Virtual SIG Meetings

SAHM Special Interest Groups (SIGs) virtual meetings will be scheduled throughout the month of March. SAHM members and non-member AM21 registered attendees are welcome. 

Adolescent Nursing
Monday, March 15, 2021 - Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Holly Fontenot, PhD, RN/NP, FAAN, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Sarah A. Stoddard, PhD, RN, CNP, FAAN, University of Michigan

Description: The Adolescent Nursing SIG 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.

Adolescents with HIV/AIDS
Monday, March 29, 2021 - 11:00 a.m.-Noon ET
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Session Leaders: Yzette Lanier, PhD, New York University; Samantha Hill, MD, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Uri Belkind, MD, NYU Langone Health

Description: The Special Interest Group (SIG) provides an opportunity for researchers and health care providers and professionals who work with adolescents and young adults (AYAs) living with and at-risk for HIV the opportunity 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. The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically shifted how we engage and provide care to AYAs living with and at-risk for HIV. These changes brought new challenges as well as new opportunities.

This year’s SIG will provide a forum for participants to discuss HIV prevention, treatment, and care in the era of COVID-19. Participants will engage in discussions on the ways in which COVID-19 further amplified existing HIV inequities among AYAs, new challenges faced in the delivery of HIV prevention and treatment during different stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, and creative solutions including the use of tele-health as an effective strategy that may be utilized to increase health equity. Special attention will be on the use of technology, such as remote care, as a strategy that we can continue to utilize to transform the health and care of AYAs living with or at risk for HIV.

Bone Health: Hot Topics
Monday, March 15, 2021 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Sarah Pitts, MD, Boston Children's Hospital

Description: Experts in the field will review hot topics in the field of adolescent/young adult bone health.

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Chronic Illness and Transitions
Date/Time TBA

Session Leaders: Constance Wiemann, PhD, FSAHM, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital; Albert C. Hergenroeder, MD, FSAHM, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital

Description: The Chronic Illness and Transitions Special Interest Group has been tasked with providing updated content for the SAHM Clinical Care Resources webpage in the area of Transition to Adult Care. This year's Chronic Illness and Transitions SIG will be a working meeting to discuss the revised structure and to identify important resources. Draft categories may include (but are not limited to): Readiness Measures; Outcome Measures; Financial Issues/Models; Self-Management; Key Transition Outcome Studies; and Healthcare Transition Program Models (e.g., General Health-System Wide; Condition-Specific; Resource-Limited). In order to enable a robust discussion, participants are encouraged to think about this proposed structure ahead of the meeting, and to identify resources that can be linked to the SAHM website.

Contraception: Role of Racial Disparities in Contraception Choices
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Brittany Thomas, MD, Atrium Health; Shannon Fitzgerald, Boston Children's Hospital; Frinny Polanco-Walters, Boston Children's Hospital

Description: We will discuss the role of discrimination on contraceptive choices and ways to address contraception with women of color that may make them feel heard and believed when choosing contraception methods. Participants will be updated with new information regarding contraception including LARC.

Early Career Professionals: Mapping an uncertain future and staying true to your mission 
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Megan Jacobs, MD, Oregon Health & Science University
Joseph Puccio, MD, University of Southern Florida; David Reitman, MD, MBA, American University

Description: Early career professionals are those who completed specialty training and entered the workforce within the last 5 years. While traditional mentorship relationships often involve guidance from individuals with more experience than the mentee, this SIG leverages the power of peer mentorship and networks of collective experience and support to enrich the experience of the early career professional. This session will start with an online survey to populate a virtual network of participants, with both personal and professional interests queried and results viewable in real time. This will serve as a future resource for all early career professionals with SAHM. Participants will be divided into three groups rotate through facilitated station topics for 10 minutes each. At station #1, participants will draft or revise their own personal mission statement. Station #2 will introduce a framework of when to say “yes” or “no” related to professional opportunities. Station #3 will discuss strategies to pace your career milestones in the context of personal and professional circumstances. The remainder of the time will be spent sharing personal experiences as an ECP and planning future SIG quarterly peer mentorship and networking sessions.

Eating Disorders
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Jennifer Carlson, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine        

Description: The Eating Disorders SIG provides a forum for discussion for those who are interested in or involved in research or treatment of young people with eating disorders. It fosters connections between a diverse international group of clinicians, researchers and advocates. In addition, it is a place where those who are interested in, but as yet inexperienced in the field, are welcome to participate and connect with potential mentors and colleagues. This year with the SAHM meeting theme of "Mapping an Agenda to Transform the Future of Adolescent Health”, we will devote part of our time to exploring strategies and technology for managing adolescents with eating disorders during COVID times and beyond. We aim to learn from each other’s collective wisdom on what tools have been implemented and what new tools need to be developed to maximize care for this diverse population. The remainder of the time will be for discussion of topics of interest to the group, as well as updates on ongoing projects and collaborations. Participants are invited to contact the facilitators prior to the meeting with any topics that they wish to be discussed. Potential topics for consideration include: athletes with eating disorders, treatment of males with eating disorders, pharmacologic treatment for low bone mineral density, approach to patients with ARFID, and/or challenging case presentations.

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Ethical and Legal Issues: "Everyday" Ethical and Legal Challenges in a Time of Racism and COVID-19
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Abigail English, JD, Center for Adolescent Health & the Law; Mary A. Ott, MD, MA, Indiana University School of Medicine; Sharon Enujioke, MD, MPH, Indiana University School of Medicine

Description: As in previous years, this SIG will explore ethical and legal issues in adolescent and young adult health by inviting participants to bring cases and questions from their practice for discussion. In 2021, urgent challenges arising in the past year will guide the discussion: the COVID-19 pandemic and the heightened recognition of systemic racism as important factors affecting the safety, health, and well-being of adolescents and young adults. Questions for consideration may include: What does meeting these challenges look like on the human level, in encounters with young people and families? In striving to be anti-racist, how do we respond to racism and implicit bias in patients and other providers in real time? What is our obligation in addressing COVID-exacerbated disparities? What legal issues have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic—such as loss of insurance coverage or barriers to telehealth participation—that must be addressed to ensure equitable access to health care for adolescents and young adults? The current pandemic is a global one that has highlighted disparities both within and between countries and illustrated dramatically the ways in which the human rights of adolescents and young adults are violated by systemic neglect and overt discrimination.

Global Adolescent Health: Mapping an Agenda for Global Adolescent Health
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Jason Nagata, MD, MSc, University of California, San Francisco; Sophie Remoue Gonzales, MD, Legacy Community Health

Description: The Global Adolescent Health SIG welcomes health care providers, researchers, and policy makers of all levels and professions with an interest in global adolescent health. After introductions, the session will begin with an interactive panel discussion, including perspectives from senior experts to trainees. Discussion topics include future prospects in global adolescent health, research priorities in adolescent health in low- and middle-income countries, the impact of COVID-19 on adolescents globally, and career development in global adolescent health.

International Adolescent Health Week: International Adolescent Health Week 2021 – Incorporating Youth Ambassadors  
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 11:00 a.m.-Noon ET
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Session Leaders: Laura Offutt, MD, FACP, Real Talk with Dr. Offutt, LLC
Ngozi Oketah, MMBS, DCH, MRCPI, MRCPCH, MPH, University College London Hospital; Swati Bhave, MD, DCH, FCPS, FIAP, FAAP, Association of Adolescent and Child Care in India

Description: We invite anyone interested in International Adolescent Health Week to join us to learn more about the history of IAHW and how it will be celebrated and observed from 21-27 March 2021. During this informal meeting we will invite participants to share how their institutions or organizations are planning to celebrate IAHW 2021. The IAHW SIG leadership and members will share how Youth Ambassadors were selected and how their input was incorporated into IAHW planning at the local and global levels. If possible, we hope to have Youth Ambassadors join us in person or virtually. IAHW 2020 was significantly affected by COVID, and what IAHW 2021 will look like is likely to vary based on location. Consider wearing Lime Green (the official color of International Adolescent Health Week) to the meeting (in person or virtual). We would like to take a group photo to share with youth all over the world during IAHW 2021.

Internists in Adolescent Medicine
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Jeri Lantz, MD, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Allen Blackwood, MD, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Description: The Internists in Adolescent Medicine SIG session will be an opportunity for internists and med/peds providers to discuss unique features of providing care to adolescent and young adults as internists. We will discuss updates to ABIM certification and the re-certification process. The group will brainstorm about some continued 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 transition, chronic disease management and prevention opportunities for the care of complex adolescents as they become adults.

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Juvenile Justice: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 11:00 a.m.-Noon ET
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Session Leaders: Rebecca Beyda, MD, MS, McGovern Medical School; Shelley Aggarwal, MD, MS, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center; Do-Quyen Pham, MD, MPH, University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital; Ann Sattler, MD, MAT, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Description: The juvenile justice system experienced significant changes throughout the pandemic. Many facilities decreased the number of youth in detention. Additionally, each facility navigated efforts to manage the spread of COVID-19 and prevent detrimental effects from these measures. During our SIG, a panel of physicians will briefly present policies enacted for COVID-19 regarding youth screening and testing, staff testing, quarantine procedures, and infection control measures. Members of the SIG will contribute policies enacted in their facilities. Discussions will be interactive, aimed to solicit feedback and impressions. Reforming the juvenile justice system and transforming the future of incarcerated youth requires a collective effort. The SIG will conclude with a discussion on how the pandemic has served as a catalyst to re-imagine juvenile justice, the necessity of incarceration, as well as the safety of large congregate settings. 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.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: M. Brett Cooper, MD, M.Ed., UT Southwestern Medical Center
Shauna M. Lawlis, MD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Jonathan Daniel Warus, MD, Center for Transyouth Health and Development

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, as well as their allies. The SIG will provide opportunities for members to network, collaborate, discuss workshops, institutes, and speakers ideas for future SAHM meetings, suggest improvements for the SIG and its 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 pyschosocial/political challenges affecting this vulnerable population. Finally, members will have opportunities to advocate for LGBTQI teens and young adults. 

Male Health
Tuesday, March 16 2021 - Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Gabriela Vargas, MD, MPH, Boston Children's Hospital; Noah Weatherton,DNP, ARNP, Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation

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 (AYA) males. The SIG provides opportunities for members to network, exchange best practices, and discuss topics facing adolescent and young adult males. This year we will focus on engaging AYA males during the time of COVID-19, and addressing their unique health care needs.


Mental Health
Wednesday, March 3 2021 - Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leader: Ana Radovic, MD, MSc, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UPMC Children's

Description: The Mental Health Special Interest Group believes that mental health is a vital component of adolescent health. With suicide as one of the top international causes of adolescent mortality, and rates of depression and anxiety only increasing, the need for adolescent health professionals to address and be knowledgeable about adolescent mental health concerns is extremely important. This inaugural meeting invites interdisciplinary members of SAHM including providers trained in medicine and nursing, clinical behavioral health, and all individuals interested in adolescent mental health research and advocacy. Our goal will be to meet regularly at SAHM to discuss relevant mental health topics as well as needs for further training, research, and advocacy. Our activities will include sharing information about clinical practices, sprouting collaborations, and informing future SAHM program planning such as working together on future workshops.

During this inaugural meeting, we will host an informal discussion regarding the following topics:

  1. Introductions (professional background, interest in mental health)
  2. Role adolescent medicine professionals play in addressing mental health
  3. International perspectives on adolescent mental health services
  4. Potential for collaborations
  5. Share activities of Mental Health Committee (such as composition of position paper) 
  6. Future SAHM program planning
  7. Future of SIG planning

Military Adolescent Health Professionals: Research on Transgender Athletes as a Model for Unique Military-Civilian Collaborations
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: David Klein, MD, MPH, Uniformed Services University; William P. Adelman, MD, Children’s Mercy Kansas City; Timothy A. Roberts, MD, MPH, Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Description: The United States Military has a long and storied history in Adolescent Medicine and within SAHM. This SIG welcomes all SAHM members and conference attendees. After a brief hiatus, the SIG will reconvene this year to address significant changes in the form and function of military adolescent medicine, which is at a crossroads. The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is currently reevaluating funding for graduate medical education and specific subspecialty care in the Military Health System. Adolescent medicine is uniquely suited to optimize military readiness and achieve DHA's goals through care to adolescent and young adult service members and their dependents. Strong leadership in adolescent medicine is necessary to forge ahead and collaborative efforts among military adolescent medicine clinicians, researchers, and civilian partners is paramount in order to ensure optimal adolescent health care throughout the Department of Defense.

The goals of this SIG are threefold:

  1. To reintroduce the Military Adolescent Health Professionals SIG, generate interest, and provide opportunities for networking
  2. To learn about one successful clinical and research collaboration between military and civilian institutions regarding access to contraception for young active duty service members
  3. To discuss ways to collaborate as a team across military and civilian organizations. We hope all SAHM members with an interest in military adolescent medicine, reproductive health care access, or other military and civilian interests will join us!
Participants are encouraged to bring their knowledge, experience and questions to generate an active discussion.

Peace, Armed Conflict and Adolescents
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Diana Birch, MBBS, DCH, FRCP, FRCPCH, MSc, MD, Youth Support Charity; Curren Warf, MD, MSed, FSAHM, Vancouver Children's Hospital; Evelyn Eisenstein,    MD, FSAHM, Clinica de Adolescentes

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. Over the past year we have had the challenges of COVID which has seriously impacted on deprived youth and refugee populations. We have also had escalating violence in our own communities arising from racism and lack of appropriate inclusive practices leading to violence in the streets which has involved young people and has also placed many at risk of covid infection during demonstrations. 

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Runaway and Homeless Youth
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Meera Beharry, MD, FSAHM, McLane Childrens Medical Center, Baylor Scott and White; April Elliott, MD, FRCP (c), FSAHM, Alberta Childrens Hospital/The University of Calgary; Seth Ammerman, MD, FSAHM, Alliance Medical Center and Mission Neighborhood Health Center; Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, FSAHM, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Description: The conference theme "Mapping an Agenda to Transform the Future of Adolescent Health" resonates deeply for all of us who work with runway youth and those experiencing homelessness. We work hard to develop and honor the resilience in our young people while trying to work toward building a future where youth can thrive. As usual, the Runaway and Homeless Youth SIG will use our time for networking and fostering community through discussion and sharing of resources. We invite all conference attendees who are currently working on or interested in the issues for runaway youth and those experiencing homelessness to attend this SIG. We will specifically discuss strategies for laying the groundwork for future directions in the care of those experiencing unstable housing. We will also provide a review a literature review of publications relevant to work with runaway youth and those experiencing homelessness. We hope you will join us to share your thoughts and experiences!

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Optimizing STI Care and Management Amidst Various Settings and Challenges
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET 
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Session Leaders: Dina Romo, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi; Alwyn Cohall, MD, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University           

Description: Adolescents and young adults are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted infections, often due to a combination of biopsychosocial factors. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented several challenges in carrying out STI screening, testing and management across several different practice settings. The Sexually Transmitted Infection Special Interest Group (STI SIG) consists of clinicians who have an interest in addressing the sexual health needs of adolescents and young adults. We aim to lead an interactive session and provide a forum for providers to network, exchange best practices, and discuss trending topics facing adolescents and young adults. In this session, we will create a dynamic and interactive opportunity for providers who are interested in adolescent sexual health to come together and exchange ideas regarding best practices for the prevention, as well as testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections in adolescents and young adults in various settings. In addition we will discuss the challenges confronted by patients and providers during the COVID19 pandemic and discuss practice solutions or suggestions to meet these challenges. Participants are encouraged to bring their knowledge, experience, challenging cases and questions to generate an active discussion with colleagues. 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.

The Power of One: Adolescent Health Leaders in Divisions of One
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Paul Benson, MD, MPH, The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa School of Community Medicine; Lonna P. Gordon, MD, PharmD, Nemours Children’s Hospital Orlando; Holly C. Gooding, MD, MSc, Emory University School of Medicine

Description: Building upon this year's meeting theme of "Mapping an Agenda to Transform the Future of Adolescent Health" and drawing from past years' discussions of the strengths and challenges of practicing as health leaders in divisions of one, this year the Power of One SIG will focus on the concept of “how to make one, two”—transforming current divisions of one into divisions of more than one. Though many of us will continue to practice and thrive in divisions of one, we recognize that others may have the desire and opportunity to grow their divisions with additional faculty. Both groups will share input around the strengths and challenges of practicing as lone Adolescent Medicine-trained faculty at our respective institutions, while learning from each other, especially those who have recently “made one, two,” about how to make that transformation. We will tackle issues that frequently arise with division growth, including funding, institutional support, division leadership, call coverage, and so forth. Our collective SIG membership is diverse, and we have much to learn from each other. While open to all SAHM conference participants, this SIG is particularly aimed at faculty and trainees 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.

Violence Prevention: Race-based discrimination and police violence: From awareness to action  
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
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Session Leaders: Lynissa Stokes, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Alison J. Culyba, MD, Ph.D, MPH; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Nicholas J. Westers, Psy.D., Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

Description: The recent murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are poignant examples of the intersection of race-based discrimination and police violence. Their senseless deaths have galvanized the public like never before to address the systemic racism that is woven into the foundation of America. Now is the time for a call to action for youth-serving professionals to address the violence of racism that impacts youth, their families, and society as a whole. This SIG meeting will begin with a brief overview of race-based discrimination and police violence, and their disproportionate impact on youth who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We will devote most of the session to a facilitated discussion.

Topics for discussion include:

  1. How can we as individuals and we as a SAHM community move from awareness of the daily injustices in the lives of BIPOC youth and their families to meaningful and sustainable positive action?
  2. How can we promote anti-racist practices and policies to address systemic injustice?
  3. How can we support each other and the youth we serve in this work?

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