Plenary Session I

Thursday, March 9, 2017
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Multiple Global Perspectives on Cultivating Connections: The Importance of Relationships in Adolescent and Young Adult Health

Evelyn Eisenstein, MD, DSc, University of the State of Rio de Janeiro
Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Sabrina Kitaka, MD, Makerere Univ College of Health Sciences, Uganda
Betsy Pfeffer, MD, Columbia University
Mychelle Farmer, MD, Jhpiego, Johns Hopkins University
Colette Auerswald, MD, MS, FSAHM, UCSF, UC Berkeley
Description: This plenary highlights work that SAHM members have been carrying out in partnership with adolescent health professionals in low and middle-income countries. The speakers will emphasize how cultivating connections across continents has enabled the successful implementation of educational, research, and clinical programming that has enhanced the health of adolescents and young adults throughout the world.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe how international adolescent health professional partnerships are formed and maintained.
  2. Describe how professionals from high income countries can both learn from and teach professionals from low and middle income countries to develop educational, research, and clinical resources that enhance the well-being of adolescents and young adults from different backgrounds.
  3. Understand some of the challenges associated with international collaborations and how to overcome those challenges.

Plenary Session II

Friday, March 10, 2017
9:05 - 10:35 a.m.

Human Rights Violations and Protections: What Do They Mean for the Health of Adolescents and Young Adults?

Abigail English, JD, Center for Adolescent Health and the Law

Coleen Kivlahan, MD, UCSF
Hanni Stoklosa, MD, Harvard Medical School

Description: Adolescent and young adult migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and human trafficking victims and survivors often experience profound violations of their human rights. The suffering they experience risks severe and long lasting damage to their health, development, and wellbeing. Human rights declarations, treaties, and laws offer promises of protection that often are not kept. Health care professionals and advocates can provide services that increase protection and support resilience for these vulnerable youth.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain the human rights declarations, treaties, and laws that offer protection for the health of vulnerable adolescents and young adults globally and highlight the ways in which those protections fall short.
  2. Recognize the threats to health experienced by adolescent and young adult migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and victims of human trafficking.
  3. Identify the strategies and services that can help to support the health, development, wellbeing, and resilience of adolescents and young adults whose human rights are violated.