SAHM members are leading experts in the study and practice of adolescent healthcare. They work in the fields of medicine, nursing, psychology, public health, social work, nutrition, education and law. Throughout the world, SAHM members are involved in service, teaching, or research concerned with the health and well-being of all adolescents and young adults.

SAHM officers are authorized to speak to members of the press on behalf of the Society. To arrange an interview, please contact Patricia Sullivan, SAHM  Communications Director, at 847-686-2357 or via email.
 

Recent press releases

SAHM/NASPAG Statement on leaked draft SCOTUS opinion regarding Mississippi v. Jackson ‎Women’s Health Organization

5/16/2022

A leaked draft opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States regarding Mississippi v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization raises concern that federal protections for abortion access may be at risk1. In the interest of the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults in the United States, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) object to any restrictions placed on the reproductive rights and care of adolescents and young adults, including access to safe abortion. 

 

SAHM Calls for Action to Protect Justice-Involved Youth

8/26/2020

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) urges governors, adult and juvenile justice system administrators, courts, and other state and local officials, who have not already done so, to rapidly and significantly reduce the number of youths in juvenile detention and correctional facilities by suspending new admissions and releasing those detained or incarcerated whenever possible in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and the negative effects that may result from periods of medical isolation or quarantine in a confinement setting. SAHM endorses the American Academy of Pediatrics statement on responding to the needs of youth involved in the justice system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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.
 

 
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