Adolescent Health Symposium

2021 Adolescent Health Symposium

February 18–19, 2021
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI

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 Extended Learning and the UW-Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education.

Acknowledgment: Support for the Symposium is provided by the Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation.

Keynotes | Registration | AgendaLodging & travel

Early bird pricing offered until December 18, 2020

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

Participant Fees after December 18, 2020

  • 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
  • Syllabus is forthcoming.

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)

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

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.

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. Only withdrawals initiated before the deadline date of February 11 will be eligible for a 100% refund.

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

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.

Deborah L.Tackman, M.E.P.D. expanding section

Deborah TackmannDeborah Tackmann is a nationally recognized educator with over 40 years of experience in the classroom. Deborah has received two National Health Educator of the Year Awards from the American School Health Association and American Association for Health Education, as well as a National Exemplary Bullying Program and Individual Award. In 2012, Deb became the first teacher from Wisconsin to be inducted into the National Teacher Hall of Fame. Her passion to inspire and empower others to lead happy, healthy, and successful lives has led to many accomplishments, including being recognized as one of the top teachers in the nation by USA Today. In addition to giving presentations in over thirty-five states, Deb was a presenter at the 2012 National Conference on Bullying, sponsored by the School Safety Advocacy Council. As an author, health consultant, coach, adjunct university faculty member and mother of three, Deb has dedicated her life to making a positive difference in the lives of children…one child at a time.