Annual Connection Session

Connecting adolescent health professionals

AHI’s Connection Sessions

The Adolescent Health Initiative is proud to host their annual Connection Session for leaders in the field of adolescent health. Connection Sessions are day-long conferences that focus on one specific topic in adolescent health. These professional development opportunities aim to connect health professionals to community resources and others in the field. AHI is thrilled to bring you the 4th annual connection session this October. We hope to see you there!

Check out what 2019 Connection Session attendees had to say about the event:


2019 Connection Session: Navigating Michigan’s Legalization of Recreational Marijuana with Adolescent Patients

AHI is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Connection Session! Join the Adolescent Health Initiative for an interactive training on adolescent marijuana use, hosted at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 8:30am to 4:00pm. This session is designed for health care professionals who serve adolescents, including physicians, nurses, and mental health providers.


Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key points from the most recent research of the impact of marijuana use on the adolescent brain
  • State the protections and limitations of the new recreational marijuana laws as they relate to minors and young adults
  • Identify the most common forms of marijuana that adolescents are using, including slang terminology
  • Outline effective harm reduction strategies to affect positive behavior change


The 2019 Connection Session will take place in Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center. The hub of the university, EMU’s Student Center offers a relaxing atmosphere, dining and shopping options, and is committed to fostering a space where individuals are respected and diversity is valued.


Past Connection Sessions

2018 Connection Session: Identifying Trafficked Youth in Health Care Settings

The 2018 Connection Session featured informative perspectives from the field and interactive, case-based activities focusing on identifying trafficked youth in health care settings. At the end of this session, participants came away with replicable training tools and strategies for screening, identifying, and supporting trafficked and sexually exploited youth. 

2017 Connection Session: Addressing and Preventing Adolescent Substance Use

The 2017 Connection session focused on addressing and preventing substance use in adolescents. This event featured an informative keynote address by Dr. John Hopper of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, interactive round table discussions, and an insightful youth panel. 

2016 Connection Session work groups

2016 Connection Session: He, She, They and Zie: Patient-Centered Care for Transgender Adolescents

AHI’s first connection session in 2016 addressed patient-centered care for transgender adolescents and young adults. Attendees engaged in an informative youth panel, robust round-table discussions, and community resource sharing.