Connection Sessions

Connecting adolescent health professionals

AHI’s Connection Sessions

Connection Sessions are day-long conferences focusing on one specific topic in adolescent health for an interdisciplinary audience of health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, social workers, health center managers, and other youth-serving community professionals. These professional development opportunities aim to connect health professionals to community resources and others in the field.

AHI is pleased to announce the 2023 Connection Session, Intersections: Supporting youth, their identities, and their mental health needs across disciplines, will be hosted on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM EST, in a hybrid format, with the in-person portion of this event being hosted at the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Student Center.

Registration closes on Friday, February 10, 2023.

Check out what past attendees had to say about the event:


In efforts to continue infusing youth voice into our work, we are contracting an adolescent to design the graphics for this year’s Connection Session. If you are interested in working with the designer, Caleigh Crandall (she/her), please contact her at ccranda3@emich.edu.

2023 Connection Session: Intersections: Supporting youth, their identities, and their mental health needs across disciplines

The 2023 Connection Session will work to increase adolescent health professionals’ capacity to support adolescents’ mental health needs through culturally responsive, youth-centered practices. The event will support attendees in developing actionable strategies around being an “askable adult” as it relates to mental health, acquiring community-centered resources, and building cross-discipline collaboration. Centering the voices of communities marginalized by systems of power will be at the core of the event and will equip attendees to better understand mental health in the context of intersectionality.


At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Learn about how to be an “askable adult” around mental health issues
  • Practice developmentally responsive care to meet the unique needs of adolescents
  • Gain youth-friendly and culturally responsive screening and support strategies
  • Acquire community, state, and national resources
  • Build cross-discipline collaboration to promote adolescent mental health

Registration Rates

Since the 2023 Connection Session will be held in a hybrid format, we have adjusted attendance fees accordingly. If you cannot cover the event’s cost, please reach out to adolescenthealth@umich.edu, who has scholarship opportunities available.

Registration Type Rate
Virtual $35.00
In-Person $75.00


Here is the agenda and Features Speakers for the 2023 Connection Session:

  • Spoken Word Youth Performance titled “What’s Fear,” which will be led by Kameron “King Kam — VOICE OF THE YOUTH” Motley (he/him).
  • Grounding Activity with members from AHI’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC) and Amorie Robinson (she/her) Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist.
  • Culturally Responsive Practices Panel with Anthany Beasley (he/him), MSW, LMSW; Avida Johnson (she/her), MSW, TIY (Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist), Chef; Jonathan Edwards (he/him), LMSW, Mental Health Therapist; Jess Miller (they/he/she), LLMSW, Mental Health Therapist; and Brandie Schulz (she/her), LMSW, Clinical Social Worker.
  • Role Specific Activity with AHI Team members.

Thank you to our funder!

This project is supported by the Naveed Arif Iqball Award for Mental Health Advocacy and Stigma Reduction established by Mr. Arif Iqball in memory of his son, Naveed Arif Iqball. Mr. Iqball supports efforts to reduce stigma in our communities since he believes stigma prevented Naveed from sharing his struggles with his family, coworkers or friends and from seeking treatment.