International Association for Adolescent Health News

Greetings from the International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH) communications committee members! The IAAH has been busy with several initiatives and projects that we would like to share with SAHM members.
The IAAH is pleased to announce that its 12th World Congress on Adolescent Health, in conjunction with the Peruvian Society for Adolescence and Youth (SPAJ), has been rescheduled to be an in-person event in Lima, Peru, from November 19-21, 2021. There will be virtual joining options, including an abstract showcase, and we encourage you to learn more about the Congress by visiting the IAAH Congress website IAAH WORLD CONGRESS or Twitter account: @IAAHGlobal. Stay tuned for more information.

The IAAH has a Young Professionals’ Network (YPN) which aims to provide diverse opportunities for early career professionals around the world to further develop their knowledge, skills, and experience in adolescent health; and to promote collaboration between early career professionals and expert leaders in the field of global adolescent health. We encourage early career professionals with a keen interest in global adolescent health to join the YPN. It’s a dynamic group with tremendous energy and creativity.

Follow #IAAHYPN (on TwitterFacebookInstagram, LinkedIn) to stay informed of YPN news and use it to share content of interest to young professionals. To join the IAAH Young Professionals Network or to join their mailing list, please complete the IAAH YPN membership form.

Did you know that the IAAH has its own YouTube Channel? The channel was established to help further share knowledge, skills, and experiences of and with those working in adolescent health. The IAAH YPN is developing a webinar series that is focusing on relevant adolescent health topics for young and senior adolescent health professionals. Make sure to visit and subscribe to our IAAH YouTube channel!

Members of the Global Adolescent Health community recently submitted a Viewpoint paper to The Lancet on the importance of schools not only for educational reasons, but as an important foundation for adolescent health and wellbeing. In the January 2021 article, Supporting Every School to Become a Foundation for Healthy Lives, the authors posit that school based education promotes not only economic security and advancement, but also numerous opportunities for learning important general life skills. The authors envision health professionals as “catalysts for structural change, as they have many opportunities to advocate for, and participate in the intersectoral implementation reforms and innovations in school systems to promote the health of all students.”

We look forward to hearing from SAHM members and engaging you with IAAH activities and events.

Peggy Stager, MD
Member, IAAH communications committee

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