About Us

YMH-Logo-Redesign-300x300Welcome to Young Men’s Health!

youngmenshealthsite.org (YMH) is a website produced by the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. The purpose of the website is to provide carefully researched health information to teenage boys and young men.

The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, led by Dr. S. Jean Emans, Division Chief, has a long-standing dedication to providing health information to teen boys, young men, and their parents. Back in 1999, the Adolescent Division started making health information available on adolescenthealth.com, including contributions by Dr. Todd Callahan. In 2008, with expert revisions, new web design, and new contributions by our world-class health-care providers, those early pages evolved into the current website.

The website’s coordinator, Judith Siegel, is a Licensed Independent Clinical social worker who is committed to the area of young men’s health. She has developed many of our online health guides and curricula. Our resident designer, Katy Doughty, is devoted to imparting essential health information to our readers, through clear, accurate, and beautiful design. Dr. Sara Forman is a physician specializing in adolescent medicine, and has been instrumental in the development of the website.

YMH was initially funded by a grant from the Mannion Fund, through the Social Work Department and the Center For Families at Boston Children’s Hospital. The website continues to be guided and supported by the work of the Young Men’s Health Initiative, which is made up of staff members from our Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine Practice. We are also grateful to the staff of the Center for Young Women’s Health (the creators of youngwomenshealth.org), who paved the way in content development, site structure, and design.

The mission of youngmenshealthsite.org is to help teen boys and their parents improve their understanding of normal health and development, as well as of specific diseases and conditions. We want to empower teen boys and young men around the world to take an active role in their own health care.

Note: The website does not accept any form of paid advertising and our sponsors do not influence the content of the health guides, except to require that the information is educational and informed by quality research.

Young Men’s Health is a part of Boston Children’s Hospital, which is a non-profit organization. The website does not accept paid advertising and our sponsors do not influence the content of the health guides. All the information is educational and informed by quality research.

We do have a feature on our website called “Ask Us” where you can submit questions anonymously to our staff. We answer 1 question each week, so your question might not be chosen to be answered. We try to select questions that are asked by lots of guys. If you have specific or urgent questions about your health, you should talk to your health care provider.

If you’re feeling depressed or suicidal, talk to a trusted adult, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255 (USA only), or go to the closest emergency room. Please remember that nothing on this website should be considered medical advice, which can only be given to you by your own health care provider.

Drs. Emans and Laufer, Phaedra Thomas, RN, and Judi Siegel, MSW, LICSW, the Directors of Young Men’s Health, are internationally known experts in adolescent health. The authors and editors of the books listed below (including Drs. Emans, Laufer, Woods, Gordon, and Callahan) are currently or have previously been members of the Divisions of Adolescent Medicine and of Gynecology at Boston Children’s Hospital. We also ask other experts from Boston Children’s Hospital (ranked #1 by US News and World Report) to read and edit health guides as needed. All our guides are written and/or reviewed by health care clinicians at Boston Children’s Hospital (ranked #1 by US News and World Report) using first-hand experience, knowledge in the field, and PubMed literature reviews. We ask additional specialists and experts to read and edit some health guides as needed.

All of our health guides undergo a rigorous review of evidence-based resources at the time of publication and at subsequent reviews every two years or more frequently if medical guidelines and/or recommendations change.

The following resources are used frequently:

PubMed searches of original literature, with access to full text articles through Countway Library, Harvard Medical School

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov), UpToDate.com, National Institute of Health, and American Academy of Pediatrics for current statistics and guidelines for treatment

Medical textbooks with extensive references such as:

  • American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th). Washington, DC.
  • Neinstein LS, Gordon CM, Katzman DK, Rosen DS, Woods ER (eds). (2007). Adolescent Health Care: A Practical Guide (5th). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Neinstein LS, Katzman DK, Callahan T, Gordon CM, Joffe A, Rickert V (eds). (2015). Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care: A Practical Guide (6th). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.