Looking Back on PA Teen Health Week 2017

Philadelphia teens pose for a group photo with Dr. Laura Offutt at the Teen Health Week Party Photo: Hieu Pham

January 9-13, 2017, marked the second annual Pennsylvania Teen Health Week. To commemorate its conclusion, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia hosted Friday the 13th at the Mütter, a public event celebrating teen health. The event opened with remarks from Dr. George Wohlreich, CPP Director and CEO, followed by several Fellows who were actively involved in THW’s development, including Dr. Laura Offutt (host of “Real Talk with Dr. Offutt” and the driving force behind THW’s inception), Dr. Loren Robinson (Deputy Secretary, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania), and Dr. Robert Sharrar. A representative from the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office read Mayor Jim Kenney’s proclamation of Teen Health Week (a fitting bookend to Gov. Tom Wolfe’s proclamation from the beginning of the week).

Following opening remarks, several Philly teens took part in Teen Health Week Challenge, a teen health related quiz show. Hosted by Youth Program Coordinator Kevin Impellizeri, three teams of Philly teens put their knowledge to the ultimate test by answering questions related to teen health for the chance at fabulous prizes. It was a light-hearted conclusion to Pennsylvania Teen Health Week 2017.

We would like to thank the following sponsors who helped make Pennsylvania Teen Health Week 2017 a success: the Pennsylvania Southeast Region Area Health Education Center (AHEC)System of Care, a program of the Delaware County Department of Human Services; the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Honeygrow. Stay tuned for more teen health resources and we hope to see you all for Pennsylvania Teen Health Week 2018!

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