Request for Presentations: 2018 Adolescent Health & Wellness Annual Conference
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Presented by the INSPIRE Task Force & the Steuben Rural Health Network, the 2018 Adolescent Health & Wellness Annual Conference will attract nearly 130 regional attendees, ranging from professionals working with youth to community-minded individuals and parents.

Potential participants include school social workers, guidance counselors, teachers and nurses; adolescent program coordinators & directors; health educators; adolescent health clinics and councils; community development corporations; health departments; and departments of social service.

The INSPIRE Adolescent Health & Wellness Task Force is currently seeking presentations on a broad range of topics related to adolescent health and wellness, including trends and challenges in youth development, programming, organizational capacity building, and more! Attendees will be interested in workshops that offer concrete ideas, applicable methods, and valuable resources that can be incorporated into their own programs and organizations.

Conference Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Conference Location: GST BOCES, Bush Campus 
                                       459 Philo Road
       Elmira, NY 14903
Deadline for Submission is November 3, 2017

Review Process
Upon receipt of an application package, the conference planning committee will review it for completeness and topic relevance. Acceptance notices will be e-mailed by the end of November.

Workshop Format
You may present your session in lecture, discussion, or panel format. Interactive sessions are highly encouraged!

Workshop Categories
Below is a list of topic areas that we would like to cover. The list is not all-inclusive; if you have a presentation that does not address one of these topics but that is generally relevant to adolescent health & wellness, it will be considered by the planning committee.
Potential Topic Areas

Healthy Relationships; Anti-bullying; Teen Dating Violence; Family Interaction; Creating a Culture of Consent; Addressing & Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence with Youth; Positive Peer Pressure

Youth Development
Healthy Eating & Habits; Physical Activity; Eating Disorders; Positive Body & Self-Image; Vulnerabilities & Opportunities in Adolescent Brain Development; Adolescent Depression; Mental Health Diagnosis and the Impact of Labeling; Suicide Prevention

Sexual Education & Health of Youth
Sexual Education; Contraception Methods; Healthcare Needs of Teens; Adolescent Pregnancy/Parenting; LGBTQ-Inclusive Pregnancy Prevention

Advocacy for Resources; Youth Empowerment/Advocacy; Making Positive Changes in Your Community as a Teen or Teen Advocate

Cultural Competence
Supporting Transgender & Gender Nonconforming Youth; Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth; Gender Identity; Rural Youth Culture

Capacity Building & Collaboration
Sustaining Programs; Leadership; Fundraising; Grant Writing; Community Mobilization; Preparing & Supporting Program Staff to Successfully Implement Evidence-Based Programs

Motivational Interviewing for Adolescents; Understanding Adolescent Confidentiality
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Thank you for your submission! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Krystle Blencowe at  or 607.776.9467 ext. 229. You will be contacted by the end of November as to whether or not your submission has been accepted.