YTH Live: the youth + tech + health conference

Sessions Highlights 2017

We’re putting together another great conference with youth-focused plenaries, panels, and workshops galore. Sessions will be added regularly later on this year and are subject to change while we finalize the YTH Live program. Check back here for the latest programs and below for example programs from last year:

Breakout Sessions 2017

Digital Poster Sessions 2017

Plenaries 2017

Breakout Session Topics

The Power of Youth Voices

For real impact, we need to highlight youth voices. These young speakers focus on personal experience and the power that young people have to tell their stories. When we listen, we can work together to make better programs and interventions for health. This year’s Global Health track is being sponsored by FHI360.
Yeabsira Bogale, Rise Up
Emily Teitsworth, Rise Up
Muluba Habanyama, YTH

Providers as Allies

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 medical or service provider, this session is geared to help you increase capacity and share experiences.
Michelle Sou, Maia Health
Jennifer Shearer, Maia Health
Samir Akre, Maia Health
Robert Renteria, The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health
Rosario Rico, The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health
Felicia Rodriguez, University of California, San Francisco
Melissa Margolis, API Wellness Center
Myrnelle Dizon, API Wellness Center

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

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition. When thinking about youth health, mental health should be top of mind for interventions and programs. Come learn about these programs that address the importance of youth mental health, sponsored by Each Mind Matters and Partners for Strong Minds.
Iman Shervington, Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies
Chantel Garrett, Partners for StrongMinds
Andrew Echeguren, Partners for StrongMinds
Brandon Chuang, Partners for StrongMinds

Mobilizing Global Health

Come join the conversation about using mobile interventions to bring global health online. These speakers cover everything from online dating to sexual and reproductive health, and seriously enhance the way we think about global health strategies. This year’s Global Health track is being sponsored by FHI360.
Andreas Mertens, ACCM (AIDS Community Care Montreal)
Kimberly Wong, ACCM (AIDS Community Care Montreal), CAEO (Canadian Association for Education and Outreach)
Iradele Plante, Independent
Josi Paz, Ministry of Health of Brazil
Kamila Przytula, Planned Parenthood Global, Latin America Program

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. In this heavily tech world, how can we equip young people with the life skills they need for a healthful future? Learn from experiences as close as California’s Central Valley, all the way to Kigali, Rwanda. This year’s Global Health track is being sponsored by FHI360.
Robert Lee, California Adolescent Health Collaborative, Public Health Institute
Matthew Threet, Project YES
Rosa Gandarilla, Project YES
Laiah Idelson, YTH
Rebecca Hope, YLabs
Brighton Kimbell, Director of Youth, Nappywood/Founder, CurlsNTech

The HIV Prevention Revolution: PrEP

The FDA approved a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) daily medication for HIV prevention in 2012. We’re now seeing a huge interest in making PrEP available 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.
Susan Lee, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Cara Silva, YTH (Youth+Tech+Health)
Jay Lykens, YTH (Youth+Tech+Health)
Xavier Erguera, UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies

Advocating for Policy Change

We can create real change when we think about how to take our programs and research and make real policy change happen. These projects focus on multiple youth health issues, ranging from cyberbullying to privacy policy, and consider ways that policy and advocacy can advance youth health and wellness.
Kristina Romines, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
Chris Conley, ACLU of Northern California
Savannah Badalich, Breakthrough

Enhancing Systems for Inclusivity

Just because an intervention is created doesn’t mean it welcomes everyone. Let’s strive for total inclusion of all young people in our health programs, and these speakers can show you how. Topics in this session include transgender spectrum youth, reaching young girls, and using platforms like Snapchat.
Ann Abercrombie, HHS Office on Women’s Health
Jay Lykens, YTH (Youth+Tech+Health)
Karen Murtfeldt, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

Accessing the Sexual Health Landscape Across the Globe

Sexual and reproductive health is an issue that young people face across the world. Come learn about these projects that tackle issues like contraception and sexual education access and gender-based violence in places like Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Argentina, and the United States of America. This year’s Global Health track is being sponsored by FHI360.
Alankrita Dayal, Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations
Julia Chow, Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations
Alejandra Leynez Chantres, Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations
Ambika Samarthya-Howard,
Betiana Caceres, Fundacion Huesped

Chronic Illnesses and Youth

Despite their age, young people do face serious chronic illnesses. These projects shed light on these issues, including diabetes and substance use, and showcase the use of technology to inform and educate young people.
Jean Junior, UCSF Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) Program
Natasha Huey, Youth Speaks
Sarah Fine, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations
Brittany Emelle, Truth Initiative
Moriah Iverson, The Medical College of Wisconsin
Hannah Sheehy​, ChangeLab Solutions
Aaron Cadiz, Youth Poet from Youth Speaks

Tackling Contraception

There’s a lot of talk about how to make contraception accessible, but how do we bring it online and available to youth? These projects talk about how apps can be the solution to the problem, and highlights what to consider if you decide to go that route. This year’s Global Health track is being sponsored by FHI360.
Corinne Fordham, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Silvia Huaynoca, IPPF/WHR
Ona McCarthy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Maria Eugenia Torrico, CIES – Bolivia
Jenny Friedler, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Jennifer Johnsen, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Challenges of a Connected World: Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

Although there are advantages to having youth connected online, a growing challenge is the increasing rates of online harassment and cyberbullying. How can we understand cyberbullying in order to minimize it and make online interactions healthier and safer? Come to this session to hear how young people contribute to this conversation through research and tech design.
Molly Pilloton, YTH
Priscilla Miranda, Huckleberry Youth Programs
Sean Kosofsky, Tyler Clementi Foundation

Mental Health Track: Empowering Methods of Social Engagement

Seeking emotional and peer-related support can be difficult to secure. Young adults are faced with a large number of disparities due to the lack of social engagement from their providers and mental health care specialists. Learn how these speakers are transforming the way we engage in mental health and peer-related services, through the use of communal spaces online. These projects continue our conversation for mental health, sponsored by Each Mind Matters and Partners for Strong Minds. These projects continue our conversation for mental health, sponsored by Each Mind Matters and Partners for Strong Minds.
Daisy Ozim, Resilient Wellness
Jasmine Stallworth, Increase the Peace
Lance Shields, ideas in digital
Lidia Carr, Project S.T.E.P.S. Bethune-Cookman University
Antoine Johnson, Peer Educator, Project S.T.E.P.S. Bethune-Cookman University
DaVaughn Brockett, Project S.T.E.P.S. Bethune-Cookman University

Healthy Relationships: Interpersonal Violence and Dating

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.
Alexandra Nassif, Monsoon/IowaARCh
Drew Crecente, Jennifer Ann’s Group
Julia Bennett, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Just because PrEP is on the market, doesn’t mean we can neglect our work on HIV. These projects focus on the many aspects of HIV, including how to incorporate it into education, how to end stigma of those living with HIV, and how we can streamline access to HIV care in our own backyard– San Francisco.
Dillon Trujillo, San Francisco Department of Public Health
George Weiner, Whole Whale
Jaspreet Chowdhary, 30 for 30 campaign
Ericka Dennis, Sacramento Peers on Prevention
Jennie Anderson, Kaiser Family Foundation

How to Tech: The Basics

What are a few of the basics in building or using technology today that can be applied to youth health issues? Come to this interactive session and learn how to build a mobile survey, do a little coding, and/or keep your digital information secure. Participants will learn directly from young people themselves, and have the opportunity to communicate with youth on the other side of the globe in real-time! This year’s Global Health track is being sponsored by FHI360.
Aimee Leidich, mSurvey
Katie Mishra, Code Circle
Robert Miranda, Code Circle
Tim Strazzere, Cloudflare

Supporting Parents

“Supporting parents” can mean a lot of things. Parents can provide influence with their own young people, and are sometimes young people themselves. Learn how these speakers are engaging with parents in order to enhance youth health. Some of these projects target parents of youth, while others are focusing on shifting the narrative of pregnant and parenting youth.
Sarah Jerome, Education Development Center
Rachel Guest, Mistress Agency
Celine Faledam, Mistress Agency
Lorena Garcia Zermeño, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
Amelia Torres, Justice for Young Families (J4YF)

Engaging in Methods of Health and Innovation

Increased accessibility of treatment begins with tangible and thought-provoking methods of innovation. These projects are currently redefining what it means to gather youth-centered driven data; from an Artificial Intelligence (AI) program capable of disseminating population-based information, to the development of a PhotoVoice and Geo-Narrative used to monitor e-cigarette behaviors, to the advancement of new HIV/PrEP technologies and products, these speakers are bound to make you think outside the box!
Elizabeth Matute, California Adolescent Health Collaborative of Public Health Institute
Robert Lee, California Adolescent Health Collaborative of Public Health Institute
Namiye Peoples, California Adolescent Health Collaborative of Public Health Institute
Robin Petering, University of Southern California Suzanne-Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Mary Kate Shapley-Quinn, RTI International / Women’s Global Health Imperative
Shannon O’Rourke, RTI International / Women’s Global Health Imperative

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 YTH and​ 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.
Hoala Greevy, Paubox
Dan Miller, Level Therapy
Bhupendra Sheoran, YTH

Mental Health Workshop: Each Mind Matters: Engaging Youth in California’s Mental Health Movement

Come chat with Each Mind Matters and youth about mental health and wellness through the power of digital storytelling. Youth speakers will chat about their desires and ideas for mental health programs while Each Mind Matters illustrates how programs can be used to elevate emotional wellness. This mental health track is brought to you by Each Mind Matters and Partners for Strong Minds.
Maharlika Peetoom
Nicole Jarred, The Social Changery
Lisa Smusz, The Social Changery

Engaging with Youth Workshop

Come experience what it’s like to develop curriculum and create programs side by side with youth. Not sure where to begin? No problem! Speakers from the AIDS Project Easy Bay (APEB) will teach the audience important tools and tips when creating programs for young people.
Camryn Crump, APEB Oakland
George Jackson, APEB Oakland

Interactive Talk: ​Non-traditional Funding

Ventures Capitalist/Social enterprise/ROI; What are these and why you should be learning more about them? As traditional funding experiences cuts and an uncertain future, come and learn about non-traditional funding at our breakout session on Monday, May 8 at 2PM, with funders who support new initiatives, social enterprise and learn how you too could be seeking their support. Also, get the opportunity at this session to share your priorities and challenges with the funders and philanthropists.
Colleen Gregerson, YTH Board Member
Christy Remey Chin, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
English Sall, Impact Thread

Stay tuned for more workshops and topics!

Digital Poster Session Topics

Day-1 Digital Poster Session:
Included in the Conversation: Youth and Risk Prevention

Sexual exposure marks the introduction to reproductive risks. Health centers and medical services, however, are not always catered towards the reproductive rights of youth and young adults and are instead tailored for families and older adults. Come learn how these programs are making risk-prevention and reproductive services easily accessible to adolescent youth across the globe.

Increasing Access to Reproductive Health Services Among Youth Through a Call Center
Ebere Ubah, Mariestopes Nigeria
Samuel Omeiza, Mariestopes Nigeria

Define Your Line: A Digital Strategies Assessment of a College Student Driven Sexual Consent Education Campaign
Autumn Shafer, University of Oregon

Digital initiatives provide youth with rights-based sexual and reproductive health information and referrals in Peru and Ecuador
Kamila Przytula, Planned Parenthood Global

Developing a pleasure focused sexual health promotion mobile app for black men, ages 13-17, who have sex with men
Tamara Kuhn, dfusion

Day-2 Digital Poster Session:
Agency and Autonomy in the Digital Age

Everyone has their own health-related needs and choosing a personal provider to fit those needs can be difficult. Learn how these programs are working towards developing new and exciting platforms aimed at helping adolescents find their very own biological niche. From birth control, to HIV prevention, to daily check ups these speakers are teaching others how to personalize and carve out their own individualized health-centered choices and decisions.

Young Women’s Preferences When Using a Digital Health Assistant App for Personalized Birth Control Recommendations
Sally Rafie, Tabu Health
Carolyn Witte, Tabu Health

The Check Yourself Tool’s Health Risk Behavior Screening and Personalized Feedback to Adolescents
Garret Zieve, University of California, Berkeley

Collecting HIV risk data using an online database system among adolescents and young adults: An evaluation from South Africa
Stefanie Hornschuh, Perinatal HIV Research Unit

WhichMethod: A web-based interactive decision making tool for contraceptive choice
Dayana Bermudez, Public Health Solutions

NEXT is a mobile responsive website to facilitate access to preventive services, including STD prevention, sexual health resources, and other social services for youth exiting supervised care systems (YESCS) like foster care and/or the juvenile justice system.
Learn more about this YTH project