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Making Sense of Adolescence


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This adolescent health event is sponsored by partners participating in the Accelerating Clinical and Translational Research program, called ACCEL and the Brandywine School District. ACCEL partners include the University of Delaware, Christiana Care Health System, Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children and the Medical University of South Carolina. ACCEL is focused on improving the health and wellness of all Delawareans. ACCEL aims to do this by creating partnerships between health researchers and communities to conduct research of mutual interest and benefit. It also aims to disseminate important research findings.

Our target audience is teens, parents, educators and interested community members. The presentations will be led by health professionals with expertise on research about the teen brain and current health issues facing teens today. An interactive discussion, including Q & A will follow the presentations. Before and after the presentations, attendees will visit exhibitor tables to access adolescent health information and resources provided by local agencies.

Date: April 14, 2015

Time: 6:00 – 8:00PM

Location: Brandywine High School Auditorium

"Understanding the Teen Brain", Presented by: Dr. Judith W. Herrman, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Professor, School of Nursing, University of Delaware

  • How teens think, make decisions, and behave is guided by unique features of the teen brain
  • Learning about the teen brain allows parents and other adults to embrace the unique aspects of being a teen
  • Working with teens is easier when one appreciates the rapid changes and stressors associated with the teen years and teen development

"Keeping Teens Healthy and Well", Presented by: Mary M. Stephens, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Faculty, Family Medicine Residency, Medical Director, School-Based Health Centers

  • Teens and young adults face unique health risks and social pressures
    • Review key problems affecting teens today
    • Discuss best practices that can help teens stay healthy and reduce their future health risks
    • Learn about community resources available to teens and families to help them thrive