In The News


September 2, 2015: Executive Director, Libby Safrit was selected as the 2015 Regional Chapter Award recipient for the Virginias-Carolinas Regional Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). Libby will serve as the regional nominee for the national level award. Libby was selected because she works tirelessly and diligently to improve the health and well-being of adolescents. 

July 31, 2015: Dr. Shamieka Dixon spoke with FOX News about social media use in adolescents leading to depression. She reminded the reporters about the importance of parents monitoring social media use for teens. 

July 29, 2015: Medical Director, Dr. Preeti Matkins, spoke with Time Warner Cable News about a study released that links the use of social media among teenagers to an increase in depression. You can watch the news story here. 

June 30, 2015: Mental health clinician, Betsy Thompson, spoke with Time Warner Cable News about Parenting with Love and Logic. She talked about how parents should be having conversations with their teens about alcohol and substance use and abuse at an early age and reminding teens about the dangers of risky behaviors. 

June 23, 2015: Teen Health Connection was awarded one of the Mecklenburg County ABC Board's Alcohol Education Annual Grants for our Underage Drinking Prevention and Education strategies, including The Big Picture and Parenting with Love and Logic Way classes.

June 11, 2015: Dr. Preeti Matkins, Medical Director and Courtney Perkins, Registered Dietitian, spoke on Charlotte Talks about adolescent body image. You can listen to the conversation here. 

April 2015: Dr. John G. Johnston, Founding Teen Health Connection Medical Director, was awarded the University of North Carolina Distinguished Medical Alumni Award. 

April 2015: Medical Director, Dr. Preeti Matkins, presented a poster about Expedited Partner Treatment at the Pediatric Academic Society Quality Conference in San Diego, Caifornia.  

January 2015: Tesha Boyd, Practice Manager and leader of the GEMS program, was nominated as the Mayor's Mentor of the Year. You can learn more about the GEMS program here. 


November 2014: Medical Director, Dr. Preeti Matkins, spoke at the NC Department of Health and Human Services Suicide Prevention Group.

November 2014: Medical Director, Dr. Preeti Matkins, began serving on the Governors NC Task Force of Human Trafficking: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Committee. 

October 2014: Libby Safrit, Executive Director, was nominated for a Carolinas HealthCare System Pinnacle Award.

October 2014: Dr. John G. Johnston, founding medical director of Teen Health Connection, was nominated for the Distinguished Medical Alumni Award. 

September 2014: At the 20th Regional Symposium on Child Abuse and Neglect, Dr. Preeti Matkins presented on adolescent victimization and adolescent puberty, brain development and sexuality. 

September 2014: Glenda Bernhardt, Development Director, represented Teen Health Connection at the Wells Fargo Flash Philanthropy Event. You can read the article in the Charlotte Observer here. 

June 2014: Dr. Preeti Matkins, Medical Director, received a Bronze Award as one of the Carolinas HealthCare System Touchstone Award winners. Teen Health Connection was recognized for our Expedited Partner Therapy in the Clinical Outcomes category. You can learn more about this award here.

April 2014: Dr. Preeti Matkins, Medical Director, was awarded a Girl Scouts Women of Distinction award for her significant achievement in healthy living.

February 2014: Dr. John Magee, psychologist, talked about the importance of funding for creative art therapies within health care programs. You can read the article here.


October 27, 2013: Libby Safrit, Executive Director, had a serious conversation about mental health stigmas on WTVI's "Living United" broadcast.  The broadcast continues to be aired throughout the month of November on WTVI PBS Charlotte (Channel 42.) You can learn more about this conversation here.

October 25, 2013: Diana Levitt, Manager of Mental Health Services, spoke with WSOC Evening News about Becoming a Love and Logic Parenting, a parenting program designed to give participants practical skills that can be used immediately with adolescents ages 11-18. You can watch her interview here. 

October 18, 2013: Dr. Preeti Matkins, Medical Director, spoke with Brigida Mack, a news reporter from WBTV about "fat shaming" - a type of bullying that is aimed at people who are obese. Dr. Matkins spoke about how damaging bullying can be and how ineffective shame is as a motivator for improving health. You can watch her interview here.

September 24, 2013: Manager of Mental Health Services, Diana Levitt was selected to speak about Teenage Binge Drinking because of the great work that Teen Health Connection is doing with our newly launched Youth Drug Free Coalition. You can watch the news video at this link.  

August 5, 2013: Manager of Mental Health Services, Diana Levitt, was selected to speak to WBTV about dating violence and the startling statistics locally. Teen Health Connection addressess this issue in our production of The Big Picture. You can watch the interview here. 

July 3, 2013: The team at Teen Health Connection was proud to be selected to present at the Violence Prevention Conference in March. The conference focused on self-injury and Teen Health Connection led several break-out sessions for professionals and provided a vignette from the performance of The Big Picture as the keynote presentation during the conference. You can see some photos for the conference here. 

May 7, 2013: Executive Director, Libby Safrit, Medical Director, Dr. Preeti Matkins and famed author Harriet Brown were asked to speak about the success and 5th year anniversary celebration of Teen Health Connection's Center for Disordered Eating on Charlotte Talks. You can hear more at this link. 

April 23, 2013: Teen Health Connection Teen Advisory Board member, Bailey Brooks was honored for her work on a community campaign to NOTICE child abuse. You can read more about this story and achievement here. 

January 25, 2013: The GEMS mentors were selected as the Mayor's Mentoring Alliance Group Mentors of the Year. To read more about the GEMS program and our amazing mentors click here.