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Promoting Adolescent Health Equity

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Grand Rounds will be given by Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM, who is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a graduate of Yale University, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is currently the Director of Education for the JHU Health Disparities Leadership in Education in Adolescent Health Training Program, Training Director for the DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities, Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Training Program, core faculty for the School of Medicine's Colleges Advising Program, and a medical consultant for the Baltimore City Health Department's School-Based Health Program. A major focus of Dr. Trent’s research and professional interest has been on young women's health issues. She provides primary and subspecialty care to adolescents in the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She is the principal investigator of funded research studies designed to develop a strategic approach to the management of complicated sexually transmitted infections in adolescents. Dr. Trent is the author of scientific research, editorials, book chapters, and patient-directed media materials in the field of adolescent health. She serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Section on Adolescent Health and as Chair of the Research Committee and member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

Elizabeth Saewyc, PhD, RN, FSAHM, is a Professor of Nursing and Adolescent Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She holds one of Canada’s 15 national Chairs in Applied Public Health, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Public Health Agency of Canada; her chair is focused on Youth Health. She leads the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre at UBC. She was named a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in 2009.

Dr. Saewyc’s research focuses on health issues of youth, particularly how stigma, violence, and trauma influence teens’ health, coping and risk behaviors, and what protective factors in relationships and environments can buffer this trauma for young people. For the past 19 years, she has conducted research with many different groups of vulnerable adolescents, including runaway and street-involved youth, sexually abused and sexually exploited teens, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender adolescents, youth in custody, immigrants, home-stay students, and refugees, and indigenous youth in several countries. She draws on a variety of research methods, including population-based surveys, ethnography, photo-elicitation and video diaries, randomized trials and quasi-experimental intervention studies, participatory epidemiology, critical discourse analysis, and methods approaches. Much of her research incorporates gender and sex-based analyses, especially around health issues for boys and young men that are commonly considered “female” issues, such as teen pregnancy involvement, sexual abuse and exploitation, and relationship violence. In addition to sexual health issues, her research focuses on mental health issues such as self-harm and suicide attempts, grief and coping, and substance use/abuse. The majority of her studies have been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research or the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Sexually exploited youth are a highly stigmatized and relatively hidden population; as a result, we can still be surprised in learning about who they are, and what health issues they face. We may also need to think outside the usual partnerships for making a difference in their lives. In this presentation, Dr. Saewyc will share some of the unexpected findings from her study of sexually exploited street-involved youth in 9 cities across western Canada, one of the largest studies of sexually exploited youth in North America, and from a program of intersectoral collaboration and research in Minnesota over the past 9 years. She will share some of the ways research has helped change perspectives and inform interventions for sexually exploited and sexually assaulted young runaways, and identify unexpected partners along the way that have funded health interventions, or have engaged in public health practice to help address these vulnerable young people's health issues, and the outcomes that an intersectoral collaborative approach has brought about

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