SIG Meetings


Wednesday, March 14 - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Gerald T. Montano, D.O., M.S.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Renata Arrington-Sanders, M.D., M.P.H.M.D., M.P.H.
John Hopkins Children's Center
Description: This SIG invites health care providers and community leaders who have interest in the health, well-being, and social equity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) teens and young adults. The SIG will provide opportunities for members to network, discuss workshops, institutes, and speakers ideas for future SAHM meetings, suggest improvements for the SIG website, get updated on or propose SAHM position papers and statements related to the needs of LGBTQI health, and get involved in supporting research on LGBTQI health. The SIG will also inform members of the latest clinical practices, research findings, health policies, and psychosocial/political challenges affecting this vulnerable population. Finally, members will have opportunities to advocate for LGBTQI teens and young adults. This year, there will be an emphasis on updating members on the state of LGBTQI Health around the globe.


Global Adolescent Health
Jason M. Nagata, MD, MSc
University of California, San Francisco
Sophie Remoue Gonzales, MDMD
Baylor College of Medicine
Description: The Global Adolescent Health SIG welcomes health care providers, researchers, and scientists of all levels and professions with an interest in global adolescent health to attend its inaugural session in Seattle. The session will begin with an interactive panel discussion of some of the challenges with conducting global adolescent health work, including perspectives from senior investigators to trainees. Various opportunities for work in global adolescent health will be presented and may be of particular interest for trainees, early career professionals, and people new to global health. A membership list with geographic areas of interest will be compiled to facilitate regional collaboration. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect and network allowing opportunities for exchanges and collaboration during the SAHM meeting and throughout the year.


Adolescent Healthcare and the Resident Learner
Paritosh Kaul, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Caroline J. Barangan, MDMD
Mount Sinai
Richard J. Chung, MD
Duke University School of Medicine
Description: This interactive SIG session will begin with an opportunity for participants to share their experiences in providing feedback to resident learners. Next, there will be a brief didactic regarding key research and concepts in feedback centered on the three-part framework of 1) knowing your learner, 2) understanding what is to be learned, and 3) planning for improvement. The facilitators will then role play feedback scenarios and participants will discuss the scenarios as small groups. The workshop will then conclude with discussion of helpful feedback tools and resources that could be utilized in participants’ home settings. The topic of feedback will be approached in view of core learning domains including communication skills, procedural competency, and professionalism.

Qualitative and Quantitative Research 

Kristen Kaseeska, MPH
American Academy of Pediatrics

Ana Radovic, MD, MSc
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Christina Akre, PhD
Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland
Description: Any stage researcher, qualitative and/or quantitative, and including trainees interested in research, are encouraged to attend. This year's meeting will build on themes identified in previous SIG meetings and will focus on fostering connections between the growing research community. During the 2018 Research SIG, SIG leaders will present on the value of active engagement in the SAHM research community, including networking and collaboration. Next, attendees will participate in at least one breakout session led by faculty experts. Topics are member-driven, chosen by Research SIG members prior to the meeting. Afterwards, participants will form small groups and apply the information gained. Research SIG leaders will describe how to build and maintain a strong professional network within the SAHM research community, including the annual meeting, SIG website and listserv. 

Thursday, March 15 - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Student/Trainee: Creating Connections: Collaboration & Engagement in Adolescent Health
Nicholas Chadi, MD
Boston Children's Hospital
Megan Jacobs, MDMD
Children's Hospital Colorado
Description: This session will provide an opportunity for trainees and students of all levels and disciplines to connect, share ideas and build a community through a series of guided discussions and small group exercises. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with ideas and questions they would like to discuss with the group. The session will be divided in three parts: (1) Introductions and networking (2) Mini-lectures: attendees will have the option of attending one of two breakout sessions a) how to construct a meaningful 5-minute teaching session b) building your research mentor network: being an effective mentee (3) Small working group discussions on one of four different topics a) how to attract students/trainees to a career devoted to adolescent health b) sharing research topics and questions for collaboration c) how best to connect and engage with youth in the era of internet and technology d) improving connections with community partners and organizations.


Early Career Professionals: Defining Personal Success
Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH
University of Michigan
Andrea Hoopes, MD, MPHMD, MPH
Kaiser Permanente Washington
Tracy Exley, MD, MPH
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Julia Potter, MD
Boston University Medical Center
Ana Radovic, MD, MSc
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Nadia Saldanha, MD
Cohen Children's Medical Center
Description: The Early Career Professionals Special Interest Group (SIG) is open to all SAHM members of all disciplines who have finished their professional training in the last 5 years. The SIG's focus is on issues relevant to the transition from training to independent practice in a variety of settings. We invite our early career colleagues to join us for networking and discussion of this year's topic: Defining Personal Success. We will be joined by a guest facilitator with experience in coaching regarding personal and professional goals, who will help guide attendees to individually define their success. This definition will be then used as a framework for setting priorities for our professional and non-professional identities, while incorporating the external expectations given to us by our employers. The session will include a short didactic component followed by small group and individual work. We will also spend a brief portion of the meeting determining future leadership and SIG topics.

Internists in Adolescent Medicine

Jeri L. Lantz, MD, FACP, FAAP
Carilion Clinic
Description: The Internists in Adolescent Medicine SIG session will be an opportunity for internists and med/peds providers to discuss updates to ABIM certification and re-certification process. The group will brainstorm about some collaborative ideas and activities to share adolescent medicine and health care transition information with our internal medicine colleagues. The SIG will provide a forum to network and discuss strategies to facilitate chronic disease management and prevention opportunities for the care of complex adolescents as they become adults.

Adolescent Nursing

Sarah A. Stoddard, PhD, RN, CNP, FSAHM
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Description: The SAHM Nursing Luncheon provides a forum for nurse leaders in SAHM to meet and share their interests and areas of focus, and creates an opportunity to build stronger professional relationships and support the growth and development of SAHM nursing professionals.


Social Work
James A. Hall, PhD, LCSW
Indiana University
Description: Social workers provide direct services to youth and their families as well as providing referral assistance to needed community services. These social workers may be employed by our adolescent medicine programs or be called in for special issues from affiliated health care organizations (e.g., suspicion of child neglect, suicidal ideation, non-compliance with medical care for diabetes, etc.). In addition, social work has been a core discipline in the current LEAH program as well in the previous adolescent health care training projects sponsored by Maternal and Child Health (MCH). Thus, social workers are important participants for training interns and students from various disciplines – including social work. This special interest group allows social workers as well as those interested in improving social work services to discuss key issues and concerns. By the end of this Special Interest Group, each participant will be able to: 1) Identify the roles that social workers play in adolescent health and medicine settings. 2) Describe educational opportunities for social workers at various levels of training including BSW, MSW and PhD. 3) Develop a mission statement and objectives for social work participation in SAHM annual meetings and in adolescent health and medicine settings.

Sports Medicine

Chris B. Renjilian, M.D., M.B.E.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Cora C. Breuner, MD
Seattle Children's Hospital
Keith J. Loud, MD, MSc
Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Albert Hergenroeder, MD
Texas Children's Hospital
Description: This Sports Medicine SIG is open to all interested participants, including new SAHM members and those more experienced. The SIG will include a lively review of current science and practice that explores the concept of "Exercise is Medicine." The aim of this review will be to stimulate discussion about sports, exercise and physically active recreation as they relate to clinical practice in all domains of adolescent health, from mental health to preventive medicine. The SIG will also provide opportunities for members to network, and to discuss potential workshops and programming ideas for future SAHM meetings. Our continuing goal is to establish a global network of health care practitioners who can serve as a collective resource for SAHM members who want to learn more sports medicine, how to incorporate it into their practice, and how to keep current on the diagnosis and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Additionally, we seek to foster opportunities to collaborate on multicenter research projects, develop educational materials, and/or potential position statements for SAHM related to sports-connected health.

Minority Providers: Equipping Providers in Promoting Health Equity while Maintaining Balanced Provider Wellness

Lisa Barkley, MD, FAAFP, FSAHM
  • Qualifications:  Dr. Barkley is presently the Program Director of Family Practice at Charles R. Drew University.  She previous served as associate dean for inclusion and diversity at University of Central Florida where she worked on creating health equity through her pipeline program for minority youth.
Kelly Bethea, MD, FSAHM
  • Qualifications: Dr. Kelly Bethea has  a passion for creating positive spaces for those youth who are underserved and overlooked in order to create health equity especially for male youth.  During her career she made a shift in her career allowing her personal expertise in creating strategies in maintaining balanced wellness in the workplace.
Description: The session will include a didactic followed by small and large group discussions on creating a professional space that promotes balanced provider wellness while advocating for health equity of underserved and overlooked adolescents.  The didactic and groups will delve into the unique experiences of the minority provider and then identify ways to develop support systems in your institution as well as “outside” the box strategies for maintaining a balanced wellness.
Learning Objectives:  
  1. Understanding the unique challenges Minority Providers experience 
  2. Discuss how to develop a support system in your institution
  3. Discuss strategies on how to maintain balanced wellness


Runaway and Homeless Youth

Meera S. Beharry, MD
McLane Children's Hospital Baylor Scott & White
Stanford University & Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
April S. Elliott, MD, FRCP (C) FSAHM
Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary; Alberta Children's Hospital
Scott B. Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN, APHN-BC, FSAHM
University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus
Description: In our 5th annual meeting of the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) SIG at SAHM we will follow the conference theme of Global Adolescent Health Equity by asking attendees to share their experiences working with homeless youth around the world and to discuss how global issues (immigration, climate change, conflict, etc.) affect youth domestically. We hope to explore the similarities and differences of working with youth experiencing homelessness in a variety of settings with the goal of generating new ideas for your work. Questions for contemplation include: What are common areas of need? Common advocacy issues? Prevention strategies? Therapeutic Interventions? What issues are unique to certain populations? As always, we will include a literature review of work published in the past year and relevant to work with RHY. The literature review will include the much anticipated update of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Position Paper which was developed with input from RHY SIG members. We welcome all levels of experience and look forward to hearing about your thoughts, your plans and your work!


Thursday, March 15 - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.



Substance Use Prevention and Treatment
Scott Evan Hadland, MD, MPH, MS
Boston University School of Medicine
Seth Ammerman, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Description: The SAHM Substance Use Prevention and Treatment (SUPT) SIG seeks to gather current and future leaders in the field, including clinicians, researchers, and policymakers. Our goal is to offer a forum to share ideas and innovations, review state-of-the-art research, foster mentoring and collaboration, and advance the field of adolescent and young adult addiction prevention and treatment. Special attention is dedicated to understanding the life course trajectory of addiction, including careful consideration of risk and protective factors preceding adolescent substance use, early experimentation with substances, development of substance use disorder, and the downstream harms of adolescent substance use on adult health outcomes. We will also seek to translate knowledge into action, drawing on what is known about adolescent substance use and using this understanding to develop, implement, and disseminate evidence-based addiction prevention, screening, and treatment. This may lead to our making recommendations to the SAHM board regarding opportunities to take positions that may influence legislatures to pass or implement laws, recognizing that substances may affect adolescents in different ways than they affect adults and this is often overlooked by policymakers.


Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Debra Braun-Courville, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Claudia Borzutzky, MD
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Description: The Sexually Transmitted Diseases Special Interest Group (STD SIG) provides a forum for health care professionals to discuss current STD topics and issues related to adolescents. Based on interest generated from last year’s SIG and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine STD SIG community, facilitators will focus on the discussion on the following two topics: 1. HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis 2. Rising rates of sexually transmitted infections among youth Facilitators will give brief summaries of the two topics to provide a platform for discussion. If possible, a clinician/researcher well-versed in one or both of these topics will be identified to assist in facilitation. Participants are encouraged to bring their knowledge, experience and questions to generate an active discussion with colleagues.


Laura K. Grubb, MD, MPH

Tufts University School of Medicine
Hilary Wolf, MD
Medstar Health Georgetown University
Mychelle Farmer, MD
JHPIEGO at Johns Hopkins University
Description: This year’s advocacy SIG will focus on one or two recent legislative and health policy topics, which will have regional as well as national significance. In many instances, state legislation can have significant impact on adolescent health. Our SIG will highlight these activities, and we will evaluate effective ways that SAHM’s regional chapters can influence state-based legislation and policy development. We will invite SAHM chapter representatives to join the SIG to help disseminate information back to their chapter and support ongoing local advocacy. This SIG provides SAHM members an opportunity to share ideas about regional advocacy, designed to improve the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults. Participants will be given resources they can use to promote sound health policies at the state and national level. The SIG will include a brief presentation by experts on active national and global issues in adolescent health policy. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with members of SAHM’s advocacy committee in order to provide input into SAHM’s advocacy priorities for the upcoming year. OBJECTIVES: At the end of this SIG, participants will be able to 1. Describe state-specific legislation and policies affecting the health of adolescents and young adults. 2. Identify new ways to engage SAHM’s Regional Chapters in matters of regional significance. 3. Understand issues influencing global adolescent health equity and global efforts to expand health coverage for adolescents. 4. Utilize new approaches to promote effective advocacy consistent with SAHM’s priorities in adolescent health.


Chronic Illness and Healthcare Transitions
Sheila M. Quinn, DO
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Lisa Tuchman, MD, MPH
Children's National Medical Center
Description: This year’s chronic illness and healthcare transitions special interest group will focus on clinical and research initiatives that best exemplify the meeting’s theme of “Global Adolescent Health Equity”. The meeting will begin with participants briefly introducing themselves, and any clinical, community, or research work that they are currently involved in that aligns with the meeting theme. Special attention will be paid to the under-served patients with which we work (e.g. HIV-positive youth, transgender youth, those with intellectual or developmental disability, etc.), and how caring for these underrepresented, and often under-resourced populations throughout their healthcare transition poses unique challenges, and often warrants equally unique solutions. This will be followed by a semi-structured discussion of participant’s work, inviting discussion, questions and suggestions from the group, with particular attention to successes and challenges in respective programs and projects. If the group is large, as it has been in recent years, there is potential to split into three smaller groups—community program development, clinical initiatives, and research, with a brief summary of updates and opportunities to collaborate fed back to the larger group at the end. Time will be allotted for networking at the end of the meeting.


Spirituality: Spirituality, Religion, and Providing Care to a Global Adolescent Population
Richard A. Wahl, M.D.
University of Arizona
Sarah R. S. Stender, MD
UCSF - Fresno
Donna R. Perry, M.D.
Indian Health Service, Chinle, AZ (Retired)
Description: Questions involving Spirituality and Religion have been intimately involved in many adolescents’ sense of health and wellness, and have also had an impact on questions surrounding Global Adolescent Health Equity (the 2018 SAHM meeting theme). The impact of an individual’s sense of spirituality, and of a culture’s religious identity, have been viewed as sources of internal strength and resilience, as well as sources of stress and external control. We would like to discuss these questions from a global health perspective, to see how Spirituality and Religion have impacted our patient’s lives, our personal experiences, and our ability as health care professionals to provide care for our increasingly global patient population. Please bring your questions, concerns, and experiences to our SIG meeting in Seattle. (Our meeting this year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Spirituality SIG, started by Drs. Philomena Dias, Robert DuRant, and David Holder at the 1998 SAM meeting in Atlanta, GA. Dr. DuRant passed away in 2009. Please let us know if you are in touch with either Dr. Philomena Dias or Dr. David Holder.) Sarah Stender, MD Donna Perry, MD Richard Wahl, MD ([email protected])

Friday, March 16 - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

College Health

James Farrow, MD, FSAHM
Tulane University
Mark Pfitzner, MD, MPH
University of Utah
Description: The College Health Special Interest Group offers adolescent and young adult practitioners interested in or working in college health to share experiences and clinical updates. The group discusses topics of mutual interest in addressing the health care needs of college and university students receiving care in campus student health clinics. Models of health care delivery in this setting are discussed as well as the impact of changes in the health care delivery system in the United States. SAHM’s increased focus on the health needs of emerging adults are reflected in the SIG’s discussions


Male Health
Emmanuel L. Chandler, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Reuben O. Battley, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Brock Libby, MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Description: The male health special interest group provides a forum for health care professionals who have an interest in the health care needs of adolescent and young adult males. The SIG will provide opportunities for members to network, exchange best practices, and discuss trending topics facing adolescent and young adult males. The SIG will give an opportunity for participants to share ideas on how to improve the health care of young men across the globe. SIG members will also have the opportunity to discuss potential workshops, institute, and speaker ideas for future SAHM meetings.

Family Medicine

Pierre-Paul Tellier, MD, FSAHM
McGill University

Description: Family physicians are important in offering primary care for adolescents.   Most residency program do not provide adequate training to offer this service to the population.  The goal of this SIG is to bring together family physicians with an interest and advance training in adolescent care to discuss how service for AYA can be improved through continuing education of physicians in the community, adequate training of residents and fostering of the development of leaders in this field.   The objective of this meeting is to allow for networking with the goal of developing these various educational areas. 



Juvenile Justice: International perspective on juvenile sex trafficking, criminalization and decriminalization efforts
Rebecca Monk Beyda, MD, MSPH
McGovern Medical School
Ann Sattler, MD, MAT
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Eva Moore, MD, MSPH
BC Children's Hospital
Ann Giesel, MD
University of Washington School of Medicine
Scott Ronis, Ph.D., LCP, L.Psych
University of New Brunswick
Diana Birch, MD, MSc
Youth Support
Description: The juvenile justice special interest group will delve into juvenile sex trafficking with an expert panel. International providers will give brief presentations guided by a facilitator. Discussions will be interactive, aimed to solicit feedback and impressions, and generate ideas for future workshops or position papers. The meeting will conclude with SIG members sharing research efforts over the past year. SAHM provides an opportunity for those caring for youth in the juvenile justice system to review best practices and support one another in clinical work, advocacy and research.


Ethical & Legal: Ensuring Optimal Health and Wellness for All: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Healthcare Providers, Researchers and Advocates
Amy Lewis Gilbert, JD, MPH
Indiana University School of Medicine
Tomas Jose Silber, MD, MASS
Clinical Translational Science Institute, Children's National Health System
Abigail English, JD
Center for Adolescent Health & the Law
Description: Amy Lewis Gilbert, JD, MPH; Tomas Silber, MD, MASS; and Abigail English, JD will lead the 2018 Ethical and Legal SIG Session. Consistent with this year's focus on global health equity, this multidisciplinary session will provide practitioners and researchers with a forum for discussing current legal and ethical barriers to optimal health and wellness across all cultures and in all countries. We will begin with informal introductions, and then specifically focus on case presentations and concerns raised by participants. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring questions arising from their own experiences in clinical care, research, and advocacy to stimulate group discussion. A five-minute summary overview by the session leaders will conclude this opportunity for ethical and legal reflection.


School-Based Health Care

Steve North, MD, MPH
Mission Health/ Center for Rural Health Innovation
Ryan Pasternak, MD, MPH
LSU Health Sciences
Description: The SAHM SBHCC SIG is a great environment for sharing ideas, discussing challenges and developing collaborative research. School-based health centers (SBHCs) are a distinctive healthcare setting in which health care professionals can cultivate the connection between health and education. They can offer unparalleled access for patients, and play a particularly important role in reducing barriers to healthcare among adolescents who are medically underserved, low income, and often in high-risk situations. They have been shown to improve both the health and the education of students who access the center. Additionally, SBHCs provide a unique opportunity for public health as patients are a “captive audience” within the school. There are almost 2000 SBHCs across the United States providing a growing network of physical and mental health services for adolescents. This year participants are invited to bring current research ideas and interests to the collective group for discussion, refinement and potential collaboration.

Eating Disorders

Sara Forman, MD
Boston Children's Hospital
Rod McClymont, MD
Bathurst Base Hospital
Description: The Eating Disorders SIG provides a forum for those who are involved in research or providing care for youth/young adults with eating disorders. Discussion will include challenging cases and treatment options for this population from a global perspective. Participants from various disciplines are invited to participate in what will most likely be a lively interactive session about future directions in research and treatment for various patient sub-populations who struggle with eating disorders. In addition, participants are invited to contact the facilitators ahead of time with any topics of interest which they wish to include in the SIG.

Behavioral Health Services

James A. Hall, PhD, LCSW
Indiana University
Description: Various professionals provide behavioral health services to the adolescents and young adults who come to our clinics and programs. In this special interest group, we discuss the issues that these providers encounter as we coordinate our activities with others on our service teams and in the community. We also share solutions ranging from psychosocial interventions to clinical research. Our overall goal is to improve the level of behavioral health services within SAHM and to establish a network of helping professionals that can consult with each other about patient issues and clinic operations. We welcome all those who provide behavioral health services or who are interested in learning more about the current services being offered by SAHM members. In past meetings, we have had members from several disciplines attend including pediatrics, family medicine, psychology, social work, nursing, nutrition, counseling psychology, school psychology and internal medicine. At the conclusion of this session, the learner will be able to: •Identify the key behavioral health issues that are being addressed by SAHM providers. •Describe the most common procedures for screening and assessment for a variety of problems faced by adolescents and young adults. •Describe 3-5 evidence-based interventions that have been or could be implemented in our clinics or programs. •Discuss how to network with others interesting in behavioral health services and issues.

Saturday, March 17 - 7:30 -8:30 a.m.


Shamieka Virella Dixon, MD
Levine Children's Hospital/ Teen Health Connection
Laura K. Grubb, MD MPHMD MPH
Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
Heather Needham, MD, MPH
Baylor College of Medicine/ Texas Children's Hospital
Description: Adolescents have the highest rates of unintended pregnancy than any other group. Contraception can be used to prevent unintended pregnancy, as well as treat other medical conditions. However, providers often encounter challenges while using contraception in this population. Guidelines for medications use in adolescents are sparse and indications for contraception can change rapidly. The Contraception Special Interest Group (SIG) is an interactive session which will provide a forum for providers to discuss contraceptive options available for teens. We will cover methods of birth control, indications for use and how to provide adolescents with appropriate preconception counseling. Participants are encouraged to bring challenging contraceptive cases and questions for discussion. We also review the most up to date literature on contraception for adolescents. Educational Objective 1 Facilitate a discussion of contraceptive options available to adolescents Educational Objective 2 Describe challenging cases and personal experiences using contraception with teens Educational Objective 3 Review the most up to date literature on contraception for adolescents

Adolescents and Young Adults with HIV/AIDS

Errol Fields, MD, PhD, MPH
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Lana Lee, MD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

This Special Interest Group (SIG) provides an opportunity for researchers and health care providers working with HIV-infected and at-risk adolescents and young adults to network and share experiences. Information regarding regional, national, and international activities impacting the care of these populations will be discussed, as well as issues related to collaborative research, health policy, ethics, and advocacy. Studies demonstrating poor treatment outcomes among young people who are living with or at-risk for HIV highlight the need for ongoing exchange of experiences and ideas among providers, researchers, program developers, advocates, and policy makers. Consistent with the conference theme, we will review HIV disparities affecting adolescent and young adult populations in the US and internationally. We will also explore economic and social structures that impede health equity in the prevention and treatment of adolescent and young adult HIV. 


Peace, Armed Conflict and Adolescents

Youth Support
Curren Warf, MD, MSed,  FSAHM
BC CHildren's Hospital
Description: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC), is meant to guarantee the “protection and care of children who are affected by an armed conflict” (Article 38) and that “no child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” (Article37). The Peace, Armed Conflict and Adolescents SIG embraces that charge and serves as a forum for discussion and exploration of the effects of armed conflict on young people, the effects of military involvement, and the potential role of physicians and other healthcare professionals in opposing the use of armed force to address political, cultural and economic conflicts. A significant consequence of armed conflict is the issue of refugee and asylum-seeking youth who are increasingly presenting in their countries of refuge and who have particular health and psychosocial needs which are frequently unmet. The ‘Peace’ SIG will provide a forum in which to discuss how we might assist youth who are affected by warfare and conflict and alleviate the hardships faced by refugee youth and children.

Electronic Health Records

Rachel Goldstein, MD
Stanford University
Jennifer Carlson, MD
Stanford University
Arash Anoshiravani, MD
University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Description: Electronic health records (EHRs) have led to transformations in patient care, specifically in the areas of patient safety and care coordination. At the same time, institutions around the country have struggled with how to balance increasing access to medical records for patients and families and maintaining confidentiality for adolescents and young adults. In this session, we plan to create a forum for providers who are interested in EHRs and their functionality to come together and exchange ideas and discuss best practices for using the EHR to best care for adolescents and young adults.

The Power of One: Adolescent Health Leaders in Divisions of One

Paul A. S. Benson, MD, MPH
The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa School of Community Medicine
May C. Lau, MD, MPH
University of Texas Southwestern
Description: Health equity is defined by the American Public Health Association (APHA) as a condition where everyone has the opportunity to attain his or her highest level of health. Drawing from this year's meeting theme of "Global Adolescent Health Equity" and building upon past years' discussions of the advantages and challenges of practicing as health leaders in divisions of one, this year the Power of One SIG will focus on creating opportunities to build and optimize our own career health, individually and globally. Focusing on the positive, we will first examine and applaud our contributions to our individual institutions and local communities, within SAHM, and in the national and international realms. We will continue to strategize around challenges we face as solo adolescent health clinicians, educators, and/or researchers. At the interface of career health and personal health, we will consider ways to recognize and prevent burnout related to solo practice. While open to all SAHM conference participants, this SIG is particularly aimed at faculty of all adolescent health disciplines who practice or may soon practice as lone Adolescent Medicine-trained faculty at their respective institutions. SIG leaders and all participants alike will share personal tips, experience, concerns, and self-advocacy strategies. We especially welcome the unique perspectives of our global and international solo adolescent health leaders.


Multicultural/ Multiethnic SIG: Migrating Identities for Multicultural Youth

Lisa Barkley, MD
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Merrian Brooks, MD
Many youth globally represent multiple socially constructed groups- including race, gender, religion, geography and ethnicity.  The expression of these identities can result in internal and external conflict that can impact on psychosocial development.  This SIG will explore the role of intersectionality in youth and how providers can support a positive identity formation.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the tangible and intangible ways that intersecting identities affect adolescent and young adult development
  2. Discuss the impact of identities that conflict with adolescents and their family/social support systems
  3. Be able to discuss strategies to counsel youth and families to navigate social dynamics and to understand the role of your own biases in providing effective care
Educational plan:
  • 10-15 minute didactic presentation
  • Activity: diversity shuffle
  • Group discussion questions


Nutrition and Obesity: Binge-Eating Disorder in Adolescents 

Alicia Dixon Doctoer, MS, RDN, CD
Seattle Children's

Description: We will have a facilitated discussion on the diagnosis and management of Binge-Eating Disorder, including the challenges of:

  • Screening adolescents for binge-eating disorder
  • Addressing binge-eating disorder in adolescents seeking bariatric surgery
  • Assembling a multidisciplinary treatment team
  • Treatment modalities
  • Avoiding pitfalls during treatment such as the 'swing' from binge-eating to restrictive eating


Bone Health

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