The Sessions

HIV/HCV Testing Van
YTH Live attendees were able to visit the HEPPAC mobile van for free HIV and Hepatitis C testing. The HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County took care of everyone! Visitors chose either a quick oral test for HIV or HIV/HCV combined finger prick. Recommended HIV testing for youth and young adults; HCV testing for boomers. Sponsored by Orasure Technologies.

Social Media Lounge
Need a little hand-holding and TLC when you try to embed a video, publish a WordPress blog post, or follow-along on Twitter? Attendees spent a few minutes (or an hour) in the Social Media Lounge with the folks behind and YTH’s very own Youth Advisors. They were available throughout the conference to help with the simplest tech challenges to the mighty!

Office of Women’s Health Listening Sessions
Thank you for raising your voice and letting the Office of Women’s Health know what’s important to you and your communities. We had two moderated listening sessions with Jamia Wilson from YTH and members of the YTH Youth Advisory Board, working together with the national Office of Women’s Health. Conversations ensued around emerging technologies that inspire, inform and engage young women and girls in their own health and wellness.
Moderators: Ann Abercrombie, Office of Women’s Health
Jamia Wilson, YTH
Members of the YTH Youth Advisory Board

Post Conference Networking Sessions
We offered 4 post-YTH Live networking sessions, in response to your pleas for more unscheduled time in San Francisco with your friends and colleagues.
Online Sex Education: Jeffrey Gould, Cardea Services
Gaming: Miriam Verburg, Bloom Digital Media
Future of Online Feminism: Jamia Wilson, YTH
Pregnant and Parenting Teens: Deb Levine, YTH, closed session


What to Wear? Wearables for Health
“Wearables” = wearable technology that can be attached to one’s clothing or worn as an accessory, are making their way into the health tech world. Participants learned what young people have at their fingertips!
Moderator: Iana Simeneov, UCSF mLabs and Public Health Institute

Leah Robertson, University of British Columbia
Geoff Appelboom, Youv, Inc / Columbia University
Caroline Szpalski, St. Joseph Medical Center
Rachel Kalmar, Misfit Wearables

Emotion Mapping: Tech for Youth Resilience
Sometimes, life can just feel downright hard. Facing adversity can affect one’s mental health and lead to health-harming behaviors. In this session, the approach of using technology for emotion regulation and enhancing youth resilience was explored.

Fred Dillon, HopeLab
Janxin Leu, HopeLab

Apps for Sexual health: Lessons Learned in Development
This panel highlighted the wide spectrum of interactive approaches health promotion. From online sexual/intimate health info to a sexual history-taking app, evidence-based tech platforms are offering solutions to diverse communities. In this session we heard about lessons learned in the development and testing of these platforms, as well as how to keep one’s audience engaged.
Moderator: Grace Moen, Health 2.0

Keith Van Norman, University of Oregon
Ashley Scarborough, California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center
Clayton A. Davis, Indiana University

Gaming for Health
Gaming is an exciting new platform for interactive youth health education. We explored games designed for sexual health education and youth decision-making skills that also take into account the complex social structures within teens’ personal lives and communities.
Moderator: Kenny Shea Dinkin, Making Fun, Inc.

Ragnar Anderson, University of Chicago
Alex Medina, Answer
Ysette Guevara, Minds On Fire

Youth Change-Maker Initiative: Developing youth leaders and equipping them with digital skills to change the world
The workshop highlighted Mikva Challenge’s process of developing youth leadership in open, collaborative networks where their ideas and solutions are shared amongst youth and adults throughout the city. Attendees came away with an understanding of ways to use technology to increase civic participation and action, and tangible activities one can immediately implement to improve the health and wellness of one’s communities via digital and social activism.
Moderator: Jenni Kotting, llinois Caucus for Adolescent Health

Josh Prudowsky, Mikva Challenge

New Platforms for Storytelling
Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication, and is even more dynamic now that we have technology, social media and various cutting-edge platforms at our fingertips. We learned about new and innovative methods for health promotion, including story mapping and multi-platform storytelling for youth.
Moderator: Adrienne Becker, Glass Elevator

Nedra Kline Weinreich, Weinreich Communications
Claire Berman, Harvard School of Public Health, Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study
Donica Snyder, Florence Crittenton High School
Marty Otañez, University of Colorado

Workshop: Exploring, Analyzing, and Visualizing Open Health Data on the Web
Free-to-use health data abound on the web. Leveraging these resources can increase one’s power to explore data, conduct detailed analyses, and create web-enabled applications. This hands-on tutorial was aimed at experts in the heath domain interested in accessing and combining diverse data to inform research and decision making. We used IPython notebook to obtain real data from Kinsey Reporter and the US Census, then combine and visualize it in map form.
Moderator: David Goldsmith, Dossia Consortium

Clayton A. Davis, Indiana University

Tech Industry’s Commitment to Youth
We all know that youth are the early adopters and users of new technology. And when you look out there at the industry, what we see most of is deep marketing to youth (to download a mobile game, buy coins/tokens/virtual goods, go premium, etc.). This panel at YTH Live was about real tech industry commitment to youth – in the fields of education, health and wellness, economic justice, and more.
Moderator: Max Kamin-Cross, YTH Youth Advisory Board

Mario Lugay, Kapor Center for Social Impact (confirmed)
Jennifer Argüello, Kapor Center for Social Impact
Seema Gururaj, Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology

Innovative Funding for Social Good
This was an outside-of-the-box session for fundraisers, development professionals and big thinkers in your organization. Should you start a for-profit enterprise within your non-profit? What about crowdfunding a project or idea? Have you ever thought of how community banking could advance your mission? Speakers discussed the pros and cons of each decision and provided tips and advice for making whatever you choose effective.

Breanna DiGiammarino, IndieGoGo
Miriam Joffe-Block, One Pacific Coast Bank


Two-Way Crisis Texting
Had a sexual health mishap? Experiencing a mental health crisis? Need help NOW? These mobile text messaging programs are designed to provide information to the youth in a timely manner, directly to their phones.
Moderator: Nancy Lublin,

Deborah S. Levine, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Nicola Survanshi, Inspire USA Foundation, Director of ReachOut

Violence Prevention: Engaging Youth in Digital Conversations
These innovative programs sparked discussions around consent, healthy relationships, domestic and intimate partner violence via social media and video creation to engage teens and college students across the country in the violence prevention movement.
Moderator: Brigid McCaw, Kaiser Permanente

Eleanor Davis, Futures Without Violence
Brian O’Connor, Futures Without Violence
Alia Roth, Connecticut College Vagina Monologues

By Youth, For Youth: Youth Driven Initiatives
Want to engage youth in content creation and dissemination? We heard from programs that have successfully utilized a “by youth, for youth” approach with user-driven social media platforms. Ranging from the involvement of teen ambassadors to college-aged students, attendees learned about various approaches to incorporating youth leadership and input in HIV prevention and sexual health education.
Moderator: Praveen Basaviah, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA)

Audrey Gabe, EngenderHealth
Fay Cobb Payton,

Social Media for Sexual Health Outreach
Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are regularly used today by organizations and programs targeting youth and young adults. But how can they be used as effectively and be as engaging as possible? We discovered lessons learned in using social media for sexual health outreach and education for youth, and came away with tips for increasing interaction with users of our own programs.
Moderator: Nawz Z. Talai, The California Wellness Foundation

Megan Lim, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
Sergio Luna, Vista Community Clinic
Erin Wright, Colorado School of Public Health, mHealth Impact Lab

The Strength of Social Media
Social media is used for diverse purposes, from personal communication to study recruitment. We heard from three unique social media campaigns that engage specific communities of youth in conversations around health and sexuality.
Moderator: Emily Hagerman, Public Health Institute

Timothy Kordic, Los Angeles Unified School District, HIV/AIDS Prevention Unit
Kathleen Tebb, University of California, San Francisco
Ruth Buzi, Baylor Teen Health Clinic
Jakevia L. Green, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Digital Health Tools for Teens
Reaching teens with targeted health messages requires a different approach than educating adults. These two health education programs use digital technology via mobile applications and an online educational platform to reach teens where they are at, both inside the classroom and out.
Moderator: Marguerita Lightfoot, UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)

Liz Chen, MyHealthEd, UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health
Vichi Jagannathan, MyHealthEd
Deborah S. Levine, Planned Parenthood Federation of America


The New Face of Recruitment + Questionnaires
The days of paper surveys and study recruitment flyers are becoming a distant memory as technology and social media are enhancing research methods. Attendees found out how to successfully use apps, social media, and mobile phones to recruit study participants, conduct outreach and collect data efficiently and effectively while engaging youth.
Moderator: Susannah Allison, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Kris Ahmed, Teen Success Inc.
Sean Arayasirikul, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Catherine Dizon, University of California, Davis

Advancing Data Collection Methods
Imagine a world where data collection is easy, accessible, and fun. We say that it’s possible! These data collection programs range from collaborations between youth and health providers to game-based technology, all geared to be youth-friendly.
Moderator: Jose Bauermeister, SexLab, University of Michigan

Dr Julia V Bailey, e-Health Unit, University College London
Tamer Fakhouri, Yale University School of Medicine
Jennifer Salerno, Possibilities for Change

Resources for You: Online Libraries, Toolkits and Datasets
Knowledge is power! Whether you conduct research or implement programs, having a well-stocked online library or toolbox will strengthen your work. This session was packed with rich data resources and online tools for working with youth.
Moderator: Erin McKelle, YTH Youth Advisory Board

Regan Foust, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
Scott White, Tulane University
Ashley Maier, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault/PreventConnect


Digital Storytelling for Social Change
Nothing communicates emotion quite like a story. This panel showcased various examples of the use of digital storytelling to create social change in a community and empower youth in the process.
Moderator: Mickey Martinez, Camino

Seed Lynn, Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual & Reproductive Health (Ci3)
Jacqui Beck, San Francisco State University
Wazi Maret Davis, San Francisco State University

Culturally Competent Programs for Latino Immigrant Communities
Latinos are the largest growing immigrant community in the United States, and are often not reached by broad health initiatives. These culturally competent programs work directly with young Latinas to develop social media and mobile health messaging to connect with immigrant communities around sexual health and domestic violence prevention issues.
Moderator: Rocio Cordoba, Ford Foundation

Amber Garcia, COLOR Community Organizer
Alejandra Olguin, YTH

Online Abortion Activism, Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice
Just as the web has the power to connect individuals and foster relationships across any distance, it also has the power to unite and mobilize communities around a cause. Abortion activism and advocacy is no exception, and these initiatives shared the strides they have made in getting women’s voices heard around abortion access.
Moderator: Kierra Johnson, ChoiceUSA

Sarah La Due, NARAL Pro-Choice America
Julia Reticker-Flynn, Advocates For Youth
Jaime-Alexis Fowler, Exhale
Natalia Koss-Vallejo, Exhale Fellow

Digital Advocacy Around Sensitive Issues
Being an advocate around issues that are sensitive and often stigmatized can be challenging, but these two programs are examples of successful digital advocacy. From teen pregnancy to virginity, dynamic approaches using Photovoice, storytelling, and interactive interfaces give voices to often silenced topics, and create a safe community to empower youth around health issues that affect them.

Karina Garcia, NLIRH – National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Therese Shechter, Trixie Films

In the e-Clinic

Advances in STD Testing Diagnosis and Results
Getting tested for sexually transmitted infections doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being enjoyable, but these programs are here to make the experience as positive and accessible as possible for young people. From using an app to send in a picture of your symptoms to a medical professional, to identifying an MSM-friendly clinic in your area, barriers to getting tested were identified and tackled by these web- and app-based resources.
Moderator: Daniel Coronado, California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS

Alexander Börve, Gothenburg University and iDoc24
Jose Bauermeister, Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities
Veronica Whycoff, Washington, DC Department of Health, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA)

Stick to it: Tech for Medical Adherence + Health Interventions
People aren’t perfect, and we all make mistakes when it comes to taking our medication on time or engaging in healthy behaviors like eating right or getting tested regularly. These programs use interactive texting, gamification, and social networking to engage youth in medication reminders and healthy behavior change.
Moderator: Jeff Klausner, MD, UCLA Global Public Health

Sara LeGrand, Duke University
Alex Lemann, Caktus Group
Emily Pike, UNC School of Medicine
Dano W. Beck, Oregon Health Authority

Youth and the Clinical Encounter
These programs show how one simple tool – a mobile application – can change the entire face of health assessments. From collecting patient histories and performing risk assessments, to delivering reports to the provider and creating health recommendations for the patient, these mobile apps can address gaps in services and improve health care delivery for youth and adults alike.
Moderator: Maryjane Puffer, Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health

Kathleen Tebb, University of California, San Francisco
Sandy Whitehouse, University of British Columbia

Calling All HIV Providers: Resources and New Media for You
Are you a health provider? Then this session provided resources for YOU! Participants came with an open mind and walked away with a variety of youth-friendly resources and tools to bring back to patients, including STD test results delivery and a drug use interactions application.
Moderators: Bhupendra Sheoran and Jenna Gaarde, YTH

Jessica Ladd, Sexual Health Innovations
Sandra Whitehouse, BC Children’s Hospital
Sara Mathieu-C., University of Montreal

Poster Presentations

Call for a Good Time: Sexual Health in Prostitution Advertisements on
Alexa Marcotte, Indiana University, Bloomington

A mixed methods study on using eHealth to increase HIV testing and linkage to care among young men who have sex with men in China
Kathryn E Muessig, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cedric H. Bien (co-author), Icahan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Chongyi Wei (co-author), University of California San Francisco
Elaine J. Lo (co-author), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Min Yang (co-author), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joseph D. Tucker (co-author), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Ligang Yang (co-author), Guangdong Provincial Center for Skin Diseases and STI Control & Prevention
Gang Meng (co-author), Guangtong – Lingnan MSM Community Support Center
Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman (co-author), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hooking Up & Staying Hooked: A Young Guy’s Guide to Healthy Relationships and Sexual Health
Colin Adamo, Advocates for Youth

More than *just* tracking time: measuring engagement within an internet-based HIV/STD intervention
Nina Baltierra, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Kathryn E Muessig (co-author), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Emily C. Pike (co-author), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sara LeGrand (co-author), Duke University
Sheana S. Bull (co-author), University of Colorado
Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman (co-author), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Phase 2: Using Geo-Locating Technology to Reach YMSM for HIV/STI Prevention
Wesley Yuen, San Mateo County STD/HIV Program
Darryl Lampkin (co-author), San Mateo County STD/HIV Program

Sext me ur (.)(.) A mixed methods study into sexting prevalence and motivations
Megan Lim, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
Timothy Yeung (co-author), Burnet Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia
Danielle Horyniak (co-author), Burnet Institute, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Alyce Vella (co-author), Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
Margaret Hellard (co-author), Burnet Institute, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Sexual wellbeing in young people: an analysis of factors associated with sexual pleasure
Dr Julia V Bailey, e-Health Unit, University College London
Katrina Stegman (co-author), University College London
Menelaos Pavlou (co-author), University College London
Andrew Copas (co-author), University College London

Technology, HIV risk, and HIV prevention among young, African American men who have sex with men (MSM)
Greg Rebchook, UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)
Lance Pollack(co-author), UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)
Robert Williams (co-author), UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)
Susan Kegeles (co-author), UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)
Agatha Eke (co-author), Centers for Disease Control
Wayne Johnson (co-author), Centers for Disease Control
David Huebner (co-author), University of Utah

Teens Advocate for HPV Awareness in Milwaukee: A youth led strategy and campaign
Sarah Tyree-Francis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Denise Uyar (co-author), Medical College of Wisconsin
Mary Ann Kiepczynski (co-author), City of Milwaukee Health Department

The acceptability of video testimonials to improve PrEP uptake and adherence: PrEP Talk
Erikan Obotetukudo, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Albert Liu, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Kristefer Stojanovski, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Using Online Social Media for Recruitment of HIV-positive Participants
Patrick Yuan, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
Parya Saberi (co-author), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Michael G. Bare (co-author), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Mallory O. Johnson (co-author), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Youth-Driven Design Goes Social for LGBTQ Youth and Adult Allies
Maria Sipin, SYPP Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Daniel Solis (co-author), SYPP Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

YouthFindIt: Map and App to Feature Youth-Friendly Healthcare, Schools, & Family Locations in Illinois
Jenni Kotting, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health