Adolescent Health Symposium

2019 Adolescent Health Symposium

February 14–15, 2019

Thursday and Friday, Feb. 14–15, 2019
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club, 1 W Dayton St, Madison, Wis. To receive the reduced rate, you must register no later than January 17, 2019.

The symposium is a collaborative effort involving UW-Oshkosh and UW-La Crosse.

This annual gathering of educators, youth workers, and health and human service professionals brings forward key topics in the areas of health education and adolescent wellness. We are honored to have three renowned keynote presenters, as well as a diverse assortment of breakout sessions focused on our three symposium tracks:

  • Track 1: Risk Factors
  • Track 2: Health Promotion and Protective Factors
  • Track 3: Emerging Issues

The Symposium is presented in cooperation with the UW-La Crosse Department of Health Education and Health Promotion and Community Health, UW-La Crosse Continuing Education and Extension and the UW-Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education.

Acknowledgment: Support for the Symposium is being provided by the American Cancer Society and the Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation.

Keynotes | Registration | AgendaLodging & travel

Early bird pricing offered until Dec. 21, 2018

  • Group rate: register three (3) participants from your organization for $500
  • Individual: $199

Participant Fees after Dec. 21, 2018

  • Group rate: register three (3) participants from your organization for $595
  • Individual: $239
  • UW students (any 4-year UW school): $55 – student registrations are limited to a maximum of 40 participants, so register early!
  • 1-day only: $159 (Thursday only) or $79 (Friday only)

Thursday lunch and Friday breakfast buffet are included in the registration fee.

University Credit option

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Health Education and Health Promotion is offering a companion course that will provide one undergraduate or graduate level credit. To earn University credit, participants must:

  • Attend at least 5 breakout sessions
  • Develop a focused application project with written application plan

Symposium fee is separate and in addition to credit tuition fee.

For first-time students:

  • HED 467 (undergraduate)
  • HED 567 (graduate)

Repeatable credit opportunity (note change in course #):

  • HED 495 (undergraduate)
  • HED 595 (graduate)

Registration for the undergraduate and graduate course can be completed prior to the Symposium or onsite. Visit the AHS credit options page for additional registration details and to view the full course description.

UWL academic credit registration & online admission application directions
Registration deadline: February 14, 2019

Last date to withdraw from this course is Tuesday, February 19, 2019. You must contact Briana Meuer AND the instructor, Michele L. Pettit, M.P.H., Ph.D., MCHES, to initiate the withdrawal. Failure to do so may result in the inability to withdraw, resulting in a ‘F’ grade. Only withdrawals initiated before the deadline date of February 19 will be eligible for a 100% refund.

To register for credit course contact: 
Briana Meuer, Credit Coordinator, 608.785.6513 or

Keynote presentations for 2019 Symposium

Each of our three keynote presenters have been invited to the Adolescent Health Symposium to provide their unique perspective on major issues affecting youth today.

Three keynote speakers will provide important, skill-building breakout sessions for practical implementation in the classroom.

Richard C. Wender, MD

Richard C. Wender, MD

Chief Cancer Control Officer of the American Cancer Society

In his role, he is charged with providing oversight and guidance to the organization’s domestic and global cancer control programs, with a focus on access, navigation, and health equity in an effort to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to live a healthy life and receive high quality treatment and support. MORE >>

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Mettie Spiess, CWP

Mettie Spiess, CWP

Founder of Hope Heroes United

Mettie Spiess is an award-winning mental health advocate, professional speaker and the founder of Hope Heroes United. She is known as a champion of change and a voice of hope for diverse audiences including school districts, universities, corporations and health advocacy organizationsMORE >>

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Bob Lenz

Bob Lenz

Founder and President of Life Promotions

Life Promotions is a non-profit youth organization with a mission to instill hope in youth. 

Lenz is the author of the anti-bullying book, Dignity Revolution, and initiator of a national pledge to stand up for the worth, value and dignity of every person. Lenz speaks at school assembly programs and classroom campaigns to encourage students to take ownership of the lessons shared and equip them with life skills to face and overcome challenges. MORE >>

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