Annual Connection Session


2020 Connection Session: Practicing Adolescent-Centered Trauma-Informed Care in a Clinical Setting

AHI is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Connection Session!

Join us for an interactive training on Practicing Adolescent-Centered Trauma-Informed Care in a Clinical Setting, which will be completely virtual on Tuesday, October 6 from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST.

The 2020 Connection Session is designed for health care professionals who serve adolescents, including physicians, nurses, social workers, health center managers, and other youth-serving community professionals.

The session is partially funded through the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Lifelong Learning at Michigan Medicine.

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Cost of Attendance:

  • Standard Fee: $30.00
  • Student Fee: $20.00*


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

  • Identify ways adverse childhood experiences can negatively impact individuals’ mental and physical health
  • Explore impact of intergenerational trauma
  • Accommodate lack of trust with health care system due to past medical traumas
  • List strategies providers and health centers can employ to create a trauma-responsive environment, including physical space, procedures, and interactions among staff, providers, and patients in brief interventions
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary affinity groups to apply strategies to practice
  • Create actionable personal and organizational plans to strengthen trauma-informed practices

Featured Speakers


Dr. Polly Y. Gipson, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Michigan Medicine, Director, Trauma and Grief Clinic, Director
Presenting on: You, Me and Transgenerational Trauma: Moving from Trauma-Awareness to Trauma-Informed Care

Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking for a creative way to reach an interdisciplinary group of health professionals? Become a sponsor of AHI’s Annual Connection Session virtual mini-conference today to reach hundreds of professionals, from many states.

Sponsoring the Connection Session provides the opportunity to reach a national community of attendees committed to adolescent health. The 2020 Connection Session centers on Practicing Adolescent-Centered Trauma-Informed Care in a Clinical Setting, equipping sponsoring organizations to reach a targeted audience.

This year, we are offering a *new* virtual sponsorship rate of just $230, which includes:

  1. Registration for the Annual Connection Session, and access to recordings post event
  2. Acknowledgement in opening & closing remarks, and on the virtual handout
  3. A feature on AHI’s social media pages before, during, and post event
  4. Recognition on AHI’s website before, during, and post event

With any questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Marketing Specialist, Janine Driver at driverja@med.umich.edu.

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. 

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

Past Connection Sessions

2019 Connection Session: Navigating Michigan’s Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Use

The 2019 Connection Session convened over 100 health care professionals to tackle complex issues related to Michigan’s new legalization of recreational marijuana. The full day conference sparked interdisciplinary dialogue in the effort to address attitudes, health education and intervention approaches towards youth marijuana use. Dr. Leslie Walker-Harding, a leading specialist in adolescent medicine, joined us from the University of Washington in Seattle to begin the day with a powerful keynote address on marijuana use and its impacts on adolescent brain development. Moving from research into practice, Carrie Bourque (U-M) shared motivational interviewing strategies which target motivation and behavior change approaches for adolescent marijuana use. Youth perspectives were woven throughout the day, culminating in a reflective and thought-provoking panel discussion. Participants of the Connection Session demonstrated increased knowledge and understanding around marijuana bias, research, laws and regulations, and practice to holistically serve the youth they work with every day.

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. As a result of this training, 92% of participants intended to change or improve their practice. Following the training, attendees reported a 45% increase in ability to identify signs of human trafficking among adolescents and young adults, and a 64% increase in feeling prepared to train their colleagues on identifying victims and supporting trafficked 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.