PAMF Symposium Provides Venue to Share Teen Health Resources
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) hosted the first “Coming Together 4 R Youth Symposium” on August 26, 2015, to help connect health care professionals with local teen health and wellness resources. The event was held at PAMF’s Palo Alto Center. More than 90 professionals from local medical and mental health organizations, city government offices and schools attended the symposium.
“Meeting the emotional and social needs of young people can be challenging,” says Nancy Brown, Ph.D., a PAMF health education manager who organized the symposium. “Medical professionals can refer young people to mental health providers for counseling but teens need additional opportunities to gain self-confidence and life skills in safe, non-judgmental and nurturing environments.”
Amy Saltzman, M.D., director of Still Quiet Place and the Association for Mindfulness in Education, was one of the main presenters at the event.
The symposium offered an opportunity for professionals to learn about community resources that support teen wellness. Main speakers at the event were Amy Heneghan, M.D., a pediatrician who is involved in PAMF’s Adolescent Behavioral Health project, Gary Riekes, founder and executive director of the Riekes Center, and Amy Saltzman, M.D., director of Still Quiet Place and the Association for Mindfulness in Education.
Other presenters included representatives from the Healthy Teen Project, the City of Palo Alto’s Project Safety Net and library programs, Outlet Adolescent Counseling Services, PAMF’s teen health programs and Community Health Resource Centers and Youth Community Service.
“We received very positive feedback from symposium participants,” says Brown. “Attendees valued the breadth of resources and services highlighted at the event and the opportunity to come together to discuss such an important health topic. One participant summed it up, saying: ‘There’s no substitute for getting people together to meet, connect, recognize shared values, approaches and efforts. It was excellent!”
Brown is planning to organize teen health and wellness symposiums at other Bay Area locations. For more information, contact Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-853-4773.
About the Palo Alto Medical Foundation
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) for Health Care, Research and Education, is part of the Sutter Health network. Founded in 1930, PAMF is a not-for-profit health care organization that is a pioneer in the multispecialty group practice of medicine, health innovation and patient-centered care. PAMF’s more than 1,200 affiliated physicians and 5,400 employees serve nearly 1 million patients at its medical centers and clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. For more information, visit: PAMF website I blog I Twitter I Facebook I Google+. To learn about PAMF’s Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, visit the PAMF Innovation Center website.
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