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 3rd annual connection session this October. We hope to see you there!


2018 Connection Session: Identifying Trafficked Youth in Health Care Settings

Thank you to everyone who joined for the 2018 Connection Session! This event featured an informative keynote address, perspectives from the field with Q & A, and interactive, case-based activities. 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. 

Featured Topics/ Sessions

  • Keynote speaker Lisa Markman, MD, of the University of Michigan
  • Perspectives from the field with Q & A discussion
  • A multimedia activity exploring survivors’ perspectives
  • Roundtable case discussions
  • Replicable mini-training resources


The 2018 Connection Session will take place in the Morris Lawrence building at Washtenaw Community College. The building is situated on a beautifully wooded campus that is centrally located between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, MI.


Past Connection Sessions

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.