Deb Levine, MA
Deb Levine founded Internet Sexuality Information Services, Inc., now YTH, in 2001, after a decade of work as an innovative educator using technology to advance youth health and wellness. As Executive Director for the first 12 years, Deb led the organization to push the boundaries of traditional health education by creating many of the nation’s firsts, including an ecard service for STD partner notification (inSPOT, as reported in the New York Times, McSweeney’s and CNN); an online STD testing service (STDtest.org, as reported in ABCNews, Los Angeles Times): and a text messaging service (SexINFO, as reported in USAToday, San Francisco Chronicle, Medscape, NBCNews). The team also created and launched the singular annual conference on youth, technology and health, YTH Live (formerly Sex::Tech), which boasts over 500 attendees, national press, and hundreds of thousands of tweets. Under her leadership, the organization won numerous awards, including the Full Circle Fund Technology Award, a Webby honoree, the Drucker Innovation Award, a Grassroots Techie Award and first place in a White House and HHS Challenge, Apps Against Abuse.
Deb has devoted her life’s work to changing the way young people access and engage with sexual and reproductive health services, with the goal of a massive cultural shift to reduce shame and embarrassment about sensitive health issues. She has lectured near and far, from San Francisco State to FuturShow in Bologna, Italy, and published in numerous peer-reviewed journals (American Journal of Preventive Health, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, and more.) Beginning with the creation of Go Ask Alice! while a health educator at Columbia University, through to her experiences as a Pop!Tech social innovation fellow (with colleagues from Ushahidi, MedicMobile, and FrontlineSMS) and a Jefferson Award winner for public service (with colleagues from BlackGirlsCode among others), she has worked tirelessly to include sexual and reproductive health issues in the tech and pop cultural forefront.