YTH Live: the youth + tech + health conference

Sessions 2017

We’re putting together another great conference with youth-focused plenaries, panels, and workshops galore. Sessions are added regularly and are subject to change while we finalize the YTH Live program. Check back here for the latest program.

Breakout Session Topics

Mobilizing Global Health

Join the conversation about using mobile interventions to bring global health online. These speakers cover everything from online dating to sexual and reproductive health, enhancing the way we think about global health strategies.

The Sexual Health Landscape Across the Globe

Sexual and reproductive health is an issue young people face across the world. Come learn about these projects that tackle issues like contraception access and gender-based violence in places like Kenya, Argentina, and Brazil.

Teaching Sex Ed

Let’s talk about teaching sex ed. What are ways to make it inclusive? How do we include young people in the process? How do we talk about the big P word: Porn? These speakers focus on projects that make sex ed an accessible topic for everyone, including very young adolescents and parents.

Tackling Contraception Access Through Tech

There’s a lot of talk about how to make contraception accessible, but how do we bring it online and available to youth? Speakers discuss how apps can be the solution to the problem, and things to consider if you decide to go that route.

The HIV Prevention Revolution: PrEP

The FDA approved PrEP (truvada), the daily pill, for HIV prevention in 2012. We now see a huge interest in PrEP availability to youth, particularly young people who identify as queer, gay, or bisexual men. Come learn how others are making PrEP accessible to all young people.

Continuing The Fight to End HIV

These projects focus on the many aspects of HIV, including how to incorporate it in education, how to end stigma of those living with HIV, and how to streamline access to HIV care in our own backyard-San Francisco.

The Downside of a Connected World: Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

Although there are serious pros to having youth connected online, a huge drawback is the increased rates of online harassment and cyberbullying. How can we understand cyberbullying in order to minimize it and make online interactions healthier and more safe?

Access to Employment is Youth Health and Justice!

We can’t eliminate other health issues without young people having access to secure housing, employment, and income. How can we equip young people with the skills they need for the tech future?

The Power of Youth Voices

For real impact, highlight youth voices is a must. These speakers focus on personal experience and the power that young people have in telling their stories. When we listen, we can work together to make better programs and interventions for health.

Providers as Allies for Youth Health

Health care providers and clinics are often the first point of contact for many young people. How can we bring these services online and make them the center of care? If you’re a provider, this session is geared to help you increase capacity and share experiences.

Mental Health Track: It’s Not Just Physical: Taking Mental Health Seriously

According to NAMI, 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition. When thinking about youth health, mental health should steer interventions and programs. Come learn about these programs that address the importance of youth mental health, sponsored by Each Mind Matters.

Advocating for Policy Change

We can create impactful change when we think about how to take our programs and research to affect policy change. These projects focus on multiple youth health issues, ranging from cyberbullying to sex education policy, and consider ways that involving policy can advance youth health and wellness.


Healthy relationships can be a pivotal and important part in a young person’s life, but unhealthy relationships and abuse can have serious effects on health and wellbeing. These programs tackle the serious issue of interpersonal violence and dating abuse, and consider ways technology can assist in ending it.

Youth are the Experts: Youth-Centered Health Design

Young people should be at the center of programs intended to enhance their health. Come to these sessions to learn more about youth-centered health design and how this methodology can create truly effective programs.

So You’re Not a Techie-Yet

Curious about the technological side of YTH Live? Want to connect and learn more about how building technology can be folded into youth health issues and solutions? Come to this session to learn from others about digital innovations ranging from SMS texting campaigns to web design.

Heavy Research and Methods for Youth Health Issues

Data, data, data. How can research help us understand and advance youth health? These three speakers focus on a variety of youth health issues, with one thing in common; scientific research and mixed methods approaches. Come learn about these methods and each project and come out with some of your own research questions.

Chronic Illnesses and Youth

Some young people face serious chronic illnesses, despite their younger age. This panel sheds light on these issues, ranging from diabetes to substance use. How can we focus on these sometimes niche illnesses, and make it clear that young people experience these as well?

YTH Live PartnerChat: HIPAA Compliancy and Protection Online

Paubox and Level Therapy present our first PartnerChat for YTH Live. Join us as we consider our experience working within HIPAA guidelines for mHealth and technology interventions, and learn from Level Therapy’s experience as well. Share your experience working with online privacy and health information as a nonprofit, provider, or techie. Paubox is the glue between our programs and HIPAA-compliant methods, and can be absolutely vital for your mHealth programs as well.

Stay tuned for more workshops and topics!

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