Hot Topics in Adolescent Health - Annual Conference: Teen Care in Turbulent Times

Aurora, CO US
October 27, 2023

Target Audience

This cutting-edge information will enhance knowledge, skills and performance of providers involved in physical, social and behavioral health aspects of care in adolescents and young adults.

The increased knowledge and skills will help attendees better advocate for youth in all domains of health and well-being. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize structural vulnerabilities that influence the health and well-being of Gender Diverse Youth and discuss ways to strengthen the potential for resiliency to thrive.
  • Consider the impact of THC on the developing brain and devise talking points to educate youth.
  • Summarize the consequences of fentanyl and other synthetic opioid use and strategize means to decrease its use among adolescents
  • Describe the new over-the-counter birth control pill, and review the evidence based guidelines for recommended length of use for the implant and IUD's.
  • Identify the signs of disordered eating and develop approaches to prevent it from becoming an eating disorder


Additional Information

Course Contact: 
Shaun Ayon,, 720-777-2700
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 7.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/27/2023 - 7:45am MDT
Event ends: 
10/27/2023 - 4:45pm MDT

Agenda – October 27, 2023 – Mountain Standard Time

7:30am Attendance Check-In - Continental Breakfast

7:45am Welcome Gordon Duvall, President, RM-SAHM

8:00      Roberta K. Beach Keynote Address

              National Adolescent Health Legislative Advocacy Update - Omonigho Ufomata

8:45      Q&A

9:00      Local Adolescent Health Advocacy Update - Ellen Stern, Jack Teter

9:30      Break

9:45      Best Practices in Gender Affirming Care - Marisa Nunes-Romero, PhD

10:30    Gender Diverse Care Insights: From a Youth Advocate, Physician, and Parent - Moderator: Zach Zaslow, Mason Evans, Shandra Knight, Anna Lisa Munson, MD FAAP

11:45     Lunch (Provided)

Afternoon Session with Virtual Option – Registration required

12:30pm  Screening For Depression in Primary Care - Brian Pitts, MD FAAP

1:15         Hot Topics in Adolescent Contraception - Eliza Buyers, MD

2:00         Weight Loss Pharmacotherapy - Courtney Batt, MD

2:45         Break

3:00         Substance Use Disorder: Updates and Interventions - Christian Thurstone, MD

3:45         Pediatric Patients with Eating Disorders: Role of the Primary Care Provider in Diagnosis and Management - Amy Sass, MD

4:45         Evaluation and Adjourn


Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
United States

Conference participants MUST park in Visitor Lot #10 - Free parking is accessible from Victor Street only. Do NOT park in the patient parking structure.

Please allow plenty of time to park and pre-screen at main entrance.

This conference will be hosted Live, In-Person. Virtual option for afternoon sessions only.

Please select the proper registration type prior to check-out.

See brochure for additional Registration Information

Guest Speaker

Omonigho Ufomata
American Academy of Pediatrics
Director of State Advocacy
Chicago, IL

Local Speakers

Courtney Batt, MD
Adolescent Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland OH

Eliza Buyers, MD
Director of Teen & Community Programs
Boulder Valley Health Center
Boulder, CO

Mason Evans (He/Him)
Colorado Youth Advisory Council
Senate District #3

Shandra Knight (She/Her)

Anna-Lisa Munson, MD, MPH (She/Her/hers)
Gender Care Clinic at Denver Health
Primary Care Pediatrician

Marissa Nunes-Moreno, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry-Child
University of Colorado
Child Psychiatrist
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Brian H. PItts, MD FAAP (He/Him/His)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine
Partners for Children’s Mental Health
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Amy Sass, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Ellen Stern
Government Affairs
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Jack Teter
Regional Government Affairs Director
Planned Parenthood of the Rockies

Christian Thurstone, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director of Behavioral Health Services
Denver Health

Zach Zaslow
Government Affairs
Children’s Hospital Colorado



Gordon Duvall, DNP, RN, PNP
President, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society for
Adolescent Health and Medicine
CDPHE Mobile Public Health Clinic Lead, Colorado

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

A general certificate of attendance will be provided to all other attendees.

Available Credit

  • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 7.50 Attendance


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Please join us for the full day with Live, in-person participation. The virtual option is for the Hot Topics pm sessions only!

Registration for pm session is virtual access only. High speed internet connection for virtual learners.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be granted for non-attendance, although you may send a substitute.  The Planning Committee reserves the right to alter the agenda or cancel the conference in the event of an unforeseen circumstance, or if the minimum registration is not attained by October 20, with a full refund to participants.