Webinars & Trainings
AHI Staff, Lauren Vasquez, Valerie Gavrila, and Jenni Lane, hosting a webinar for school-based health centers that are connected with the School-Based Health Alliance.

Webinars & Trainings

AHI partners with organizations to develop and facilitate engaging webinars on adolescent-centered care. 

At AHI we offer customized web-based and in-person trainings to support organizations in becoming more adolescent-centered. Browse our various offerings below and contact us to discuss how we can support you and your training needs.

Former AHI staff member, Azzia Roberts, is sitting at a desk in front of a computer.


Our team works with organizations to develop and facilitate engaging webinars on adolescent-centered care. 

Through the delivery of rich content and use of interactive features, we can help you provide a meaningful, web-based educational experience to your audience.

Picture: Former AHI Staff, Azzia Roberts, co-hosting a webinar in partnership with the John Snow Institute and the Family Planning National Training Center.


Our skilled facilitators offer interactive trainings and presentations on a variety of topics to promote adolescent-centered care. We can tailor these educational experiences to meet your organization’s needs. A sample of our trainings and presentation topics include:

Patient-Centered Care
for Transgender Youth
Risk Screening
in a Clinical Setting
Transforming Health Centers
into Adolescent-Centered Medical Homes
Raising a Generation
of Empowered Health Care Consumers
Inter-professional Education
to Improve Adolescent Patient Care

This webinar took place on August 1, 2023. Access the recording today.

Abortion access limitations have disproportionate impacts on adolescents because of their unique legal and social status. AHI and Youth Reproductive Equity’s webinar on Adolescent-Centered Pregnancy Options Counseling after Dobbs presents tangible strategies and resources that health care providers can use to support decision-making autonomy for adolescents who have a positive pregnancy test in the current legal climate.

Clinicians guide participants in doing a values clarification exercise, share best practices for providing adolescent-centered care (i.e., specific language and phrases to use, resources including new educational material by Power to Decide to share with adolescents on pregnancy options), and go through an interactive set of cases to practice adolescent-centered Pregnancy Options Counseling. Then a legal expert from If/When/How reviews the legal landscape shaping the provision of comprehensive Pregnancy Options Counseling and resources for ongoing support.

The webinar concludes with a Q&A period, where clinicians, legal experts, and youth answer audience questions about the provision of adolescent-centered Pregnancy Options Counseling.


  • Elizabeth Ling (she/her), Senior Helpline Counsel, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
  • Melissa Kottke (she/her), MD, MPH, MBA, Professor, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Director, Jane Fonda Center, Medical Director, Grady Health System Teen and Family Planning Clinics
  • Robin Watkins (she/her), CNM, WHNP-BC, Senior Director, Health Care, Power to Decide
  • Laura Kirkpatrick (she/her), Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh / UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Youth presenters:
    • Hannah Hu (she/her), high school student in Michigan

This webinar took place on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Access the recording today.

Join AHI and the Reproductive Health National Training Center for an engaging webinar on Providing Family Planning Services to Adolescents During Uncertain Times.

This webinar presents strategies that family planning programs can use to ensure access to services for adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We will discuss how COVID-19 has changed the way adolescents access family planning services, as well as share best practices for providing adolescent-centered care, including through telehealth. Then, we will head into a panel discussion with adolescents and clinicians from the University of Maryland’s Adolescent & Young Adult Health Center and the Lone Star Circle of Care. The clinicians will discuss their experiences providing family planning services during the pandemic, while the adolescents will talk about their experiences receiving services. Both will offer strategies for providing youth-friendly services.

This webinar builds on the Promoting Youth-Friendly Environments in Family Planning Clinics webinar, held by the FPNTC in March 2020.

This webinar took place on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Access the recording today. 

Join AHI and the School-Based Health Alliance for an engaging webinar on Pics, Texts, and Tracking: Understanding and Addressing Digital Dating Abuse.

Relationship violence is a common problem for young people today. While providers may be familiar with some forms of power and control including verbal, emotional, and physical abuse, many adults are less familiar with the ways technology and social media can be used as tools of power and control in dating situations. This webinar will start by exploring the most common ways that technology and social media can be used in abusive situations and end with practical strategies that providers and other adults can use to identify warning signs of digital dating abuse and have critical conversations with youth experiencing and perpetuating this type of abuse.

This webinar took place on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Access the recording today.

Youth-driven health center assessments are a powerful approach to generate meaningful learning and feedback for health centers serving adolescents. The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) and the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH) each developed a similar youth-informed tool to assess the youth-friendliness of medical clinics. An analysis of the reliability and validity of these tools will be discussed.

This engaging professional development opportunity will help attendees understand the importance of youth-led health center assessments, examine youth processes in evaluating reliability and validity of the two tools, discuss possible future replication of methods by participants, and provide guidance for implementation of youth-led assessment tools as a standard of practice.

 Youth/Adult Partnerships: Strategies for Presenting Together

This webinar took place on Monday, November 30, 2020. Access the recording today.

This co-facilitated webinar is focused on educating adults on how to find and maintain a productive Youth-Adult Partnership (YAP) for presentations. This webinar will highlight three interactive modules created by youth and adults. Participants will leave with actionable strategies to plan a presentation together where everyone has an equal voice.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Identify the benefits of partnering with youth when presenting youth-focused research and programs
  • Define adultism and consider personal biases
  • Outline tips for planning and facilitating a great presentation w youth (e.g., communication systems, logistics planning)

This webinar took place on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Access the recording today.

Join AHI for an in-depth look at a shared decision-making model for adolescent contraceptive counseling and explore its place within a reproductive justice framework. Conversations will delve into the benefits and challenges of adopting a shared decision-making approach in contraceptive counseling, identify shared decision-making strategies, and discuss the latest in contraceptive counseling methods.

Presenters joining AHI:

  • Alana Otto, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Adolescent Medicine, University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics
  • Christina Arzate, MPH, Contraceptive Counselor | Outreach Coordinator, The Right Time, Contraceptive Choice Center (C3), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine

This webinar took place on Friday, May 15, 2020. Access the recording today.

Even under typical circumstances, young people face substantial obstacles to receiving adolescent-centered services. The new limitations on accessing health care during the COVID-19 pandemic leave young people even more vulnerable. The goal of this webinar is to assist youth-serving providers in navigating this new landscape with a strengths-based approach. The webinar will cover how to consider best practices in adolescent health within this new context including challenging issues such as confidentiality.

Click here for a list of Virtual Care Resources.

Presenters joining AHI:

  • Terrill Bravender, MD, MPH, Michigan Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Co-Medical Director of AHI
  • Thomas L. Atkins, MD, Psychiatrist, Founder of Grove Emotional Health Collaborative
  • Molly McHenry, FNP, Nurse Practitioner, Division of Adolescent and Transition Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

This webinar took place on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Access the recording today.

Join AHI and the School-Based Health Alliance for an engaging webinar on the Strengths-Based Approaches to Adolescent Sexual Health and Being An Askable Adult.

Discussing sexuality and sexual activity with young people can be challenging, and research shows that health care providers can have a significant impact on health outcomes when adequately addressing these sensitive topics with their adolescent patients. Effective sexual health counseling and services have a positive impact on the physical and emotional well-being of adolescents. Strengths-based approaches to sexual health supports the idea that staff and providers in varied healthcare roles can create a climate where young people are more likely to discuss their sexual health openly and honestly. Similarly, identifying strategies of being an askable adult helps to strengthen the ways of empowering youth and helping them feel comfortable asking for your support.

This webinar took place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Access the recording today.

Adolescents and caregivers go hand-in-hand when talking about teen health care. Learn strategies to enhance the clinic experience for youth and caregivers alike, no matter if they are the “over-engaged” caregiver or the “under-engaged” caregiver. Review best practices for adolescent confidentiality as well as how to navigate tricky conversations with caregivers and adolescents.

This webinar took place on Friday, February 28, 2020. Access the recording today.

Join us for this information-packed webinar where we will explore the various resources, programs, and services that AHI can offer to help improve adolescent health in your community. This webinar is intended for state adolescent health coordinators, providers, health professionals, health center managers, and other youth-serving professionals.

This webinar took place on Thursday, December 19, 2019. Access the recording today.

Food insecurity affects our adolescent patients, but may often go unnoticed in health care settings. How can providers and health care professionals better understand the unique challenges faced by adolescents and examine the role we play in helping connect patients to food and community nutrition resources? Join the Adolescent Health Initiative, the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools, Food Gatherers, for an interactive webinar, Addressing Food Insecurity with Adolescent Patients. This engaging professional development opportunity will help attendees better understand food insecurity, recognize how food is a social determinant of health, and increase comfort level with routine screening for food insecurity with adolescent patients.

Presenters joining AHI:

  • Shaira Daya, MPH, RD, Nutrition Projects Manager, Food Gatherers
  • Allison Mankowski, MPH, RD, CSSD, Registered Dietitian, Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools

This webinar took place on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Access the recording today.

Adolescent-centered care should encompass multiple aspects of physical, social, and emotional aspects of young people’s lives, including romantic relationships. In the U.S., in the past year, nearly 1 in 10 adolescents have experienced physical or sexual abuse from a dating partner, leading to various health consequences. Despite this high prevalence and related health issues, teen dating violence is often overlooked by health care providers. This webinar will begin with an overview of teen dating violence and current research. We will then dive into health care identification and response to adolescent intimate partner violence and where leaders in the field hope to go from here.

Presenters joining AHI:

  • Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS, FAAFP, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family, Emergency, and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School
  • Quyen Ngo, PhD, LP, Internship Lead, Training and Education Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center and Research Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, U-M Medical School

This webinar took place on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Access the recording today.

Adolescent patients cite confidentiality as one of the key determinants of their use of health care. Providing adolescents with confidential care results in better social and health outcomes, while a lack of confidential services may lead to unintended health consequences. Join us for a discussion of confidentiality best practices in adolescent health, where we will cover key aspects of confidential care, including EHR use, billing, patient portals, and more.

Presenters joining AHI:

  • Veenod L. Chulani, MD, MSED, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS, Section Chief, Adolescent medicine, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Jonathan Fanburg, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Maine Medical Center, Maine Medical Partners
  • Joanna D. Brown, MD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Brown Medical School; Medical Director, WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care
  • Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAFP, MOM, Medical Director, Aqui Para Ti/Here For You; Medical Director, Between Us

This webinar took place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Access the recording today.

In this webinar, we identify and discuss key concepts about providing culturally responsive health care to young people and reflect on various cultural norms unique to adolescents.

This webinar was hosted by the Adolescent Health Initiative and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region 4. Access to this recorded webinar is available today.

This webinar took place on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Access the recording today.

In this session, we discuss how adolescent brain development impacts interactions between teen patients and health care professionals. The webinar showcases related training resources designed to improve adolescent-centered practices that can be shared with health care teams and other multidisciplinary youth-serving audiences.

This webinar was hosted by the Adolescent Health Initiative and HHS Region 5. Didn’t have a chance to catch the webinar? Access to the recorded webinar is available today.

This webinar took place on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Access the recording today.

In this webinar, we identify and discuss best practices to plan for effective youth/adult partnership and co-facilitation.

This webinar was hosted by the Adolescent Health Initiative and the Institute for Patient-And Family-Centered Care.