2018 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health

2018 Summer Institute

#teenlife: Gen Z, Technology & Health

July 30th-August 1st, 2018
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

August 2nd, 2018 (graduate students only)
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Grindr – any of these ring a bell? Technology has the power to affect the health and well-being of everyone, but especially adolescents. It can dramatically influence relationships, mental, emotional and sexual health, sleep, learning capability, and technology dependence, among other things. Gen Z – those born in the mid-1990’s through today – has never known life without technology. Parents and caring adults may be challenged communicating with and guiding adolescents when technology is constantly present and ever-changing. How do youth-serving professionals and parent educators navigate this complicated landscape?

During the 2018 Summer Institute, we will explore how professionals and parents can promote the healthy use of technology, creating a balance of both exposure and access. Explore strategies for safe internet use, help youth develop healthy technology habits and recognize when technology use may become problematic, and learn how schools are integrating new technologies into student life. Understand ways that technology can be beneficial and promote healthy behaviors, including positive relationships, and discover innovative strategies to harness the positive possibilities existing in social media. Expand your knowledge and build a toolkit to help you navigate the digital world and better connect with youth.

Join Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH

MorenoPassionate about developing innovative approaches to promote adolescent health, Dr. Megan Moreno strives to help adolescents balance relationships, influences, and experiences both online and offline in the highly technological society that we all live in.  As an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Academic Division Chief for the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and the Vice Chair of Digital Health for the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Moreno considers way in which technology may provide new venues for education, support, and care for adolescents.  Further investigating the correlation of technology and adolescent health, Dr. Moreno leads the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) at UW-Madison, focusing on three cores research areas: 1) innovative approaches to adolescent health using social media, 2) internet safety education, and 3) measuring technology use and misuse. 

An important aspect of Dr. Moreno’s research is being able to translate research findings into tools and strategies that can be used in communities by parents, educators, and providers.  She is author of “Sex, Drugs ’n Facebook: A Parents’ Toolkit for Promoting Healthy Internet Use”, a parenting handbook for internet safety based on research and collaborations with the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Moreno is a member of the executive committee on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communication and Media and the lead author on the Academy’s 2016 policy statement “Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents.” 

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.

Conference Information




TIES Conference Center
1644 Larpenteur Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55108


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

School Safety Technical Assistance Center
Minnesota Department of Education

Day 1

Understanding the Landscape: How Technology is Shaping a Generation

  • Explore what we know about technology and its impacts on adolescent development
  • Examine how technology affects adolescents’ mental, emotional, and sexual health, sleep and relationships
  • Connect with youth about how technology affects daily life

Day 2

Diving Deeper: How Technology Affects Adolescents

  • Explore how new technologies are being incorporated into academic settings and how this impacts school, community, and home life
  • Investigate strategies for safe internet use, help youth develop healthy technology habits and recognize when technology use may become problematic
  • Consider how to help youth balance relationships, influences, and experiences both online and offline

Day 3

Creating Connections: Expanding Your Digital Toolkit

  • Discover innovative strategies and best practices for technology use, online safety, and social media
  • Develop a toolkit with skills and strategies to promote positive technology habits and support youth as they navigate their digital worlds