Research :: Impact of Hurricanes Katrina & Rita on Youth – SAM Statement

BLUE SPRINGS, MO – September 26, 2005 – Healthy adolescence depends upon ongoing connectedness to family, school, and peers.  For many youth, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita abruptly severed these ties, threatening their behavioral, emotional and physical health.  These losses, disruptions, and displacements have acute and long-term health consequences.

While all adolescents share universal needs such as health care, housing and safety, the adolescent victims of the recent hurricanes have unique needs and specific issues that must be addressed.  These needs include reintegrating them into educational and social environments, addressing the behavioral and emotional consequences of the disasters and their aftermath, and ensuring access to age-appropriate health services.  The Society for Adolescent Medicine strongly recommends a broad-based response to addressing the needs of these adolescents and urges involvement of all sectors of society.

Despite these challenges, the Society for Adolescent Medicine recognizes the strength and resilience of youth as well as their potential to participate in disaster recovery and reconstruction.  Affected adolescents and young adults must be provided opportunities to participate in the development and implementation of community responses to these disasters.

About the Society for Adolescent Medicine
The Society for Adolescent Medicine, founded in 1968, is the only multidisciplinary professional health organization in the United States exclusively committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health services delivery, professional development, and research.

Advocacy efforts are supported through local, state, and national efforts to develop comprehensive acute, chronic and preventative health services for youth.  The Society publishes and disseminates scholarly information related to adolescent health through its peer-reviewed monthly Journal of Adolescent Health.  For more information, visit the SAM web site.

John W. Kulig, MD, MPH, FSAM
Boston, MA   617.636.4779

Robert T. Brown, MD, FSAM
Columbus, OH   614.722.2458




September 26, 2005


Statement of the Society for Adolescent Medicine on the Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Youth


Adolescent Health at the Crossroads: Where do We Go from Here?

The presidential address at the SAM 2003 meeting focusing on the future of adolescent health.


National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators Assessment

This preliminary report highlights the key findings of the 2005-06 National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators (NNSAHC) assessment.

Archives | Reports

Non-Federal Adolescent Health Resources

This document provides an annotated list of nearly 250 adolescent health resources available from non-federal organizations.


Young People’s Health Care: A National Imperative

This 2006 paper is intended to inform policymakers, health professionals, health insurance purchasers, beneficiaries, young adults and their families about the health status and coverage issues young adults face as they strive to reach self-sufficiency.


Health of California’s Adolescents: Findings from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey

Topics covered in the report include: adult supervision and parental monitoring; adherence to safety standards; diet and physical activity; tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use; and sexual activity, including pregnancy and disease prevention.