Adolescent Health Symposium

Adolescent Health Symposium

2021 Adolescent Health Symposium

February 18–19, 2021 • A virtual event
The Adolescent Health Symposium is a joint collaboration 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 Adolescent Health Symposium is presented in cooperation with the UW-La Crosse Department of Health Education and Health Promotion and Community Health, UW-La Crosse 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 Adolescent Health Symposium.

Keynotes | Registration | Agenda

Early bird pricing offered until January 10, 2021

  • Group rate: register three (3) participants from your organization for $425
  • Individual: $174

Participant Fees after January 10, 2021

  • Group rate: register three (3) participants from your organization for $520
  • Individual: $214
  • UW students (any 4-year UW school): $50 – student registrations are limited to a maximum of 40 participants, so register early!
  • 1-day only: $139 (Thursday only) or $59 (Friday only)



Register HERE for CECHs for CHES/MCHES >>>

Category 1 CECH Non-Credit Recognition for CHES or MCHES-Certified Health Education Specialists: 

Continuing Education Contact Hours* (CECHS) are offered through Extended Learning/UW-La Crosse as an NCHEC-designated National Multiple Event Provider (MEP) depending on the number of hours of participation that occurs. The entire experience (one and one-half days) represents 9 CECHs, with an additional fee of $24; one-day participation on February 18 represents 6 CECHs, with an additional fee of $16; or one-half day participation on February 19 represents 3 CECHs with an additional fee of $8.

*CECH fees are separate and in addition to Adolescent Health Symposium registration fees.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) is a National Multiple Event Provider authorized by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) to offer Category I CECHs for CHES/MCHES participants. UWL Extended Learning maintains responsibility for the program and its content. UWL Extended Learning reports CHES/MCHES CECHs quarterly to NCHEC.

Gary D. Gilmore, M.P.H., Ph.D., MCHES at

Special notice for those recertifying as CHES or MCHES and demonstrating continuing competency: For those who are CHES or MCHES certified, there is an important recently initiated recertification requirement by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) termed Continuing Competency which is to be assessed by Multiple Event Providers (MEPs) like Extended Learning, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. We fully support this requirement for those who are certified through NCHEC to demonstrate specified levels of knowledge, skills, and/or ability throughout one’s professional career. As a first step, you can go to visit the NCHEC website for additional information and the assessment form. Thereafter, you can communicate with Dr. Gilmore to discuss Continuing Competency performance options.

Register HERE for CECHs for CHES/MCHES >>>

Academic Credit Recognition:

One Academic Credit is offered at the undergraduate or graduate level by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse by participating in the entire one and one-half day experience, plus completing the additional follow-up steps (to include documented breakout session participation and the development of a practical individual application plan of action, as detailed in the credit course syllabus). Communicate with Dr. Gilmore at to learn more about this option.

Credit tuition is separate and in addition to the Adolescent Health Symposium event fee.

For first-time students:

  • HED 467, Section 700 (1 undergraduate university credit)
  • HED 567, Section 700 (1 graduate university credit)

Repeatable credit opportunity (note change in course #):

  • HED 495, Section 700 (1 undergraduate university credit)
  • HED 595, Section 700 (1 graduate university credit)

To register for UW-La Crosse university credit course: UWL university credit registration form and online admission application directions
Deadline to register: February 18, 2021

Registration for the undergraduate and graduate course can be completed prior to the Symposium or on the first day of the event. 

Last date to withdraw from this course is Tuesday, February 23, 2021. You must contact Briana Meuer AND the instructor, Gary Gilmore, 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. 

To register for credit course: 
After first registering for the Adolescent Health Symposium event, contact Briana Meuer, Credit Coordinator, 608.785.6513 or

Note: Credit tuition is separate and in addition to the Adolescent Health Symposium event fee.

2021 Keynote Presenters

Each of our keynote presenters have been invited to the Adolescent Health Symposium to provide their unique perspective on major issues affecting youth today. Each presenter will provide important, skill-building breakout sessions for practical implementation in the classroom.

James J. Conway, M.Div. expanding section

James ConwayJames J. Conway (Jim) is a veteran trainer and speaker with over 25 years experience providing training and consultation to youth-serving professionals and volunteers in educational and community-based organizations in the US and abroad. He has designed and delivered major training for Search Institute since 1995. For the last decade, he also served as a lead trainer and presenter for Vision Training Associates. Conway has also served as a member of the national training team, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley College, MA. Prior to beginning his career as a trainer and speaker on positive youth development, Jim served for 15 years in leadership roles of various programs for children and young adolescents.

James Conway Video Profile

Deborah Tackmann, B.S., M.E.P.D. expanding section

Deborah TachmannDeborah Tackmann, B.S., M.E.P.D. will receive a Special Service Award during the Luncheon followed by her presentation of Reflection on 45 years of service to education in Wisconsin, the Midwest, and nationally, coupled with her Future Insights

Ryan McKelley, Ph.D., LP, HSP expanding section

Ryan McKelley, Ph.D., LP, HSP

Ryan A. McKelley, Ph.D., has a reputation for being able to translate research and academic concepts into practical information that audiences can implement in their own lives. A licensed psychologist and full professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, McKelley teaches courses on health psychology, behavior modification, abnormal psychology, group counseling, and men and masculinities. He also maintains a small private practice consisting of individual therapy and clinical supervision of trainees.

McKelley is a former President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities and a member of the Society for Health Psychology, both divisions of the American Psychological Association. Specific research and presentation topics include men’s help-seeking, alternative treatment models, nontraditional work and family roles, fatherhood, men and depression, marketing mental health and various areas of health psychology.

McKelley has been interviewed extensively in the area of mental health and changing gender roles. In the last few years, he has been quoted in print outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and local papers in both the United States and Australia. McKelley has also appeared on several radio stations and podcasts such as National Public Radio and ABC Radio News. McKelley’s TEDx talk, “Unmasking Masculinity: Helping Boys Become Connected Men,” has been viewed over 200,000 times.

Ryan McKelley Video Profile