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 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.
 

 
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