Statement Against Restricting Qualified Providers from Federally-Funded Programs (PDF)
"Organizations representing over 300,000 women and children’s health providers oppose all efforts to exclude qualified women’s health service providers and limit health care information through the Title X program."

April

TAG Call to Action
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AHM reached out to promote the Office of Adolescent Health's TAG Playbook with the latest research and data on adolescent health and development.

March

SAHM Supports "March for Our Lives" (PDF)
SAHM issued a statement in support of the "March for Our Lives" movement and planned peaceful demonstrations in Washington DC or in other cities accross the United States on March 24, 2018.

February

Statement on Parkland Shooting (PDF)
SAHM issued a statement following the Valentines Day shooting in Parkland, Florida, urging adolescent health professionals in their offices to use evidence-based strategies to reduce gun violence and to reach out to lawmakers to express their opinions to reduce gun violence.

SSI Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Transition-Aged Youth (PDF)
SAHM joins other organizations in providing the Social Security Administration feedback on how to support transition-aged youth and how to improve their services. 

January

SAHM Statement on Trump Comments about African and Central American Countries
SAHM responds to Trump questioning why the US would allow more immigrants from African and Central American countries. 

Letter to Walgreens
A number of organizations supported the Truth Initiative, including SAHM, and sent a letter to Walgreens encouraging them to follow CVS' lead and stop selling cigarettes in their stores. 

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