2023 Conference on Adolescent Health

Translating Research into Practice

2023 Conference on Adolescent Health

The 2023 Conference on Adolescent Health is set to be virtually on May 11-12, 2023! ⁣As we work to translate research into practice, 100% of the sessions at this year’s event will be co-facilitated by youth, and the planning of the Conference will be guided by the AHI Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC).

The Annual Conference on Adolescent Health brings together an interdisciplinary community of health care professionals to share research and best practices aimed at improving adolescent-centered care. Each year, the event hosts over 450 attendees from nearly all 50 states and a growing international community. The fully virtual event in 2021 brought together 875 attendees.

Register now at the link below.


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Who is the Annual Conference on Adolescent Health for?

The Annual Conference on Adolescent Health is directed toward physicians, nurses, social workers, registered dietitians, health educators, public health professionals, and all others who work with adolescents in a health care capacity. *CEU credits are available for attendance.

The event offers sessions on Primary Care, Mental Health, Sexual Health, School-Based Health, and Community-Based Interventions. This year, we have added two new categories — Youth Engagement and Technology & Communication. The 2023 Conference will showcase sessions that address social determinants of health, racism as a public health crisis, PCOR/CER-funded research, and works that address the many needs of youth as it relates to their intersecting identities.

A few of the exciting presentations facilitated by interdisciplinary health care professionals are Promoting Positive Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adolescents, Centering Young People and Their Many Intersecting Identities in Adolescent Health Research, and Sex Education for Learners with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Check out the Detailed Agenda for more information on sessions. Learn more about opportunities to get involved with the event, like Sponsorship & Exhibiting.

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Featured Speakers

Registrants can plan on attending one or both days of the interactive and youth-driven Conference. Access the Detailed Agenda to learn more about the sessions being offered, and scroll down to learn more about the Featured Speakers for #AHI2023.


Betsy Sleath, Ph.D., is a PCORI-funded researcher presenting a Primary Care Oral Session on Improving Youth Question-Asking and Provider Education During Pediatric Asthma Visits: The Impact On Outcomes 12 Months Later.

Betsy is the Regional Associate Dean for Eastern North Carolina and the George H Cocolas Distinguished Professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is a senior research fellow and director of the Child and Adolescent Health Program at the Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Sleath’s research focuses on provider-patient communication in the areas of asthma, ADHD, and glaucoma, engaging children and parents more in discussions during pediatric visits and improving health outcomes through interventions. Her team recently co-developed a website with youth that is for youth titled “Information for the Evolving Teenager” iuveo.org. Her work in this area has been funded by the Duke Endowment, the Dogwood Health Trust, NHLBI, NIA, NIMH, NEI, AHRQ, PCORI, and the Bayer Institute for Health Communication. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BS in pharmacy and BA in sociology from the University of Connecticut.


Natasha Borgen is a researcher presenting a Youth Engagment Oral Session on Engaging youth as ‘mystery clients’ to evaluate sexual and reproductive health services.

Natasha is a researcher and evaluator for California statewide programs impacting adolescent health and wellbeing, approaching her work with a theoretical foundation in health equity and social justice. She strives to be an effective advocate for young people by elevating their voices, listening to their needs, and creating meaningful youth engagement opportunities.


Fernanda Arrechea (she/her) is a youth co-presenter for the Youth Engagment Oral Session on Engaging youth as ‘mystery clients’ to evaluate sexual and reproductive health services.

She is a second-year student at Fresno State and is currently a pre-health major taking a pathway to get into the nursing program and become an RN. She has always been interested in medicine and community involvement and feels like it is what she is meant to do.


Elizabeth Miller (she/her) MD, Ph.D., FSAHM, is presenting a Featured Session on Navigating the Nuances of Centering Young People in Research.

Registration Rates

Registration for the 2023 Conference includes the following:

  • Attendance of all conference sessions and Featured Sessions
    • Recordings will be available for 90-days post-event
  • Networking opportunities with other adolescent health colleagues
  • Access to the virtual exhibiting hall

Important dates to consider:

  • Early bird rates end on Friday, March 31
  • Registration closes on Friday, April 28

Please note: Since the 2023 Conference on Adolescent Health will be held virtually, we have adjusted attendance fees accordingly. If you cannot cover the Conference’s cost, please reach out to adolescenthealth@umich.edu for scholarship opportunities.

Virtual Conference registration prices

Registration Type Early Bird 1-Day Early Bird 2-Days 1-Day 2-Day
Health care professionals $150.00 $250.00 $175.00 $275.00
Students $75.00 $100.00 $75.00 $100.00

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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals is now open! Share your program, practices, or research with an audience of over 450 leading adolescent health professionals. The hybrid event in 2022 brought together 600 attendees.

AHI is currently accepting Breakout Sessions, Oral Presentations, and Poster Presentations. Submissions that address social determinants of health, racism as a public health crisis, PCOR/CER-funded research, and works that focus on the many needs of youth as it relates to their intersecting identities will be prioritized.

To learn more about the submission process, or review the proposal questions in advance, check out our Call for Proposals Submission Guide.

Call for Proposal submissions closes on Friday, October 21.

Call for Posters

Want to share your innovative research project or program with an interdisciplinary audience of health care professionals? Submit your poster abstract for the 2022 Conference on Adolescent Health by Friday, June 3.

A Poster Presentation is intended to share innovative research, practice, or programs. Works in progress that will be completed by the Conference date can be submitted. Presenters will also have the option to display their poster in person to be viewed during the Networking Session. This is optional, not required.

For more information, check out our Call for Proposals guide, and submit your poster abstract here.

2023 Experience Through Art Award

In support of ongoing efforts to amplify youth voice, AHI is hosting its third annual Experience Through Art award that will work to center youth voice and perspective at the Annual Conference on Adolescent Health.

The 2023 Experience Through Art recipient will receive a $100 stipend and a complimentary registration to the 2023 Conference on Adolescent Health. All submissions have the opportunity to be shared at the event. In efforts to support new business opportunities for young artists, art pieces and any contact information young folks are interested in communicating will be shared with Conference attendees.

Submission Criteria:

  • Created by youth.
  • Depicts what the artist would like their health care professionals to know about working with youth or what adolescent health means to them.
  • Submissions need to be submitted digitally.
  • Accepted formats include: JPG, PNG, PDF, MP4.
  • The medium is flexible, as long as a photo or video can be submitted of the piece.

The deadline to submit an art piece is on Friday, March 24, 2023. 

Call for Awards

The Excellence in Adolescent Health Award recognizes individuals or teams doing exceptional work in the field of adolescent health. Recipients will have demonstrated the Adolescent Health Initiative core values of Collaboration, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Expertise, Innovation, Quality, and Responsiveness through their work.

This award is recognized each year at the Annual Conference on Adolescent Health. Recipients of the award will receive complimentary Conference registration.

*Special attention will be paid to individuals or programs who intentionally center anti-racist practices in their work.

Examples of exceptional work may include quality improvement projects to impact adolescent health outcomes, an effective health center program, innovative research related to adolescent health, or a project connecting youth to community resources.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, March 24.

Sponsorship & Exhibiting Opportunities

Sponsorship & Exhibiting opportunities are now open for the 2023 Conference on Adolescent Health. For more information about our virtual Sponsorship Levels, please check out our 2023 Sponsorship Packet.

*In efforts to amplify the race-centered work happening around adolescent health, AHI offers a complimentary exhibiting table and a 40% sponsorship discount to any organization doing race-centered work in their communities. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact AHI’s Events Team.

The support, involvement, and enthusiasm of our Conference sponsors help to actualize AHI’s vision of transforming the health care landscape. We are grateful for their commitment to adolescent health and amplifying youth voice.

Thank you!

*CEU Statements

CME: The University of Michigan Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Ypsilanti, Michigan


Take time to enjoy all that downtown Ypsilanti has to offer! Ypsilanti is diverse, has a rich culture, and a deep pride – with the downtown area consisting of two unique districts: Downtown and Depot Town. The many outdoor attractions and historical sites include the Michigan Firehouse Museum, Ypsilanti Historical Museum, Yankee Air Museum, the Huron River, and Riverside Park.

*Please note the closest airport is the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) which is roughly 20 minutes from the Conference venue.

What are attendees from #AHI2021 saying about the fully virtual event?

  • “Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Don't change a thing. I was so impressed by every breakout session and the keynote speakers. It was just fantastic to be an audience member.”

    #AHI2021 Conference Attendee
  • “Inspiring! Despite the distance, I connected, so well. As a result of culture, most African Americans shy away from discussing sexual matters openly, so I was inspired that such could be discussed in mature settings, bringing together adolescents and practitioners.”

    #AHI2021 Conference Attendee
  • “I absolutely loved it and I think that anytime the youth themselves were able to talk and present it made it that much more powerful.”

    #AHI2021 Conference Attendee

Thank you to our funder!

The Conference is partially funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (EASCS-24871). As Conference Speakers are selected, PCOR/CER-centered research will be listed below.

If you are a PCOR/CER researcher interested in presenting at the event, please get in touch with the AHI Event Team below.