SAHM Focuses on Importance of Health Screening at Annual Meeting

March 10, 2011

Deerfield, IL — How is screening conducted practically and reliably in primary and subspecialty care clinics, as well as alternative locations, for teens both domestically and abroad? How does preventive screening differ in areas that are resource-rich and those that aren’t? These will be some of the significant topics at the SAHM Annual Meeting, March 29 – April 1 in Seattle, themed “Screening in Adolescents: Is an Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure?”

Keynote speakers and plenary sessions include:

  • The 2011 Gallagher Lecture: “Running the Gauntlet: Adolescents and the Heart of the Global HIV Epidemic,” Stefano Bertozzi, MD, PhD; Director, HIV & Tuberculosis, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • “Catch Them Before They Fall: Screening Teens for Depression and Suicide,” Laurie Flynn, Executive Director, TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University
  • “Adolescent Preventive Screening Around the Globe: What is Recommended and What is Realistic?”Charles J. Wibbelsman, MD, FSAHM, Kaiser Permanente; Hiu Lei Lilian Wong, MD, Hong Kong Baptist Hospital; Abigail Harrison-Kong, MD, University Hospital of the West Indies; Michele Yeo, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, Center for Adolescent Health, Royal Children's Hospital

The 2011 Annual Meeting will also include in-depth workshops and institutes on the topics most pressing for adolescent health professionals, including:

  • Sports Medicine: A Review of the Preseason Exam, the Female Athlete and Concussion Management
  • Psychopharmacological Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Adolescents
  • Reaching E-Teens by Social Networking
  • Translating Evidence into Policy: Adolescent Mental Health Screening Case Study
  • Is It a Gastrointestinal Disorder? Is It an Eating Disorder? Is It Both?

More than 100 sessions will offer targeted discussion and education on a variety of topics in adolescent health, such as nutrition/weight management, violence prevention, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, GLBTQ issues and more.


Tuesday, March 29 – Friday, April 1

Educational sessions run:
Tuesday. Mar. 29           8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Mar. 30      8:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 31         8:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Friday, Apr. 1                8:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Key Events:

  • New Investigator Platform Research Presentations, Wednesday, March 30, 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
  • Regional Chapter Meetings, including SAHM’s International Chapter, Wednesday, March 30, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
  • Listening Session with Evelyn Kappeler, Acting Director, Office of Adolescent Health, Thursday, March 31, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

Sheraton Seattle
1400 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA

Journalists who are employed by accredited news organizations attending the meeting for the purpose of editorial coverage will be granted complimentary press credentials. To qualify, journalists are required to pre-register and present media identification (such as an international accredited press pass or a business card issued by a recognized news organization) upon check-in onsite. Members of the media who wish to register should contact Kim Santos.


The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine is a multi-disciplinary organization of health professionals who are committed to advancing the health and well-being of adolescents. Through education, research, clinical services and advocacy activities, members of SAHM strive to enhance public and professional awareness of adolescent health issues among families, educators, policy makers, youth-serving organizations, students who are considering a health career, as well as other health professionals. Learn more at

SAHM Media Contact:    
Justin Dreyfuss
Phone: +1-847-753-5226 x351

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