YTH Live: the youth + tech + health conference

2019 Session Descriptions

Session Descriptions

Tech-based Interventions for Youth Living with HIV
In this session, find out how technology is being used in two separate interventions to improve HIV prevention and medication adherence. Attendees will also learn ways to incorporate health literacy programs and tech-based interventions into their work with youth.

Race and health: Collaboration and Community Engagement
Presenters in this session have successfully used community engagement and collaboration practices in underrepresented communities, specifically for Black men and transwomen. Check out this session to learn how organizations all over the country are tackling these challenging societal issues.

Trauma and Tech
While digital technology, such as social media and mobile apps, are keeping us more connected than ever before, rates of depression and anxiety among youth continue to skyrocket. This session dives into youth-centered and youth-led solutions for mental illness, social inclusion, gun violence, and paths to recovery using storytelling and innovation. Attendees will learn how gun violence is affecting youth in Los Angeles; how one 18 year old Californian’s story of bullying has led to a nationally recognized program addressing bullying in schools and social inclusion; and how a 15 year old from Colorado has created a congressionally-endorsed mental health app that provides abuse victims with a personalized path towards recovery.

Tele – Tell – That
Telehealth, teletherapy, and teleconnections are all being used to access youth that are often difficult to reach. This session addresses how providers are using technology to reduce barriers to access mental health care, substance use treatment, and HIV care for their patients

Swipe left? Dating apps and sexual health
Everyone’s on a dating app, so why not use them to improve sexual behaviors and practices? This session will cover the complexities involved in using a dating app including experiences of rejection, discrimination of sexual partners. Attendees will also learn ways to use dating apps for sexual health promotion.

Reply YES to engage with your patients
This session explores the feasibility of messaging to connect young people to their health educators, case managers, and even health career mentors. Attendees will learn how providers are using messaging (SMS and Facebook Messenger, etc.) for appointment and medication reminders, and to map sexual health concerns of their patients.

Virtual & Reality: Family Planning
In this session you’ll hear about a variety of tools created to promote family planning, contraception for people that produce sperm, and comprehensive sex education. These technological tools include media development, virtual reality, and live streaming events. Come find out about judgement free emergency contraception, improving gender equity, and reducing gender violence.

Birds and the Bees using VR and Bots!
In this session you’ll hear about key findings from chat boxes used to deliver non judgemental sexual health advice to teens and teenage girls around the world. Attendees will learn why a virtual reality experience was created to build communication in sexual relationships and to increase condom use.

Nothing for us without us: Inclusive digital sexual health information created by young people for young people
Content for youth should be created by youth. In this session, learn how San Ysidro Health, Sacramento Peers on Prevention, and Bits and Bods are addressing youth health needs by including young people and peers in the creation of digital content and social media marketing from the very beginning.

Who’s in first place?! Gaming for good
This session explores how gamification can address the health needs of young people in some very unique and interactive ways. Learn how games can do anything from helping teach young people about the benefits of vaccines to building resilience in youth with chronic or mental illnesses.

Having “the talk”: Engaging parents in conversations about sexual health
Parents are important gatekeepers, facilitators, and influencers of their children’s health and attitudes. This breakout will discuss global and domestic programs that engage and equip parents with the tools to talk to their children about sex, healthy relationships, fatherhood, and sexually transmitted infections.

Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Preventing teen dating violence and sextortion around the world
Learn how organizations around the globe (USA, India, Honduras) are using technology and social media to address teen dating violence and sextortion. This session will highlight how technology can empower young people to seek positive healthy relationships and how to distinguish loving behaviors from abusive ones. Additionally, hear from a partnership between Thorn and Facebook about how something as simple as video as a cat can change young people’s knowledge and raise awareness about online sextortion.

Lights, camera, action: Using the power of videos and social media for sexual health promotion, obesity prevention, and tobacco prevention
This session will inspire you to use social media and video to empower young people and their allies in making well-informed decisions about their health. Learn how organizations and providers are using videos and social media to raise awareness about tobacco-related products, to promote sexual and reproductive health and to implement a virtual family weight management program.

Digital Tools for Family Planning and Emergency Contraception
From fertility tracking to locating places to buy emergency contraception and digitalized net mapping in Nigeria, learn how young people are using digital tools for family planning. This session will explore how machine learning and Human-Centered Design are being used to create digital family planning tools like the Dot fertility app and TeenRx.

Does this filter make me look good? Exploring social media success in public health
Everyone’s doing it…but are they doing it well? This breakout will explore how organizations are using social media to empower young people with health promotion information. This session is perfect for you if your organization is looking to ramp up your social media presence.

Say goodbye to banana and condom demonstrations! Examining health education beyond the classroom
Technology has opened up a whole new world of innovative ways to provide sexual education to young people. Join this session to learn how Engenderhealth is using photovoice to reach young parents, James Madison University is using self paced online interactive sexual education platforms, and UCSF is using mobile to engage youth living with HIV.

MyMediaLife: Generating Sexual and Mental Health Digital Messaging in an Era of Extreme Conservatism
The shift in this country toward more repressive health policies, such as SRAE, the re-branded abstinence-only programming, is thwarting efforts to get young people science-based information and messaging. Some agencies, however, have little choice but to accept such funding. Reproductive injustice, inequality, gun violence, even in this era of extreme conservatism, it’s youth who’ve been at the forefront of the movements to combat dangerous social ills. So why not let youth create their own messaging, with your support and guidance? The principles of Social Marketing, marketing attitudes and behaviors, can enable the creation of materials that contradict disinformation, and inspire the youth who consume them. We’ll show you how to facilitate youth’s creation of effective digital health marketing, while meeting the criteria set out by suppressive funding. Regardless of your funding options, this session will provide participants with a strategy for creating and leveraging teen-produced content.

Virtual Reality As A Stigma Busting Tool
A How-to Guide for mobilizing young people on taboo health issues using VR: Does virtual reality fascinate you? Are you curious about using VR to bring about social change but not sure how to go about it? If you answered yes, then attend our workshop where we will take you through the different steps involved in conceptualizing a VR project for social change — for this, we will be using our VR film, India’s first VR film on abortion, as a case study (yes, you will also have the chance to watch the film!). Love Matters India has successfully used virtual reality as a tool to engage with young people in India on two sensitive and taboo social issues: intimate partner violence (IPV) and abortion. This has entailed using virtual reality to increase awareness and normalize conversation around these stigmatized issues, as well as taking this innovative technology to young people through strategic public distribution, thereby making VR accessible to a diverse audience.

Mindful Media: Engaging journalists, producers and social media partners in safe, responsible media portrayals and the consequences of misrepresentation
In this session, youth affiliated with the Media and Mental Initiative from Stanford Psychiatry’s Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing will describe the impact of various forms of media on youth mental health, including news reporting, entertainment media and social media. They will discuss adverse impacts such as suicide contagion and self objectification; and will highlight several projects they’ve undertaken to minimize its harmful effects and enhance its potential for stigma reduction and fostering connection and help-seeking.

It’s About Time! Exploring Youth Opinions Around Expanding the Male Contraceptive Method Mix
When considering a future with more options for male contraception, today’s youth are critical for ensuring the successful introduction and uptake of these methods. For this reason, it is important to include the voice of youth throughout the research and development process and to cultivate champions among young men and women who will be the first to benefit from a truly comprehensive contraceptive method mix.

Workshops

MyMediaLife: Generating Sexual and Mental Health Digital Messaging in an Era of Extreme Conservatism
The shift in this country toward more repressive health policies, such as SRAE, the re-branded abstinence-only programming, is thwarting efforts to get young people science-based information and messaging. Some agencies, however, have little choice but to accept such funding. Reproductive injustice, inequality, gun violence, even in this era of extreme conservatism, it’s youth who’ve been at the forefront of the movements to combat dangerous social ills. So why not let youth create their own messaging, with your support and guidance? The principles of Social Marketing, marketing attitudes and behaviors, can enable the creation of materials that contradict disinformation, and inspire the youth who consume them. We’ll show you how to facilitate youth’s creation of effective digital health marketing, while meeting the criteria set out by suppressive funding. Regardless of your funding options, this session will provide participants with a strategy for creating and leveraging teen-produced content.

Virtual Reality As A Stigma Busting Tool: A How-to Guide for mobilizing young people on taboo health issues using VR
Does virtual reality fascinate you? Are you curious about using VR to bring about social change but not sure how to go about it? If you answered yes, then attend our workshop where we will take you through the different steps involved in conceptualizing a VR project for social change — for this, we will be using our VR film, India’s first VR film on abortion, as a case study (yes, you will also have the chance to watch the film!). Love Matters India has successfully used virtual reality as a tool to engage with young people in India on two sensitive and taboo social issues: intimate partner violence (IPV) and abortion. This has entailed using virtual reality to increase awareness and normalize conversation around these stigmatized issues, as well as taking this innovative technology to young people through strategic public distribution, thereby making VR accessible to a diverse audience.

Building a Better Internet for Young Women: How Cryptography Can Encourage Female Expression and Honest Discussions of Sexuality Online
When we encourage sexual expression, we begin to paint a more complete picture of sex and love. Come to this session to learn

  • The possibility of a healthy, safe Internet for women*
  • Blockchain Solutions for Health & Social Impact
  • The process of building a blockchain app for sex education and mental health
  • Basics of blockchain coding & app design
  • Self expression exercise (collage art)

Mindful Media: Engaging journalists, producers and social media partners in safe, responsible media portrayals and the consequences of misrepresentation
In this session, youth affiliated with the Media and Mental Initiative from Stanford Psychiatry’s Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing will describe the impact of various forms of media on youth mental health, including news reporting, entertainment media and social media. They will discuss adverse impacts such as suicide contagion and self objectification; and will highlight several projects they’ve undertaken to minimize its harmful effects and enhance its potential for stigma reduction and fostering connection and help-seeking.

Village to Virtual: The development and launch of the Nari Paila (Women’s Journey) mobile games
Take part in an interactive session that shares current examples of a start-up intervention with global implications. During the session, participants will learn about the origins of this suite of mobile games, take part in UX testing, and discuss feedback.

Offline to Offline: Impact Measurement
Whether your organization is one month or 100 years old, the common denominator all nonprofits share is a high return on the investment of democratizing data. But a data democracy doesn’t mean “data all the things.” There are a daunting number of frameworks and data sources to define how your organization impacts the world. Impact matters to the volunteers, donors, and foundations that invest time and money into your cause, and to the staff that pours their energy into making the organization’s (digital) presence run. This workshop presentation will share the journey other nonprofits like PowerPoetry.org, CrisisTextLine.org, have taken to reach outsized impact for their size by using data. Workshop participants will learn strategies to measure their organization’s impact, and be invited to share their wins with democratizing data internally as well as posing challenges in their organization.

Digital Posters

The “who” informs the “what”: Identifying the Target Population in Sub-Saharan Africa to Design Impactful Multipurpose Prevention Technologies

Easy EC: Find emergency contraception the easy way

Supportive Group Chats: How an online community of teens uses Snapchat for peer-to-peer support

Data collection as intervention? Using ecological momentary assessment to engage young adults and gauge media use, health implications

Youth-led sexual and reproductive health digital content in Baltimore City

Mr. Query- A relatable role model (and reproductive health resource) for Bangladeshi adolescents

#keepingitLITE: An online study about the life experiences and health of LGBTQ+ youth.

Panels

Technology Empowering a Self-Care Abortion Movement
Given the restrictions on access to abortion and reproductive health services around the world, there is a pressing need for exploration and development of new technologies to expand access to abortion. While technologies such as smartphone applications (apps) have the potential to increase health knowledge and agency, there are a lack of technologies explicitly focused on providing abortion information and personalized care. To develop the best ways to deliver abortion information and care using the technology we have available and to support new models of self-care, user-center approaches are crucial. Come to this session to learn about several approaches that have leveraged technology to increase access to abortion information and care. Best of all, come test out some of these tech interventions and contribute your own ideas and questions!

The Power of Mentorship in Whole Person Health: A 360º View
21% of new HIV diagnoses in the US are among people ages 13-24, the majority being young, Black and/or Hispanic/Latino, gay and bisexual men. YLWHA face compounded challenges including homophobia, racism, poverty, isolation and HIV stigma. These barriers can impact their health literacy and self-esteem resulting in high rates of homelessness, poor mental health and an increased use of drugs and alcohol. Mentorship is proven to dismantle these challenges, build community among YLWHA and their allies, help young people find their own voices an needs when championing their health and ultimately help YLWHA live long-term healthy lives. In this session, attendees will hear real-world stories from YLWHA and their allies about specific challenges for YLWHA, what helps young people become champions of their own health and finally, the power of mentorship.

LIGHTENING STORY SESSION

Once upon a time…Lightning Stories
Storytelling at its best, join this session to be led through stories about young people from all over the world addressing health through digital technologies. Hear the voices of men seeking HIV-testing in Kenya, learn what it is like to empower young girls to engage in mental health among their peers, experience the impact of treating young people as partners in digital health, and hear what it is like to be a young adolescent living with HIV seeking connection and support online. Join storytellers from Girl Effect, FHI360, Connected Health Solutions, and YLabs, in this storytelling experience and engaging discussion.

ZonaSegura ZonaSegura is a trauma-informed youth-centered innovative mobile solution to address teen dating violence in Honduras. Learn more about ZonaSegura on our program page.