2020 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health

 Save the Date 2020 SI

July 27 – July 30, 2020          
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Central Time
Virtual Platform

Join us for the 2020 Virtual Summer Institute in Adolescent Health!

While a variety of adolescent health indicators – teen pregnancy, violence, alcohol use – suggest we are moving towards healthier outcomes for our youth, trends in adolescent mental health tell a different story. The percentage of high school students who have experienced persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness as well as those who have seriously considered suicide have increased significantly over the past decade, in both Minnesota and the U.S.  In today’s fast-paced world, adolescents increasingly struggle with mental well-being. Caring adults are coming to understand that a myriad of strategies are required  to address the complex array of influences on adolescent mental health.

Effective strategies and best practices exist for supporting the mental health and well-being of adolescents, and for preventing poor mental health outcomes. During the 2020 Summer Institute, explore trends and patterns in adolescent mental health, as well as psychosocial, cultural, and societal influences on mental well-being. Delve into the everyday issues that affect the mental well-being of our youth: sleep, social media, identity development, and school pressures. Examine how COVID-19 has and will continue to change the landscape related to youth mental health. Strategize with caring adults – health and social service providers, mental health professionals, counselors, juvenile justice professionals, teachers – who help young people sustain and reclaim their mental well-being. Develop strategies for public health initiatives and policies, as well as for mental health promotion, prevention and treatment efforts that best serve adolescents.

Guest Faculty Include...

Laura RichardsonLaura Richardson, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine
Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital



Who should attend:

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

Day 1

Developmental and Ecological Perspectives on Mental Health

  • Examine patterns and trends related to mental illness and mental health among adolescents
  • Understand a dual continuum of mental health and mental illness
  • Apply developmental and ecological perspectives to adolescent mental health
  • Explore everyday issues that affect youth mental health: identify development, sleep, social media, and school experiences

Day 2

Mental Health among Vulnerable Populations

  • Describe social disparities in mental health
  • Hear from communities that are disproportionately impacted by mental health issues
  • Consider cultural perspectives on mental health
  • Examine culturally tailored approaches to promoting youth mental health

Day 3

Mental Health and Schools

  • Describe the role of schools in protecting youth mental health
  • Articulate and apply best practices in school mental health to relevant school-based work
  • Develop a plan for responding to key current challenges to adolescent mental health in school settings
  • Be able to approach and offer help to a student in distress

Day 4

Families, Communities, and Mental Health
• Examine ways that families and communities promote adolescent mental health
• Identify resources that can be used by people without formal mental health training
• Learn about youth-led and peer-to-peer supports


2020 Registration is full.

Virtual Platform


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

Child & Family Health Division
Minnesota Department of Health

Office for Public Engagement
University of Minnesota

Center for Leadership Education in Maternal & Child Public Health 
School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health Department