About

Possibilities for Change delivers practical, evidence-based tools and workshops to help professionals and parents effectively identify youth risks and save lives.

As a Nurse Practitioner and Director of the University of Michigan School-Based Health Center program, Jennifer Salerno, DNP, CPNP, FAANP, faced the daily challenge of identifying and reducing risky behaviors among the youth she served. Considering nearly 75% of serious injury and adolescent death is a result of preventable, risky behaviors, Jennifer knew something needed to be done. There needed to be a change.

With her team of advisors, medical professionals, and, most importantly, adolescents, Jennifer developed the initial RAAPS risk screening system. She then started Possibilities for Change in order to expand access to RAAPS and provide professionals with the training, tools and systems necessary to identify and reduce youth risk.

If you’re attending a conference or event and would like to connect with Dr. Salerno, please contact us at info@pos4chg.org to schedule a one-on-one meeting.

Global Footprint

Thousands of School-Based Health Centers, colleges, providers and professionals around the world are leveraging RAAPSACT or Motivational Interview Training to improve adolescent health in their practice or program.

Possibilities for Change is about identifying risks, improving outcomes and changing lives.

Press Releases

Adolescent Counseling Technology From Possibilities for Change Reduces Youth Nicotine and Tobacco Use

Web-based program designed uniquely for young people, offers effective science-based intervention to reduce youth vaping epidemic

1 in 10 American Youth Report Carrying a Weapon for Protection

Dr. Jennifer Salerno Launches Teen Speak, A How-To Guide for Real Talks With Teens About Sex, Drugs and Other Risky Behaviors

Sexual Health Risk Disparities Identified in Underserved Youth

Significant Outcomes in Mental Health, Distracted Driving, Eating Disorders and Exercise

Adolescent Risk Behaviors Reduced In Michigan’s School-Based And Linked Health Centers

Significant Outcomes in Mental Health, Distracted Driving, Eating Disorders and Exercise

Possibilities For Change Expands Adolescent Assessment To Identify Risk Behaviors In Ages 9-24

Leading Provider of Teen Risk Assessment Launches Two New Products to Address Unique Needs and Risk Behaviors in Older-child and Young-adult Populations.

Dr. Jennifer Salerno, Founder Of Possibilities For Change, Invited To Participate In Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Think Tank

National Thought Leaders to Address the Role of Adolescent Health and Preventive care in PCMH

RAAPS Receives Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine honors Dr. Jennifer Salerno’s ‘outstanding original and innovative’ teen risk assessment tool

Mental Health Issues A Higher Risk Than Drugs And Alcohol For Teens

RAAPS Assessment Uncovers Rising Set of Risks

A 5-minute Electronic Survey Could Save Your Child’s Life

New Ann Arbor company licenses proven, innovative adolescent health risk assessment tool to schools, physicians, social workers nationwide

Speaking Engagements

NAPNAP National Conference on Pediatric Health Care
Creating Positive Change: Identifying and Communicating with Youth on Risky Behaviors
March 25, 2020 | Long Beach, CA

CARE 25th Annual Parenting Conference
Teen Speak: Building strong connections with your teen to reduce their risk
March 7, 2020 | Clinton Twp, MI

Healthy Teen Network
Power to the Parents: Proven Strategies for Sex Positivity
October 29, 2019 | New Orleans, LA

School-Based Health Alliance annual conference
Getting Down to Risky Business: Evaluating and Implementing Risk Screening Tools
June 24, 2019 | Washington DC

School-Based Health Alliance annual conference
Improving Adolescent Health by Motivating Change (pre-conference workshop)
June 23, 2019 | Washington DC

Empowering Youth Today bi-annual learning collaborative
Let’s Talk! Strategies for Engaging Parents and Caregivers
June 13, 2019 | Frankenmuth, MI

Empowering Youth Today bi-annual learning collaborative
Sustainability: Digging Deeper
June 12, 2019 | Frankenmuth, MI

Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (MINAPNAP) annual conference
Getting Down to Risky Business: Evaluating and Implementing Risk Screening Tools
April 12, 2019 | Novi, MI

Mission West Virginia THINK annual conference
Teen Speak: Creating Positive Change through Effective Communication (keynote closing presentation)
April 11, 2019 | Beckley, WV

Louisiana School-Based Health Alliance annual conference
Getting Down to Risky Business: Evaluating and Implementing Risk Screening Tools
April 8, 2019 | Lake Charles, LA

Empowering Youth Today bi-annual learning collaborative
Let’s Talk! Strategies for Engaging Parents and Caregivers
October 23, 2018 | Lansing, MI

Empowering Youth Today bi-annual learning collaborative
Sustainability Success: Growing Your Framework
October 22, 2018 | Lansing, MI

School-Based Health Alliance annual conference
Reaching Beyond “Just Say No” to Adolescent-Focused Motivational Interviewing (pre-conference workshop)
June 24, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN

South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Summer Institute 2018
It Takes 2: Partnering with Parents to Reduce Teen Risk
June 6, 2018 | Columbia, SC

2018 Clinical Nursing Conference for HIV and STD Care
Protecting Sexually Active Teens Requires More Than a Trojan: Understanding Risk and Using Technology to Support Behavior Change
June 1, 2018 | Frankenmuth, MI

Maryland Assembly on School Based Health Care annual conference
Talking Tech! Using RAAPS to Identify Adolescent Risk and Support Positive Change
May 17, 2018 | Columbia, MD

Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (MINAPNAP) annual conference
Emerging Issues in Pediatric Health Care: Improving Adolescent Health by Motivating Change (pre-conference workshop)
April 12, 2018 | Novi, MI

NAPNAP National Conference
It Takes 2: Partnering with Parents to Reduce Adolescent Risk
March 20, 2018 | Chicago, IL

25th Anniversary Parenting Awareness Michigan Conference
Partnering with Parents to Reduce Adolescent Risk
November 13, 2017 | East Lansing, MI

Healthy Teen Network
Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives
October 2-4, 2017 | Baltimore, MD

2017 Michigan Family Planning Update – Michigan Public Health Institute
Protecting Sexually Active Teens Requires More Than a Trojan: Understanding Risk and Using Technology to Support Behavior Change (keynote lunch presentation)
September 19, 2017 | Grand Rapids, MI

National Sexual Health Conference
Using Technology & Interdisciplinary Sexual Health Care to Identify Risks, Support Safer Sex Behaviors and Showcase Outcomes!
July 6-8, 2017 | Denver, CO

School Based Health Alliance (SBHA)
2017 National School-Based Health Care Convention (pre-conference workshop)
June 18-21, 2017 | Long Beach, CA

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) National Conference
Protecting Sexually Active Teens Requires More Than a Trojan
March 16-19, 2017 | Denver, CO

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Moving Toward Solutions: Addressing Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Michigan
August 16-18, 2017 | Troy, MI

University of Michigan Adolescent Health Initiative Conference on Adolescent Health
Innovative Programs Panel: Improving Communication between Parents and Teens to Reduce Adolescent Risk
April 24-25, 2017 | Ypsilanti, MI

Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (MINAPNAP)
Emerging Issues in Pediatric Health Care: Improving Parent-Teen Communication to Reduce Risk
April 21, 2017 | Novi, MI

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)
Cultivating Connections: The Importance of Relationships in Adolescent and Young Adult Health
March 8-11, 2017 | New Orleans, LA

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Annual Conference
Overcoming Barriers in Practice with Replicable, Sustainable Screening and Counseling Strategies
March 4-7, 2017 | Kansas City, MO

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