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Teen Health Week 2019 Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health - Regional Offices' are excited to announce this series of adolescent health webinars taking place throughout the month of March to gear up for Teen Health Week (April 1-7)!

Join us as we discuss ways in which health care, education, social service professionals, youth-serving organizations, and youth can support and promote adolescent health. Each free session will feature subject matter experts in adolescent development, preventive care, substance use, mental health, and nutrition. 

This series is hosted in partnership with the HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Region 8 Office.

Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Adolescents: Tools for Prevention, Identification, and Management

Friday, March 22
10:00-11:00 a.m. CST

This webinar is designed to increase awareness of the opioid crisis and its impact on adolescent populations. It will provide tools for health care and allied professionals to prevent, identify, and manage opioid misuse in adolescent patients. The consequences of opioid misuse in adolescents, current trends, and effective tools for medication management will be discussed.

Presented By:

  • Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Director, Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program and Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Sarah M. Bagley, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Director, CATALYST Clinic, Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center

Intended Audience: Healthcare providers including physicians, nurse practioners, physician assistants, nurses, and allied health and social service professionals and youth-involved adults

Register for this webinar

Addressing Adolescent Mental Health in Schools: Mental Health Curricula and Mindfulness

Tuesday, March 26
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. CST

Half of all mental health problems begin by age 14 and depression affects nearly one in eight adolescents and young adults each year. This webinar will discuss adolescent mental health and two school-based strategies to promote students' mental well-being: implementation and integration of mental health curriculum and introducing mindfulness activities in the classroom.

Presented By:

  • Amy Molloy, Director, School Mental Health Resource & Training Center, Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.
  • Ali Smith, Executive Director, Holistic Life Foundation, Inc.

Intended Audience: Education professionals (i.e., educators, school-based health professionals, other education/school-based staff)

Register for this webinar

Innovative Approaches to Enhancing Adolescent Nutrition: Breakfast After the Bell in Middle and High Schools

Thursday, March 28
12:00-1:00 p.m. CST

Research shows eating breakfast at school is associated with better attendance rates, fewer missed school days, and better test scores. The webinar will discuss the value of eating breakfast and will highlight effective models of the Breakfast After the Bell program in middle and high schools.

Presented By:

  • Kelley McDonough, Program Manager, School Breakfast, Center for Best Practices, No Kid Hungry campaign
  • John Gallagher, Acting Branch Chief, School Nutrition Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service - Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Khalid N. Mumin, EdD, MEd, BA, Superintendent, Chris Celmer, MEd, BBA, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, and Kurt D. Myers, Director of Food Service, Pennsylvania Reading School District

Intended Audience: School-based food and nutrition services personnel and education professionals (i.e., educators, school-based health professionals, education staff)

Register for this webinar

Recommended Vaccines for Teens

There are four recommended vaccinations for preteens and teens: Tdap, HPV, meningococcal and influenza. Doctors recommend that girls and boys get the HPV shots at age 11 or 12. Two doses of HPV vaccine are recommended before your 15th birthday. The HPV shots protect people from serious diseases, like cancer. If the HPV vaccine is not covered by your insurance, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is available to help. Call 1-866-674-4807 for more information.

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month - January

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Check out Ten Ways You Can Help End Human Trafficking. Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline if you have any concerns about a potential trafficking situation. Call 1-888-373-7888, text HELP to BEFREE (233733), or email

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) - January 22-27, 2019

NDAFW is a national health observance linking teens to science based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs. Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. NIDA features videos, games, blog posts, and more!

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month - February

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. If you are a teenager involved in a romantic relationship, it is important to understand the behaviors that may point to an unhealthy and/or abusive relationship. Recognize these red flags and get help.

Teen Health Week - April 1-7, 2019

Visit the PennState Pro Wellness for information on violence prevention, preventative care, health diet and exercise, mental health, sexual development and health, substance use and abuse, and oral health.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month - May

Did you know? There were 20.3 teen births for every 1000 females ages 15-19 in 2016. Read more facts and the 7 Principles of Smart Relationships from our Be You. Be 3: Smart, Strong and Safe Campaign. See also: Teen Pregnancy Prevention.

Teen Drug Use Is Down—But Teen Overdoses Are Up

More teens in the United States are overdosing on drugs than ever before—and more of them are dying as a result. Read more on the opioid heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl.


Page last updated: March 20, 2019