Webinars & Trainings

Become more adolescent-centered

Web-Based and In-Person Trainings

At AHI we offer customized web-based and in-person trainings to support organizations in becoming more adolescent-centered. Browse our various offerings below and contact us to discuss how we can support you and your training needs.


AHI Staff, Lauren Vasquez, Valerie Gavrila, and Jenni Lane, hosting a webinar for school-based health centers who are connected with the School-Based Health Alliance.


Former AHI Staff, Azzia Roberts, co-hosting a webinar in partnership with the John Snow Institute and the Family Planning National Training Center.


Our team works with organizations to develop and facilitate engaging webinars on adolescent-centered care. Through the delivery of rich content and use of interactive features, we can help you provide a meaningful, web-based educational experience to your audience.

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Our skilled facilitators offer interactive trainings and presentations on a variety of topics to promote adolescent-centered care. We can tailor these educational experiences to meet your organization’s needs. A sample of our trainings and presentation topics include:

Patient-Centered Care for Transgender Youth

Transforming Primary Care Health Centers into Adolescent-Centered Medical Homes

Raising a Generation of Empowered Health Care Consumers

Risk Screening in a Clinical Setting

Transforming School-Based Health Centers into Adolescent-Centered Medical Homes

Inter-professional Education to Improve Adolescent Patient Care

Past Webinars

Pics, Texts, and Tracking: Understanding and Addressing Digital Dating Abuse

This webinar took place on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Access the recording today. 

Join AHI and the School-Based Health Alliance for an engaging webinar, Pics, Texts, and Tracking: Understanding and Addressing Digital Dating Abuse

Relationship violence is a common problem for young people today. While providers may be familiar with some forms of power and control including verbal, emotional, and physical abuse, many adults are less familiar with the ways technology and social media can be used as tools of power and control in dating situations. This webinar will start by exploring the most common ways that technology and social media can be used in abusive situations and end with practical strategies that providers and other adults can use to identify warning signs of digital dating abuse and have critical conversations with youth experiencing and perpetuating this type of abuse.

Observe How They Serve: Evaluating Youth-led Assessment Tools

This webinar took place on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Access the recording today.

Youth-driven health center assessments are a powerful approach to generate meaningful learning and feedback for health centers serving adolescents. The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) and the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH) each developed a similar youth-informed tool to assess the youth-friendliness of medical clinics. An analysis of the reliability and validity of these tools will be discussed.

This engaging professional development opportunity will help attendees understand the importance of youth-led health center assessments, examine youth processes in evaluating reliability and validity of the two tools, discuss possible future replication of methods by participants, and provide guidance for implementation of youth-led assessment tools as a standard of practice.

Youth/Adult Partnership: Strategies for Presenting Together

This webinar took place on Monday, November 30, 2020. Access the recording today.

Join AHI for a webinar on Youth/Adult Partnerships: Strategies for Presenting Together. This co-facilitated webinar is focused on educating adults on how to find and maintain a productive Youth-Adult Partnership (YAP) for presentations. This webinar will highlight three interactive modules created by youth and adults. Participants will leave with actionable strategies to plan a presentation together where everyone has an equal voice.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Identify the benefits of partnering with youth when presenting youth-focused research and programs
  • Define adultism and consider personal biases
  • Outline tips for planning and facilitating a great presentation w youth (e.g., communication systems, logistics planning)

Adolescent-Centered Contraceptive Counseling: Adopting a Shared Decision-Making Model

This webinar took place on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Access the recording today.

Join AHI for an in-depth look at a shared decision-making model for adolescent contraceptive counseling and explore its place within a reproductive justice framework. Conversations will delve into the benefits and challenges of adopting a shared decision-making approach in contraceptive counseling, identify shared decision-making strategies, and discuss the latest in contraceptive counseling methods.

Presenters joining AHI: 

  • Alana Otto, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Adolescent Medicine, University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics
  • Christina Arzate, MPH, Contraceptive Counselor | Outreach Coordinator, The Right Time, Contraceptive Choice Center (C3), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine

Providing Adolescent-Centered Virtual Care

This webinar took place on Friday, May 15, 2020. Access the recording today.

Even under typical circumstances, young people face substantial obstacles to receiving adolescent-centered services. The new limitations on accessing health care during the COVID-19 pandemic leave young people even more vulnerable. The goal of this webinar is to assist youth-serving providers in navigating this new landscape with a strengths-based approach. The webinar will cover how to consider best practices in adolescent health within this new context including challenging issues such as confidentiality.

Click here for a list of Virtual Care Resources.

Presenters joining AHI:

  • Terrill Bravender, MD, MPH, Michigan Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Co-Medical Director of AHI
  • Thomas L. Atkins, MD, Psychiatrist, Founder of Grove Emotional Health Collaborative
  • Molly McHenry, FNP, Nurse Practitioner, Division of Adolescent and Transition Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Strengths-Based Approaches to Adolescent Sexual Health and Being an Askable Adult

This webinar took place on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Access the recording today. 

Join AHI and the School-Based Health Alliance for an engaging webinar on the strengths-based approaches to adolescent sexual health and being an askable adult.

Discussing sexuality and sexual activity with young people can be challenging, and research shows that health care providers can have a significant impact on health outcomes when adequately addressing these sensitive topics with their adolescent patients. Effective sexual health counseling and services have a positive impact on the physical and emotional well-being of adolescents. Strengths-based approaches to sexual health supports the idea that staff and providers in varied healthcare roles can create a climate where young people are more likely to discuss their sexual health openly and honestly. Similarly, identifying strategies of being an askable adult helps to strengthen the ways of empowering youth and helping them feel comfortable asking for your support.

Promoting Youth-Friendly Environments in Family Planning Clinics

This webinar took place on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Access the recording today.

Join the Family Planning National Training Center and AHI for a webinar on promoting youth-friendly environments in family planning clinics. This webinar will introduce health care professionals to elements of an adolescent-centered environment, and will outline key staff and provider behaviors that are essential to providing youth-friendly care. Speakers will offer strategies to create a more welcoming environment to young people, suggest possible avenues for improvement, and facilitate discussions about a range of issues related to providing patient-centered care for young people.

Parent/Caregiver Engagement in School Based Health Clinics

This webinar took place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Access the recording today.

Adolescents and caregivers go hand-in-hand when talking about teen health care. Learn strategies to enhance the clinic experience for youth and caregivers alike, no matter if they are the “over-engaged” caregiver or the “under-engaged” caregiver.  Review best practices for adolescent confidentiality as well as how to navigate tricky conversations with caregivers and adolescents.

Improving Adolescent Health in Your Community: How AHI Can Help You Meet Your Goals

This webinar took place on Friday, February 28, 2020. Access the recording today.

Join us for this information-packed webinar where we will explore the various resources, programs, and services that AHI can offer to help improve adolescent health in your community. This webinar is intended for state adolescent health coordinators, providers, health professionals, health center managers, and other youth-serving professionals.

Addressing Food Insecurity with Adolescent Patients

This webinar took place on Thursday, December 19, 2019. Access the recording today.

Food insecurity affects our adolescent patients, but may often go unnoticed in health care settings. How can providers and health care professionals better understand the unique challenges faced by adolescents and examine the role we play in helping connect patients to food and community nutrition resources? Join the Adolescent Health Initiative, the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools, Food Gatherers, for an interactive webinar, Addressing Food Insecurity with Adolescent Patients. This engaging professional development opportunity will help attendees better understand food insecurity, recognize how food is a social determinant of health, and increase comfort level with routine screening for food insecurity with adolescent patients.

Presenters joining AHI:

  • Shaira Daya, MPH, RD, Nutrition Projects Manager, Food Gatherers
  • Allison Mankowski, MPH, RD, CSSD, Registered Dietitian, Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools

Approaches to Addressing Teen Dating Violence in Health Care

This webinar took place Thursday, October 24, 2019. Access the recording today.

Adolescent-centered care should encompass multiple aspects of physical, social and emotional aspects of young people’s lives, including romantic relationships. In the U.S. in the past year, nearly 1 in 10 adolescents has experienced physical or sexual abuse from a dating partner, leading to various health consequences. Despite this high prevalence and related health issues, teen dating violence is often overlooked by health care providers. This webinar will begin with an overview of teen dating violence and current research. We will then dive into health care identification and response to adolescent intimate partner violence and where leaders in the field hope to go from here.

Presenters joining AHI:

  • Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS, FAAFP, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family, Emergency, and Internal Medicine at University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School
  • Quyen Ngo, PhD, LP, Internship Lead, Training and Education Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center and Research Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, U-M Medical School

Confidentiality Best Practice in Adolescent Health

This webinar took place Thursday, June 13, 2019. Access the recording today.

Adolescent patients cite confidentiality as one of the key determinants of their use of health care. Providing adolescents with confidential care results in better social and health outcomes, while a lack of confidential services may lead to unintended health consequences. Join us for a discussion of confidentiality best practices in adolescent health where we will cover key aspects of confidential care including EHR use, billing, patient portals and more.

Presenters joining AHI:

  • Veenod L. Chulani, MD, MSED, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS, Section Chief, Adolescent medicine, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Jonathan Fanburg, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Maine Medical Center, Maine Medial Partners
  • Joanna D. Brown, MD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Brown Medical School; Medical Director, WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care
  • Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAFP, MOM, Medical Director, Aqui Para Ti/Here For You; Medical Director, Between Us

Adolescent Brain Development and Social Development: Transitioning Successfully into Adult Health Care

This webinar took place on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Access the recording today. 

Adolescence is a time of enormous transition as youth and young adults navigate their way towards adulthood. This webinar will focus on understanding adolescent development and how supportive adults have the power to influence how young people transition into adult health care (from receiving pediatric care to receiving adult care), starting in early adolescence into young adulthood. The intended audience is education professionals, social services organizations, and all adults who have supportive relationships with young people.

Identifying Adolescent Victims of Human Trafficking

This webinar took place on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Access the recording today.

Human trafficking & commercial sexual exploitation is a significant public health concern. Over 87% of survivors report having contact with medical providers while being trafficked. However, victims of trafficking report not disclosing their status to providers due to obstacles including fear, shame, language barriers, & limited time with staff. This interactive webinar will cover signs of trafficking and sexual exploitation among adolescents and young adults, strategies for providers and staff to support trafficked and sexually exploited patients, and resources for providers and health center staff.

Promoting Youth-Friendly Services & Culturally Responsive Care for Adolescents

This webinar took place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Access the recording today.

In this webinar, we identify and discuss key concepts about providing culturally responsive health care to young people and reflect on various cultural norms unique to adolescence.

This webinar was hosted by the Adolescent Health Initiative and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region 4. Access to this recorded webinar is available today.

Adolescent Brain Development: Enhance Your Approach to Working with Teens

This webinar took place on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Access the recording today. 

In this session we discuss how adolescent brain development impacts interactions between teen patients and health care professionals. The webinar showcases related training resources designed to improve adolescent-centered practices that can be shared with health care teams and among other multidisciplinary youth-serving audiences.

This webinar was hosted by the Adolescent Health Initiative and  HHS Region 5. Didn’t have a chance to catch the webinar? Access to the recorded webinar is available today.

Maximizing Youth Voice in Community and Conference Settings

This webinar took place on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Access the recording here

In this webinar, we identify and discuss best practices to plan for effective youth/adult partnership and co-facilitation.

This webinar was hosted by the Adolescent Health Initiative and the Institute for Patient-And Family-Centered Care.

What Clients Are Saying

  • "Our clinics received really valuable information [from this webinar] that will be helpful for them as they work to make their clinics more youth-friendly."

    Administrator Oregon Health Authority, Oregon
School-Based Health Center – School Collaboration

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