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Save the Date for the Adolescent Health Symposium

Feb. 15-16, 2024

Virtual Conference

This annual gathering of educators, youth workers, educational administrators, community leaders and health and human service professionals advances key topics in the areas of health education and adolescent wellness. We are honored to have three renowned keynote presenters with diverse perspectives, as well as dedicated breakout session facilitators presenting a diverse assortment of topics in alignment with our three symposium tracks:

  1. Risk Factors
  2. Health Promotion and Protective Factors
  3. Emerging Health Issues

Although the delivery format has evolved over time, the foundational goals remain the same. Please select the breakout sessions that best meet your personal and professional needs. You do not have to remain solely in one breakout session track throughout the Symposium. Engage in active learning and prepare to return to your organization with new and exciting strategies for working with today’s youth.

Keynote Presenter: Kathleen Ethier, PhD

We are excited to announce our opening keynote for the 2024 Adolescent Health Symposium. Dr. Ethier will address “Using the Findings from the National Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance Survey (YRBSS) for Healthier Youth in the U.S.: A Call to the Nation.” 


Dr. Kathleen Ethier is a social psychologist and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Division of Adolescent and School Health in the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

She has served as a leader at CDC in adolescent health as well as other capacities since 1999. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Ethier spent six years on the research faculty at Yale University studying HIV, STDs, and unplanned pregnancy prevention among women and adolescents. Her research has primarily focused on psychosocial, behavioral, and environmental factors related to adolescent mental and physical health. Dr. Ethier earned her PhD in social psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


The Symposium is offered in cooperation with the UW-La Crosse Department of Public Health and Community Health Education, UW-La Crosse Graduate & Extended Learning and the UW Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education.

Special thanks to the Wisconsin Association for Middle-Level Education (WAMLE) for their support and assistance advertising the Symposium.

For more information, contact or call (920) 424-1129.