Updates from the President
IAAH Welcome Message from
Bruce Dick and the 2013-2017 IAAH Council
Welcome to IAAH!
The 10th IAAH World Congress took place in Istanbul, Turkey in June 2013. As we listened to the excellent scientific papers and presentations, reviewed the posters of researchers from around the globe, contributed to the stimulating discussions and networked with friends and colleagues, we were reminded on a daily basis of the power and vulnerability of young people, as the demonstrations in Taksim Square took place down the road from the Conference Centre.
The World Congress, held every four years, is the time that IAAH changes office-bearers. The General Assembly thanked Lyn Bearinger for the past 4 years of her presidency and acknowledged her contributions and those of the IAAH Council members during this period.
The incoming president, Bruce Dick, and the new Council members are committed to building on the past achievements of IAAH in order to develop an organization that can be a strong global, regional and national voice for the health and wellbeing of adolescents and youth around the world.
There are many things that we plan to do, including: further improving the services that we offer to IAAH members; expanding the membership and the development of national and regional associations; continuing to involve a range of professional disciplines, including of course, young people themselves; and strengthening our partnerships and networks so that we can more effectively contribute to keeping the health of adolescents high on the agendas of policy makers and programmers.
The first thing that we will be doing is developing a Strategic Plan for IAAH for the next four years. We are setting up processes to ensure that the plan is built on the views of the membership. We also want to reach out for ideas from the many people who are not members of IAAH but who devote time and effort to improving the health and development of young people: we want to broaden the reach of IAAH and build an organization that you will want to join.
There has never been more need or more opportunities to advocate for adolescents and youth: we have never understood the importance of this period of the life-course so well, and we have never been in a better position to promote and support evidence-based interventions – to strengthen young people’s assets and respond both to the unfinished agendas, for example sexual and reproductive health, including HIV, and also to the new challenges such as non-communicable diseases, mental health and intentional and unintentional injuries.
So be involved. Feel free to contact any of us if you want more information, if you want to start a national association, or if you want to contribute to global or regional initiatives as these develop. We will be energizing our website among other things, so watch this space.
We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to improve young people’s health around the world.
IAAH President and Council 2013-2017