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.  


Hot Topics I: Wednesday, March 6 - 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Moderator: Matthew Aalsma, BA, MA, PhD, HSPP

Caught in the middle: public charge proposals, mandatory reporting and US immigrant youth
 Lisa Klee Mihaly, RN, MS, FNP; Naomi Schapiro, RN, PhD, CPNP
University of California San Francisco
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the status of proposals to expand criteria for public charge and expected impact on immigrant youth and families
  2. Identify benefits and potential risks to immigrant patients and families related to mandatory reporting of child abuse, trafficking, and intimate partner violence 
  3. Discuss the legal and ethical challenges for providers, staff, and organizations working with immigrant youth in the current political climate
The Creation and International Impact of the Australian Standards of Care and Treatment Guidelines for Trans and Gender Diverse Children and Adolescents

Michelle M. Telfer, MBBS (Hons.) FRACP; Michelle Tollit, Bach. Psychology, Masters Psychology, PhD;
Carmen Pace, Bach. Psychology (Hons.) Masters Psychology, PhD; Ken Pang
The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the current medical and psychosocial issues facing trans and gender diverse adolescents internationally 
  2. Identify and understand the latest and most progressive clinical recommendations for gender affirming care and treatment for trans and gender diverse adolescents  
  3. Identify the reasons for creation of this guideline and their impact internationally following publication in the Medical Journal of Australia and subsequent editorial comment provided in The Lancet encouraging their implementation internationally
Suicide, mass shootings, and the media: Improving adolescent psychological well-being in an age of news oversaturation.
Nicholas J. Westers, Psy.D.
Children's Medical Center Dallas & UT Southwestern Medical Center
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define the Werther Effect & Papageno Effect and their relation to research on suicide and murder-suicide contagion 
  2. Explain at least 3 ways suicide and mass shootings should be responsibly reported or depicted in the media 
  3. Describe practical strategies for how adolescent healthcare providers can raise mental health awareness and help-seeking behavior among youth

Opportunities to increase health equity and well-being of adolescents and young adults through worldwide access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
Renata Sanders, MD, MPH, ScM1; Adam Leonard, NP, MPH, MS, AAHM2; Jack Rusley, MD, MHS3
1Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2San Fransisco Department of Health
Hasbro Children's Hospital, 3Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the state of science on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in preventing HIV among adolescents
  2. Identify barriers and facilitators to adolescents and uptake of PrEP
  3. Discuss the role of youth-serving clinicians and practical approaches to increase PrEP uptake among adolescents and improve health equity

Hot Topics II: Thursday, March 7 - 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Moderator: Christina Akre, PhD

Helping Adolescents Thrive (HAT): A new intervention package for the promotion of adolescent mental health and prevention of mental disorders, risk behaviours and self-harm
David Anthony Ross, MA, MSc, BMBCh, PhD
World Health Organization
Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the global incidence, prevalence and causes of adolescent mental health disorders.
  2. Analyze the effectiveness of interventions to promote adolescent mental health and prevent mental disorders, risk behaviours and self-harm, and the components of psychosocial interventions that increase the effectiveness of these interventions.
  3. Understand the content and instructional components of the new WHO/UNICEF intervention package for the promotion of adolescent mental health and prevention of mental disorders, risk behaviours and self-harm.
Entry into Human Trafficking: It’s Often the Ones Closest To Us
 Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, BSN1; Salina Mostajabian, MD2; Constance Wiemann, PhD; Elizabeth Newlin, MD3
1University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; 2People's Clinic; 3Baylor College of Medicine
Learning Objectives:
  1. Analyze the current landscape of Human Trafficking among youth and young adults.
  2. Describe entries into trafficking for youth experiencing homelessness.
  3. State strategies to effectively identify youth affected for human trafficking and their psychological needs.
Maltreatment of Asylum Seeking and Refugee Youth – What can we do?
Youth Support
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will have an overview of the level of the problem facing immigrant and refugee children and youth internationally with particular emphasis on the crisis affecting USA and Europe
  2. Appreciate hazards faced by refugee youth fleeing from their country of origin, and the additional traumas and deprivations suffered when reaching countries of 'refuge' including Health and safety within camps, detention and 'internal' camps
  3. Assess the need for interventions and how best to confront prejudice and isolation of the refugee community. We will also address the need for professionals to 'keep safe' and protect themselves whilst undertaking this often very challenging work.
Crisis pregnancy centers: Public health risks, responses, and resources
Andrea Swartzendruber, PhD, MPH; Danielle Lambert, MPH
University of Georgia College of Public Health
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe crisis pregnancy centers, including their mission, services, common tactics, global prevalence, risks to young people, and relevance in the current policy environment
  2. Summarize the purpose, methods, and findings from a new online geolocated directory of crisis pregnancy centers in the United States (CPC Map:
  3. Discuss how public health practitioners and clinicians can support social awareness and advocacy/policy efforts and aid individuals seeking unbiased, medically-accurate health information and safe sexual and reproductive health services