Hot Topics in Adolescent Health: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Brains

Aurora, CO US
October 28, 2022

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

  • Review the influence media has on the mental health of adolescents and discuss strategies to mitigate the negative impacts.
  • 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
  • Identify the signs of disordered eating and develop approaches to prevent it from becoming an eating disorder
  • Explain the processes in which various drugs cause dental diseases
  • Recognize structural vulnerabilities (e.g. minoritized identities or lived experiences of racism or migration) that influence the health and well-being of youth and discuss ways to strengthen the potential for resiliency to thrive


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: 
10/28/2022 - 7:45am MDT
Event ends: 
10/28/2022 - 4:45pm MDT

Agenda – October 28, 2022 – Mountain Standard Time

7:45 – 8:00am  Welcome – Gordon Duvall, President, RM-SAHM

8:00 – 9:30       Roberta K Beach Keynote Address - The Impact of Media on Adolescent Health - Vic Strasburger, MD                            

9:30 – 9:45       Break

9:45 – 10:45     Marijuana and Impact on Adolescents Brain Development: Potential risks during this period -  Jerry Yager, PsyD

10:45 – 11:45   The Adolescent Fentanyl Epidemic - Christian Thurstone, MD

11:45 – 12:30p  Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:30     Pediatric Grand Rounds - Jules Amer Lectureship - Title TBD - Stephen Berman, MD

1:30 – 2:30       Disordered Eating - Michael Spaulding-Barclay, MD, MS, CEDS

2:30-3:30          The impact of Drugs on Oral Health - Trinny Brown, DDS

3:30-4:30          Youth Panel – Racism - Alexie Cisneros Devine, LPC, CAS

4:30-4:45          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 in a Hybrid format.

Please select the proper educational format to support your participation in the course.

See brochure for additional Registration Information

Guest Speakers

Stephen Berman, MD*  (In collaboration with Pediatric Grand Rounds)

Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, University of Colorado, Director, Center for Global Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Emeritus Children’s Hospital Colorado Chair in Academic General Pediatrics

Trinny Brown, DDS
CO Division of Youth Services
Denver, CO

Alexie Cisneros Devine, LPC, CAS
Synergy Director/Faculty
Synergy Outpatient Services | Addiction Research
and Treatment Services
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Michael Spaulding-Barclay, MD, MS, CEDS
Eating Recovery Center
Denver, CO

Vic Strasburger, MD
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Jerry Yager, PsyD
Gold Creek Center
Littleton, CO

Steve Kotecki
Public Information Officer
United States Drug Enforcement Administration
Denver, CO


Gordon Duvall, DNP, RN, PNP
President, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society for
Adolescent Health and Medicine
Medical and Education Director, Aurora Community Health
Clinic Operations
Salud Family Health Centers, 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.

Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this Live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

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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High speed internet connection for virtual learners.

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