Hot Topics

The Hot Topics sessions is one of the most popular components of SAHM annual meetings. There are two sessions, each consisting of four fifteen minute presentations on today's hottest topics in adolescent health. For the first time ever, the program committee accepted proposals for Hot Topics in an effort to broaden opportunity for the hottest and most relevant presentations. 

Hot Topics I: Wednesday, March 14 - 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Damian Wood,  MBChB, DCH, MRCPCH
Opioids, Youth, and the Evolving Global Public Health Emergency
Scott Evan Hadland, MD, MPH, MS
Boston University School of Medicine
Learning Objectives:
  1. Detail how the global opioid crisis affects adolescents and young adults, including epidemiology of use, opioid use disorder, and overdose mortality.
  2. Identify how gaps in addiction treatment challenge health equity for adolescents and young adults with opioid use disorder, with a focus on disparities in access to care according to race and ethnicity.
  3. Determine how practitioners with medical, nursing, psychology, social work, and other professional backgrounds can address opioid use disorder in their own clinical practices using evidence-based strategies.
Empowering Adolescents to Prevent Rape and Sexual Assault: Rigorous Results from Randomized Trials
Michael Baiocchi, PhD
Stanford University
Learning Objectives:
  1. Enumerate pathways targeted in programs that have shown efficacy in lowering the rate of rape in adolescents.
  2. Describe risk factors of sexual violence in youth and how the impact of assaults can have life-long, even intergenerational, impact.
  3. Discuss some of the challenges to implementing sexual assault prevention programs given logistical and cultural constraints.
Understanding and Improving the Health Status of Adolescent Refugees Resettling in High Income Countries
Kajal S. Hirani, FRACP, MBBS, BSc
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children

Learning Objectives:
  1. Summarize the global trends of forced displacement and discuss the reasons and implications of the limited availability of statistical data for adolescent refugees and asylum seekers.
  2. Review the medical and psychosocial health problems that are prevalent among adolescent refugees resettling in high-income countries and discuss the socioeconomic, medicolegal and ethical issues that impact the health status of this cohort.
  3. Describe strategies for clinicians and healthcare services to optimize multidisciplinary healthcare delivery to ethnically diverse resettling adolescent refugees.

Addressing Racism with Youth of Color in our daily interventions: Reclaiming their Right to Dream
Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FSAHM
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC)

Learning Objectives:
  1. Define racism and its presentation in structural, personally mediated and internalized levels.
  2. Discuss the impact of racism on the health and well-being of youth, presenting a conceptual model that describes its potential chronic source of trauma.
  3. Describe clinical interventions based on trauma-informed principles to address racism within a positive youth development framework.

Hot Topics II: Saturday, March 17 - 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Moderator: Anisha Abraham, MD, MPH
Identification of Commercially Sexually Exploited and Sexually Trafficked Youth
Wendi Ehrman, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the risk factors and red flags for youth involvement in sexual exploitation and trafficking
  • Identify the medical needs of sexually exploited and trafficked youth
  • Integrate screening questions, tools and resources into medical settings to better identify sexually exploited and trafficked youth
I See a Lot of People Scared to do Things, Because They Feel Like They Might Get Deported”: The Changing Immigration Policy in the United States and Its Impact on the Health and Well-Being of Youth in Immigrant Communities
Marissa Raymond-Flesch, MD, MPH
University of California San Francisco

Learning Objectives:
  1. Examine the effects of the current U.S. political environment on the health and well-being of youth in immigrant communities
  2. Describe how shifts in immigration policy shape the concerns of immigrant youth related to family stability and future opportunities
  3. Identify implications of the current immigration policy environment for adolescent health and well-being across multiple outcomes
Intersectionality: Is Understanding Multiple Disadvantage the New Frontier in Promoting Adolescent Health Equity?
Fiona J. Robards, BSc, MA, MAATH, MPH, MHA
The University of Sydney

Learning Objectives:
  1. Introduce the concept of intersectionality as a lens for understanding the experiencing of marginalized young people
  2. State how intersectionality can affect health service access, engagement and health system navigation
  3. Identify how to engage marginalized young people experiencing multiple disadvantage
Internet Addiction or Teens Being Teens? Recognizing and Responding to Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU)
Michael Rich MD, MPH
Boston Children's Hospital

Learning Objectives:
  1. Recognize the signs and symptoms of Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU), manifesting as compulsive gaming, social media use, pornography, and video/information-bingeing; Integrate PIMU awareness in standard of care medical history, health risk prevention and anticipatory guidance
  2. Identify underlying psychiatric diagnoses including ADD, anxiety, and depression presenting as PIMU; Treat PIMU with established, evidence-based treatment strategies for these psychiatric conditions integrated in PIMU therapy
  3. Develop team treatment plans for patients and families, multilevel care options with criteria for raising and stepping down level of care, and outcome goals; collect data characterizing PIMU and evaluating therapy with quantified outcome measures