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 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.
 

 

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.

 
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