2019 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health

2019 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health

July 29 – July 31, 2019         
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
August 1, 2019 (graduate students only)      

Should I be concerned about the explosion of vaping among adolescents? Is marijuana really medicine? How has the recent opioid epidemic affected teens?  Many caring adults have questions like these as they search for effective strategies to prevent and address substance use issues with young people.

Information about how e-cigarettes, marijuana, and opioids affect adolescent mental health, relationships, sexual health, brain development, and overall health and safety is vital to consider in our efforts to support healthy decisions among youth. Responses to the recent uptake of vaping among middle school and high school students across the U.S., shifting attitudes and policies about marijuana use, and national calls to greatly expand opioid prevention efforts all require a broad lens for addressing overall health in young people. Professionals, parents, and all who interact with youth must examine the implications of this information, their personal values about these topics, and how they inform and counsel young people about substance use.

During the 2019 Summer Institute, explore current research, legislation and prevention strategies regarding adolescents’ use of e-cigarettes, marijuana, and opioids. Delve into the history of these substances and the disparate impacts on marginalized communities. Talk with health and social service providers, counselors and teachers who work daily to prepare young people to navigate the challenging and changing landscape of e-cigarettes, marijuana, and opioids. Explore strategies for building partnerships and prevention efforts that best serve adolescents.

Guest Faculty

Seth Ammerman

Seth Ammerman, MD
Passionate about improving adolescent health, Dr. Seth Ammerman has spent his career working with homeless, underserved, and at-risk youth; exploring the use of mobile technology for improving youth health; and understanding tobacco and substance use among adolescents. Dr. Ammerman’s research has focused on the age of onset of use and risk for addiction among youth and is poised to educate teens and parents about marijuana and tobacco use on the developing brain. Currently practicing as a physician at federally qualified health centers with Alliance Medical Center in Healdsburg, CA, and at Mission Neighborhood Health Center in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Ammerman often counsels young people about substance use and the cognitive and psychosocial affects it can have on their lives.

Serving as an attending physician and clinical professor in pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Stanford University from 1990-2019, Dr. Ammerman founded and was the medical director of the Teen Health Van, a mobile clinic program providing comprehensive primary health care services to homeless, uninsured, and underinsured youth. In October 2015, he became Board Certified in Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Ammerman is both a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), chair of the northern California chapter of the AAP Substance Abuse Committee, and a former member of the national AAP Committee on Substance Use and Prevention. He is a member of the medical honors society Alpha Omega Alpha. In 2012, Dr. Ammerman received a Silicon Valley Business Journal Health Care Heroes award. He also received the national AAP Founders Award in 2012 for his work in community adolescent health. In 2014, Dr. Ammerman received a Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service, and in 2015 received a further honor of a Jefferson Award Silver Medal. 

Who should attend:

All who work with parents and young people – teachers, counselors, school nurses, social workers, mentors, coaches, public health nurses and nurse practitioners, health educators, psychologists, school district technology directors and instructional coaches, physicians, youth ministers, religious leaders, law enforcement, policy makers, and youth advocates.

Day 1

Exploring the Now: Trends and Health Implications of Substance Use

  • Understand current patterns and trends in youth substance use
  • Explore vaping and marijuana industries
  • Investigate facts, fictions and controversies surrounding adolescents' use of marijuana, e-cigarettes and opioids

Day 2

Exploring the Why: How Substance Use Affects Young People and Their Communities

  • Delve into the legal history of marijuana in the U.S.
  • Hear from communities that are disproportionately impacted
  • Examine the link between adolescent mental health and substance use
  • Explore evidence-based prevention strategies for clinical practice and community programs

Day 3

Exploring the How: Shifting the Conversation to Equip Parents and Professionals

  • Hear youth perspectives on substance use
  • Discover strategies and tools to encourage parent-teen communication about marijuana, e-cigarettes and opioid use
  • Share resources and approaches for prevention and treatment of problematic substance use among teens


Registration is closed

If you'd like to get added to the waitlist, please email Jenna Baumgartner at baum0272@umn.edu


Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street North
St. Paul, MN 55104


Jenna Baumgartner



Center for Adolescent Nursing
School of Nursing

Healthy Youth Development •
Prevention Research Center
Division of General Pediatrics and
Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School, University of Minnesota

Maternal & Child Health Section
Minnesota Department of Health

Office for Public Engagement
University of Minnesota

Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health Department