2020 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health

Summer Institute 2020July 27 – July 29, 2020          
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
July 30, 2020 (graduate students only)      

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 and cultural 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. 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

Coming soon!

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.


    Register here!


    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