Adolescent Health Leadership Training Program

The Johns Hopkins Adolescent Health Leadership Training Program is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program. The aim of this program is to develop the next generation of leaders in the most innovative and effective interdisciplinary approaches to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention with a primary goal of reducing health disparities. Throughout our training, the focus will be on approaches that will reduce health disparities so the next generation of African-American and Latino youth will enter adulthood with health status on par with the majority of their peers.

Project Director

Hoover Adger MD MPH MBA

  • Professor of Pediatrics

Expertise: Adolescent Medicine

Philosophy and Guiding Principles

  • Our role as clinical practitioners and leaders in adolescent health is to ensure that adolescents and young adults reach their full potential as adults while suffering the fewest harms and having the most positive experiences as they pass through this critical period of growth and development
  • Using an innovative case study curriculum as well as seminars and clinical practice experiences, the proposed program will train individuals from five core disciplines including medicine, social work, nutrition, psychology and nursing to integrate their skills through demonstrated leadership
  • The Johns Hopkins Disparities LEAH program will focus on a subset of morbidities that disproportionately affect youth of color
  • Our program will focus on strengthening and expanding the next generation of leaders in the fields of clinical and public adolescent health with special attention to the diversity of the work force

Academic Programs

The Johns Hopkins LEAH program is housed in the section of Adolescent Medicine in the division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in the department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The section houses the Adolescent Health Promotion Training Program (T32), funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to provide research training to physicians in the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship. The section is also home of the Adolescent Health Research Group (AHRG) which was formed in 1999 and consists of investigators and staff who work together to conduct fundamental and applied public health research directed at prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

The LEAH program has strong ties to other schools and institutions located on or near the campus, including the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and others. Within the School of Public Health, the section works most closely with the department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, which is chaired by Dr. Robert Blum. Population, Family and Reproductive Health is an interdisciplinary department whose research, teaching and practice address population change, sexual and reproductive health and maternal and child health. There is an adolescent health track for master and doctoral students. Population, Family and Reproductive Health also houses the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The center is one of 33 prevention research centers supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Distance Learning

  • Participant as part of LEAH collaborative training program for state adolescent health coordinators
  • Co-sponsor for Summer Institute in Adolescent Health and Development, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Internships and Training Programs

  • Fellowship in adolescent medicine (ACGME accredited)
  • Long-term interdisciplinary training in adolescent health
    • Medicine
    • Nursing
    • Social work
    • Dietetics/nutrition
    • Psychology

Clinical Programs

  • Primary and specialty adolescent medicine
  • Reproductive health
  • Endocrinology/diabetes care
  • Eating disorders
  • STDs/HIV
  • Learning disorders
  • Nutrition/obesity
  • School-based health
  • Sports medicine
  • Substance use disorders
  • College health and wellness

Contact Us


[email protected]

Johns Hopkins Hospital
200 N. Wolfe Street, #2065
Baltimore, MD, 21287

Pamela Shinnick
Medical Training Program Administrator
Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program
LEAH Training Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Rubenstein Child Health Building, Room 2061
Baltimore, MD 21287