YTH Live: the youth + tech + health conference

2019 Schedule

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8:15am

REGISTRATION

8:15am - 8:50am

9:00am

WELCOME & OPENING PLENARY: Joining Hands, Virtually and Personally

9:00am - 10:15am


We are excited to announce the YTH Live 2019 opening plenary program on Sunday, May 5, 2019 (9am-10:30am PT). This is a special conference year for YTH and our community, as we have a major announcement to make that will lead to the expansion of YTH’s youth-centered health design work, both in the US and globally. Join the opening plenary to learn about YTH’s merger with ETR, hear AI and digital privacy experts discuss the implications of our information in the digital age and hear spoken word from youth leaders on gun violence and its devastating effect on young people. We will continue to live our value of ensuring youth voices and leadership are at the forefront of this year’s conference, as we have each and every year. YTH Live is a true youth-centered event where young people lead, moderate, and facilitate the sessions. Our conference allows attendees to experience how innovation, technology and new media are creating health impact for and with youth and get a first glance at cutting-edge technologies and research across healthcare, ranging from prevention and management, analytics, and more.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    ETR, a leading health education organization is joining forces with YTH, a pioneering Oakland-based organization that designs innovative solutions for youth health and wellness through technology and new media. The YTH team, programming, and mission is now a fully integrated part of the ETR family, sharing a strong commitment to advancing health equity. ETR has over 35 years of experience providing science-based products and service to promote sexual and reproductive health, address HIV/AIDS disparities, support legal and illegal drug use education, and promotion of equity and inclusion in STEM fields. YTH has over 17 years of experience and refining technology solutions designed to advance the health of youth and young adults. At this session, these two leaders will lay out their vision for bringing two high impact organizations and teams to scale the impact of health equity innovative programming. Through value and mission alignment, the two organizations have become one in a strategic move to maximize their reach and depth.


    Speakers


    Bio

    To say that Ivan is a leader in his community would be an understatement. As an activist, he played a large role in planning and executing the history-making March for Our Lives rally in Oakland. As an advocate, he serves on the Oakland Youth Advisory Commission, giving young people a voice in local government while he continues to be a Sophomore at Head Royce in Oakland.





    Bio

    Prior to her appointment as CEO, Dr. Charles was Chief Science Officer at ETR–focused on unifying and translating ETR’s science-based approaches to training and research. Her research emphasis is on behavioral health related to the intersection of HIV/AIDS, sexual health, and mental health.





    Bio

    Dr. Sheoran brings over 24 years of experience working in healthcare in a variety of roles including research, strategic planning, innovation and design thinking. He has worked in Asia, Africa, US and Latin America with diverse communities to design, implement and evaluate pioneering initiatives using new media and technology.






  • Description

    There is a crisis of gun violence in this country and it is disproportionately affecting our youth; most American school children have been alive for at least six of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in American history. Experience the power of spoken word in honoring those impacted by this epidemic and a building youth movement that’s changing the status quo.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Julia Heilrayne is a junior attending Austin High School in Austin, Texas, where she is part of the Academy for Global Studies. Last year, after a child she knew was lost to gun violence and after the Parkland shooting, Julia was one of the lead organizers on the Texas Capitol Walkout for Gun Safety, which occurred on April 20th, 2018. She is now the president of a newly formed organization, the Student Empowerment Association, a student-led free speech organization working to encourage young people to be politically aware and engaged and provide them with the tools to advocate for themselves and their peers.






  • Description

    Youth are the present and future of this world and as they prepare to navigate an increasingly digitized world, how will AI impact and influence our collective humanity?


    Speaker


    Bio

    Jacob Ward is technology correspondent for NBC News, where he reports on-air for Nightly News with Lester Holt, MSNBC, and The TODAY Show. The former editor-in-chief of Popular Science magazine, Ward was Al Jazeera’s science and technology correspondent from 2013 to 2018, and has hosted investigative documentaries for Discovery, National Geographic, and PBS. As a writer, Ward has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, and many other publications. His ten-episode Audible podcast, Complicated, discusses humanity’s most difficult problems, and he’s the host of an upcoming four-hour public television series, “Hacking Your Mind,” about human decision making and irrationality. Ward is a 2018-2019 Berggruen Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, where he’s writing Black Box: AI, Bias, and the Fight to Amplify Humanity, due for publication by Hachette Book Group in 2020.






10:15am

DIGITAL POSTER SESSION #1

10:15am - 10:45am

4 Subsessions


  • Description

    Emergency contraception. Plan B. Turns out, it can be a lot more complicated for young people to access than you'd think. That's where Easy EC comes in. Easy EC, a free digital tool to help young people, ages 12-21, access emergency contraception. Designed by a sex ed teacher-turned-innovator.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Nicole (Nico) Gusman is a health educator-turned-entrepreneur and researcher. By day, Ms. Gusman manages a portfolio of exciting digital interventions for the Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program at UCSF. By night, she is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Easy EC - a non-profit dedicated to using technology to help young people access emergency contraception. She is the 2018 winner of the Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education and the 2012 "30 Under 30" Latino and Native American Achievement Award. She holds a BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and a MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Yale University.






  • Description

    In global health, limited available resources necessitate that interventions be thoughtfully tailored to maximize impact. Once we know that an intervention works in the lab, the critical next step is to find out who will simultaneously most benefit from it and be most likely to use it – with as much specificity as possible. The intervention can then be refined to align with the needs and realities of those people. In this presentation, we explore an example of a process using ArcGIS software to identify specific target populations for the innovative field of multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) combining contraception and HIV prevention.


    Speaker


    Bio

    As Program Associate, Emily manages and supports key technical projects, including contributing to advancing the non-hormonal contraceptive MPT project, developing a business case resource for MPTs, and tracking field-wide investments. She joined CAMI in early 2019. Emily earned her Master of Public Health degree with a focus in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Washington in 2015. Her master’s thesis focused on evaluating a learning network aimed at supporting the implementation of breastfeeding friendly practices in participating Washington state hospitals. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Public Health from the University of Washington. Emily has over five years of research experience, most recently as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Emily enjoys spending time with her family, running, and baking.






  • Description

    Give Us The Floor is a safe and supportive online teen community that embraces authenticity, connection, and mutual respect. The primary activity is Supportive Group Chats, groups of up to ten teens that use Snapchat to engage in peer-to-peer support. These teen-only groups include a trained moderator, and are a safe space for teens from all parts of the United States to discuss their everyday challenges and triumphs. Teens discover Supportive Group Chats primarily through Instagram, and the issues they initially identify include body image, self-esteem, loneliness, anxiety, and depression. After participating in Supportive Group Chats for one month, teen participants express high levels of comfort asking the group for support, and they cite the teen-only, adult-free nature of the space as their favorite feature. The ability to connect with teens from all over the U.S. is also a favorite aspect that is enabled by the chosen technology.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Valerie is an experienced advertising and television executive with an entrepreneurial itch and deep expertise in engaging teenagers. After studying teen behavior, reflecting on her own struggles as a young adult and helping her daughters through those torturous years, Valerie had an epiphany: teens are uniquely able to help each other deal with distress and reduce stigma. She founded San Francisco-based nonprofit Give Us The Floor in 2015 to help teens in distress. Previously, Valerie founded and led StoraLab, a company specializing in online and mobile experiences for teens and tweens. She also created and served as CEO and executive producer of Tipitina Films, a Paris-based joint venture with The Artists Company, an American production company. For more than 10 years, Valerie’s Tipitina Films team produced award-winning television commercials for advertisers, including L’Oréal, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Kraft Foods and Samsung.





    Bio

    Blanche is a high school junior who wishes to pursue a career in math and technology with the hope of breaking the stereotype of the male researcher. She hopes to use a career in this field to inspire other girls to pursue the career of their choice, even if it’s currently a male-dominated field. Blanche has been a part of Give Us The Floor since 2015: first as a participant, then as an intern, now as a group chat facilitator.






  • Description

    Data collection on mobile devices can be convenient and appealing to young adults. In addition, the process of data collection may influence thoughts and attitudes, prompting participants to think about certain topics more critically. In this example, we describe two projects with young adults in which we collected data via mobile phone on media use and health behaviors (alcohol and hookups and tanning) and conducted follow up interviews with a subset of survey participants. We found that the process of providing data can serve almost as an intervention, prompting participants to think about the media to which they were exposed and the health implications.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Jessica Willoughby, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Her research focuses on health communication, with an emphasis on adolescents and young adults and the use of digital technology and mobile (mHealth) for health promotion.






10:15am

Coffee Break, sponsored by Kapor Center

10:15am - 10:45am


YTH Initiative would like to thank Kapor Center for their sponsorship of this coffee break. The Kapor Center (pronounced KAY-por) aims to make the technology ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse and inclusive.


10:45am

Who’s in first place?! Gaming for good.

10:45am - 12:00pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    They Grow Up So Fast is a casual iPad game for parents of children 0-18 that teaches parents about the benefits of vaccines and empowers players to have better conversations with providers. Learn about the journey of this game from ideation to MVP, including team formation, business plan, product pitching, and the challenges of indie game development. If you've ever thought about entering a hackathon or are curious about incubation programs, this presentation is for you!


    Speaker


    Bio

    Alex Medina is an innovator and skilled communicator with a passion for dancing and advancing health. From websites and apps to social media and games, I'm fascinated with new media, especially how young people shape the digital landscape.






  • Description

    My presentation will illustrate how youth can be actively involved in creating new medical treatments using mobile technologies. My story will include three specific examples how high school students and undergrads integrate music and video games and mobile apps to create digital therapies for children with cancer, epilepsy, or for people who suffer from depression, anxiety and bipolar. Digital medicine and mobile health open new opportunities for musicians, artists and software coders who are willing to collaborate to create better healthcare.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Grzegorz Bulaj is an Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah. Other positions include: Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholar; Co-founder of Epicadence, Public Benefit Corporation, developing digital technologies as treatments for epilepsy patients; Co-founder of NeuroAdjuvants, Inc. in Salt Lake City, discovery and development of antiepileptic and analgesic drugs. Dr. Bulaj received his PhD degree in biochemistry from the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Dr. Bulaj published over 120 peer-reviewed publications and is co-inventor on several issued and pending patents. Dr. Bulaj's research is focused on integrating digital health technologies with pharmaceutical drugs to create unique combination therapies for chronic disorders, such as epilepsy, pain, depression and cancer. His translational research projects include development of music-based mobile medical apps for the treatment of seizures in people with epilepsy, and development of mobile video game for children with cancer undergoing chemotherapy.






  • Description

    Young people play games for fun. But what if games could do more? Could we play to improve our emotional health? So many teens struggle with chronic illness or disabilities. Medically, they’re treated better than ever, but no one talks about the scary side of illness and helps them heal emotionally. Shadow’s Edge is a free mobile game created to help teens with serious health challenges work through the hard stuff that comes their way. It's a self-help tool in the form of digital therapy and is part of the larger project Digging Deep. This presentation explains how young people helped us create a game and community that works for them, and how it empowered them to build their own narrative. The presentation will reveal the results of our short study and the impact on our players, who learn that their illness doesn’t define them – they do!


    Speaker


    Bio

    Sheri Sobrato Brisson, MA, brain tumor survivor and philanthropist, founded the Digging Deep Project https://diggingdeep.org/ to support the emotional needs of young people with illness. She co-authored a self-help journal for young people facing chronic or serious ilnnesses that is now used in over 200 hospitals. Her newest tool Shadow’s Edge, is the first-ever free mobile game for teens to build resilience in the face of their health challenges. It is focused on teens and youg adults. https://www.shadowsedge.com/






10:45am

Birds and the Bees using VR and Bots!

10:45am - 12:00pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Planned Parenthood is leveraging new technologies to support and expand on in-person sex education. Come meet Roo, our new sexual health chatbot, and learn about its development, design, and experience, and learnings about teens' answer-seeking behavior and capabilities of a bot to address teens' needs.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Julia Bennett, MPH, is the Director of Learning Strategy on the Education team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She has a wealth of experience developing evidence-informed, health-literate, equity driven, and engaging digital education tools for young people and those who care about them. She oversees written, graphic, and video content for PlannedParenthood.org, digital products, health social media properties, and health communications campaigns. She's been at PPFA for 7 years.





    Bio

    Ambreen Molitor is currently serving as the Senior Director of Product at Planned Parenthood. She oversees PPFA's Digital Products Lab which manages our period and birth control tracking app, Spot On, and has recently launched our sex ed chatbot, Roo. Prior to joining PPFA, she focused on mobile messaging, where she led a team to acquisition building chat bots, emoji/themes and VR on messaging platforms. She also has over twelve years of front-end development chops + product experience, and is an Adjunct Professor at Parsons The New School for Design. Ambreen holds a degree from The University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the Parsons School of Design.






  • Description

    Do you want to discover the size of your sexual network? In this presentation Aidsfonds - Soa Aids Nederland shows the VR-EXperience, an educational experience for young Dutch people who are sexually active. Aim is to improve risk perception of sexually transmitted infections and promote condom use. Users are taken into an interactive conversation between them and a virtual partner. Based on the given answers, the size of the sexual network are defined, after which all people of the network start to appear in the room. The VR-experience ends with a website referral showing the number of exes and useful information about sexual health and STI prevention. During the presentation, the developers will share the lessons they learned during the creation of this intervention, winner of two Lovie Awards in 2018 and nominee for the Dutch Interactive Award.


    Speakers


    Bio

    HANNEKE ROOSJEN has worked for 19 years at the AIDS STI Helpline, part of Soa Aids Nederland, as a counselor for thousands of young people and other key populations on sexual health issues. Since 2004 she has worked as a Youth Program Officer. She is the project leader of www.sense.info, the most frequently visited website about sexual health for young people aged 12-25 in the Netherlands. Hanneke has extensive experience with all kinds of web-based elements, such as producing good briefings, reviews of functional design and technical design, content management, promotion activities, social media, user research, data analysis and further optimization. Hanneke is also the project manager of the e-healthproject of Soa Aids Nederland. Both with sense.info and the VR-Experience she has won awards, such as the European Lovie Award, four times.





    Bio

    Koenraad Vermey has been working for Aidsfonds - Soa Aids Nederland since 2013. As 'policy officer online interventions' he specializes in developing ehealth and online education for LGBT youth and MSM in the Netherlands. With a background in medicine, gender studies, health communication and medical sociology, Koenraad enjoys to rethink HIV prevention and sexual health promotion from multiple perspectives.






  • Description

    Teenage girls the world over are faced with the same challenge: who should they turn to for private, reliable advice on sex and relationships? Girl Effect has launched Big Sis, an ‘agony aunt’ style Facebook Messenger chatbot to address this challenge, by providing instant easy to understand information and advice delivered in a non-judgemental, conversational format. During our pilot, Big Sis shared her advice with thousands of girls in countries with both conservative and more liberal stances on sex education, allowing the team to understand more about the true potential and limitations of using a global chatbot for supporting positive health outcomes for teenage girls. Join our session as we discuss what we’ve learned, from the process we followed to design and test Big Sis’ personality and content, to how we addressed safeguarding and privacy challenges, and how we went about measuring impact.


    Speaker


    Bio

    I’m Khwezi Magwaza a digital content strategist and creative born in South Africa now based in New York City. I have worked with Prakelt.org, BET News, Ebony.com and am the former editor in chief of Seventeen ZA. After launching South African Broadcasting Corporation’s popular entertainment show The Real Goboza (at the time hosted by Trevor Noah), I was awarded the Ford Foundation Fellowship in 2011 and read for a Masters degree at New York University in the innovative digital specialization known as Studio 20. Currently, I am the Editorial Director at Girl Effect.






10:45am

Thriving in a Digital World - Listening Session with Facebook for Education

10:45am - 12:00pm


Young people ages 13-17, join team members from Facebook in the Youth Lounge for a listening session and share your thoughts on what resources and support young people need to navigate and thrive in today’s complex digital world. Maximum space for 20 youth.


10:45am

Listening Session: Asking Questions and Getting Answers with Vulnerable Youth Communities

10:45am - 12:00pm

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Social services, government agencies, donors, and public health professionals are often responsible for making decisions about the services and supports to youth and young adults. Often these decisions are made with limited data. In November, YTH and the Annie E. Casey Foundation began a partnership to explore how youth and young adults could engage in the data collection process. This session will present the youth-centered design process that begun with expectant and parenting youth in the foster care system, and seek to hear from other service providers in the room about their experiences with collecting data among vulnerable youth populations. If you are a service provider working with youth or if you are a young person who is often having data collected about you, we want to hear from you!


Speakers


Bio

Tammi Fleming is currently a Senior Research Associate at The Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, MD. Prior to this position, she was the Director of the Plain Talk National Replication Center at Public Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia, PA. Tammi served in a similar capacity at Public/Private Ventures. Tammi’s work expands from her work as a community organizer in New Orleans where she developed and lead multiple community-based community health and social service initiatives, including Health Care For All, a national model to connect community members with low to no cost health insurance. Tammi holds a Master of Public Health from Tulane University with a dual concentration in Maternal Child Health and Health Education and Communication. Dr. Fleming earned her doctorate in Public Health from Walden University. Her dissertation research focused on examining the role of Structural Fidelity in Replication Outcomes of Evidence-based Programs.





Bio

Lisa Primus, LMSW, is a Senior Associate working to advance the Center of the Study of Social Policy’s public system reform efforts, focusing on the use of data and research to inform policy, decision making and best practices. She is part of a team responsible for monitoring and providing technical assistance to child welfare systems operating under federal consent decrees to improve practice for children and families. Ms. Primus also leads projects to promote well-being outcomes for adolescents, expectant and parenting young in foster care, their children and families, with a focus on promoting the protective and promotive factors that children, families and communities need to thrive. She is a graduate of Columbia University and has extensive experience working within the child welfare and homelessness fields.





10:45am

MyMediaLife: Generating Sexual and Mental Health Digital Messaging in an Era of Extreme Conservatism

10:45am - 12:00pm

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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.


Speaker


Bio

Kenny Neal Shults has in public health field for 25 years, and has nearly 20 years of experience working with service organizations across the country to develop innovative, measurable, engaging, and respectful new and social media strategies for engaging with youth. In 2000, he developed some of the first program objectives and evaluation strategies for agencies using the Internet to reach vulnerable populations in online venues that informed the CDC’s formal guidance. Kenny has since become a pioneer of using new media social marketing for health promotion. In 2010 he developed a set of adolescent, sexual health, behavioral interventions that simultaneously build agencies’ capacity to partner with youth in the design, production, and dissemination of digital health messaging and social media strategies. Kenny travels the U.S. lecturing and training providers on the impacts of new media on public and mental health, and the evolving social media landscape.





12:00pm

LUNCH PLENARY: Youth Solutions to Mental Health, sponsored by Facebook for Education

12:00pm - 1:15pm


Today’s adolescents are experiencing mental health challenges at rates higher than previous generations. Half of all mental health problems begin among youth before the age of 14 (HHS), and the young people YTH serve intimately know this to be true. Yet we also know that the best solutions to the problems faced by youth come from youth, so we posed the question to a 77 high school students: How might we use technology to create an innovative solution for improving the mental health of young people? Since January of this year, YTH has partnered with De Anza High School’s Technology Academy to conduct a series of workshops to facilitate a mental health innovation challenge among students. The students were trained on youth-centered health design and conducted intensive design sprints in their communities. The design sprints resulted in the teams developing and building prototypes to address the mental health needs of youth. In April, all participants presented their prototypes to a series of judges, and five teams were selected to come to YTH Live to showcase their prototypes. This plenary will showcase the work of those five teams through a rapid pitch session. Students will be judged again by a group of pre-selected judges, and the winning team will take home $1,000. If you’re passionate about youth-led innovation, youth-centered design, and working in collaboration with young people to address today’s most pressing problems, join us for lunch and watch these great young minds at work!
Since January of this year, YTH has partnered with De Anza High School’s Technology Academy to conduct a series of workshops to facilitate a mental health innovation challenge among students. The students were trained on youth-centered health design and conducted intensive design sprints in their communities. The design sprints resulted in the teams developing and building prototypes to address the mental health needs of youth. In April, all participants presented their prototypes to a series of judges, and five teams were selected to come to YTH Live to showcase their prototypes. This plenary will showcase the work of those five teams through a rapid, “Shark Tank”-esque pitch session. Students will be judged again by a group of pre-selected judges, and the winning team will take home $1,000.
If you’re passionate about youth-led innovation, youth-centered design, and working in collaboration with young people to address today’s most pressing problems, join us for lunch and watch these great young minds at work!


1:15pm

Digital Tools for Family Planning and Emergency Contraception

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Miss Morning After is a Seattle-based initiative to transform brick-and-mortar pharmacies into spaces where young people feel comfortable accessing emergency contraception without fear of shame, judgment, or rejection. In this session, we will share our design thinking methodology, show initial pilot prototypes, and seek feedback from all of you! So come engaged and ready to reimagine pharmacies.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Lily Alexander is the coordinator for Miss Morning After, a federally-funded project to increase youth access to emergency contraception at pharmacies. Lily recently completed her MPH in Global Health at the University of Washington, and has worked on sexual and reproductive health projects in both Mexico and the U.S. She applies her strong quantitative and writing skills to adolescent sexual health programs and interventions.





    Bio

    Allison Chutiwatsatian is a senior at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Washington. She has been serving as a teen lead on the Miss Morning After steering committee for the past year. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career as a pediatrician.





    Bio

    Ms. Sarah Axelson, MSW, is the Senior Manager of Programs at Power to Decide, where she combines her passion for sexual and reproductive health with her commitment to finding innovative and impactful ways to improve health outcomes for youth, families, and communities. Ms. Axelson also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at two universities, teaching Human Sexuality to undergraduate students and designing a study abroad course on sexual and reproductive health in the United States and the Netherlands. When she isn’t working or teaching, you can find her volunteering with something related to reproductive health or gender equity, daydreaming about new teaching/training tools and products, running, or spending time with her family and her dog.






  • Description

    We all know that it is important to bring youth into the conversion about health and planning, but there is a lack of evidence that 'proves' that it works nor examples of how to be youth led, particularly in Nigeria. This is particularly important when trying to address the highly sensitive sexual and reproductive health issues in a relatively conservative society. This project will demonstrate how to use 'new' engagement tools and approaches such as net mapping and human centered design, among others, to facilitate a youth led strategic development process to reframe Life Planning for Adolescent and Youth and address their unique issues and challenges with viable solutions.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Bless-me is currently a Youth Program Officer for the Nigeria Urban Reproductive health Initiative 2 (NURHI 2) Project of the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)






  • Description

    Want to know your pregnancy chances? Want to know when your next period is likely to come? There are hundreds of apps that claim to give you that information. Unfortunately, very few of them actually do. Come to this session to learn how the Dot fertility tracker can meet the needs of young people globally for accurate, timely information about their fertility. Dot uses science and machine learning to provide users with accurate information based on just their period start dates. It’s also the first fertility app to undergo a full-scale contraceptive efficacy study. Bonus points if you download the Dot app in advance and come with questions.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Leslie Heyer is the founder of Cycle Technologies, a socially minded consumer product and technology company focused on reproductive health. Cycle Technologies works with researchers and partners to bring to market innovative health technologies designed to help women manage their fertility and make better health decisions. Their contraceptive solutions have been used by millions of women around the world. Leslie has 20+ years of experience in marketing, business development, software development, and entrepreneurial management. Prior to her life as a social entrepreneur, Leslie was on the founding management team of two software companies and managed advertising accounts for global brands. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Georgetown University.






1:15pm

Lights, camera, action: Using the power of videos and social media for sexual health promotion, obesity prevention, and tobacco prevention

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Tobacco is a social justice topic and a silent killer to our nation! Big Tobacco companies target African American males more than anyone else in America. Our video walks with Jayvonne Hines, a Bronx-New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) resident and African American teen sharing interesting facts about the negative influences of tobacco in the Bronx. Jayvonne shares his expertise in what he has learned and how he will not be a replacement smoker, but a finisher!


    Speakers


    Bio

    Caroline D. Davis is a charismatic and creative woman with a heart for youth. She is a Bronx, NY native and has earned her BA in Communications, concentrating in Advertising from Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her MA in Christian Ministries, concentrating in Youth Ministry from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL and her MS in Non-Profit Leadership and Social Justice from Fordham University in New York, NY. She has worked with youth of all ages for 15+ years and over 7 years in medical field. The collaboration of both fields provided her the opportunity as a presenter in the 2016 YTH Live Conference, breakout session: Let's Play: Health Education - Crunch Time in the Bronx: Social Gaming & Trivia to Change Outcomes. She believes the power of youth, technology and health can change our world!





    Bio

    Jayvonne Hines is a Bronx, NY native and worked as a Student Leader with the SBH Health System Teen Health Center for two years before leaving for college. He was an active youth participant in the NYC Smoke Free - Bronx Reality Check program and one of four youth selected from the SBH Health System Teen Health Center to participate in the 2015 Truth Initiative Youth Summit in Orlando Florida. Jayvonne graduated from the High School of Computers and Technology, in the Bronx, June 2017. He currently attends Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) studying Computer Information Systems and is a Year Up participant.





    Bio

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  • Description

    This session will inspire you to use social media to empower young people in making well-informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. You will learn how to include social influencers and SRHR professionals effectively in a way that appeals to young people. This session is hosted by Sense.info; the most frequently visited SRHR site for young people aged 12-25 in the Netherlands. In 2017 this site launched 6 videos to help young girls to make informed choices about contraceptives. Until now the series has more than 300.000 views. These vlogs are the first in which Dutch social influencers cooperate with SRHR professionals. These vlogs have proven to be strong communication tools to reach teens with SRHR messages.


    Speakers


    Bio

    HANNEKE ROOSJEN has worked for 19 years at the AIDS STI Helpline, part of Soa Aids Nederland, as a counselor for thousands of young people and other key populations on sexual health issues. Since 2004 she has worked as a Youth Program Officer. She is the project leader of www.sense.info, the most frequently visited website about sexual health for young people aged 12-25 in the Netherlands. The website was launched in 2009 and again in 2015 as a renewed website. Hanneke has extensive experience with all kinds of web-based elements, such as producing good briefings, reviews of functional design and technical design, content management, promotion activities (offline and online), social media, pretests, user research, data analysis and further optimization. Hanneke is also the project manager of the e-healthproject of Soa Aids Nederland. With both sense.info and VR-Experience she has won several awards, like four European Lovie Awards.





    Bio

    Since 1995 Yuri Ohlrichs has been sexuality educator, trainer and consultant. The groups he has his professional focus on are professionals, children, young people, asylum seekers, people with a mental or physical impediment and juvenile sex offenders. Since 2006 he has also worked for partner organisations in Africa and Asia. These international experiences are also very valuable to him when consulting or training Dutch sex educators on how to discuss sexuality and relationships within multi-cultural and multi-religious settings of young people. Since 3 years Yuri is also one of the daily editors of www.sense.info, the most frequently visited SRHR site for young people aged 12-25 in the Netherlands. On top of his professional activities he is board member and spokesperson for the Netherlands Scientific Association for Sexology (NVVS). I have a master’s degree in Communications and Sexology.






  • Description

    JOIN for ME, a whole-family program to fight childhood obesity and ignite change in the health care system to address the obesity epidemic. The program engages kids and teens who struggle with extra weight, along with their parents and other family members, in a series of group sessions to achieve healthier weight outcomes emphasizing the importance of support and a balanced approach to energy. JOIN for ME is focused on innovation working to expand the program to new audiences through virtual delivery to foster greater participation rates beyond an in-person offering. We are presenting our initial results on our virtual delivery pilot, implications of results and next steps for our program.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Hannah Tuttle is a Product Manager for Rally Health in their Minneapolis office. At Rally, she works on the product team for a digital weight management programs and is responsible for managing and developing the family weight management program, JOIN for ME . She holds a MPH with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Communication from Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a BA in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan.






1:15pm

Technology Empowering a Self-Care Abortion Movement

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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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!


Speakers


Bio

Victoria Nichols is a public health specialist with experience in leveraging digital media and online networks to connect the clinical and scientific reproductive health field to the reproductive justice movement. In 2014, Victoria helped found Plan C, a groundbreaking campaign to spotlight the overmedicalization and restriction of abortion pills and counter the politics and stigma that have crippled access with information on self-managed care. Victoria authors articles and directs strategic campaigns that challenge the status quo and put forth a vision for a new reality: a world with democratized access to these safe, effective pills for anyone who needs them.





Bio

Miriam Lara-Mejia has extensive experience developing print, digital, and mobile health resources that are simple, accessible, and actionable. At Hesperian, Miriam wears many hats: from developing health content in English and Spanish and leading field testing campaigns to wikifying and appifying content to expand its reach and executing Hesperian's social media strategy. Miriam is the lead author of Workers' Guide to Health and Safety in English and Spanish and helped bring to life the Spanish edition of Health Actions for Women. Miriam played a key role in all aspects of the development of Hesperian’s Safe Abortion app, Family Planning app, and Safe Pregnancy and Birth App in English and Spanish and is the lead on Hesperian's LatAm outreach.





Bio

Ana is a Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health in Oakland, California. She manages both quantitative and qualitative research projects in the United States, East and West Africa, and Southeast Asia that focus on expanding access to safe abortion and reproductive health care services. Projects include addressing abortion-related stigma experienced by providers and abortion clients, the measurement of abortion quality of care, and the development of mHealth interventions to increase access to abortion and reproductive health information. Prior to joining Ibis, Ana worked on a variety of projects both internationally and domestically in the areas of menstrual hygiene management, HIV and AIDS, and sex worker rights. Ana holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Latin American Studies from Emory University.





1:15pm

Virtual Reality As A Stigma Busting Tool

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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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.


Speaker


Bio

Surabhi Srivastava is a young, pleasure and sex-positive feminist, currently working as program manager at Love Matters India. She is passionate about advancing a reproductive justice discourse on gender and sexuality issues pertaining to young people, including the right of all people to have access to safe, available and affordable abortion. She also co-hosts and co-produces a transnational feminist podcast called 'The Reproductive Justice Happy Hour'. She has a master's degree in public health from Yale University





2:30pm

Coffee Break, sponsored by dfusion

2:30pm - 2:45pm


YTH Initiative would like to thank dfusion for their sponsorship of this coffee break. dfusion builds upon science-based behavior change models and learning theories to facilitate behavior change for health, prevention, and adherence.


2:45pm

Once upon a time…Lightning Stories

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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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.


4 Subsessions


  • Description

    Pecha Kucha style storytelling presentation highlight the voices, fears, hopes, and dreams of young men in Kenya. Findings from the HIV Self-testing design challenge.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Megan Bontempo is a mixed methods and design researcher specializing in adolescent health. She draws upon her background in art and philosophy to apply innovative methodologies to her current work. She received her Masters in Public Health at UC Berkeley, in maternal and child health with an emphasis on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and global development. She works in mixed methods research, study design, and program evaluation.






  • Description

    Join the team from Girl Effect to hear about a recent collaboration where TEGAs are working to obtain authentic youth voice and perspective, to deepen our understanding of the lives of youth in Adams County, Colorado, and identify the potential barriers to success in education, cradle to career. TEGA (Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors) is a mobile-based, peer-to-peer research app developed by Girl Effect. It empowers adolescent girls to conduct qualitative research within their communities. TEGAs in Adams County have interviewed more than 500 girls, boys, parents, and community members, all from diverse backgrounds, about life in Adams County. As with all TEGA research, the process is iterative and agile; we’ve adapted the research questions based on TEGA input, and our research findings, exploring emerging themes and answering new questions posed by unexpected findings – mental health, social supports, bullying, and school safety are our most salient themes to date.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Emily Clarendon is a digital anthropologist and US TEGA Research Manager for Girl Effect. Her current research is on understanding the barriers to success in education for kids from cradle to career. Prior to working for Girl Effect, Emily was a strategist in the private sector, conducting market research, leading innovation, and developing brand strategies for some of the worlds biggest brands. She holds an MSc in Digital Anthropology from University College London and a BA in Journalism and Media Studies from San Diego State University. She is passionate about social research, social enterprises, social media, anything that brings people together to share their stories. Outside of work you can find Emily traveling the world, scuba diving, traversing mountain tops and chasing sunsets.






  • Description

    Ten years ago, when I first starting working with teens to capitalize on the power and reach of digital media, I learned the hard way that there is a balance between supplying teens with enough support and guidance to give them the skills and information they need, and giving them enough space to take ownership of the process and the digital tools it generates. Without instruction they don't know how to do it well, and tend to repeat the same kinds of patronizing messaging that's been aimed at them their entire lives. But adults aren't great at instructing without taking over. There is a way to strike exactly the right balance, however, and I'll share what I have learned so that others can reproduce this partnership approach in order to realize their agency's goals, and influence teen-producers' behaviors in the process.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Kenny Neal Shults has in public health field for 25 years, and has nearly 20 years of experience working with service organizations across the country to develop innovative, measurable, engaging, and respectful new and social media strategies for engaging with youth. In 2000, he developed some of the first program objectives and evaluation strategies for agencies using the Internet to reach vulnerable populations in online venues that informed the CDC’s formal guidance. Kenny has since become a pioneer of using new media social marketing for health promotion. In 2010 he developed a set of adolescent, sexual health, behavioral interventions that simultaneously build agencies’ capacity to partner with youth in the design, production, and dissemination of digital health messaging and social media strategies. Kenny travels the U.S. lecturing and training providers on the impacts of new media on public and mental health, and the evolving social media landscape.






  • Description

    How can we empower youth living with HIV to live their best lives? In a world of constant connectivity, where is there a safe space for ALHIV to learn, grow, and become agents for change? What tools do we have at our disposal to improve health outcomes among ALHIV? Youth. Health. Facebook. YouthPower Action's SMART Connections study aims to change the face of support groups to better fit the needs of young people around the world. Learn about "Social media to improve ART retention and treatment outcomes among youth living with HIV in Nigeria," the study that's challenging the status quo of research.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Aubrey Weber is a Technical Officer in the Research Utilization division at FHI 360. She manages social media for the LINKAGES project, as well as the CTI Exchange, Passages project, OPTIONS consortium, and SHARE. She also provides technical, editorial, and knowledge management support to various projects. Before joining FHI 360, Weber discovered a passion for global health during her experience as a computer teacher in Zambezi, Zambia and a hospital volunteer in Saigon, Vietnam. In Zambia, she created original lesson plans for basic and intermediate computer and photography classes and also participated in teaching HIV prevention education to local adolescents. In Vietnam, Weber worked with the mentally disabled children of Agent Orange victims to improve eye contact, hand/eye coordination, and general cognitive function. Weber has a Bachelors (B.A.) degree in Journalism and Sociology from Gonzaga University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Creighton University.






2:45pm

Trauma and Tech

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Natalie will talk about the severe bullying experience she faced in middle school that inspired her to take action in the form of the mobile app and anti-bullying non-profit, Sit With Us. She will also discuss why it is important to spread kindness at the ground level in schools, and how all it really takes is one person to effect major change in a community.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Eighteen-year-old Natalie Hampton is a Los Angeles is an anti-bullying activist, app developer, and the CEO of a non-profit called Sit With Us, Inc. Natalie’s bullying experience in middle school inspired her to create the award-winning Sit With Us mobile app, which serves as a free lunch planning tool for middle and high school kids so that no one has to eat lunch alone. The app has been featured by Apple under “New Apps We Love” in the App Store, has been downloaded by 120,000+ people in eight countries worldwide, and has garnered the attention and acclaim of international media and press. She has been an invited speaker at events such as the United Nations Youth Assembly and TEDxTeen, and was recently named one of People Magazine’s 25 Women Changing the World. She hopes to continue expanding her work as a freshman at Stanford University.






  • Description

    While most of us have never directly experienced abuse or mental illness, the Pew Research Center estimates that as many as 1 in 14 children are at risk of domestic violence. In most cases, the problem isn't that victims don't have the resources to speak up, but instead, that their voice gets drowned out by social and cultural pressures. To challenge this stigma, and to empower victims to overcome their feelings of self-doubt, isolation, and impotence, a group of high school developers decided to launch a microblogging app called Fulcra, which provides a safespace for victims to connect with private pen-pals and recover from their insecurities. 8 months later, after partnering with members of Congress, working with several local advocacy groups, and connecting with venture capitalists, the project's founder will be sharing his experiences with launching the mobile application and becoming a part of the global mental health movement.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Ethan McFarlin is a Colorado native, budding computer scientist, and high school junior interested in the intersection between technology and public policy. To learn about the bureaucracies of local government, he decided to join his county’s Innovation and Technology Committee. He also represents the Colorado State Senate and the Colorado Springs City Council as a youth liaison. Working directly alongside local representatives has given Ethan the chance to come face to face with his community's homelessness and mental health criss, a cause that motivated him to launch a congressionally-endorsed support app called Fulcra, which provides a safe space for victims to share their insecurities. In his free time, Ethan enjoys going hiking, listening to podcasts, and skiing in the Rocky Mountains.






  • Description

    Gun violence is a public health problem being felt across the nation. In Los Angeles County, gun violence is a leading cause of death for youth. In this project, the Los Angeles USD was able to develop a relationship with the Art Center College of Design to come up with a relevant campaign developed for gun violence and turn it into a toolkit with lessons that use media and interactive activities that develop the critical thinking skills of youth to figure out what they would for themselves and in their community to avoid guns and gun violence. Empowered with new knowledge and calls to action, students found creative ways to address this important public health issue.


    Speaker


    Bio

    After being a classroom teacher for a decade, he began working in health and prevention-education. He has worked in violence-, alcohol-, tobacco- and other drugs- prevention-education programs. Presently, his core work involves comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention-education for his district and manages the LAUSD HIV/AIDS Prevention Unit. Surveillance on LAUSD student health behaviors is monitored by his office and is used to direct policy, programs, and practices.






2:45pm

It's About Time! Exploring Youth Opinions Around Expanding the Male Contraceptive Method Mix

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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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.


Speakers


Bio

Heather has 15+ years of experience in biological, behavioral, and clinical research and has managed contraceptive grant portfolios that span the full product development spectrum. Prior to joining MCI in 2018, she served as the Associate Director for the Contraceptive Technology Innovation Initiative (CTII) at FHI 360. Always open to exploring new and inclusive approaches to improving reproductive health outcomes, Heather was a co-developer of the mobile for reproductive health (m4RH) SMS-based reproductive health information platform that has been deployed across Africa and Latin America. In addition, she served as project lead for a human centered design-based initiative that collected user perspectives in Kenya and India that served as inspiration for a multidisciplinary ideation workshop focused on future methods of female contraception.





Bio

Kevin has an extensive background in marketing and corporate communications, as well as in human-centered design. Kevin joined MCI in 2018 after spending 6+ years abroad working in the design for social impact sector in India and throughout the world's emerging markets. He started his career with Walt Disney Company working in integrated television sales and marketing.





Bio

Betsy Pleasants is a public health practitioner with a background in exploring the intersections gender, race, sexual and reproductive health, and technology. She is currently a student in the Master’s Public Health in Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health program at UC Berkeley, a part of our YTH research team, and a graduate student researcher at the Wallace Center for MCAH Research. Mariela Herrick Mariela is an Oakland native and is passionate about using innovation to address public health issues. As a Program Officer for YTH, Mariela provides leadership and support to YTH projects, youth engagement, and in developing local partnerships. Mariela has extensive experience facilitating community capacity building efforts, multi-sector partnerships, strategic planning, program management, and experience working with underserved communities.





2:45pm

Virtual & Reality: Family Planning

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Young Parents United!: Engaging young parents ages 16-21 to develop a holistic, technology program to support and empower each other. This session on YPU! will share how we used design thinking to engage young parents throughout California to imagine the app of their dreams, and then create the content for it. We will share best practices for developing a youth-led app, and provide a sneak preview of the content created by our Young Parent Leadership Team.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Jenna Gaarde is a Senior Planner at San Francisco Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health. She received her MPH from UC Berkeley, and developed her public health professional foundation as a Program Assistant and Program Manager at YTH. She is passionate about racial and reproductive justice, and integrates a social justice lens throughout her professional and personal life. She lives in Oakland, CA.





    Bio

    Maile Chand is a young parent and community doula. Her passion and work focuses on family resiliency and birth justice for people of color. She currently attends SF State and looks forward to getting her Masters degree in midwifery at UCSF.





    Bio

    Ms. Sarah Axelson, MSW, is the Senior Manager of Programs at Power to Decide, where she combines her passion for sexual and reproductive health with her commitment to finding innovative ways to improve health outcomes for youth, families, and communities. Passionate about adolescent health, Ms. Axelson has built her career around strengthening the capacity of public health practitioners to better serve youth and their families. In addition to serving as a federal Project Officer within HHS, her career has included work in the non-profit world, as the Director of Training at ETR and as a Program Manager at Advocates for Youth. Ms. Axelson also serves as a public health Adjunct Faculty member at two universities. Ms. Axelson’s expertise is built upon an academic foundation in Social Work and Nonprofit Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an undergraduate degree from James Madison University.






  • Description

    Engaging men in family planning improves gender equality, reduces gender violence and reduces unmet need for contraception. How can we better reach men with messaging about contraception and sexual and reproductive health using just the phones in our hands? Come learn from six years of clever media development with World Vasectomy Day (WVD). WVD – the largest male-oriented family planning movement in the world – creates edgy media and hosts a live-stream event connecting with some of the 50+ countries that celebrate the day each year. As part of the event, WVD uses virtual reality, live-stream technology and media equipment. We’ll show two of the most prolific videos made over the last six years, and break down how each help invite men to engage as responsible partners through humor. We’ll also feature virtual reality demonstrations, and discuss ways to use live-streaming and social media to reach your target audiences.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Alison Hoover has worked with nonprofits around the world to empower youth, monitor sexual health and family planning programs, and advocate for issues related to international sexual and reproductive health and rights. As Program Manager at World Vasectomy Day, she has developed, managed, monitored and scaled an eight-step framework for sustainable vasectomy programs in India, Mexico, Haiti, Colombia and Rwanda. Before joining WVD, she worked primarily in Asia on a range of global public health issues with UNFPA, USAID, PATH, PSI and FHI 360. She also co-founded a comprehensive sexuality education social enterprise that used profits from organic and ethically-sourced textiles to fund education workshops across Vietnam. Prior to that, she worked on abortion research in Chile and child labor policy in Ghana.






  • Description

    It’s time to move beyond evidence-based interventions! In 2018 the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies developed a gender-transformative sexual health curriculum for youth in New Orleans that is 1) comprehensive, 2) trauma-informed, 3) rooted in a human rights framework, and 4) inclusive of various learning styles. Paired with a film that our organization wrote, directed and edited in consultation with local youth, our Creating a Future Together (CrAFT) curriculum is an innovative example of how to tailor a curriculum to the true needs of local youth while still being evidence-informed. Come to our session to see firsthand how we’ve integrated our film into the curriculum, learn about our trauma-informed approach, and find out how we combined best practices in the field of sexuality education with our knowledge and experience of teaching New Orleans youth for over eight years.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Iman Shervington is the Director of Media & Communications at the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies. She has utilized her filmmaking skills to create over 50 short films and three features, which have been screened both in the classroom and at numerous festivals. In 2016, Iman was chosen to participate in Spitfire’s Executive Leadership Program and as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader. That year she also received the Changemaker award in the New Orleans-based Millennial Awards. Iman has led the development of two social marketing campaigns as well as a public will campaign to advocate for more Trauma-Informed Care services for local youth. She has been trained in multiple teen pregnancy prevention interventions and implemented various Evidence Based Interventions. She oversees IWES’ social media presence and external organizational communications and has further experience in graphic design, photography, curriculum development, participatory action research, and media literacy.





    Bio

    Rheneisha Robertson joined IWES in 2005 and became the Executive Director of the organization in 2007. Prior to this, she served as Director of Care Services for a local HIV/AIDS serving non-profit, providing oversight of HIV/AIDS primary medical care and case management services, and as lead counselor with the Teen Parent Services program, an Illinois Department of Health program to assist teen parents through the provision of social services and support. Rheneisha served as a Program Coordinator of adolescent health programs from 2000-2002. She received a Masters of Public Health in Health Education/Communication and Maternal Child Health and her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Rheneisha returned to New Orleans post-Katrina with a commitment to engage in community-centered and driven recovery efforts that reflect and address issues impacting women and youth, particularly among women and youth of color and disenfranchised communities.






4:00pm

Break

4:00pm - 4:15pm

4:15pm

Does this filter make me look good? Exploring social media success in public health

4:15pm - 5:30pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Heard of youth-centered design but not sure how to take it from concept to concrete deliverables and project planning tools? Are you developing a social media campaign but don’t know what types of content and design teens will like and share? Our presentation will present the latest research on social media health campaigns and present recommendations on how to translate youth insights to actionable next steps by developing and defining audience mindsets, top-level messages, and communication strategies.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Veronica Thomas, MPH is a communication strategist skilled in digital strategy, creative problem solving, qualitative research, and communicating scientific information to the public. She is passionate about applying behavioral science and design research alongside marketing and communication strategies to help people make informed decisions and live healthier lives. She is trained and certified in design thinking and digital psychology and has given presentations at national conferences on infusing innovation, co-creation, and participatory methods into government and social sector while maintaining scientific rigor. Veronica's portfolio includes award-winning social marketing campaigns on a range of topics including teen pregnancy prevention, preparing youth for adulthood, medication safety in pregnancy, and sexual assault criminal justice reform.





    Bio

    Charles Holloway, MBA is an award-winning integrated marketing communications expert with over 10 years of experience in digital marketing, health communications, data-driven storytelling, and new product development. He has been directly responsible for developing innovative and record-breaking strategies that help accomplish successful outcomes for multi-million dollar corporate and policy initiatives. Prior to joining the Department of Health and Human Services’ Family and Youth Services Bureau as Senior Communications Analyst, he spent several years as a marketing consultant for a variety of clients including the American College of Obstetricians-Gynecologists, American Nurses Associations, and American Society of Association Executives, where he worked with senior leaders and project teams to develop plans to launch many national initiatives, programs, products, and services. In 2016, he received the Association Trends All-Media Contest Gold Award for leading the development of the “I’m a Nurse, What’s Your Superpower” marketing campaign for the American Nurses Association.






  • Description

    Do you ever scroll through your social media feed, wishing and wondering when you’ll attract thousands of followers? The truth is, you don’t need a 6-figure budget or a large staff to make a big impact online. Our team consists of one New York-based and one Oakland-based staff, with an outreach of 20K. Take your organization’s marketing strategy to new heights by learning how to make your process more efficient, rather than increasing capacity (Staff of one? No problem!), work smarter instead of harder, as well as how to work in collaboration when your team is separated by distance. This presentation will feature learnings on how to design a workflow for small teams, best practices for organizational work, attract and deliver fast content for your followers, best practices for remote employees, and engage in the power of growth hacking.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Erin McKelle is a writer, social media manager, and digital strategist, living and working in New York City. She first discovered blogging as a disillusioned high-school student who had a passion for sharing the health information she was learning with others, working as an advocate for sexual assault survivors. Since then, she has accumulated six years of experience as a creative entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and editor, in which she has done everything from working as a news writer for Bustle to conducting blogging campaigns for the Clinton Foundation. In addition to her freelance and entrepreneurial efforts, she also serves as the Communications Coordinator for the YTH initiative for ETR. When not behind her laptop, she can be found boxing, taking a yoga class, drinking cold brew, or reading a science book.






  • Description

    In 2018, more than one in three people worldwide are active users of social media. For global health, this means endless possibilities for innovation. In any programmatic setting but especially those with minimal or limited resources, social media gives public health professionals the ability to reach people over virtually any geographic region. This reach translates into opportunity, specifically for knowledge management or behavior change. Now more than ever, the power of social media can and should be harnessed to improve health outcomes worldwide, from programs’ start-up to scale-up to everything in between. What will you achieve for the global good knowing that the power is at your fingertips?


    Speaker


    Bio

    Aubrey Weber is a Technical Officer in the Research Utilization division at FHI 360. She manages social media for the LINKAGES project, as well as the CTI Exchange, Passages project, OPTIONS consortium, and SHARE. She also contributes technical and knowledge management support to various projects. Before joining FHI 360, Weber discovered a passion for global health during her experience as a computer teacher in Zambezi, Zambia and a hospital volunteer in Saigon, Vietnam. In Zambia, she created original lesson plans for basic and intermediate computer and photography classes and also participated in teaching HIV prevention education to local adolescents. In Vietnam, Weber worked with the mentally disabled children of Agent Orange victims to improve eye contact, hand/eye coordination, and general cognitive function. Weber has a Bachelors (B.A.) degree in Journalism and Sociology from Gonzaga University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Creighton University.






4:15pm

Village to Virtual: The development and launch of the Nari Paila (Women’s Journey) mobile games

4:15pm - 5:30pm

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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.


Speakers


Bio

Dominick Shattuck’s work reflects his continued effort to push the rigor of public health in ways that produce meaningful interventions and shape policy. His work touches upon the myriad of international health programs and interventions, ranging from the integration of new contraceptive methods into health systems to social behavior change interventions that challenge existing barriers for marginalized communities. A Community Psychologist, Dr. Shattuck integrates the perspectives of multiple stakeholders into his work, which is most apparent on topics providing positive disruption, such as; expanding the contraceptive method mix, provider capacity development, social and gender norms, and adolescent reproductive health. His work includes the first randomized trial of male engagement in reproductive health, the national integration of vasectomy into every district hospital in Rwanda, and the first prospective cohort study of a fertility tracking app to prevent pregnancy, the Dot Study.





Bio

Liya Haile manages research and programmatic activities for mobile solutions at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, including the Dot Efficacy Study and monitoring and evaluation of the CycleBeads app in several African countries. Prior to joining IRH, Liya‘s research experience was in reproductive biology, specifically health effects of IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies. She transitioned to focusing on social and behavioral research after teaching sexual and reproductive health education to middle school students in Baltimore, Maryland. Liya holds a MHS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Reproductive Biology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.





Bio

Sandra Chipanta has over six years of experience in the management and implementation of international development interventions in Africa (Benin, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo) and in Asia (Bangladesh and Nepal). She has worked in the areas of maternal, newborn, and child health, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. At IRH, Sandra manages the Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) Project in Nepal, the Masculinities, Faith, and Peace Project in Nigeria, and the Girma Project in Niger.





4:15pm

Love Shouldn't Hurt: Preventing teen dating violence and sextortion around the world

4:15pm - 5:30pm

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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 a video about a cat can change young people's knowledge and raise awareness about online sextortion.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    In a 2018 survey of teens and young adults, approximately half of those sextorted were threatened by someone they knew, frequently a current or prior romantic partner. Sextortion is one way in which digital media is intersecting with dating violence. Facebook and Thorn have teamed up to combat sextoriton on social media platforms. We did this by creating a video and web resources that makes young teens aware of the common tactics used in grooming and sextortion, de-stigmatizing the issue by increasing awareness, and promoting open conversations with trusted adults so that they have a stronger safety net to help prevent sextortion and a trusted ally if something feels bad or goes wrong. This session will provide a brief overview of the research into how young people are experiencing sextortion and how a cat video is helping to stop sextortion before it starts.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Melissa Stroebel is the Senior Program Manager at Thorn where she oversees programs, research, and key non-profit partnerships in support of Thorn’s mission fight online child sexual abuse. As part of Thorn’s research initiatives, Melissa delivers strategic research into the current trends in CSE. Recent focuses have included the impact of “Sextortion” on survivors, trends in the production and distribution of child sexual abuse material, and the role of technology in domestic minor sex trafficking.






  • Description

    ZonaSegura is a trauma-informed youth-centered innovative mobile solution to address teen dating violence (TDV) in Honduras. Led by YTH in partnership with GOJoven Honduras and GOJoven International, the project aims to prevent TDV through provision of prevention information, healthy relationship education, and geo-location linkage to services and resources. ZonaSegura leverages high rates of mobile phone usage among adolescent girls and boys ages 14-19 in Honduras to assist them in overcoming individual and structural barriers to accessing rights-based and gender-sensitive TDV prevention information and services. The presentation will feature findings from a feasibility and acceptability pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of ZonaSegura in TDV prevention among study participants in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We will share study results and highlight lessons learned and implications for similar interventions that use technology as a platform to educate and empower users for primary prevention of TDV and other forms of gender-based violence.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Esther Tahrir is Founder and Director for the Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (GOJoven) where she provides the strategic direction, supervision, partnership building and fundraising and development leadership to ensure the success of the GOJoven Alumni Associations in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Belize. Over the past sixteen years at the Public Health Institute (PHI), Esther has directed several multi-million dollar fellowship programs in global health including sexual and reproductive health and rights for senior and emerging leaders globally. She has worked and lived in Francophone and Anglophone West Africa, Guatemala and Mexico, is fluent in Spanish and French, and speaks basic Portuguese. She obtained her BA in Community Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz and received a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley where she was honored with the Henrik L. Blum Award for Distinguished Social Action.





    Bio

     Israel Antonio Barahona Reyes is currently Program Manager at the Asociación GOJoven Honduras where he supports the organization’s many programs including ZonaSegura in partnership with USA based organizations YTH and PHI. Antonio became a GOJoven Fellow of PHI’s Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (GOJoven International) at age 20 and was a dynamic and charismatic youth leader for many years at the Population Services International-sponsored Club en Conexion in Tegucigalpa. Antonio worked as a facilitator at the Club, where he trained peer educators and monitored their work to educate youth on sexuality and reproductive health. Antonio has a true commitment to working with youth sexual and reproductive health and rights, believes that each person is born a leader and wants to help develop their potential. Antonio completed his Bachelor Degree in Psychology at the Catholic University of Honduras.





    Bio

    Emma is a Program Coordinator and supports both YTH programs and new fund development. She contributes to a variety of YTH programs related to teen pregnancy prevention and substance abuse. Emma is passionate about the intersection of mental health, sexual health, and substance abuse. Prior to working at YTH, Emma held many direct service positions, including working with young people with autism, Latino men struggling with substance abuse, and Spanish-speaking preschoolers. Most recently, Emma worked at Exhale, the country’s first and only after-abortion talkline. Emma graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with a BA in Sociology and Spanish Literature. She serves on the NMAC New ERAdication of HIV: Youth Navigation Program (YNP) Advisory Board, and volunteers some of her free time supporting people experiencing domestic and interpersonal violence through the La Casa de Las Madres as a California-certified Domestic Violence Counselor and Advocate






  • Description

    Online campaigns are increasingly being used to mobilize young people on social issues. But how do we know online campaigns actually work? How do we measure the impact of digital interventions? Although we don’t claim to have all the answers, we do have some! In January 2018, RNW Media/Love Matters India launched an innovative three-month online campaign to increase awareness on intimate partner violence (IPV) among young people in India. With the hashtag #IsThisLove and using creative memes, videos, and storytelling, the campaign empowered young people to seek positive, healthy relationships, and to distinguish loving behaviors from abusive ones. To understand the impact of this campaign on young people’s perceptions, we applied a mixed-method research methodology consisting of digital analytics, interactive quizzes and sentiment analysis. In our presentation, we discuss our epic wins and our brilliant failures, and we are excited to share these learnings with you!


    Speakers


    Bio

    Elianne Anemaat is a sexual rights activist from the Netherlands, and a monitoring & evaluation specialist at RNW Media. Trained as a social-cultural anthropologist, she has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS, sex work advocacy, and youth sexuality to understand how global programs for social change affect different communities. Particularly interested in technological innovations to improve the health and development sector, she has developed various tools for evidence-informed programming. She is convinced that making sense of infinite datasets is not only fun to do, but ultimately the solution to making social change sustainable.





    Bio

    A proud intersectional feminist and reproductive justice activist, Surabhi currently works as Program Manager at Love Matters India. She is passionate about advancing a rights- and pleasure-based discourse on abortion to end the shame and stigma around abortion and reproductive justice issues. She believes this cannot happen without also talking openly about sex, pleasure, bodily autonomy, and intimate justice. Surabhi also co-hosts a transnational feminist podcast called "The Reproductive Justice Happy Hour". She has a masters degree in public health from Yale University, and is currently based in New Delhi, India.






5:30pm

ETR - YTH Initiative RECEPTION

5:30pm - 7:00pm


You are cordially invited to the ETR-YTH Initiative Reception for networking, drinks, food, and great company! Join the reception for the announcement of raffle prizes and see if you are the YTH Live Social Media Contest winner!


8:15am

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

8:15am - 8:50am

9:00am

PLENARY

9:00am - 10:15am

2 Subsessions


  • Description

    This panel will feature youth from around the world who are using technology to drive change in their communities. In this conversation, you’ll meet youth leaders using technology to organize, advocate, and change health behaviors. From gun violence to youth-friendly sexual health care, this panel offers a truly global perspective of issues facing young people around the world and unique ways technology is being used to address them.


    Speakers


    Bio

    A member of YTH’s Youth Advisory Board, Shawn Reilly recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development, and is currently a master’s student at Vanderbilt in the Learning and Design program at Peabody College. As an undergraduate, Reilly was instrumental in a successful campaign to gain gender inclusive housing to support transgender and gender expansive students on campus. They formerly served as the Vanderbilt Office of LGBTQI Life’s first student spring break program coordinator, and for two years as a senior mentor with the Oasis Center’s Just Us program. Reilly is involved with a number of local organizations, and serves as the Student Engagement and Leadership Chair of GLSEN Tennessee, youth advisory board member of Healthy and Free Tennessee, and as a member of the TN Department of Health Transgender Task Force.





    Bio

    Zoë Benjamin is a senior at the French American International High School. She is the co-president of Bay Area Student Activists (BAStA), a group aiming to promote civic engagement and advocacy for legislation regarding issues affecting young people. They have had two lobby days in which they brought over 200 students from the Bay Area to Sacramento in order to talk with their legislators about common sense gun reform, and why this is such an important issues to the youth of the Bay Area. Outside of BAStA she is heavily involved in registering/pre-registering high schoolers in her area to vote, tutoring students through 826 Valencia, playing lacrosse, and working as a camp counselor in the summer. She will be a freshman at the University of Chicago in the fall and plans on majoring in sociology.





    Bio

    Jake Cohen, a 16-year-old queer and Jewish sophomore at Tamalpais High School in the north bay, has been an activist since age 12. After he helped create a diversity alliance for marginalized students at his middle school, he has gone on to do work on issues surrounding gun violence prevention, queer and Jewish causes, voter registration, youth inclusion in media, civil rights, and immigration reform. In addition to also being a 2019 Common Sense Media teen council member, Jake is the founder and co-Director of The SASHA (Students Against Sexual Harassment & Assault) Initiative which is a youth-led activist organization dedicated to ensuring that young people and members of marginalized communities are at the forefront of the social, educational, and political fight to eradicate sexual violence in The United States.





    Bio

    Willy is a Rwandan youth influencer and innovator. After spending much of his childhood living on the streets, Willy was connected to a filmmaker who featured Willy in a documentary about youth and dance. That experience inspired Willy to create his own documentary, titled Kigali Street Kids, which brought him international notoriety. Today, Willy is a jack of all trades: he’s a model, actor, and youth influencer in Kigali; he works with a variety of NGOs supporting youth health in Rwanda; he is the owner of a tour company; an IT professional; and also supports the work of the nonprofit organization that supported him during childhood, Enfants de Dieu.





    Bio

    Ankita is co-founder of Beyond Eye organisation and a comprehensive sexuality education trainer. She is a leader in youth SRH and rights, honored as a 120 under 40 Family Planning Leader in 2016. She was awarded as Youth Champions Initiative fellowship with the Public Health Institute’s RiseUp program and Packard Foundation, ran a project with youth leaders on SRHR with a focus on their access to Youth Friendly SRH services by using digital storytelling tool.






  • Description

    For decades, the term gender equality has focused on the equal treatment of men and women. Now in the year 2019, all genders are starting to come into focus. Although the trans community is slowly being viewed in a new light in pop culture thanks to small screen breakthroughs, in the tech world trans people are not nearly as visible. There are many powerful stories and models in the transgender community of successful leadership in the tech/social/innovation space. This panel aims to amplify these stories. The moderated panel will apply a transgender-spectrum community lens to technology to have true trans-centered digital solutions and include community voices throughout the tech field. With a focus on personal stories and how to navigate historically exclusionary spaces, the panelists will talk about their experiences and lend insight to working towards an inclusive tech world where our transgender community members are providing leadership and direction to digital solutions that honor the lived experiences of the community.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Aryah Lester, a nationally-awarded author, speaker, and educator, is a transgender woman of color from New York living in Washington DC. Aryah is an Advisory Board member of Unity Coalition (UC|CU), and is also board member for the Florida Chapter of STARR — the nation’s first transgender organization, which was founded by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. Aryah founded Trans-Miami while sustaining the work of her organization, the National Alliance of Transgender Advocates and Leaders (NATAL). She speaks with universities as a guest lecturer, and is a consultant with government agencies such as the Department of Justice and Homeland Security. Aryah has received many awards and her work is featured in numerous national articles, and has worked at NMAC. She was recently inducted into the national Trans100 list. She currently serves as the Deputy Director of Transgender Strategy Center.





    Bio

    Charity Rose is a trans non-binary individual with a passion for providing wellness and care for those who would otherwise be unable to attain. They work at the Gender Confirmation Center of San Francisco which has been a perfect combination of finding safety for themself and being able to extend it to others in the community. Charity manages a variety of trans health improvement projects in addition to coordinating gender education conferences. They are honored to have the privilege to extend their knowledge of trans healthcare and wellness in order to shed light upon issues affecting the community today. At YTH, Charity has been instrumental in the design and development of the TransCONNECT and They2ze programs. Originally a flat lander, they moved to California for the mountains and ocean. In their free time they can be found trail running in East Bay Parks, admiring other people’s dogs, and reading.





    Bio

    Nicole Sgarlato is a disabled transgender woman from the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born with a birth defect known as PFFD (Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency) but has never let it stop her – Eventually competing at three separate US National Paralympic Championships from 2006 to 2008. Later in life she came to terms with her gender identity and made the decision to transition to living as an open transgender woman. She currently works at Lyft Headquarters as a Coordinator where she is an activist for increased support around the disabled and transgender community. Recently Nicole was featured by the Human Rights Campaign for her efforts around workplace inclusion.





    Bio

    Danielle Ehsanipour is a Special Projects Manager at The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. They managed the development of Trevor’s new unified digital infrastructure for its crisis services, TrevorLifeline, TrevorChat, and TrevorText, which connects counselors with young people through one fully integrated platform. Danielle’s background is in education and strategic planning, and they are interested in how technology can facilitate connection and empower communities to transform mental, physical, and social well-being.






10:15am

DIGITAL POSTER SESSION #2

10:15am - 10:45am

3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Instagram! HIV testing! Youth! Oh my! Do these things interest you? #keepingitLite is an online, limited-interaction study about the sexual health of a contemporary 13-34 year old gender and sexually diverse cohort in the U.S. Midwest. Our study uses a multimedia campaign to survey and promote HIV testing (at-home or in person) among adolescents and young adults who may still be developing their gender and sexual orientation identities. Our study explores alternative methods to identify undiagnosed and new HIV infections among gender and sexually diverse youth.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Pedro A. Serrano is a public health researcher, with experience directing epidemiological, behavioral and clinical trials, using mHealth strategies, focusing on HIV prevention with gender and sexual diverse adolescent and young adult populations.





    Bio

    John is currently a Research Assistant on the Keeping it LITE study, and has been with the team since 2018.





    Bio

    Alejandro is currently a Research Assistant on the Keeping it LITE study, and has been with the team since 2018.






  • Description

    Mr. Query, a fictional, comic character asks naïve, yet vital questions related to adolescent reproductive health. He is relatable, in part because he was co-designed by Bangladeshi youth. Using radio, community outreach, and social media, Mr. Query’s questions provides a mechanism for young people and adolescents to access answers to their ARH questions.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Robert Ainslie has over 25 years of experience working in Communication and Development. Currently Mr. Ainslie is a Senior Technical Advisor for the MyChoice project in Indonesia, working in partnership with the government to revitalize family planning in Indonesia using a unique demand generation/supply side model, including ICT platforms for consumers, providers and outreach workers. His focus is social and behavior change communication, working on projects in Indonesia, Mozambique, Haiti, Nicaragua, Brazil, Guatemala, Cambodia and Tanzania for malaria, water and sanitation/hygiene improvement, social marketing, vector control, family planning/reproductive health, youth, maternal child health and HIV/AIDS prevention programs. His work has been influential in the development and adoption of national communication strategies in malaria, water, sanitation and hygiene and reproductive health.






  • Description

    Initially strategized as a teen pregnancy prevention program for Baltimore City, U Choose has evolved into a youth-driven program that recognizes teen pregnancy is about much more than birth control. The program successfully developed a youth advisory board and, by adopting an equity lens, made sure they were not just tokens, but actually drove the content development and gave them the tools to maintain it and to teach it to their peers. And this worked--U Choose has been responsible for a nearly 50% decrease in teen births in Baltimore City. This digital poster shows how the program achieved this model and the many lessons learned along the way.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Tina Suliman is a Communications Manger at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP). Since 2011, she has managed the digital platforms, led development on print communications, and provided communications assistance to CCP's Baltimore programs in teen pregnancy, breastfeeding, tobacco cessation, family planning, early literacy, home visiting, and safe sleep. Adopting a participatory and community-driven approach to content development, Tina is committed to equity and capacity building. Tina has a BA in psychology from Georgetown University and an MSPH in health education and health communication from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.






10:15am

Coffee Break, sponsored by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs 

10:15am - 10:45am


YTH Initiative would like to thank the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs for their sponsorship of this coffee break. The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs believes in the power of communication to save lives, by empowering people to adopt healthy behaviors for themselves, their families and their communities.


10:45am

Offline to Offline: Impact Measurement

10:45am - 12:00pm

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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.


Speaker


Bio

George is the Founder and CEO of Whole Whale, and the co-founder of PowerPoetry.org. Prior to Whole Whale, George was the CTO of DoSomething.org. Under his leadership, the organization became an innovator in social media, mobile technologies, and social causes. During his 7 years at DoSomething.org, he oversaw the complete overhaul of the site twice (winning a Webby Award and nominations), helping to build a community of over 1.5 million young people taking action. George founded Whole Whale in 2010 with the goal of helping more nonprofits benefit from the digital strategies he was using at DoSomething. Since then, George has worked with over 50 nonprofits to increase cause awareness, multiply meaningful online engagement, and train teams to implement strategic use of data and technology.





10:45am

Reply YES to engage with your patients

10:45am - 12:00pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Planned Parenthood’s Chat/Text program connects health educators to young people ages 15-24 across the United States to answer their sexual health questions via text or instant message. With eight years and over a million conversations, it has exciting data on digital users concerns over time and by state. Do young people want to know more about abortion or STIs? Do young people in states with more regulations around sexual health have more questions about it? Do young people’s sexual health questions change over time? Did sexual health concerns change pre and post a certain 2016 election? Learn all this and more!


    Speaker


    Bio

    Nicole Levitz Director, Digital Products Planned Parenthood Federation of America Nicole directs Planned Parenthood’s Chat/Text program and supports use of science-informed practice across the national office. Nicole was previously a Research Scientist at New York University's Silver School of Social Work. At NYU, she managed the design and evaluation of a contraceptive counseling program. Prior to joining NYU, Nicole worked on program design and research with a range of sexual and reproductive health organizations including National Advocates for Pregnant Women and the Center for Reproductive Rights. She holds a BA in Psychology and History from Boston University, and earned her MPH from Columbia University in Reproductive and Family Health.






  • Description

    Interested in SMS-based health career mentorship? Join us. Our team partnered to design an interactive text messaging platform for American Indian and Alaska Native youth interested in becoming a health professional. Our session will explore: 1) the process used to create a text message sequence designed to inspire and engage AI/AN youth across a broad range of grade levels (middle, high school, college, medical/graduate school) and career paths; 2) strategies used to recruit participants; 3) technologies used to support multi-agency collaboration; and 4) tools used to deliver text messages to 200+ AI/AN students enrolled in the service. Few AI/AN youth have the opportunity to have an AI/AN clinician growing up. This text-mentoring program provides an opportunity to bridge this gap, in ways that align to the unique values and needs of AI/AN youth.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Dove is from the Nez Perce Tribe and works in partnership with the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence at Oregon Health and Science University, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and We Are Healers to connect American Indian/Alaskan Native youth interested in health professional careers to mentors and resources.






  • Description

    E-volution, a new mobile health programming intervention, helps youth with HIV engage in their care and treatment, connect with their case manager and thrive. The intervention includes medication and appointment reminders, mood checks, housing/utility needs assessments. Challenges trigger alerts to case managers who then engage in live text messaging with participants. Research results demonstrate an increase in appointments kept, improved viral load suppression and reports from youth of greater connectedness to the case manager. This program offers structure for all participants — clients, case managers and providers — to create an easy-to-manage network of efficient, effective personal support via human contact and connection.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Dr. Katie Plax focuses on improving health for youth and has engaged in this work as the co-founder of the SPOT, (Supporting Opportunities with Teens), a one-stop, drop-in center for youth ages 13-24 that provides health and social services free of charge. The SPOT team reaches and serves youth that rarely access traditional medical services--runaway and homeless teens, youth aging out of foster care, and youth who are HIV infected. In its first ten years of operation, the SPOT served over 17,000 youth. These clinical efforts have led Dr. Plax and her SPOT team to advocate for children and youth at the federal, state, county and city levels to protect Medicaid and CHIP, ease enrollment into Medicaid coverage, advocate for youth in foster care and partner with health departments to combat the spread of STD’s and HIV.





    Bio

    Stacey Slovacek is a licensed clinical social worker who has been deeply engaged in HIV work with children, youth and families for more than a decade. She served as the drop in coordinator at the SPOT a free health and social services center for young people between the ages of 13-24 and then became the assistant coordinator on the Evolution research team to help youth with HIV thrive using a mHealth intervention.






10:45am

The Power of Mentorship in Whole Person Health: A 360º View

10:45am - 12:00pm

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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.


Speakers


Bio

Megan Falkenhan, is Acting Senior Manager at ViiV Healthcare, the only company solely focused on HIV, where she leads the company's Positive Action community giving programs in the US. Her focus is on national initiatives that drive new insights, connection and impact for people living with HIV, as well as initiatives focused on increasing youth mentorship services to support youth living with HIV to successfully enter adult care. Prior to her role with ViiV Healthcare, Megan served as Manager, Government Affairs, Emerging Markets Asia Pacific at GlaxoSmithKline, where she was responsible for designing and leading integrated public and government affairs programs to support operations in 118 countries outside the US and Europe





Bio

Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca is an award winning HIV activist and artist. For over 20 years, he has worked with influential nationally recognized agencies and has been an integral part of HIV prevention and youth development programming in Philadelphia. Since graduating from Lincoln University with a Master’s Degree in Human Services and Organizational Development in 2009, he has been committed to working with grassroots queer agencies of color to strengthen their work with Latino gay men. He is the 2015 winner of the Hispanic Choice Awards for Creative Artist of the Year for his storytelling project The Gran Varones. Louie is currently the Senior Program Manager of LGBT Health & Rights at Advocates for Youth, where he oversees a multi-city project working school districts to provided intentional and effective HIV Prevention to Black and Latino young men who have sex with men.





Bio

Tony is an activist and the Director of Prevention and Community Partnerships at AIDS Alabama, one of our Positive Action for Youth grant recipients, where he works to help reduce new infections of HIV/STIs and reduce stigma in the community. Tony began working in HIV education in 2013, and currently develops programs for AIDS Alabama and ensures that goals and objectives outlined for each are met. He is HIV positive and is very passionate about the plight of people living with HIV/AIDS. He feels that it is everyone’s responsibility to educate themselves and others about HIV/AIDS to help prevent its spread and start erasing stigma.





Bio

Originally from Newport News VA, Laurenzo came to RAIN starting as a client in the Empowering Positive Youth (EPY) program after receiving his HIV diagnosis. While in the program, he began medical care and quickly achieved/maintained viral suppression. Through his association with RAIN, he became interested in advocacy work and professional development. He later became an EPY Peer Navigator and now assists youth living with HIV in getting access to medical care and HAART. He is currently also a Patient Advocate for ViiV's "Couch Talks." Since joining the RAIN family, Laurenzo has touched the lives of so many with his personal story and service to the community. He plans to pursue his education in the field of social work. His desire is to lead youth living with HIV to the tools they need to lead the best life possible and achieve viral suppression.





Bio

Tiffany is an extroverted lover of all things sex and social justice. Tiffany is a body-autonomy advocate, and believes that folks have rights to their own bodies. She was awarded National Minorities AIDS Council's Youth Initiative Highlight Award in 2018 for her dedication to uplifting not only her voice but other ones too particularly black and brown youth. Tiff has also been featured on podcasts and various panels, achieving one of her radical goals, which is to stayed centered wherever she is, holding black women space as her ancestors did. Lastly, Tiff has a degree is in Social Work and she plans to obtain her license in order to serve black women, especially those thriving with HIV and young adults. Tiffany's ultimate goal in HIV work is to remind folks, new and veteran, to celebrate their survival as we progress to getting to Zero!





Bio

Armonte Butler supports LGBTQ youth of color and youth living with HIV become activists and leaders in their communities, on their campuses and at the state and federal levels in support of LGBTQ youth health and rights. Prior to Advocates, he was the Health and Aging Program Coordinator at the Human Rights Campaign, where he worked on the Healthcare Equality Index to ensure hospitals and other healthcare facilities fostered LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices for their patients, visitors, and employees. In addition, he has conducted an array of research on gender and sexual minorities in Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and previously interned in the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Armonte is originally from Washington, DC and holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Global Studies and Gender Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South.





10:45am

Race and health: Collaboration and Community Engagement

10:45am - 12:00pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    This presentation will involve an analysis of controlled safe sex and what this means for mobile app development for African American fathers and sons. A semi structure interview was used for data collection and the Generative Fathering Theory guided the project. The premise of this theory was that fathers are responsible for meeting their children’s needs through a variety of father-work, which are cultivated amidst challenges. Data were analyzed using an iterative process for analysis. Findings provided father-son controlled safe sex attributes and antecedents relevant to mobile app development. With a mobile app, fathers can begin to empower their sons to make controlled safe sex decisions.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Dr. Cornelius is an Associate Professor of Nursing at UNC Charlotte. Her area of research involves safe sex communications among families using technology. She has published on the sexual communication needs of African American mothers, grandparents, adolescent children and at-risk women. Dr Cornelius has expanded her research to examine the safe sex communication needs of adolescents in two different countries.






  • Description

    Due to societal oppression in the forms of homophobia, transphobia, and racism, young ethnic minority sexual minority men and transgender women experience disproportionate rates of homelessness, joblessness, and victimization. The purpose of this study is to join with sexual minority and transgender members of the Ball and Drag Communities in a mid-size city in the Southern United States to identify strengths and needs of their communities. This study used photovoice methodology to collect images from participants (n = 8) via Facebook related to one theme per week, "Daily Life," "Strengths," and "Needs," for three weeks. Each week, participants presented their pictures and discussed with each other and the research team the ideas represented. Participants discussed health concerns such as substance use and HIV. Several themes emerged in qualitative analysis including Basic Needs, Resilience, and Community. This community-research partnership has resulted in the creation of a trans-identified people of color community group.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Emma Sterrett-Hong is a CLinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program in the Kent School of Social Work at University of Louisville.






  • Description

    Why aren’t young black men who have sex with women (MSW) included in positive sexual health messaging that is appropriate and sensitive to their perspectives, environments, and culture? The Check It project addresses this deficiency by employing young people of color to develop messaging strategies and content and also by collaborating with the population of focus for its educational website. We will demonstrate the ways we analyze the intersections of sexual health and behaviors, race, technology, social media /pop culture imagery, and product marketing to young black MSW to direct our positive sexual health educational messages.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Gérard Gomes is the coordinator of Check It at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. His passion for youth and technology solidified during his Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso. There he served on the Information Technology and Communications committee where he created local language learning podcast for trainees and produced culturally appropriate sexual health PSAs for mobile devices. Gérard holds a B.A in Biochemistry from the University of Richmond.






12:00pm

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

12:00pm - 1:15pm

1:15pm

Tele – Tell – That

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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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


2 Subsessions


  • Description

    Most of the research about digital health has focused on adults, and most of the national dialogue around young people and technology has been about health risks rather than health promotion. We will present the results of a survey commissioned by Hopelab and the Wellbeing Trust to address the extent of social media use among teens, how use patterns vary by mental well-being (depression, anxiety, stress), and focus on the interdependent relationship between social media use and loneliness. The survey includes both quantitative and qualitative data from a representative sample of 1337 teens and young adults age 14 to 22. The presentation will share key findings related to social media, and share implications for how the research, health care, policy-makers, and social media communities can best support the health of today’s teens.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Dr. Danielle Ramo is Director of Research Operations at Hopelab, where she oversees the design and implementation of research efforts across Hopelab’s projects. Danielle is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC San Francisco and a licensed psychologist. Dr. Ramo came to Hopelab after six years on the faculty in the department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Her research has focused on using digital media to understand and address drug and alcohol use among young people. She has led multiple clinical trials testing the efficacy of social media-mediated treatment to reduce substance use, as well as studies examining the toxicology of vaping in adolescents and tobacco and marijuana co-use in a changing policy landscape.






  • Description

    Integrated HIV and Behavioral Health Counseling for Young Adults Living with HIV Young adults living with HIV face unique challenges in engaging in HIV care and managing mental health and substance use challenges. There are few evidence-based counseling interventions that address these challenges in a youth-friendly manner. The UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies has developed and is piloting a new 12-session telehealth and text messaging-based counseling series to address these issues and provide support to 18-29 year-olds living with HIV in the East, North, and South Bay Areas. The goal of the counseling series is to improve HIV clinical outcomes, as well as mental health and substance use outcomes through the use of accessible technology-based counseling platforms. This session provides information on the specific HIV care, mental health, and substance-use related needs of youth living with HIV, as well as a description of the counseling intervention and study design.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Parya Saberi, PharmD, MAS, AAHIVP, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and an HIV Clinical Pharmacist. Dr. Saberi is funded by the National Institutes of Health through an R01 and an R34 grant, and by a California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) award. Her current area of research includes adapting technology-based strategies to challenge the current model of healthcare and to improve HIV prevention and treatment strategies, especially among youth living with HIV. These technology-based methods include social networking technologies, video-conferencing tools, text messaging, and web-based tools. Additionally, she is involved in the development of an index of engagement in HIV care as well as research regarding HIV testing and treatment among the House Ball Community.





    Bio

    Angie Wootton, MSW, is a medical and behavioral health social worker and research professional who focuses on health and wellbeing of marginalized communities.Angie is a clinical social worker at the UC San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, where she develops and provides innovative new technology-based counseling interventions for young adults living with HIV. She strives to help individuals living with HIV better manage their mental health, substance use, and other challenges to better maintain their health and live well. Angie has has worked with individuals, families, and organizations in a range of settings, including homeless shelters, supportive housing, HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ organizations, mental health treatment programs, hospitals, and academic settings. She received her MA in Social Work from San Jose State University and BA in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz.






1:15pm

Having “the talk”: Engaging parents in conversations about sexual health

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Learn about how justice-involved youth informed and shaped Healthy U, a self-guided, evidence-informed, 4-hour Teen Pregnancy Prevention APP for male youth ages 14-19. The program is being implemented across the state of Oregon with justice-involved youth and studied in clinical trial.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Beth Wachter is an award-winning filmmaker/ App developer specializing in adolescent health, high-risk populations and sexual health. Wachter has produced over 20 films on HIV/AIDS, STDs, Teen Pregnancy & Healthy Relationships. Many of her films are included in the leading evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention interventions Making Proud Choices and Be Proud Be Responsible. Wachter currently serves as Co-Investigator / Program Developer on an DHHS/OAH funded project for Justice-Involved males 14-19 years old across the state of Oregon. In concert with Staci Wendt, Co-Investigator at WestEd and a youth advisory of incarcerated male youth at the Oregon Youth Authority, Efficacity developed a self-guided, 4-hour tablet app that is being evaluated by WestEd in a randomized control trial at six Oregon Youth Authority sites.






  • Description

    Learn the special issues teens with high functioning autism or cognitive impairment face related to learning about relationships, sex and protection – and why this is a significant disparity issue. With parents as their primary sex educators, learn what specific skills parents need in order to meet the special needs and developmental needs of their teens. Experience the unique streaming video approach to teaching and modeling Microskills for parent pre/teen communication skills. Learn the results of the original pilot research that supports the promise of this technology.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Regina Firpo-Triplett holds an MPH in school and community health education and has deep expertise in skill-based training to improve health outcomes for youth. With a focus on positive sexual health outcomes, she has served as Principal Investigator on 10 NIH-funded projects to develop innovative training technologies. She is passionate about parent teen communication about sex, because parents are the primary sex educators of their children, whether they want to be or not. She has two boys in their twenties.





    Bio

    Elizabeth Carrillo is an MPH Candidate at San Jose State University. She is a health educator who educates various populations on sexual and reproductive health topics. Elizabeth has research interest in parent-child sexual health communication which led her to an internship with dfusion. Using her background and interest, she assists with parent-child sexual health communication interventions. Elizabeth holds a BA in Kinesiology, Health and Wellness from Stanislaus State University and will complete her Master of Public Health, Community Health Education in August 2019.





    Bio

    Brittany Lucas, MPH, is a health educator and trainer who leads projects focused on sexual health and substance use prevention. Applying her expertise in sexual and reproductive health, Brittany has played a critical role in both developing new interventions and adapting evidence-based interventions for various special populations including Latino youth and parents, youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their parents, members of the LGBTQ community, and various care providers. She co-authored ETR’s “Teaching Affirmative Consent,” and plays a key role in dfusion’s SkillFlix platform development for video-based skill modeling and instruction. Brittany holds a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education.






  • Description

    To better engage and prepare parents for discussing SRH related subjects with their adolescents; we are building on our Dokter GenZ online youth platform to include digital and offline content specifically for parents. The content parallels what is going on the DokterGenZ site, but with a focus on how parents can discuss these topics with their children. Adolescents in Indonesia aren’t exposed to comprehensive and accurate sexual and reproductive health information (SRH) in school; peers aren’t a trusted source of SRH information, and their parents often avoid discussing SRH. Adolescents turn to the Internet because of its accessibility and discreteness. The online platform Dokter GenZ provides unmarried youth with correct information, and linkages to SRH services through engaging multimedia content. The parents content is part of another well established online platform, SKATA. So adolescents still have their own site.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Dinar is a Co-Founder of Skata, a digital health program by JHCCP for family planning in Indonesia. Skata is a mobile web and app that connects women and couples to services and information on contraceptives and reproductive health. Skata has over 1 million users and growing. Dinar has over 15 years of experience in public health and communication. Program experiences include using telecentre in rural areas, family planning, and communicable diseases.






1:15pm

Building a Better Internet for Young Women: How Cryptography Can Encourage Female Expression and Honest Discussions of Sexuality Online

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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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)


Speaker


Bio

Annie Brown is the founder of Lips, an uncensored, cryptographic media platform for women* and creators. Annie also provides marketing consultation to sustainable, ethical and women-led brands. Previously, Annie worked for organizations such as Grameen Bank and Planned Parenthood. Annie has presented at several conferences including SSSS (The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality) and The Asia Microfinance Forum. She is also a guest lecturer at UC San Diego's Rady School of Management. A graduate of The College of William and Mary and The Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Annie's senior thesis, titled The Best You Can Be: Conflicting Messages of Liberation and Oppression in Indian Cosmopolitan Magazine, won highest honors. Speaking Engagements: Absolute Sum Blockchain Hackathon - UCSD Asia Microfinance Forum - Banking with the Poor Network Launchpad - UCSD





1:15pm

Getting Mental Health Therapy to Those Who Need it Most

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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An estimated 55 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas with limited access to mental health care. Many people including teenagers and young adults are often unable to travel to regular appointments. Continuity of care also becomes a major issue for students who live part-time on campus and part-time at home. LARKR is the only mental health app with therapy sessions available for youth under 18. The video-based platform connects users across the country to licensed therapists in real-time. Due to lack of accessibility, many individuals experience long wait times just to get an initial consultation. But issues such as anxiety or substance abuse don’t wait for the next available appointment. This session will address the variety of roadblocks that get in the way of effective mental health treatment, and will take a look at the options for addressing and overcoming these issues.


Speaker


Bio

Chris is a highly respected and compassionate licensed marriage and family therapist. In addition to co-founding LARKR, Chris also serves as Director of Clinical Services at HealthRIGHT 360, a major non-profit organization, where she oversees the treatment of clients seeking integrated care, and treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. Her responsibilities also include managing various outpatient and residential substance use disorder treatment programs in San Mateo County. Since 2004, Chris has treated clients in her positions as Clinical Supervisor at HealthRight360, Clinical Supervisor and therapist at Women’s Recovery Association, and therapist at San Mateo County Mental Health.





1:15pm

Nothing for us without us: Inclusive digital sexual health information created by young people for young people

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Bits and Bods (BB) is a web series that talks with teens about sex, bodies and all the awkward bits in between. Sex ed at school is pretty useless, so a bunch of young women in Australia are creating the content that we wished we had to empower teen girls and gender diverse teens aged 13-19 to make more informed, fun and safe decisions about sex and bodies. Using original content from the web series, this presentation will support attendees to reflect on our process of developing and implementing this online sex ed content and how it intersects with mental health. It will also provide practical suggestions on how orgs can better support diverse young people in the development and implementation of youth-focused digital storytelling projects. So cum along: it’ll be like listening to your cool older cousin talk about sex, mental health and tech, but less awkward.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Joanna Williams is a passionate public health advocate who starts the conversations that society shies away from. Her career in public health started by accident, when she co-founded Highschoolers Against Homophobia (HAH) at 16 so that her parents would let her go the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Much to her surprise, HAH's float was nominated for Best Political Statement at the Mardi Gras Awards. Twelve years on, she has worked with ACON, Cohealth, the International AIDS Society and IPPF. Jo has a MPH from the University of Melbourne and is undertaking a PHD at Swinburne University of Technology on social media and sexual health promotion. In between speaking candidly about her experience of living with mental ill health, being queer and surviving sexual assault, she co-runs Bits and Bods, an upcoming web series that talks to teens about sex, bodies, and all the awkward bits in between.






  • Description

    STI rates are at an all-time high for the fourth consecutive year, and half of the 20 million new STIs annually are associated to 15-24 year olds. With the “Change Starts With Us” campaign, Sacramento Peers on Prevention (SacPOP) Peer Educators amplify their influence by identifying youth barriers to SRH knowledge, services, and resources for Sacramento’s African American, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and other vulnerable youth. The integration of young people’s highly valued voices, health behavior theories, and evidence-based practices fuel widespread awareness and galvanize action to prevent HIV transmission, improve HIV testing rates, and advocate for sexual education policy change.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Ericka Burns, is the founder and CEO of Sacramento Peers on Prevention (SacPOP), a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing the spread of HIV among youth. SacPOP was created to promote prevention messages through peer education, social media and to provide educational workshops to youth aged 13-24. Ericka began conducting research on the effectiveness of peer-to-peer interventions in 2009, and by 2011, created a Youth Peer Educator HIV Training program to effectively train youth on how to become risk-reduction counselors. Since 2011, Ericka has continued to implement a sexual health peer education program with Peer Educators. Ericka is seeking her PhD in Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies and her research focus will be on sexual fluidity within the Black community. Sexual fluidity has been argued to be a naturally occurring phenomena, but there are still barriers within the Black community that prevents having access to such privilege.





    Bio

    Kathreen Daria serves as Program Development Coordinator for SacPOP. She is currently working towards a Master of Public Health at the University of San Francisco and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy and a minor in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Kathreen has a particular interest in addressing public health issues that impact marginalized youth with a socially just approach to ensure that young people have equitable access to health services and resources, particularly in the prevention of HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancies.






  • Description

    San Ysidro Health (SYH) Teen Clinic provides free and confidential reproductive health services to youth ages 12-24. Located near the border between Mexico and California, SYH Teen Clinic patients are mostly a high needs, low income population. The goal of SYH Teen Clinic is to provide holistic services whenever possible.. All staff are trained in mental health first aid and trauma informed care. Teen Clinic utilizes several innovative programs to increase access and awareness to our services, such as the Peer Health Advocate program, establishing partnerships with local schools and stakeholders, and providing health education in the classrooms. Teen Clinic staff have established a strong social media presence in the community and haves become a strong resource for teens seeking advice and services for their reproductive health needs.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Jessica Beltran received her Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from SDSU. At SDSU, Jessica gained interest in reproductive health during her internship experience in Tijuana, where she provided reproductive health education at Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud to marginalized communities. Jessica is also a chapter member of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. She currently works as a Reproductive Health Educator at San Ysidro Health's Health Promotion department.





    Bio

    Patty has been working in public health for 8 years, mostly focused on reproductive health and youth development. As a health educator at San Ysidro Health, she has assisted with development and implementation of new health curriculums, lead Peer Health Education internship programs, and has facilitated health presentations in the community.






2:30pm

Break

2:30pm - 2:45pm

2:45pm

Swipe left? Dating apps and sexual health

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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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.


2 Subsessions


  • Description

    Dating apps are an important environment for sexual health promotion. Especially for young men who have sex with men (MSM). Almost all young MSM have ever used dating apps. To kill time, or to meet sex partners. Our quantitative online survey into online dating, sexual behavior and health of young MSM in the Netherlands affirms the importance of online dating and shows the sexual health disparities that young MSM nowadays face. The research highlights the need to address sexual violence, negative experiences, transactional sex and psychosocial needs among young MSM who date online. In this presentation, problems will not merely be raised. The findings also provide evidence for contemporary solutions that are tailored to the sexual lives and health needs of young MSM.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Koenraad Vermey has been working for Aidsfonds - Soa Aids Nederland since 2013. As 'policy officer online interventions' he specializes in developing ehealth and online education for LGBT youth and MSM in the Netherlands. With a background in medicine, gender studies, health communication and medical sociology, Koenraad enjoys to rethink HIV prevention and sexual health promotion from multiple perspectives.






  • Description

    How are dating apps able to help improve the sexual health outcomes of their users? Learn about how partnering with these apps is enabling new opportunities to improve access to information and services for app users. Ever felt rejected on app? We will share a project that gives users a chance to share their stories and gain ideas for how to handle rejection, rude comments, and discrimination on the apps.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Jennifer Hecht has over 15 years of experience in public health, with a focus on HIV/STIs, youth homelessness, and substance use. Her work has evolved from direct service in settings such as needle exchange sites, street-based and mobile outreach, and a community health clinic to include training, curriculum development, program development, monitoring and evaluation, and community-based research. She has been working for many years on projects related to sexual health and online dating apps and is a co-founder of Building Healthy Online Communities, a consortium of public health and app owners working together to further HIV and STI prevention. In addition to her work with dating apps, her research has focused on alcohol use in the queer community and development of structural interventions. Currently she works at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation where she leads program strategy and evaluation.





    Bio

    TBD






2:45pm

Say goodbye to banana and condom demonstrations! Examining health education beyond the classroom.

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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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.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    WYZ is a mobile health application developed to improve engagement in HIV care and antiretroviral medication adherence. WYZ has three main features: My Health helps users track and remember to take their medications, refill their medications, and keep track of their laboratory results; My Team simplifies communication between medical care team members and users and provides users with a list of local resources; and My Community enables users to chat with other YLWH building a community. Data from a pilot randomized control trial will be used to refine and update WYZ for a subsequent randomized trial that will assess efficacy among a larger cohort.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Parya Saberi, PharmD, MAS, AAHIVP, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and an HIV Clinical Pharmacist. Dr. Saberi is funded by the National Institutes of Health through an R01 and an R34 grant, and by a California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) award. Her current area of research includes adapting technology-based strategies to challenge the current model of healthcare and to improve HIV prevention and treatment strategies, especially among youth living with HIV. These technology-based methods include social networking technologies, video-conferencing tools, text messaging, and web-based tools. Additionally, she is involved in the development of an index of engagement in HIV care as well as research regarding HIV testing and treatment among the House Ball Community.





    Bio

    Xavier Erguera is a Clinical Research Coordinator at UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies where he assists with numerous research projects centering on people affected by HIV. His work has focused on understanding the social and sexual impact of new biomedical prevention tools on young people at risk for HIV and improving care delivery systems for people living with HIV. His current project involves supporting the development and evaluation of an intervention delivered via a mobile health application to improve healthcare engagement and medication adherence among youth living with HIV (YLWH). He coordinates the UCSF Youth Advisory Panel whose mission is to create opportunities for YLWH to be active and engaged partners in community participatory research. He has received training in communication studies and descriptive linguistics at UC Berkeley and served as an AmeriCorps member providing health education and outreach services to people at risk for and living with HIV.






  • Description

    Do you see youths’ identities represented in sexual and reproductive health classes? What is the value in learning from and seeing a character that looks like you or shares some of your identities or your students? In this workshop participants will look at the avatars created for the program “Vision of You”. We will go through the steps we took for creating bios, narratives, and individual goals for each avatar and how they were incorporated into curriculum games and videos. We will also discuss realistic barriers to the avatars’ goals that youth might experience. Participants will conceptualize their own avatars with multiple identities that they feel represent youth in their own community. They will write bios, goals and possible scenarios (barriers) for the avatars they have imagined.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Kristi Van Sickle is a passionate sexual health educator and curriculum writer. After spending several years teaching sexual health to middle schoolers, Kristi wanted to create a curriculum that would fill the gaps in the curriculum that she had used her classes. As a community organizer and queer educator living in a culturally and ethnically rich area of the South, Kristi wanted to make sure that more of her student’s identities were represented, valued and reflected in the curriculum that they were receiving. Kristi graduated from James Madison University (JMU) in 2010 with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and her career has focused on youth development and education. Kristi has been working with the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program at the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at JMU since 2014.





    Bio

    Kayla McKean graduated from James Madison University (JMU) in 2014 with her BSW. After college she began working for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program at the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at JMU. For three years Kayla alternated teaching and facilitating Draw the Line, Safer Choices, and The Teen Outreach Program in middle schools and high schools. She now works more closely with data under a competitive PREIS grant. Kayla is currently pursuing her masters in Educational Technology






  • Description

    Engenderhealth's team of peer educators and program coordinators will take session participants through a visual and conversational journey of the impact of community resource access and how these combined factors influence the overall health of a young person and young parents by showcasing the Re:MIX team's photovoice project. Photovoice is a participatory action research project that combines writing and photography to capture the elements of a person's experience with the goal of better understanding their environment, and factors that influence their access to necessary health resources. This interactive session will break down the results of Engenderhealth's photovoice project, through the lens of young parents.


    Speakers


    Bio

    As the Programs and Partnerships Coordinator for EngenderHealth's Re:MIX project, Tracy Parks implements the organization’s peer educator program and supports 2 parenting young adults in Austin; and builds and maintains partnerships with community advocates and partners. Parks’ work in youth programs and services includes curriculum development, career planning and teen counseling with gender-responsive, culturally inclusive and trauma informed care approaches. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a minor in Psychology, and a certificate in Multicultural Studies. After college, Parks did year of service on Oahu in Hawaii as an Americorps VISTA on a capacity building initiative to create and deliver a culturally relevant financial literacy curriculum to the indigenous Hawaiian youth. Tracy enjoys traveling and exploring cultures through food, conversation, and music of the local community.





    Bio

    Re:MIX is a peer education program in Austin, TX. Peer educators are young parents with the role of co-facilitating workshops with a health educator from the Re:MIX Sexual Education curriculum at Austin-area charter middle and high schools. As a pair, the educators deliver comprehensive sex education on sexual and reproductive health (SRH). One or two peer educators will support the session, alongside the Programs and Partnerships Coordinator.






2:45pm

Mindful Media: Engaging journalists, producers and social media partners in safe, responsible media portrayals and the consequences of misrepresentation

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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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.


Speakers


Bio

Vicki Harrison, MSW is Program Director of the Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing within Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She has over twenty years of experience working within the public health, education and mental health sectors developing and managing innovative, community-based programs at the local, state, national and international levels. At the Center, she develops and directs a broad portfolio of projects promoting wellbeing, early intervention and increased access to mental health services, particularly for young people ages 12-25. She is leading the team implementing a first of its kind integrated youth mental health model in the U.S. as well as building a new national Media and Mental Health Initiative, partnering with the media, mental health and technology sectors to enhance the positive impact of media on youth mental health and wellbeing.





Bio

Zoe Adelsheim is a senior at Gunn High School in Palo Alto and a member of the Stanford Psychiatry Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing's youth advisory board (YAG). She joined the YAG because she believes the integrated mental health care model the Center is developing could be an incredible resource and change a lot of people’s lives, and she wants to help to make that a reality. Zoe is passionate about the impact of media on mental health and recently co-organized a Mindful Media event for Bay Area youth. Zoe is also an avid soccer player and enjoys writing.





Bio

Chloe Sorensen is a sophomore at Stanford University and graduate of Gunn High School in Palo Alto. Following the suicide of one of her peers in November 2014, she co-founded the Gunn Student Wellness Committee, with the intention of increasing awareness for mental health issues and resources. Chloe has also advocated for increased recognition of student voice within the school, district, and greater community. She has worked with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to raise more than $3 million for adolescent mental health services and is currently serving as a youth advisor for the Stanford Psychiatry Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing. Her biggest dream is for all young people to have easy access to mental health care, as well as the ability to seek help without fear of judgment.





4:00pm

Coffee Break, sponsored by the National Coalition of STD Directors

4:00pm - 4:15pm


YTH Initiative would like to thank the National Coalition of STD Directors for their sponsorship of this coffee break. NCSD is a national public health membership organization representing health department STD directors, their support staff, and community-based partners across 50 states, seven large cities, and eight US territories.


4:15pm

CLOSING PLENARY: Local-Global Youth-centered Innovative Philanthropy

4:15pm - 5:30pm


Your mother may have told you not to ask about money, but we know that funds are the fuel behind our innovation. In this panel, you’ll hear from some of the leading funders in youth-centered innovation, design, and programming. This panel gives funders the chance to showcase their strategies for trailblazing programming from foundations, development agencies, and corporate philanthropy. We’ll ask them about their strategies, what they’re excited about, and give you the chance to ask some of your most burning philanthropy questions. This plenary will feature three separate conversations: one with foundations and development organizations, one with corporate funding teams, and one with all funders together. This dynamic conversation with some of philanthropy’s heaviest hitters will close out YTH Live 2019 and set the state for youth-centered programming in 2020 and beyond.


Speakers


Bio

Prior to her appointment as CEO, Dr. Charles was Chief Science Officer at ETR–focused on unifying and translating ETR’s science-based approaches to training and research. Her research emphasis is on behavioral health related to the intersection of HIV/AIDS, sexual health, and mental health.





Bio

Dr. Tammi Fleming is a Senior Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland. Tammi manages the Foundation’s investments in reproductive health, pregnancy prevention and parenting support strategies. Prior to her role at the Foundation, Tammi directed the Plain Talk National Replication Center at Public Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tammi is an expert leader with more than 25 years of experience in program development, design and implementation. Tammi has received numerous awards for her work as a community organizer and program design specialist. Tammi possesses an extensive training and facilitation background. Dr. Fleming holds a dual concentration degree in Maternal Child Health and Health Education and Communication from Tulane University and a doctorate in Public Health from Walden University.





Bio

Colleen Gregerson is the founding Executive Director for Battery Powered, an innovative, collective philanthropic model that is activating the generosity of the Battery community to find and fund people and projects with a serious chance of making society stronger. Before that, she led the Maverick Collective, guiding a community of philanthropists’ talents and treasure toward ending extreme poverty. She also led the Business Development department at Population Services International (PSI), where she developed and executed a strategy that raised over $1.9 billion for global health initiatives during the four years of her leadership. She earned her masters degree in international development from American University while working in program management at the International Foundation for Election Systems. She sits on the board of YTH, an Oakland-based organization that is advancing the health of youth and young adults through technology.





Bio

Amy joined the Foundation in 2006. She is a Program Associate working on the Sub-Saharan Africa and Global Youth subprogram. Amy holds a Master’s degree in public health from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a B.A. in sociology from University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the Foundation, Amy worked with both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including a county public health program focused on maternal and child health. Amy has lived and traveled extensively in Europe, South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.





Bio

Kaleigh MacDaniels is an Associate Program Officer on the Family Planning team at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She manages the team’s portfolio of investments in Indonesia, supports new product introduction, and supports the foundation’s relationship with the United Nations Population Fund. Prior to joining the foundation, Kaleigh worked with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree is public administration from Seattle University.





Bio

Meghan Nesbit is the Director of Nonprofit Market Development at Twilio.org, working with mission-driven organizations to increase their impact through communications technology. Meghan’s background spans nonprofits, corporate philanthropy, and tech start-ups with repeated success applying market-driven solutions to bring more robust technology to the global nonprofit sector. Meghan’s most important education has come from her colleagues, clients, and partners during her time at Twilio, Change.org, Salesforce.org, and Kickstart International.





Bio

As program manager for nonprofit success, Adam Rosenzweig is an advocate for nonprofits within Okta and an evangelist for Okta in nonprofit communities around the world. Prior to Okta, Adam spent ten years working with various social impact organizations and is particularly passionate about educational equity and data privacy. He’s a graduate of Pitzer College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is currently enrolled in the UC Berkeley-Haas Graduate School of Business MBA for Executives program.





Bio

Darwin Thompson currently serves as the Senior Manager for Corporate Giving where he manages Gilead’s domestic HIV grant making Darwin has more than 10 years of experience working with community-based organizations providing social and support services for marginalized populations. Prior to Gilead, he served as executive director for a community nonprofit organization in Atlanta, Georgia focused on HIV prevention for Black Gay Men, where he provided financial and programmatic oversight as well as developed new strategic partnerships and successful programs. He is also trained in several CDC behavioral interventions including Mpowerment, dUP, Couples HIV Counseling and Testing, and Many Men Many Voices (3MV). Prior to his work in Atlanta, Darwin was Dean of Students for DC Public Schools and managed corporate partnerships for a nonprofit specializing in housing and healthcare for homeless populations.





Bio

Emily White is Director of Philanthropy Partnerships at Salesforce.org where she drives engagement strategy through focused partnerships, as well as delivering meaningful support to disaster-affected communities. Previously, she led signature programs in education, workforce development, disaster readiness and the environment for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Foundation. Emily served as the Regional Director for Community Engagement at the American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region where she oversaw disaster preparedness initiatives to build safer, more resilient communities for more than 2 million Californians. Emily has a passion for preparing youth from underserved communities for 21st century careers. She served as Program Director for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship after spending more than 2 years as a Small Business Educator with Peace Corps Nicaragua. Originally from Nashville, Emily moved to New York at 17 and self-funded her degree from Barnard College of Columbia University.





Bio

Linda Sussman is a senior research advisor at USAID in the Bureau of Global Health (GH), Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH). Her primary focus is on social and behavioral science implementation research related to family planning and reproductive health, with a focus on youth, gender, scale-up, and integration of family planning with multi-sectoral efforts. Linda has led the USAID management team for community-level research projects that develop, test, and scale-up social norm interventions. She earned a masters degree in education from Boston College and received her doctorate in public health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.






INNOVATE: NEXT
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.
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