YTH Live: the youth + tech + health conference

2020 Schedule

All times below are US PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) UTC/GMT – 7 hours

9:00am PDT

WELCOME & OPENING PLENARY: Tackling Our Greatest Challenges Through Technology

9:00am - 10:30am PDT

5 Subsessions


  • Speakers


    Bio

    I am a 17 year old queer Jewish artist, activist, and journalist who’s been working to improve the lives of marginalized students since I was a middle schooler. I’ve always been involved with several issues from Gun violence prevention, queer-centric activism, anti-racism, and Jewish-centric work, but after testifying before my school board in 2017 on behalf of my teacher who’d been sexually harassed I got involved in the fight against sexual assault with some peers and founded an organization called the Sasha initiative that’s dedicated to helping youth find ways to become activists to fight sexual violence in the 21st century.





    Bio

    He has over 24 years of health care experience, starting in 1995 as a medical doctor running polio immunization programs in India. At ETR Sheoran is Vice President of Global Development where he develops strategies to increase the global impact of ETRs science-based health equity programs. He also serves as the Managing Director of YTH designing innovative solutions for youth health and wellness using new media and technology. A self-described “Soft Techie”, Dr. Sheoran has designed, implemented, and evaluated multiple health projects, telemedicine programs and social media campaigns to reach at-risk and hard to reach populations. He also works as a technical consultant advising agencies that want to apply new and innovative technologies to country and regional programs. Now based in Oakland, California, Sheoran began his career as a medical doctor in India. He subsequently moved into public health and got an MBA in health management.






  • Description

    We are very excited to announce our opening keynote by California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. As California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has established early childhood, health equity and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress as key priorities. Dr. Burke Harris has set a bold goal to reduce ACEs and toxic stress by half in one generation. Due to COVID19 safety protocols, we have decided that the best way to bring the keynote to all conference participants is a virtual interview with Dr. Burke Harris conducted by ETR’s CEO, Dr. Vignetta Charles.


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    Bio

    Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is an award-winning physician, researcher and advocate dedicated to changing the way our society responds to one of the most serious, expensive and widespread public health crises of our time: childhood trauma. She was appointed as California’s first-ever Surgeon General by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019. Dr. Burke Harris’ career has been dedicated to serving vulnerable communities and combating the root causes of health disparities. After completing her residency at Stanford, she founded a clinic in one of San Francisco’s most underserved communities, Bayview Hunters Point. It was there that Burke Harris observed that, despite the implementation of national best-practices for immunizations, asthma, obesity treatment and other preventive health measures, her patients still faced outsized risks for poor health, development and behavioral outcomes.





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    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. She came to ETR from AIDS United, where she served as Senior Vice President, guiding strategic programming for the organization, garnering public and private resources for programs, leading efforts to measure and document program outcomes, and developing an expanded portfolio on the translation of science to community. Prior to her work at AIDS United, Dr. Charles developed and rigorously evaluated innovative, theory- and evidence-based sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention programs. She has focused her professional work on issues that disproportionately impact politically disenfranchised communities, with a focus on urban sexual and reproductive health and an emphasis on HIV prevention.






  • Description

    TECHnically Black: An unapologetic conversation with young black leaders about how technology has increased youth activism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Through this conversation, we aim to amplify youth voices in the BLM movement, define how it’s a public health issue as well, and highlight the use of tech and social media that have been critical in mobilizing communities in the US and around the globe.


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    Bio

    Christopher Walker is a project coordinator at ETR. In his role, he coordinates and provides logistical support for several projects on the HIV, Sexual & Reproductive Health services team. With a passion for education, training, and research Chris has six years of experience of working in HIV / STI Prevention. His career began in college while attending the University of Memphis. During his time there he worked with several campus organizations assisting them in creating on campus HIV/STI testing events, and educational forums on cultural inclusivity. Shortly after graduation he moved to Dallas, Texas and took his learned skills to the non-profit world. He was a field supervisor for the CDC funded National HIV Behavioral Surveillance and has experience working directly with marginalized communities. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public health.





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    As the Founder and CEO of Black Advocates Leading Revolutions, BALR.Life, Coronado “Cody Lopez” Dyer is fully committed to addressing the social determinates of health with a specific focus on the economic development of LGBTQ communities in Maryland and across the country. With the creation of BALR.Life, Dyer has been able to create a national pipeline for emerging social justice activist and entrepreneurs to hone their advocacy skills through in person and online workshops culminating in a 4-day skills-building retreat. With a progressive understanding of human sexuality and gender expression, Dyer uses his unique perspective on sexual and reproductive health to educate youth about a wide range of topics including HIV prevention and treatment, bio-medical and behavioral interventions, and communication skills.





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    Joy Barnes is a rising public health professional and social justice activist in Baltimore, MD, serving as both a health advocate and spoken word artist in the DMV. Joy joined the Baltimore City Health Department in 2018 as the Behavioral Health Fellow and serves today as a member of the Overdose Prevention Team as the Opioid Fatality Review Coordinator. Originally from Prince Georges County, she works by day to implement programs that improve community access to resources and address social barriers to health access. She is passionate not only about health equity, and substance use disorder but also food insecurity and self-sufficiency. Joy is also a freelance poet and former teaching artist in Baltimore City, working primarily with high school-aged youth with DewMore Baltimore to provide social justice poetry clubs to schools throughout Baltimore.






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    The time is NOW. Compelling youth leadership during this defining moment in climate history. Join these youth leaders as they share their activism, leadership and innovative use of technology in the fight against climate change.


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    Sohayla Eldeeb is a freshman at Stanford University who also serves as the Zero Hour Director of Global Outreach and Relations in hopes of furthering Zero Hour’s mission and platform across the world. Zero Hour is a youth-led movement that has organized a march and lobby day in Washington D.C. and around the world in over 25 locations. She manages over 200 chapters around the world including ones in Iran, Colombia, India, Kenya, Australia etc. Zero Hour’s inter-sectional platform focuses on the true meaning of climate justice: equity, racial justice, and economic justice. Since Washington DC, Zero Hour has launched into a prominent, national youth climate movement that has put on a Youth Climate Summit in Miami, Florida, led impactful social media campaigns, testified before Congress, and most recently helped coordinate the strikes around the world.





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    Natalie is on the board of directors of the Power Shift Network and Young Voices for the Planet. She is an adult mentor for the international youth climate organization Zero Hour, serving on the advocacy and finance teams. Natalie works with youth across the country to build a powerful and inclusive movement of activists leading the way to a just and sustainable future. Natalie is the co-founder of the National Children’s Campaign and is the vice president of government relations and public policy. She was the dirty fuels lobbyist for the national Sierra Club from 2015 until July of 2019, fighting the expansion of oil, gas, and pipelines and working to protect public lands. Today, as the U.S. policy director of 350.org, she works to influence our federal government to phase out fossil fuels and justly transition to an economy run by 100% clean and renewable energy.





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    Holding degrees in both environmental and feminist studies, Jessica is a long-time advocate for the connections between gender and climate change. She is the Senior Climate Lead for the Sierra Club’s Gender Equity and Environment Program where she works for justice-centered human mobility and young feminist action.






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    Giving a nod to NOD: A COVID responsive app for youth mental health.


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    Bio

    Caroline Fitzgerald, MScOT is a Project Lead at Hopelab, a social innovation lab focused on designing science based technology to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. Caroline’s favorite work moments are when the right process combines with the right people to yield unanticipated possibilities. She works on our project team weaving together tools from systems thinking, human centered design, and research to take our understanding of problems and solutions to new places. Before Hopelab, Caroline worked for nine years as an Occupational Therapist alongside people with serious mental illness. For those of you who like a scientific analysis, a well-validated tool has determined- curiosity, fairness, and hope are her top character strengths.






10:45am PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Hello? Operator? I’d like some information please! Using chatbots and virtual reality to better serve young people

10:45am - 12:00pm PDT


Healthcare innovators have incorporated virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) and digital platforms to help young people access youth-centered and on-demand health information. In this panel, you’ll learn how healthcare providers use VR to expand their understanding of young peoples’ primary care needs, how educators have teamed up with chatbots to respond to young peoples’ sexual health questions, how a trusted reproductive health program went digital, and how YOU can share knowledge about self-managed abortion. Leaders from Jhpiego, Planned Parenthood, Plan C and Pro Mujer will share what they are doing to actively engage young people using technology.


4 Subsessions


  • Description

    How can a sex ed chat bot support a live chat experience? And how can a live chat experience help a chat bot? Learn how Planned Parenthood uses an AI-powered chat bot alongside their live health educator-powered Chat/Text program to provide an improved user experience and increase scalable reach, particularly for younger teens. Our two national interactive chat programs integrate to create a cohesive ecosystem to best answer young people’s sexual health questions. Chat/Text is a longstanding, live hotline where educators use instant or text messaging to answer sexual health questions. Roo is a chat bot designed to reach 13-17 year olds. We will discuss what we’ve found for escalating conversations from bot to educator, how young people interact with each when they escalate, and what we have been finding about what works and doesn’t.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Nicole Levitz (she/her) directs Planned Parenthood’s Chat/Text program and supports use of science-informed practice across the national office. Nicole previously managed the design and evaluation of a contraceptive counseling program as a Research Scientist at New York University's Silver School of Social Work. Before that she 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.





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    Winston Ford (He/Him) is currently a Product Manager in the Digital Products Lab at Planned Parenthood. Ford leads the lead product strategy, and engineering for Roo, the award-winning AI-powered Chatbot which provides sexual health information for teens aged 13-19. Prior to this position, Winston worked at the ACLU alongside a team of engineers and designers to enhance that organization's digital fundraising and communication platforms. In addition, Winston served as a product manager and tech lead at Zera, an AI-powered chatbot that allowed users to search for real estate in NYC and Wisk Solutions, a B2B startup focused on the restaurant industry. Outside of work, Winston is an avid music listener and aspiring DJ. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.






  • Description

    Pro Mujer in 30 years has focused on providing education and preventative healthcare for women as a tool for empowerment. Starting 2020 we have defined a bold new strategy with the goal of transforming primary healthcare for women in Latin America. We are building an integral healthcare & wellness model, through a digitally enabled delivery platform for facilitating education, prevention and access to high-quality low cost services. A one-stop-shop for health, that can be accessed through three channels: digital, physical spaces and community network


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    Fernanda Díaz de la Vega is the Global Health Programs Coordinator at Pro Mujer. She holds a Master’s of Public Policy with certification in Public Health from the University of Chicago. She has ample experience in design and implementation of health programs, she spent a year in India advising local governments on Public Policy design and before joining Pro Mujer, she served as an advisor to the Minister of Health in Mexico.






  • Description

    We need a Plan C! What is a self-managed abortion, and why do we not know about it? This workshop will highlight abortion pill access in the United States including where to find them online, discuss how self-managed abortion fits within the current sociopolitical landscape, and train you to become a Plan C “Ambassador of Information” - how we can reclaim bodily autonomy using our technology and our networks.


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    Bio

    Rachel L. Dyer, M.S. is the Ambassadors of Information Program Manager with Plan C where she has been developing the program since the summer of 2019. Rachel is also a PhD student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a scholar-activist, Rachel works for sexual and reproductive health, rights, and equity in her clinical work, research, and advocacy efforts.






  • Description

    With accessible 360-degree video and virtual reality technologies emerging, we are now able to fully immerse health care providers into a youth’s world, supporting increased awareness, sensitivity, and empathy. Understanding the youth perspective – including their values, challenges, needs, and desires – is crucial for improving the quality and uptake of essential primary healthcare services. We believe that the benefits of an immersive experience with 360-degree video and virtual reality technology can be applied to improve the design and implementation of respectful, person-centered interventions. This technology also provides an opportunity to design unique learning experiences, wherein providers are fully immersed into a youth’s world, supporting the development of increased awareness, sensitivity, and empathy.


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    Bio

    Erica Troncoso works at Jhpiego, a global health non-profit organization that focuses on saving lives, improving health, and transforming futures of women and families in developing countries. Working across the spectrum of emerging technologies, Erica focuses on implementing innovations in low-resource health care settings, particularly within areas of family planning, maternal health, and HIV treatment/prevention. She actively works with new technology interventions to solve health care problems faced every day by those with the most need.





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    Meghan Greeley is a nurse practitioner and public health expert with over 15 years of global health experience. She currently serves as Jhpiego’s Adolescent Health Advisor and provides technical leadership and implementation support for Jhpiego’s adolescent and youth health (AYH) portfolio. Ms. Greeley leads and supports specific technical focus areas and innovative programmatic models for Jhpiego country programs and partners; strengthens Jhpiego’s institutional capability to address AYH globally; and expands Jhpiego’s AYH portfolio in the service of the partners and communities.






10:45am PDT

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Intro to Usability Testing and Design Research: How to create products that meet people's needs and values

10:45am - 12:00pm PDT


Curious about usability testing for your projects but not sure how to get started? This workshop will introduce the basics of usability testing and design research - how to conduct quick, sound user tests to improve your products and gain an understanding of your audience. Learn about important user testing techniques and how to make sure you center the needs of those you're designing for. This session is ideal for those new to design research and usability testing and want to ensure that what they create will resonate with and positively impact others. What we’ll cover * What is usability testing and design research? Why are they important when creating solutions? * Learn how YTH’s “In The Know” sexual health app leveraged usability testing with youth to ensure its concept is youth-centered, valuable, and positively impacts teens * Breakout sessions to practice usability testing techniques with fellow attendees


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Bio

Jun is a Designer and Researcher at Sutherland Labs with a background in Visual Communication and Psychology. He is especially passionate about using design to improve health and wellness services. Previous work includes partnership with YTH on a project to test the "In the Know," a relationship and sexual wellness app for high school aged youth as well as helping companies uncover design needs in the healthcare space, including physical therapy and eye care.





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Eric is a Service Designer & Researcher at Sutherland Labs with 12+ years of healthcare experience spanning the provider, payor, and pharmaceutical verticals. He is passionate about understanding unmet needs through ethnographic research and creating services and solutions that people are excited to use. Prior to joining Sutherland Labs, Eric most recently worked at the Kaiser Permanente Garfield Innovation Center where he tackled a variety of healthcare challenges such as reimagining and redesigning the home care experience from the ground up and helping envision a new clinic experience to reflect the values and needs of local members.





12:15pm PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Paging Dr. Zoom! Addressing ethical mental health care in a virtual world

12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT


What if access to mental health support could literally be at your fingertips? As innovators tap into the potential of apps for mental health, concerns about design and regulation have emerged. In this panel, you will learn about the current difficulties in providing mental health care to youth and concerns about providing support on applications, and ways to evaluate existing applications. You’ll also hear from innovators of two apps: one that facilitates peer-to-peer group therapy, and another targeting mental health crises during COVID-19.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Millions of young people in America are impacted by mental illness each year, and there is a serious unmet need for mental health treatment among youth. At the same time, nearly all U.S. teens have access to a smartphone and almost half say they are online on an almost constant basis. What if we could leverage the technology of smartphones to support youth mental health? There are thousands of mental health apps available for download, which provide support in a range of ways. Regulation for these products, however, is lacking and it can be challenging to separate the good from the bad. This presentation will provide some guidelines for navigating the mental health app marketplace, using an evaluation structure proposed by PsyberGuide, a Project of One Mind, a non-profit website providing reviews of mental health apps.


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    Bio

    Martha Neary is the Project Manager of PsyberGuide, a Project of One Mind, a non-profit website providing reviews of mental health apps, based at the University of California, Irvine. Martha received her B.A. in Psychology from University College Dublin and her M.Sc. in Atypical Child Development from Queen’s University, Belfast. Prior to joining PsyberGuide, Martha managed an NIMH-funded study exploring mood and behavior in young children. Before moving from Ireland to Chicago in 2015, Martha worked with the Growing Up in Ireland Study, a longitudinal cohort study of over 20,000 young people in Ireland. She has also worked on a study exploring healthcare utilization experiences of young people with ADHD, and in a more practical capacity in special needs education and student support services. Martha’s broad research interests include healthcare disparities among minority populations, the integration of technology into mental health interventions, and early education.






  • Description

    Start with our findings from patients, psychiatrists, therapists, administrators and more regarding what they believe to be missing from the current state of our mental healthcare system. These findings include the Customer Discovery Research we conducted alongside Rutgers University and The National Science Foundation. We would then segway into our proposed solution, that we have devised: The Solace App, which is a peer-to-peer anonymous group chat therapy platform. We just released this app for free to the entire United States, with most of our marketing targeting college students. We will demonstrate how the app works as well as how it addresses the issues that we discovered in our research. Then we will go on to describe where we see the future of the application, including partnerships we plan on pursuing. We hope that people will learn from the research we conducted. We also intend to collect feedback for the app.


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    Bio

    Laurent Shiels, CEO + Co-Founder - Laurent founded the company due to the issues he has faced when trying to get treatment either by the state or his school. Laurent also has a large amount of experience in the technology and business field. He has taught a summer coding course to underprivileged high school students at Kean University. He has interned at Newark Venture Partners where he was responsible for acquiring multi-billion dollar clients for one of the startups in their cohorts.





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    James Harrison, VP of Product + Co-Founder - James is a former engineering student with a passion for art and design, garnering multiple design awards from a partnership with a major toy manufacturer. He also has experience working in law offices for attorneys practicing commercial litigation. He has struggled with addiction and mental illness, which has sparked his motivation for providing services to help those dealing with adversities similar to those which he has faced.





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    Nick has been programming for nearly 15 years – writing his first HTML powered website listing favorite books when he was eight years old. Since then, he graduated from the Rutgers Honors College in 3 years with a degree in bioinformatics while working on engineering projects for Fortune 500 companies. He saved AstraZeneca $10,000/year by restructuring data pipelines at the Frederick, MD manufacturing facility. While doing research in bioinformatics, Nick built an ML tool for classifying metagenomes and published a paper on his work. The tool has been used by scientists in dozens of labs around the world.






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    In October 2019 volunteers across Google joined with The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ+ youth crisis intervention and sucicide prevention non-profit, in a 6 month fellowship with the goal of ending LGBTQ+ youth suicide. In this talk we’ll review the collaboration process between the two organizations, building out new functions for The Trevor Project and lessons learned in creating a strong, collaborative and blended team.


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    Allie Miller is a User Researcher at Google with previous ux research experience at Twitter and Facebook.






12:15pm PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Let’s Get Digital! Sex education through social media, digital storytelling, and film

12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT


Move over, boring reproductive anatomy worksheets, let’s get digital! In this panel, you’ll learn about exciting ways that young people and sexuality educators are working together to facilitate digital storytelling and creating apps, films, and a webseries to deliver honest and culturally relevant sex education. Watch film and webisode clips, and learn about how youth have created digital stories to increase condom use among their peers.


4 Subsessions


  • Description

    With over 70% of the world’s youth online, it is not surprising that many are turning to digital spaces to seek information about sex and relationships. With the emergence of increasing apps, web pages, chat groups, social media sites and social media influencers, the sexuality education landscape is changing. Yet much remains unknown about opportunities and challenges for using digital spaces for delivering sexuality education. This presentation presents the findings of a desk-review summarizing the state of the evidence for delivering sexuality education through digital spaces, and uncovering risks and considerations. It also presents the results of research asking young people about their needs, wants and experiences when it comes to seeking information about sex and relationships in digital spaces. This presentation is of interest to those seeking to create platforms that are accurate, effective and evidence based, as well as responsive to what young people need.


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    Sally is a Programme Specialist in the Section of Health and Education at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. She has worked in research and programming in the area of prevention education and has designed and implemented programmes in a range of countries in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on comprehensive sexuality education. With UNESCO, her current work is seeking to explore the potential for delivering education about bodies, sex and relationships through digital spaces and how this can compliment traditional classroom teaching.






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    It's time for comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) to go beyond EBIs and step outside of the classroom! In 2018 the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies rebranded its sexual health and positive youth development (PYD) programs under one umbrella, Catapult. In 2019 we released short films to introduce Catapult and its unique CSE pillars, which are Action (social justice), Education (sexual health), Feeling (emotional well-being) and Growth (positive youth development and goal-setting). In this session watch excerpts from the film and learn how we utilized a creative product to: 1) bring to life more static themes in the curriculum, as well as relevant issues we observed in the classroom; 2) tap into new networks and “influencers” through youth and staff involved in the production; and 3) provide multiple options to educators through a project that can be combined and separated in various ways for different audiences and amounts of time.


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    Bio

    Iman is the Director of Media & Communications at the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES). She holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an MFA from Columbia University. As a filmmaker and communications professional in public health, Iman has had an intersectional career with a through line of promoting optimal health for all. As a writer, director and editor, she has created over 50 short films and PSAs and three feature films (narrative and documentary). She has also implemented multiple health prevention programs. In 2016 she was selected as a participant in Spitfire's Executive Training Program and the inaugural cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leader's program, and she received the New Orleans-based Millennial Award in the Changemaker category. Iman has further experience in graphic design, photography, curriculum development, focus group facilitation, positive youth development, participatory action research, and media literacy.






  • Description

    The presenters will walk you through the social media component of Kaiser Permanente's STD prevention program. Watch the newest webisode “Homecoming Part 1”, participate in a "live feed" Q&A and learn how Instagram’s latest features are utilized to increase engagement.


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    April is a Program Supervisor for Southern California’s Educational Theatre. April directs the STD prevention program, "What Goes Around." Celebrating its 12 year serving over 600 high schools, the program has seen over half a million students in Southern California. The program’s focus is to educate students on sexual health, STD prevention, and to normalize the process of getting tested. April has also launched social media initiatives to provide students continued access to Kaiser Permanente health educators, prevention information, and testing resources. April graduated with an MFA in Theatre Arts from California State University Fullerton and a BA from California State University Northridge, Department of Theatre. She is currently a co-chair on the board at Cornerstone Theatre and the Associate Producer/Production Coordinator for the Highland Park Independent Film Festival.





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    Ray Auxais has been an Actor Health Educator for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre for 14 years. He started with the Conflict Management program, then joined the STD & HIV Prevention Program, What Goes Around, in 2007. In 2011, MTV execs invited him to educate their writers and producers on responsibly addressing sexual issues on their tv programming. Ray recently appeared on a 30-minute news segment in Bakersfield advocating for the STD & HIV Prevention Program in Bakersfield. Subsequently, Kern County Public Health Department asked Ray to consult on their “Don’t Think, Know” campaign. Ray has been featured in a dozen publications this year alone advocating the great work of Kaiser Permanente in the community. An experienced actor with a BFA in Acting, Ray has appeared on numerous television shows like: Grace and Frankie, Bones, Parenthood, CSI- NY, Hanna Montana, Entourage and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.






  • Description

    According to a Youth Risk Behavior Survey, in 2011 Condom use amongst Adolescents increased from 46.2% to 60.2%. Despite this increase, Black males had a lower rate of condom use as compared to their white counterparts (62.4% vs 63.3%). Though the difference is minimal, Blacks in the United States have higher rates of sexually transmitted infections. These differences are in part due to systemic, structural, individual and partner-level factors that can impact access to condoms, condom negotiation, and condom use. This presentation will discuss the use of a community-based participatory approach to create digital stories and use social media engagement to raise awareness about condom use.


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    Mom (Nini) TatahMentan, is a doctoral student at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is has experience and is passionate about monitoring and evaluation, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive, and health communication.






12:15pm PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Nothing about us without us: Centering young people in public health product design

12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT


Creating appropriate, engaging, and informative materials for young people is a daunting task, but what better way to start than listening to them? How can continued feedback promote engagement and investment in educational media? In this session, learn how experts have incorporated the desires and opinions of young people in developing products, including a workshop on user testing. You will also hear how interaction and user feedback can be continuously incorporated into the design of webcomics, apps, and online group discussions!


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    There are many period tracker apps on the market, but Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s app, Spot On, is different. This newly redesigned app is not just a period tracker, but is also a birth control tracker that helps users stay on top of their method, reproductive health educator, and health care provider connector, all from the expertise and care of Planned Parenthood. Come learn how Spot On was developed, how it’s being used, and how you can integrate what we’ve learned into your work.


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    Cheyanda Onuoha (she/her) serves as the Associate Director, Learning Engagement & Special Projects on the Education team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Cheyanda’s work focuses on the provision of subject matter expertise to sex education-related national communications and digital products, as well as the development and monitoring of federation-wide digital educational content. She also oversees PPFA’s HIV Prevention Initiative Project aimed at developing intentional health campaigns and improving HIV prevention services for cis and trans women of color. Cheyanda is an avid podcast listener, self-described foodie, and cinephile. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.






  • Description

    The young adult (YA) publishing genre is fast-growing yet is the most banned because it tackles some of the most challenging public health issues with a young audience (13 Reasons Why, anyone?). YA books and webcomics are unafraid to talk about sexual and reproductive health. How can we use not only YA fiction but interactive and immersive YA fiction to engage teenagers in these topics? This presentation will be using Novelly's interactive YA webcomic, Layla's Last Week, as an example. We will go over how the human-centered design shaped every aspect of Layla's Last Week, demo the webcomic, and present its impact on users.


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    Anna Gabriella Casalme is dedicated to creating a genuinely youth-driven civic engagement experience. She brings over 5 years of experience at the intersection of child health and well-being, design thinking, and technology. She has previously worked at AltaMed Health Services, the California Planned Parenthood Education Fund and the School-Based Health Alliance. She completed her MSc in Childhood Studies from the University of Edinburgh, where she was a Rotary Maternal and Child Health Scholar and a Saltire Scholar. She received her B.A. in Human Biology and interdisciplinary honors in Education from Stanford University.






  • Description

    Audience response systems, AKA audience polling software, aren’t new but they are considerably underutilized. There are more applications of audience polling software than just aggregating answers to true-or-false questions or making a word cloud. What if we could use it to facilitate things far more constructive? We've developed an approach to youth group facilitation that uses audience response systems to foster social learning, psychoeducational processing, and the safe sharing of personal experiences. In any group-level setting, it can be a struggle to get past adolescents’ reluctance to participate openly and honestly when it comes to addressing topics around sex, substance use, sexual violence, racism, harassment, and health. This fact inhibits the quality and depth of a group-level examination of important topics. But not only can audience response systems increase the quality of participation, they elicit their peers' perspectives, not the facilitator’s.


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    Kenny has worked in the public health field for nearly 25 years specializing in working with service organizations to develop innovative, engaging, and respectful new-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 outreach to vulnerable populations that ultimately informed the CDC’s formal guidance. Kenny has since become a pioneer in using new media social marketing for health promotion and behavior change. In 2010 he developed an innovative adolescent-health behavioral intervention program that serves multiple functions in one implementation, including building agency capacity to partner with youth in the design, production, and dissemination of digital health messaging and marketing materials. Kenny travels the U.S. lecturing and training on the evolving social media landscape and helping providers find opportunities to use new media to promote teen health.






12:15pm PDT

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: A Game of Choice, Not Chance: Building an immersive decision-making tool for adolescents

12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT


A Game of Choice, Not Chance is a pilot program in India where researchers, behavior change experts, partnership professionals, and designers and developers are developing a role play scenario-based game targeted to girls 15-19 to simulate outcomes of decisions and choices through an avatar that could result in pregnancy, unwanted early marriage, or alternatively, the completion of education, fulfillment of career goals, and/or desired marriage and family. Participants in this session will gain an insiders perspective of the first three stages of a video game design and development process: the inquiry & discovery phase; and the pre-production and production phases and be able to assess whether or not elements of game play and game mechanics may be applied in their own work.


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Susan Howard is a behavioral scientist, educator, and innovator who teaches, mentors, and creates at the nexus of academia, industry, and entrepreneurship. She combines theories from behavioral and social sciences with best practices in game-based learning technologies, human-centered design, social marketing, and business innovations to design solutions that address health and environmental issues, internationally. Howard is a business owner and entrepreneur, having secured and managed over $20 million in funding to globally design and implement programs and projects that embody a systems-approach to problem-solving including leveraging the link between mobile access, direct-to-consumer innovations and adolescent reproductive health; highlighting the connection between environmental change and infectious diseases through game-based learning; ensuring integration of nutrition and agriculture in infants and young children; incorporating market-based approaches to family planning and reproductive health including social franchising and microenterprises; and capitalizing on consumer insights to mobilize health access and product uptake.





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Sid Banerjee is an entrepreneur and thought leader in the field of Applied Gaming and Virtual Reality. His visionary & pioneering work as the CEO of Indusgeeks has positioned the company as a leader in Game-Based & Virtual Reality Training. Indusgeeks has received multiple awards, including The Brandon-Hall Gold Award for “Best Use of Games & Simulations for Learning”. Sid’s a founding Board Member of NASSCOM’s Applied Gaming, Special Interest Group (SIG), working with governments & the gaming industry worldwide to formulate key policies that are directly transforming the applied gaming ecosystem. Sid spotted the market for 'Immersive-Internet' technologies in late 2006 and left Deloitte to start Indusgeeks in 2007. In 2015, Sid co-founded Simtabs with a team from Stanford University, to transform healthcare training using cutting edge technologies. Sid is a passionate evangelist for the medium and has been invited to speak at various events and summits.





1:45pm PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: From TikTok to teletherapy: Connection in the time of COVID-19

1:45pm - 3:00pm PDT


The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused enormous shifts in all aspects of daily life. It has created many challenges: to individuals and families directly affected by illness, isolation and economic hardship; in healthcare to safely manage increased demand amidst massive supply shortages; and to sex educators that had to pivot their work as schools shut down. Addressing COVID-19 and creating safety for our global community requires innovation, teamwork and fearlessness. In this panel, learn how web and game developers, strong youth networks, and youth-serving organizations leveraged existing resources and developed new tools to respond to COVID-19. Hear what they have learned in the pandemic so far, and how they envision handling this crisis moving forward.


5 Subsessions


  • Description

    Field Ready’s response to COVID-19 was strikingly simple and effective. As supply chains broke down in early 2020 and travel ground to a halt, frontline workers needed PPE and youth unemployment spiraled. Field Ready immediately activated it’s network of FabLabs, makerspaces and communities in approximately 12 countries, to start making needed items locally. Mainly working directly with youths (18-35), Field Ready used digital tech to reach out, skill up and network youths globally in order to rapidly prototype, test and manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) on a massive scale. Tech played a vital role in this emergency response in four key ways: crowdsourced forums for designs, digital fabrication tools, GIS mapping and remote management and training. Online design forums, such as humanitarianmaking.org were leveraged to crowdsource designs. Digital Fabrication tools enabled Field Ready technicians in Bosnia, Jordan and the UK to collaborate on designs in realtime in order to finalize designs of key PPE items. GIS mapping enabled youths to find spaces with the necessary equipment and networked local manufacturers with communities in need. Remote management and training for makerspaces and FabLabs, allowed them to make items in a safe and standard way. The impact of this initiative is more than the thousands of physical pieces of essential equipment produced. It is a connected, informed community of youths working together across the globe to meet the needs they saw in their communities.


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    Bio

    Claire Louise Travers is an experience humanitarian aid worker, with 8 years experience in emergency preparedness and response in over 20 countries worldwide. In her role at Field Ready, Claire oversees all monitoring and evaluation across 12+ countries on projects relating to quality assurance for localized manufacturing and assessments of local capacity and market systems. Claire is a fierce advocate for the localization agenda and is passionate about fostering a more ethical aid sector through careful and critical appraisal and capturing best practice in emerging contexts. She holds a double Masters in International Humanitarian Action from the NOHA network in Uppsala Universität Sweden, a Postgraduate Specialization Humanitarian Analysis and Intervention Design from Rijkuniversitet Groningen, a visiting scholarship to Columbia University, New York, and a BA in Philosophy and History of Ideas from Cardiff University.






  • Description

    Throw out your dated ideas of sex education. Our program provides comprehensive sexual health education to middle and high school aged students. We teach a wide array of topics from family and life planning, what consent looks and sounds like, and signs of unhealthy relationships to human trafficking, accessing sexual health resources, and how to protect yourself against pregnancy and STI’s. Like many others we were stopped in our tracks as COVID took over. We were given a mere three weeks to transform our fully in person curriculum to an asynchronous online platform. This switch handed us the challenge of how to continue engagement with the students. This led us to the use of the new social media giant TikTok. Join us to learn how we incorporated this new platform into our education model, along with our successes and setbacks and everything in between.


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    Bio

    Alyssa Pickard received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2019 from Point Loma Nazarene University. At this institution, she studied sexual attitudes and decision-making in conservative populations, the gendered impact of global policies, the value of the femme-presenting body in pop culture, and trauma-informed group facilitation and crisis management. Alyssa is passionate about creating trauma-informed, culturally-competent sex education classrooms and advocating to ensure that policies and systems outside the classroom reflect those same values. Alyssa currently works for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program at San Diego Youth Services as a sex educator for middle school and high school students.





    Bio

    Nicole Villa received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Northern Arizona University in 2019. During her studies, she focused on preventative health care and the steps and actions that need to be taken to promote and protect the health of people and the communities they live in. Her studies also focused on how a person’s behaviors affect their health outcomes and what individuals can do to ensure their behaviors are in line with their health goals. Nicole is trained in motivational interviewing which helps as a guide in coaching individuals through a behavior change that can positively impact their overall health and wellbeing. Using these skills, Nicole currently works for San Diego Youth Services as a sexual health educator providing middle and high school studies with the knowledge to make informed decisions that can positively impact their health.





    Bio

    Andrea Chacon is a fervent sexual health educator who received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from San Diego State University in 2016. She strives to provide quality support to people in any capacity and saw the extent to that when hired onto San Diego Youth Services’ Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Two years into becoming a prevention specialist, Andrea has facilitated a comprehensive sex education to over 1,500 students at 10 different schools. This work instilled a passion for sexual health and reproductive justice that couldn’t have been ignited otherwise. With this drive, she hopes to create an inclusive, trauma-informed space for youth to think about how they can best protect their sexual health and well-being. In her spare time, Andrea likes to listen to music, cook for her friends and family, and spend time with her newly adopted dog Otis.






  • Description

    The COVID pandemic has changed the lives of everyone, including students who are now schooling at home with their families. In addition to this shift, many families, particularly those of minority groups, have faced significant and silent hardship as they shelter in place. Social determinants of health have taken an additional toll as the pandemic evolves. In March 2020, Reclaiming Futures (NGO) used their existing partnership with digital health company Tickit Health and relationships with school-based health support programs in three states (Vermont, Louisiana and Washington), to create a new tool, “Here to Help, Let’s Connect” to provide personalized support to families (parents/caregivers, and students) impacted by COVID-19 with issues they are facing. This innovative new tool focuses on general health (including exposure to COVID-19, loss of a loved one and access to health services), mental health, food and safety, and financial issues. As well as receiving tips and affirmation, the tool provides optional links to local support services and an opportunity to connect via telehealth to a counsellor for one-on-one support. Tickit has incorporated a Digital Empathy framework into its interactive digital tools with clear, accessible design that gives respondents agency in how they want to proceed and anonymity if desired. The uniquely client-centered tool also captures high quality actionable data to inform policy and allows organizations to triage and support through telehealth. Results of the June launch will be presented at the conference.


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    Bio

    Dr Sandy Penn Whitehouse, is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada. Her past work as Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Dept., and Provincial Lead for Youth Transition provided a strong foundation in healthcare services leadership. Sandy’s passion to improve outcomes led her to Co-Found Tickit Health, a digital health company with the goal to improve communication between patients and providers, particularly for vulnerable populations. Tickit is based on three pillars; usable, accessible design to engage all people as partners in care, easy to use live data for health care providers and organizations, and flexible, simple integration into healthcare systems .





    Bio

    Evan Elkin is Executive Director of Reclaiming Futures – a national public health organization focused on improving equity and justice in youth serving systems including schools, child welfare and juvenile justice systems. He is a nationally respected innovator and leader in the field of juvenile justice reform, adolescent and family mental health, substance use treatment and youth development. Originally trained as a psychologist at New York University and Columbia University’s Department of Child Psychiatry, and the director of the Department of Planning and Innovation at the Vera Institute of Justice in NYC. Evan is the model developer for the acclaimed Adolescent Portable Therapy treatment model which was a finalist for the Harvard Innovations in Government Award. He has worked extensively in tribal and non-tribal youth justice settings, schools and in child welfare settings helping to advance public health, equity and social justice through innovation and the development of evidence-based practices.






  • Description

    The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced many organisations to adapt their way of working, not only due to the challenges of global lock-down measures, but also in the light of the vast spread of misinformation, rumours and fake news that endangers the health of (young) people globally. RNW Media is a non-profit organisation that builds digital communities for social change in restrictive settings. Through digital platforms like websites, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, millions of young people access reliable information and engage in dialogue on their needs and aspirations. In the past few months, RNW Media’s programmes have gone through a fast adaptation process to be able to deliver reliable and fact-based information around COVID-19. To counter the spread of misinformation, RNW Media has started applying social listening as a methodology to identify and monitor emerging COVID-19 rumours on Twitter. The resulting insights provide input for interventions and campaigns aimed to raise awareness around the health risks that stem from misinformation on COVID-19. This presentation will dig deeper into the challenges and opportunities that COVID-19 presents to organisations that use technology to advance the health of young people around the world, and looks specifically at social listening as a promising methodology to support online interventions in engaging with young people across social media, responding to emerging trends, and influencing online dialogue.


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    Elianne Anemaat is a research, 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.






  • Description

    At GRID we create digital games offer a platform to educate, engage and empower our players in an effective manner. We believe in the saying “Tell me, & I will forget, show me, & I may remember, involve me, & I will understand” Confucius. The first version of CoronaCombat was created in 9 days using our internal funds and launched on April 10th. Since it's launch, the game has reached 1000 people with no marketing budget. CoronaCombat was translated into Urdu through a grant provided by American Pakistani Foundation. CoronaCombat has received immense attention since its launch, including a shout out by Chelsea Clinton on Twitter, as well as media coverage by ABC News in the United States. Stopping the spread of coronavirus demands that we meet people where they are: on their screens. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, better awareness, through entertainment, could be a key strategy for successful intervention.


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    Bio

    Mariam Nusrat is the Founder of the social venture GRID - Gaming Revolution for Inspiring/International Development, and an international development practitioner. Under GRID, Mariam is working towards mainstreaming video games as a medium for behavior change. Mariam has presented GRID at several high level forums including, two sessions moderated by President Clinton at CGIU Meetings, at the World Bank OLC Launch with President Jim Kim and two Tedx events in DC. She is also the recipient of the CGIU Honor Roll Alum award, 2018 AdamStart Entrepreneurship Award, 2015 Andrew E. Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation by the Society of International Development, the Knapp Fellowship and the GWU Public-Service Grant Commission Award. Since it’s launch GRID has received extensive media attention with articles in Huffington Post, Washington Post, Daily Mail UK, Yahoo News and other mainstream news channels and was included in DC Inno's 50 on Fire companies.






1:45pm PDT

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Social Technology Innovation Mini-Accelerator: Join Headstream Innovators to rapidly build tech solutions that support young people's social development and wellbeing

1:45pm - 3:00pm PDT


Growing up is tricky. In the last decade, technology has added an additional layer of complexity that teens, caring adults, and the creators of social technologies haven’t quite mastered. Over the last two years, Headstream, an innovation program, has been working to change that by working with teens, adolescent health experts, educators, investors and a cohort of 15 entrepreneurs to build social technologies that support meaningful relationships, help teens find support, and develop critical social and emotional skills. We are particularly focused on solutions that support the needs of LGBTQ+ teens, teens of color, and teen girls. Join us for a unique opportunity to work with a group of innovators to help shape their solutions for teen digital wellbeing. During this workshop, we will run a mini-accelerator where your expertise, ideas, and experience will help guide these innovators to build inclusive, impactful, engaging and evidence-backed social technologies.


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Bio

David leads SecondMuse’s Headstream Accelerator, a multi-year program focused on sourcing and scaling innovations that address the complex intersection of technology and wellbeing for adolescents. Over the last decade, David has worked with more than 50 social entrepreneurs solving environmental and social challenges around the globe. He continues leading that work at SecondMuse, collaborating with industry, governments, and funders to scale these impactful innovations. In between leading the short-handed SecondMuse basketball team, David strives for sleeping at least 30 nights under the stars every year. He has an MBA from the University of North Carolina and an MVG (Most Valuable Gringo) award from the Nicaraguan Baseball League.





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In his role at Grit Digital Health, Andrew inspires and guides the design of user-centered solutions across technology mediums and industry verticals. With a background in experience design and software development, Andrew and his team strive to develop wellbeing products that are rooted in research, behavior design, and business strategy.





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Annie Brown is the founder of Lips, an AI and blockchain-enabled social commerce platform for women and LGBTQIA+ creators.





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Elliot Taylor is the Founder and Executive Director of Live For Tomorrow, a not-for-profit on a mission to prevent suicide on social media. Their flagship product, Live For Tomorrow Chat, is the first and only organised human response to crisis posts online. Beginning with a simple idea, the service has supported thousands of young people in over 55 countries. Elliot has over a decade of experience in youth development and is passionate about social entrepreneurship, community building and using technology for social good. He was formerly General Manager of award-winning youth organisation Zeal, out of which Live For Tomorrow was born.





8:15am PDT

MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION SESSION

8:15am - 8:45pm PDT

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Bio

Her research focuses on relationship-centered methods that address adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress and trauma and innovations that promote resiliency and healing among youth, families, and communities. She specializes in school-based trauma-informed approaches. Her current projects include providing training and technical assistance on the About Us Healthy Relationships Program for Vulnerable Youth, disseminating findings from ETR’s annual Kirby Summit, and integrating trauma-informed approaches into ETR’s curricula, trainings, and research. Dr. Guinosso is also a key member of ETR’s K12T9 Initiative, where she leads workshops on how K-12 schools can use a trauma-informed lens to bolster their responses to sexual and gender-based harassment. In her previous positions, Dr. Guinosso served as a Project Director with the California School-based Health Alliance, where she worked with 24 schools and school-based health centers in the bay area to implement and evaluate trauma-informed approaches.





9:00am PDT

MORNING PLENARY: So You Want to Work With Youth?

9:00am - 10:30am PDT

3 Subsessions


  • Description

    An exclusive launch of the Trauma-Informed Youth-Centered Health Design Framework (TIYCHD). With the growing popularity and utilization of design thinking approaches to address sensitive public health topics such as sexual and reproductive health, HIV, mental health, and violence, it is imperative that funders, designers and public health practitioners recognize and respond to the traumatic stress of all those who participate in the design process, including both youth and designers. We are excited to launch our framework, developed in partnership with our community, around Trauma-Informed Youth-Centered Health Design.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Her research focuses on relationship-centered methods that address adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress and trauma and innovations that promote resiliency and healing among youth, families, and communities. She specializes in school-based trauma-informed approaches. Her current projects include providing training and technical assistance on the About Us Healthy Relationships Program for Vulnerable Youth, disseminating findings from ETR’s annual Kirby Summit, and integrating trauma-informed approaches into ETR’s curricula, trainings, and research. Dr. Guinosso is also a key member of ETR’s K12T9 Initiative, where she leads workshops on how K-12 schools can use a trauma-informed lens to bolster their responses to sexual and gender-based harassment. In her previous positions, Dr. Guinosso served as a Project Director with the California School-based Health Alliance, where she worked with 24 schools and school-based health centers in the bay area to implement and evaluate trauma-informed approaches.





    Bio

    He has over 24 years of health care experience, starting in 1995 as a medical doctor running polio immunization programs in India. At ETR Sheoran is Vice President of Global Development where he develops strategies to increase the global impact of ETRs science-based health equity programs. He also serves as the Managing Director of YTH designing innovative solutions for youth health and wellness using new media and technology. A self-described “Soft Techie”, Dr. Sheoran has designed, implemented, and evaluated multiple health projects, telemedicine programs and social media campaigns to reach at-risk and hard to reach populations. He also works as a technical consultant advising agencies that want to apply new and innovative technologies to country and regional programs. Now based in Oakland, California, Sheoran began his career as a medical doctor in India. He subsequently moved into public health and got an MBA in health management.





    Bio

    She has worked in the U.S. and abroad in the areas of mobile health, health education, and youth empowerment. As the Strategic Partnerships and Innovation Lead for YTH, Laiah supports new business development and provides leadership for YTH in innovative digital health programming. Prior YTH, Laiah worked at the Center for Interfaith Action, FHI 360, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs on a variety of health behavior change programs in sub-Saharan Africa related to family planning, maternal health, HIV, and malaria. She has also worked at the Alameda County Public Health Department leading health equity projects and communications and has served as a public health consultant for Glow, a US-based mobile application designed to help women track and understand their fertility. She received her MSPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.






  • Description

    An exclusive preview of the launch of WHO Digital Targeted Client Communication Interventions for Adolescents/Youth on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Digital4youth – the technology changes, the objectives stay the same. What can we learn from the first generation of youth-centered digital health interventions and implementers? Join Lianne Gonsalves and Briana Lucido as they preview a framework and guidance.


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    Bio

    She is the WHO focal person for sexual health, and also coordinates research in Kenya and Peru, focusing on innovative ways to reach young people with sexual and reproductive health information, commodities, and services outside of health facilities (including digital health and pharmacies). Previous experience includes working on sexual health and rights promotion among young people in Latin America; and strengthening positive interactions between marginalized youth and police officers in the United States. She earned her MSPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Basel, Switzerland.





    Bio

    In her position she is responsible for leading the development of a document focused on best practices and lessons learned for planning, developing and implementing digital health interventions for young people. Previously, she was the Toolkits Officer for the WHO-ITU joint initiative, Be [email protected], Be Mobile where she coordinated the development of technical guidance documents for implementing mHealth programs for noncommunicable diseases. Briana has also worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention as a member of the Science Team for the Million Hearts initiative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Health degree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.






  • Description

    For the first time, our LIYT (Living in your Truth) youth grantees will present their innovative solutions for HIV prevention among vulnerable youth populations in the US.


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    Her primary role was to support the development and implementation of partnerships that helped achieve GSK’s commitment to improve access to medicines, work with Governments to find innovative solutions to provide the best treatments possible for patients, encourage fair, transparent and pro-innovation pricing regimes, and improve and/or accelerate market access opportunities for GSK products, specifically for Asia Pacific, Russia/CIS, and the Middle East North Africa regions. Megan joined GlaxoSmithKline in 2009 as Team Administrator, Government Affairs, Emerging Markets & Asia Pacific. In 2012 she was promoted to Government Affairs Analyst, Emerging Markets & Asia Pacific, where she assisted with communication of key messages regarding the EMAP region to US-based political audiences.





    Bio

    Christopher Walker is a 24-year old from Dallas, Texas with a heart for people. He has six years of experience in the HIV work force and has a passion for qualitative research. With his project he plans to create an online brave space that connects people from across the nation in efforts to educate, build community, enhance HIV prevention and reduce related stigma. This online space will be like a Facebook group and is entitled “LIYT” (Living in Your Truth). He also plans to create and interactive card game that can also be used as a normal deck of cards to educate on sexual health and queer issues called, "LIYT TALK".





    Bio

    Jerissa Bowers (she, her, hers) is a 16-year-old homeschooled student from Memphis, TN. Her project focuses on enhancing the conversation around reproductive health for youth and young adults within her community. She plans to host a weekend retreat called, Metamorphosis jam-packed with activity that makes sexual education fun. Through interactive presentations, games, and structured activity she plans to increase the educational capacity of her peers.





    Bio

    Isaiah Johnson (he, him, his) is a 23-game developer from Pittsburg California, with an extensive back ground in technology. His project will be focused on the creation of a video game entitled, “Secret Identity “. This game explores the life of a gay superhero during the 80’s HIV epidemic who educates and challenges individuals that proliferate HIV related stigma against marginalized populations of people. His goal is to make people aware of HIV related history and encourage people to advocate and fight against systems of oppression and people that aide them.





    Bio

    Alfredo Flores (he, him his) is a 24-year old from Chicago with six years of experience in HIV/STI prevention. His passion comes from his personal experience and a lack of sexual/ reproductive health education within Latinx communities. He has a background in true HIV/STI prevention and program/event coordination, and community mobilization. For his project he plans to create a social media campaign centered around HIV education promoted by social media influencers from different communities. He plans to couple this campaign with events designed to educate those within his community of HIV relates topics in innovative ways.





    Bio

    Emani Coleman (she, her, hers) is 16 -year old innovator from Sacramento, CA with a passion for computer science. Her passion for HIV prevention is drawn from personal experience. Before she was born her uncle died of HIV related complications and her mother made it her mission to make sure that her children would be educated and aware of the consequences of unprotected sex. She plans to create an app for youth that reminds and motivates them on the importance of sexual/reproductive health.





    Bio

    Evelyn Savea (they, them, theirs) is a 20-year-old gender non-conforming youth from Riverside, California. Their passion for this field of work comes from the learned and lived experience of someone apart of the LGBTQ community who has difficulty accessing resources because of the ignorance of others. Their project is to create an interactive virtual storyboard game that allows its players to take on the role of a gay pastor living with HIV in the southern United States. The goal of this adventure is to allow individuals playing this game to take on the persona of this character, walk a mile in their shoes, and make decisions as if they were that individual.






10:45am PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Lights, Camera, Activism! Media and meaningful youth engagement

10:45am - 12:00pm PDT


Young people’s voices, perspectives, and experiences matter. In this panel, you’ll hear about projects worldwide that amplify youth experiences of sexual and reproductive health through various types of media. See through the eyes of youth in foster care and justice-involved youth in a photovoice project, learn how storytelling is being used to improve sexual health, and meet some AMAZE-ing youth ambassadors who ensure online sexual and reproductive health content remains relevant to adolescents.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Programs that serve youth can not be effectively implemented without the input from the community that they serve, i.e. young people. This presentation discusses the launch the AMAZE Youth Ambassador program that was established as part of the AMAZE project. During the presentation you'll hear first hand from our ambassadors and find out what this experience was like for them. The AMAZE Youth Ambassador program was launched in September 2019 and contained a diverse group of young people ages 10-16. During the year, ambassadors met on a monthly basis to provide feedback and ultimately help inform the direction of the AMAZE project. In order to ensure that AMAZE content continues to remain relevant to your most important audience - adolescents - we knew that we had to center the voices of young people and give them a seat at the table when making decisions about video and content creation.


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    Bio

    Lincoln Mondy is the Associate Director for Strategic Projects at Advocates for Youth. Lincoln drives campaigns, media outreach, and partnerships focused on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Prior to Advocates, Lincoln was a Senior Account Executive at BerlinRosen, a public relations firm where he supported progressive organizations on a range of issues including criminal justice, reproductive health, and racial equity. He is the filmmaker behind Black Lives / Black Lungs, a short film investigating the infiltration of the black community by the tobacco industry, which received media attention from NPR, HuffPost, AJ+, and other media outlets under his direction. A native Texan, he graduated from The George Washington University.





    Bio

    Maverick (he/him) is a rising 10th grader and this past year served as AMAZE youth ambassador September 2019 - June 2020. In his spare time he enjoys playing as an ice hockey defenseman, is a music theater lover, and hair band aficionado.





    Bio

    Randall (he/him) is a high school sophomore, and this past year served as AMAZE youth ambassador September 2019 - June 2020. His hobbies are swimming and gardening.





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    Robin is a rising junior at the Holton-Arms School in Maryland, and this past year served as AMAZE youth ambassador September 2019 - June 2020. Her favorite subject is science, and she volunteers at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in her free time. She is involved in student government, and enjoys playing sports (cross country and crew). She loves being an AMAZE youth ambassador!





    Bio

    Noah is a rising 8th grader, and this past year served as AMAZE youth ambassador September 2019 - June 2020. His hobbies include writing, reading, and Magic: The Gathering.






  • Description

    Merci mon héros (MMH) is a multi-media campaign created by young people, for young people and decision-makers, parents, partners, and others, who can support young people in their lives. Each episode features a short video / testimonial of a young person recounting a challenging time in their sexual and reproductive lives, when an “ally” (usually an adult) helped them. The campaign – disseminated via TV, radio, online and mobile media, and through in-person events – uses storytelling to increase empathy between generations, and address restrictive norms that prevent youth from accessing the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services they need. Come learn about the campaign’s human-centered design inspiration, the MMH youth partnership model, plans to make this campaign to “go viral” across 10 francophone African countries, and how campaign impact will be measured via social listening and other innovative techniques.


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    Bio

    Erin Portillo is a family planning Senior Program Officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She currently works on the USAID-funded Breakthrough ACTION project, with a specific focus on francophone Africa. She has more than ten years of international development experience on topics including family planning, sexual and reproductive health and HIV education and prevention. She is a seasoned project manager, skilled in social and behavior change, social marketing, behavior change and human centered design theories, and health assessment activities.






  • Description

    Teens report spending hours a day on Instagram and are looking for ways to make that time meaningful. In a geographically diverse location like California, it can be difficult to bring together young people from around the state, especially considering the time and money needed to gather a group together. However, Instagram can be leveraged to create a space for authentic youth engagement that alleviates the need for travel. In October 2019, TeenSource launched a Digital Youth Advisory Board to bring together young people from throughout California to share their ideas and insights to inform our content development. Come learn how we developed this program, what we learned, and what the impact has been.


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    Bio

    Emily Wasson (she/her/her's) is the Adolescent Health Program Manager at Essential Access Health. She has been working in adolescent sexual health for over a decade. She graduated in 2013 with a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and with a Bixby Certificate on Population and Reproductive Health. In her current role, Emily manages the organization’s digital health programs that seek to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes among California teens and young adults by increasing access to medically accurate, non-judgmental information and direct services. Emily oversees day-to-day operations for TeenSource.org, the Hookup, Condom Access Project, and TalkWithYourKids.org – Essential Access Health’s website to promote family/child communication. Prior to her work at Essential Access Health, Emily served as a youth and parent educator in a variety of settings, including classrooms, school-based centers, and extracurricular programs.





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    Emma Hodson (she/her/her’s) is the Public Affairs Coordinator at Essential Access Health, where she supports public policy and strategic communications efforts as well as sexual health awareness work for teens and young adults. She has presented for various student groups, including the UC Student Lobby Conference. Originally from the Bay Area, she is a graduate of the University of California San Diego with a BA in International Studies. Prior to her work at Essential Access, she engaged in youth work for several non-profit organizations. Her experience includes teaching and developing curriculum for a harm reduction substance abuse education program and facilitating a social justice-focused international exchange program for high school students. She is fluent in Spanish and has used her language skills in both her youth work as well as previously serving as a translator and interpreter for legal offices across the Bay Area.





    Bio

    Kala Heekin (she/her/her’s, Mx.) is public health professional based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a BA in American Multicultural Studies & Queer Studies from Sonoma State University and is a SFSI-Endorsed Sex Educator + Certified Family Planning Health Worker. Mx. Heekin has worked with youth for seven years with an emphasis on sexual health, STD prevention, LGBTQ+ identity development, and youth activism. She has served as a member of the SFUSD Curriculum Review Taskforce and has provided curriculum design & review for multiple organizations. Mx. Heekin has presented at Gender Spectrum Conference, provided trainings for Kaiser Permanente & California School-Based Health Alliance, and led workshops for thousands of teenagers. Mx. Heekin currently works as a Sexual + Reproductive Program Associate with Essential Access Health, with a focus on expanding access to patient-delivered partner therapy for chlamydia and gonorrhea throughout California.






10:45am PDT

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Teaching Sex Ed Online

10:45am - 12:00pm PDT


Are you teaching comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) online for the first time ever? You’re not alone. Many teachers and facilitators around the world are preparing and presenting CSE content to youth without substantial information, experience, or even research on how to do it. Come learn some of the emerging pedagogical best practices about how to take your sex ed program digital through new, creative ways to use the available technology, by modifying your face-to-face curricula into synchronous and asynchronous modalities, and keeping the energy, passion, and engagement that you were used to seeing in person emerge online.


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Bio

Dr. Karen Rayne is the Executive Director of UN|HUSHED, an organization dedicated to creating and implementing the highest quality sexuality education curricula possible. She is also an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Texas. She is a past editor and sits on the board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, is the author of books like GIRL: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You, TRANS+: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You, and Breaking the Hush Factor: Ten rules for talking with teenagers about sex as well as a wide range of curricula and other professional resources. She is frequently sought after out to share her expertise through training professionals, consulting with schools, writing articles, radio and print interviews, and speaking with parents. Dr. Rayne lives in the hill country outside Austin, Texas with her wife, three children, and two dogs.





12:15pm PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Tech to Advance Gender Equity: Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence

12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT


Any response to gender-based violence (GBV) must be relevant, responsive, and accessible to the people most impacted. But limited access to technology and disconnection from support systems during COVID are creating additional challenges for individuals experiencing GBV. How can we leverage technology to reach people at risk of harm or harming others? Learn from global violence prevention advocates and researchers about how they use technology to prevent GBV among youth. Responsive to how individuals—in particular young women—access technology, the panelists in this session will share how they fight against GBV, and address new safety and ethical considerations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Technology has become part of the lives of millions of people around the world.Practitioners and researchers on violence against women (VAW) have used online mobile applications (App.), podcasts, social media platforms and remote data collection methods to implement programmes or conduct research.SVRI has funded a number of app based projects working to improve responses and prevent VAW in low- and middle-income countries, including: mapping hotspots of harassment or violence through a smartphone app. in the Bus Rapid Transit system in Pakistan; developing an app. to provide survivors of sexual violence with information and access to services in Kyrgyzstan; and podcasts as a tool to prevent intimate partner violence in refugee camps in Ethiopia. And then came Covid 19…As reports of increasing levels of VAW under lockdown surfaced, programmes turned to using more technology. Researchers had to rapidly pivot data collection and methods. New technology and online remote data gathering methods for VAW, bring multiple ethical challenges and risks. Discussions on the ethical challenges and potential harm of online applications and remote data gathering need to be prioritised. We need to protect confidentiality and safety of survivors in settings where mobile phones are shared or where the violent partner checks the browsing history and sees information on services sites. The presentation will share information on our grant-making and promising practices in the field of ICT and VAW. Furthermore, we will reflect on the ethical and resource challenges and opportunities for increasing the use of technology to address VAW.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Angelica Pino is the Grants Manager and Capacity Strengthening Specialist at the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, based in South Africa. She is a feminist lawyer with extensive experience in the gender equality and gender-based violence field in Chile and in Africa. In her home country, she worked as a lawyer in women’s rights NGOs providing counselling and legal advice to women survivors of gender-based violence, as well as conducting training and research on women and the law. Angelica moved to South Africa in 1994, where she has worked in several women’s rights organisations and initiatives managing programmes on gender-based violence and on gender equality at national and regional levels, including the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and Sonke Gender Justice. She holds an LLB from the University of Chile and an LLM from the University of the Witwatersrand.





    Bio

    Liz is a health specialist with over 20 years’ research and policy-making experience on health systems, mental health, violence against women and children. Having worked in several countries, in both government and research positions, Liz has a deep understanding of the policy process and use or research to inform policy and practice. For example, in South Africa, Liz worked for the Department of Health at both provincial and national levels in epidemiology and health information systems. In Australia she worked in mental health for the Western Australian state government. The SVRI produces leading publications and materials; strengthens research capacity, provides research grants and technical assistance for research on violence against women in low and middle income countries; and hosts the key global biannual event in the field – the SVRI Forum. Liz is committed to research and policy-making that is women centred, ethical, equitable and partnership based.






  • Description

    ZonaSegura is a trauma-informed youth-centered innovative research study and mobile solution to address teen dating violence in Honduras. Led by the YTH Initiative of ETR, in partnership with the Public Health Institute’s GOJoven International Program and in-country partner Asociación GOJoven Honduras, this applied study and mobile solution aims to prevent teen dating violence (TDV) through provision of prevention information, healthy relationship education, and linkages to TDV services and resources using mobile technology. With nearly 90 percent of the Honduran population having access to at least one mobile phone, ZonaSegura leverages the high rates of mobile phone usage among young people ages 14-19 to support them in overcoming individual and structural barriers to access rights-based and gender-sensitive TDV prevention information and services.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Emma is a Program Coordinator and supports both YTH and new fund development. She contributes to a variety of YTH programs related to teen pregnancy prevention and substance abuse, such as Fresno-based In the Know, an app for trans-spectrum youth; they2ze, a mobile application for transgender-spectrum youth; and the Spanish-language site for educational sexual education material on Amaze.org. Emma is passionate about the intersection of mental health, sexual health, and substance abuse. She has studied in both Ireland and Argentina, two countries with very restrictive reproductive rights, inspiring her passion for reproductive justice. Emma graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with a BA in Sociology and Spanish Literature.





    Bio

    Rebecca Braun has 15 years of domestic and global public health experience, working with partners in academic, nonprofit, philanthropic, public, and private sectors across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States. At ETR, Rebecca serves as Head of Programs for the Youth Tech Health (YTH) Initiative, designing innovative solutions for youth health and wellness using new media and technology. She brings extensive experience in program leadership and management, training and facilitation, digital health, and user-centered design, with content expertise in sexual and reproductive health and rights, and maternal, child and adolescent health. She holds a DrPH and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to ETR, Rebecca was a Manager at Global Impact Advisors, a social impact consulting firm where she led a portfolio of strategy, evaluation and implementation projects for foundations and nonprofit organizations.






  • Description

    Cell-Ed is a radically accessible, scientifically-proven mobile learning solution proven effective in even the lowest-resourced settings - all accessible on a basic feature phone (no internet or data required). Cell-Ed reaches adults and youth around the world from students in rural Somaliland to Amazon factory workers in Mexico. In Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Bantwana, World Education, and Cell-Ed are bringing comprehensive health and life skills education to girls on mobile phones with an integrated Gender Based Violence screening tool. Come learn how radically accessible mobile solutions can bridge address global health disparities. Worldwide women are 26% less likely than men to use mobile internet and in some countries the internet user gender gap exceeds 40%. Bridging the gender digital divide requires technology that can deliver to women and girls across contexts.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Sonali Joshi, Chief of Operations of Cell-Ed, brings more than 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, operations, finance, marketing, program implementation and social innovation working with startups, government agencies, NGOs, and corporations including McDonald’s, the City of San Francisco, and United Way. She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.





    Bio

    Nuri oversees a diverse global portfolio of Cell-Ed partners ensuring our partners and the learners they serve have everything they need to be successful. A graduate in political economy, Nuri is passionate about the intersection between global relations, social impact and technology.






12:15pm PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: The revolution WILL be posted on Instagram Live: How youth are leading activist movements from the palm of their hands

12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT


In recent months, the nation has witnessed the passion and power of youth activism and organizing. This panel will provide background on pressing social issues such as gun violence and reproductive rights, and explore how young people are addressing them. You’ll hear how young people around the world are tackling these issues through interpersonal healing, fighting for better education on social services, and conducting peer-to-peer advocacy.


4 Subsessions


  • Description

    Recently, in the 5 year New York State Health Prevention Agenda, violence for the first time was identified as a health issue. For decades communities of color have experienced trauma from violence, particularly gun violence. A huge part of creating non-violent, non-trauma environments/communities begins with conversations. The video will explore how therapeutic sessions with a health and wellness consultant from the company Compassion contribute to a holistic behavior change of what it means to have a healthy environment.


    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 over 20 years and over 7 years in medical field. The collaboration of both fields has provided her an opportunity as a presenter in both the 2019 & 2016 YTH Live Conferences. She believes the power of youth, technology and health can change our world!





    Bio

    Mr. David Caba received his education at Long Island University. His training at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, The Legal Action Center, The Legal Services for New York and the Westlaw Group. He is a NYS OASAS CASAC-G, a CCAR Certified Recovery Coach, a Certified Paralegal and a consultant specializing in Cure Violence, criminal justice and chemical dependency treatment and training, program design and implementation and quality assurance. For the past 20+ years Mr. Caba has been in the field of Human Services, specifically criminal justice, addiction and the underserved. Currently, Mr. Caba is the Senior Program Director and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Good Shepherd Services’ Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence (B.R.A.G.) Programs and Training Department, respectively.






  • Description

    In this session, participants will hear from a youth activist to gain a better understanding of the legal barriers that young people face when trying to prevent pregnancy in states with parental involvement laws for abortion and contraception. They will also learn about how Jane’s Due Process is supporting young people navigating these barriers and ensuring their reproductive freedom. Facilitators will present a live-demonstration of Jane’s Due Process’s helpline and educate participants on how to support young people who need to make an appointment for confidential family planning services. Facilitators will also provide information about judicial bypass for abortion, referral resources for teens who reside in contraceptive deserts, and how to safety plan with young people around sexual shame.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Eleanor Genevieve Grano (she/her) joined Jane’s Due Process in June 2018. Prior to joining Jane’s Due Process, Eleanor educated young people on healthy relationships and intimate partner violence as a Bilingual Digital Advocate at National Domestic Violence Hotline & loveisrespect, where she helped pilot their Spanish language chat platform. Eleanor is a NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Next Generation Fellow and a volunteer for Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity’s Spanish hotline. She studied Neuroscience & Jewish Studies at Smith College.






  • Description

    Since its founding, our country has boasted of being the most free country in the world. Our nation highlights itself as a melting pot, a land of diversity and opportunity. But what happens to the parts of this country who are shoved into the shadows? This “melting pot” has turned into a powder keg that can only be disarmed through a united effort. Young people have the chance to create a country where everyone truly feels like they are apart of a progressive society. This session will go beyond the buzzwords and breakdown key legislation involving issues surrounding climate change, reproductive rights, racial equality and LGBTQ equality.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Sydnei Jarman is a branding specialist and writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2014, she graduated from Tuskegee University with a degree in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. While working at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Sydnei gained a passion for community outreach and organizing. She is now the founder and creative director of Her Modern Life. HML is a creative agency aimed at informing communities through digital content and social media.






  • Description

    According to the UNFPA, if the COVID-19 pandemic continues for 6 months, an estimated 47 million women in 114 low-income and middle-income countries could lose access to modern contraceptives, contributing to an additional 7 million unintended pregnancies. The Challenge Initiative (TCI) is helping local governments in East Africa leverage both traditional and new media to reach communities with integrated COVID-19 and contraceptive messages. TCI scales its high-impact adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) approaches directly through local government structures. A key intervention that TCI encourages local governments to adopt is youth engagement—forging ties between health departments and young people who know the pulse of their community and how best to reach their peers (particularly through digital means). At the onset of the pandemic, TCI worked with local governments to activate its network of young changemakers—known as TCI Youth Champions—to ensure their peers do not lose access to contraceptives during lockdown. Given current restrictions on mobility, TCI Youth Champions used radio, social media and WhatsApp groups to share information on where young people can go to receive quality contraceptive care and dispel any inaccurate information about COVID-19. In the County of Nairobi, members of the Youth Advisory Council received short-term contraceptive methods to distribute to their peers and participated in radio shows to spread helpful information.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Dr. Maheen Malik has more than 20 years of experience empowering women to make informed reproductive health decisions, as a global public health leader and, formerly, a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist. As the director of field operations for TCI, she leads the program management and sustainability strategy across 11 countries. Prior to joining TCI, Maheen was worked for Management Science for Health (MSH) where she supported RMNCH, TB, and HIV /AIDS interventions in several USAID-priority countries. Before joining MSH, she worked in various managerial and leadership capacities at the Greenstar Social Marketing Pakistan, where she was instrumental in the franchise growth and increased footprints of a range of reproductive health programs funded by multiple donors. Dr. Malik worked for over a decade in reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and TB in Pakistan where her leadership earned her an award for the ‘best performance in family planning’ from the Prime Minister of Pakistan.





    Bio

    Morine Lucy Sirera is a program officer focusing on Adolescent youth and sexual reproductive health with over 8 years’ experience in the implementation of high impact FP interventions among urban populations. She has worked on several programs to find innovative & scalable ways of providing access to contraceptives to young people to reduce teenage pregnancies as well as provide young people with options for better, informed futures. She has also been working to find innovative ways to reach Very Young Adolescents (VYAs) in informal settlements within Nairobi thorough life skills education. She is currently working with The Challenge Initiative (Tupange Pamoja) supporting seven counties to scale up proven sustainable approaches to reach out to Adolescents and youth. Morine holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and International Relations, from the University of the West of England, Bristol and a Master’s degree in International Security from the University of Bristol UK.






12:15pm PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: How to use digital marketing effectively without Siri as your spy

12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT


You want your health messages to reach youth where they are, but the world of social media is vast and its users all have unique interests and needs! How can you design and target ads to have the biggest impact? How do user preferences impact whether your message is being received? Learn from the pros about promoting health through digital marketing on social media, dating apps and search engines. All three panelists have studied different sites to understand how best to market their health promotion materials and are ready to share their wisdom with you!


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Have you ever had an ad rejected from Facebook when you were trying to share sexual health information, like where to get PrEP? This session is designed to share information about how we can all improve our experience of buying ads, from saving money to getting better click-throughs to understanding why our ad might have been rejected and how to appeal it. You will get straightforward recommendations of best practices as well as exploration into the murky areas of retargeting (we’ve all experienced getting ads based on our recent search history, right?). When can and should this practice be used to improve our ability to connect youth to important health information or services?\nWe will share practical experiences (getting an ad rejected, reading metrics reports) that you can use in your everyday work.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Jen has 20 years of experience in the field of sexual health and substance use, having worked in syringe access, HIV prevention outreach, and community health clinics. Her work includes program development, evaluation, and community-based research. She has been co-PI and co-Investigator for research projects regarding structural interventions in bars and online and is co-founder and director of Building Healthy Online Communities. She also works at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation where she leads program strategy and evaluation.





    Bio

    Tony has worked as a reporter and content manager since 2015, covering gay men’s health, gentrification, and small businesses. Before joining Building Healthy Online Communities, Tony worked as a web content editor for San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Contributing Editor of GayCities.com.






  • Speaker


    Bio

    Gabriella Vavala, BA, earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 and currently works in STD research at the University of California, Los Angeles.






  • Description

    Did that ad really matter? Did your last 10 social media posts and articles actually get the ATTENTION they deserved? These are the questions that deserve answers because valuable time and money is being spent. This session is all about finding and quantifying the sign to noise in ads and digital messaging based on real-world work and data. Because your message only matters if people hear it...


    Speaker


    Bio

    George is the Founder and CEO of Whole Whale, a digital agency that leverages data and tech to increase the impact of nonprofits and for-benefit companies, and the co-founder of Power Poetry, the largest teen poetry platform in the U.S.






12:15pm PDT

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: How to Make Your EBI Webby! A Terrible Title to Mean, “Ways to Adapt Evidence-based Interventions for A Digital Landscape.”

12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT


You can update your evidence-based programming for a digital landscape! The principles of a number of EBIs can easily be fulfilled through media development activities such as film shoots, recording and broadcasting role model stories, collecting formative data online, and creating strong user-generated digital content. These activities perform the same functions detailed in formal CDC guidance around documenting and promoting community members' thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors as they relate to the "healthy behavior" a program seeks to foster. Intervention delivery methods such as outreach and printed materials are the more obvious outdated mechanisms ripe for digital adaptations, but other aspects, such as translating the underlying behavioral science, require a bit more understanding. We’ll provide you with guidance and turn-key materials that will allow you to go back to your agency poised to bring your programming up to date in ways that funders can easily understand and sanction.


Speaker


Bio

Kenny has worked in the public health field for nearly 25 years specializing in working with service organizations to develop innovative, engaging, and respectful new-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 outreach to vulnerable populations that ultimately informed the CDC’s formal guidance. Kenny has since become a pioneer in using new media social marketing for health promotion and behavior change. In 2010 he developed an innovative adolescent-health behavioral intervention program that serves multiple functions in one implementation, including building agency capacity to partner with youth in the design, production, and dissemination of digital health messaging and marketing materials. Kenny travels the U.S. lecturing and training on the evolving social media landscape and helping providers find opportunities to use new media to promote teen health.





1:45pm PDT

NETWORKING SESSION: Gen Z Representation: How to get young people at the forefront of your movement

1:45pm - 3:00pm PDT


Our program will provide youth and adult professionals with an opportunity to collaborate and discuss allyship in the age of social media and Activism. Various youth presenters from The SASHA (students against sexual harassment and assault) Initiative will share their stories surrounding their own activism work and how technology/social media have influenced their work as activists and as sex educators. After the presentation, students will present a step-by-step guide on how to effectively support young people to bring about positive social change (ie the does and don’ts of being an ally to youth people.) Then the discussion will fold into a Q&A with the audience and the program will wrap up with a networking session where specifically youth and adults can collaborate in order to significantly amplify the work of young activists moving forward.


Speaker


Bio

I am a 17 year old queer Jewish artist, activist, and journalist who’s been working to improve the lives of marginalized students since I was a middle schooler. I’ve always been involved with several issues from Gun violence prevention, queer-centric activism, anti-racism, and Jewish-centric work, but after testifying before my school board in 2017 on behalf of my teacher who’d been sexually harassed I got involved in the fight against sexual assault with some peers and founded an organization called the Sasha initiative that’s dedicated to helping youth find ways to become activists to fight sexual violence in the 21st century.





1:45pm PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Communication, Consent, and Confidence: Programs to promote healthy relationships for young people

1:45pm - 3:00pm PDT


We want a world where all sex is consensual and all relationships are healthy, but how do we get there? One of the first steps is to push through the awkwardness and normalize having conversations with friends, family, and peers about what safer sex and healthy relationships actually look like. How can friends build skills to let each other know when they spot a relationship red flag? How can young people navigate unrealistic messages portrayed by pornography? And how might a parent discuss sex and healthy relationships with their teen who has an intellectual or developmental disability? Learn from professionals who have been working with youth and adults to answer these questions and more, to ensure a future with safer sex and healthy relationships for all!


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    Join One Love as the look to start a relationship revolution. In this session, you will see how One Love's bridged technology and conversation to shift thinking around relationship health and how we can all ultimately love better. Together, we will explore the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors as well as discuss the way friends and peers can play a role in sparking this conversation when unhealthy and abusive behaviors appear in their own lives. Just by joining you are helping One Love further their mission and create a world full of healthier relationships.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Sheridan Riolo is responsible for engaging youth, teens, and adults in One Love’s work throughout the Bay Area and greater California regions. She works with schools and community-based organizations to cultivate leaders and maximize One Love’s educational reach through our train-the-trainer model. Before coming to One Love, Sheridan worked as a preventionist at a San Luis Obispo-based domestic violence services agency and implemented primary prevention programming throughout SLO County. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, as well as a California teaching credential. To learn more about how to bring One Love to your community, please email Sheridan at [email protected]






  • Description

    Over the past decade or so, pornography has become both more mainstream and more hardcore. For young people growing up in this era of ever-new and accessible technology it is almost impossible to avoid exposure to pornography. Consumption – particularly for young men – has become normalised. And the ways young people understand and experience gender and sex are being influenced by what they – or their partners or peers – observe in porn, with serious implications for their capacity to negotiate free and full consent, for mutual respect, for sexual health, and for gender equality. Addressing pornography’s influence is a challenging task, but ignoring it is no longer an option. Porn isn’t going to go away. So what do we need to understand about porn and its impacts? And how can we support young people to develop a sexuality that is safe, respectful, and fully consenting in an age of pornography?


    Speaker


    Bio

    Maree Crabbe is Director and co-founder of the Australian violence prevention project 'It's time we talked'. She has worked with young people – and on issues affecting young people – for 25 years. She has developed and delivered programs focusing on sexual violence prevention, sexual diversity, pornography and the prevention of STIs. Maree is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the broadcast documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography and The Porn Factor, and author of In The Picture – a resource to support secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery. Maree presents and delivers training about young people and pornography for a wide range of sectors in Australia and internationally, including for teachers, youth workers, police, sexual assault and family violence workers, and psychologists. Maree’s contributions to public conversations about young people, sexuality and pornography include television and radio interviews, and articles in online and print media.






  • Description

    While parents of neuro-typical teens often feel challenged regarding talking with their teens about sex, parents of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities(IDD)face more challenges. We've heard, "What if they ask me about porn?" "My child isn't ready to learn about sex yet," and "How do I explain it so they understand?" Learn how mobile streaming MicroSkills video models can improve the skills and comfort of parents communicating with their special needs teens about sex and healthy relationships. See several short Microskills videos, including those ranked most highly by parents. Findings from two recent studies will be discussed: one study working with a national cohort of parents of teens on the autism spectrum, and the other of Michigan parents of teens with cognitive impairment.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Regina is an experienced sexual health educator with a passion for parent teen communication. She has led a variety of parent teen communication projects, and is particularly excited about using mobile modeling to support parents and young people. She has served as Principal Investigator on numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH)Innovative Research studies and holds a Masters in Public Health. After decades at ETR, she now serves as CEO of dfusion, a bay area-based small innovative public health company that designs digital interventions for health.





    Bio

    Cheryl provides technical assistance to school administrators and teachers in health related initiatives, including human sexuality, school safety and school policies. Over the last several years she has championed sexual health education for youth with special needs, including cognitive impairment. She develops and leads K-12 teacher workshops in health education 'hot topics' and the Michigan Model for Health curriculum. She currently serve as Program Director for the Healthy, Safe, Drug-Free Schools and Communities Grant and a USDA SNAP ED nutrition education grant.






7:45am PDT

NETWORKING SESSION: Café, Charla y COVID-19 (in Spanish)

7:45am - 8:45am PDT


La primera sesión regional de redes virtuales para [email protected] que trabajan en la región de América Latina para discutir el estado de la salud sexual y reproductiva de los adolescentes durante la pandemia de COVID-19. El objetivo de la sesión es escuchar a los financiadores y las organizaciones comunitarias sobre el estado de la salud de los adolescentes en la región de América Latina, especialmente durante la época de COVID-19, y explorar soluciones y asociaciones a través de un lente tecnológico.La sesión está patrocinada por la Fundación Summit y le presenta en colaboración con la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS).


9:00am PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Taboo who?! Breaking down sexual health stigma around the world

9:00am - 10:15am PDT


We need multiple approaches to sexual and reproductive health that validate the unique cultural experiences of young people across the globe. Strategies and approaches that work in one region’s cultural context are unlikely to work in another. How do you learn about puberty if there is a cultural taboo against talking about sex? How can girls safely and openly talk about sex and HIV, and create content that is relevant to them while COVID-19 physically separates them from their peers? In this panel, you’ll hear about portable, digital, and relatable solutions to reduce stigma and remove barriers to sexual and reproductive health education in India, Colombia, Kenya and the Caribbean.


4 Subsessions


  • Description

    Talking about sex is a taboo in India, come and find out how Love Matters India is engaging with adolescents on this very taboo topic with the help of an augmented reality app. We are making sex education interesting and engaging for adolescents so they are encouraged to take the initiative to further educate themselves and take informed decisions about their sexual health and well-being. This app features interesting and relatable animated characters “Ësty” and “Testy” who are providing sexual education comprehensively in a fun and blush-free manner. This app correlates and engages with an existing commonplace school textbook, and allow students/adolescents to scan certain sections to reveal important omitted information. Come and meet Esty and Testy - your companions in understanding the difficult issues around puberty and adolescence.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Jahnavi leads a team at Love Matters India, a website which provides information on love, sex and relationships and on ground in the state of Bihar, India to normalize conversations on comprehensive sexuality education by bridging the gap between online and offline space, with the help of digital toolkits and peer educators. She is working on expanding Love Matters India to create a network of pleasure positive and non-judgemental reproductive health clinics (partner) that will provide comprehensive healthcare access to young women and men in India. She identifies herself as a feminist and an advocate for safe abortion. She is Development Communication professional and has been working in the development sector for the past 6 years. She loves coffee and curling up with good book with a view of majestic mountains.






  • Description

    Girls Out Loud is a safe online space for girls to discuss key gender issues. In a private Facebook group moderated by Plan, girls are asking questions and discussing topics such as self-image, gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy, abortion and LGBT rights. The project started in Colombia as a prototype, piloted and implemented during 2018. In 2019 was scaled to Senegal, Guatemala, DominicanRepublic and UK. 12 more countries in different regions are starting the process now. With the social gathering restrictions and closed schools all around the world, the traditional safe spaces for girls and adolescent girls are disappearing, also the spaces where they can interact between them have dramatically reduced. But, in G.O.L., girls find a safe space where they can ask questions related to the pandemic, where they receive accurate information and exchange experiences during the quarantine time among them. For us, as organization G.O.L. is an opportunity to continue community engagement, providing a space where girls can generate content, and understanding how COVID-19 is affecting their lives. “I am feeling that my health is being damaged it is so difficult to sleep during this time, sometimes it is 2 am and I cannot fall asleep” 17y.o. Colombia. “G.O.L. has helped me a lot during this quarantine, especially with the information because I do not watch any news. It is helping me to share my experience during this time with friends. It helps me to feel less overwhelmed” 19y.o.., Colombia


    Speaker


    Bio

    I’m an optimist and enthusiastic woman willing to face challenges and changes and absolutely convinced that you never stop learning. I’m the happy mother of two teenage boys that fill my life with love and music. I hold a Master’s degree in Business Administration and an Information Technology Management postgraduate specialization, I have more than 20 years of work experience directing IT operations and strategy but the last 4 years working at PLAN have been the most exciting of my life and have given me the opportunity to discover and connect with my passion: “innovation” embracing challenges, taking risks and generating new ideas, all with the amazing purpose of advancing children rights and equality for girls.






  • Description

    "How can I know if I’m pregnant? I’m pregnant and I don’t want to. It is true that the pill causes weight gain? Can I get HIV having oral sex? Why does my penis hurt when I pee? My condom broke! I forgot to take my pill, what can I do?" Schools and health services have the responsibility to guarantee youth right to sexual education. However, in Latin America and the Caribbean, young people have access to accurate and reliable information on sexual and reproductive health is limited. In this scenario, we created VAMOS. It is an effort to use technology to offer young people from the region an alternative to make informed decisions about their health and their lives.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Betiana Caceres is a Latin America woman who coordinates the Digital Innovation Lab at Fundación Huésped. It is an Argentine organisation with regional scope that has been working in public health since 1989, aiming to guarantee access to health and control of diseases. We work focusing on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, diseases preventable by vaccines and sexual and reproductive health. Betiana has been working on the organization for more than 10 years, she started as a young woman involved in national and regional initiatives to promote youth participation on sexual and reproductive rights. She also was in charge of coordinating projects at communitarian level improving access to health services and sexual education. Since 2017 she coordinates the Lab, offering her experience to develop initiatives using technologies to improve sexual and reproductive health.






  • Description

    Since 2016, Pamoja and the Henry Jackson Foundation, with PEPFAR funding, is implementing the DREAMS initiative which, to date, enrolled over 3600 AGYWs who are receiving social asset building and other behavioral and biomedical interventions, through community girls-only safe spaces. The Empower® portable HIV literacy kit is a digital library that includes one trainer tablet with a stylus, ten tablets for participants, a charging unit, a wireless projector, and solar panels. The tablets are loaded with relevant materials on HIV/AIDS, STIs, sexual and reproductive health, economic strengthening, and Kenya primary and secondary school materials. The goal of this intervention is to improve HIV awareness and technological literacy among AGYWs through weekly sessions over three-months. In each session, AGYWs are taken through the reproductive health modules, then allowed to browse and engage with the media content on HIV, STI and contraceptive and discuss.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Patrick Mbullo is a biological anthropologist, and a PhD student at the department of Anthropology and global health, in Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, United States. Patrick is also the founder and Director of PAMOJA CBO, a community based organization that works within the intersections of Health, sanitation and Empowerment, to transform lives, empower the youth and alleviate of poverty in Seme sub county , Kisumu county, Kenya. Patrick is passionate about youth empowerment through technology





    Bio

    Wickliffe is a project Officer at PAMOJA CBO. he is also a Bachelor of Arts in community Development student from Mt. Kenya University. Wickliffe coordinate the digital learning Program at the PAMOJA CBO.





    Bio

    Catherine Oketch is a beneficiary of the DREAMS program and including the Empower digital learning program. Catherine has benefited a lot from the program and due to the knowledge gained form the program, Catherine is now able to replicate the knowledge gained and is now teaching other girls on the same as a facilitator.






9:00am PDT

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: How to Develop Digital Citizenship Dispositions

9:00am - 10:15am PDT


While there is no doubt that digital media and technology hold great promise for transforming education, enhancing learning, and even simplifying our lives, complicated and pernicious issues affecting the health and wellbeing of young people—and our very democracy—are also at play. New challenges ranging from hate speech, fake news, and online harassment to digital addiction, rising anxiety levels, and privacy concerns abound. Beyond cases characterized by aggression and cruelty, broader concerns about digital life and youth wellbeing are salient today, particularly as we think about young people’s behavior on social media and its impact on their mental health. It is evident that digital citizenship education is critical for young people today more than ever. Come to this session to learn more about Common Sense Education's free K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and how you can weave in its' promising pedagogies into your work with youth!


Speakers


Bio

Kelly Mendoza, Senior Director of Education Programs, oversees education program and content strategy for Common Sense Education, including the Digital Citizenship Curriculum, interactive games, and online professional development for K–12 schools. Her goal is to create curricula and programs that help schools create a positive culture around media and technology. She also has developed education resources and curriculum for Lucas Learning, the Media Education Lab, and PBS’s Frontline. Kelly has a Ph.D. in media and communication from Temple University.





Bio

Daniel Vargas Campos is an Education Content Specialist at Common Sense Education. He develops research-backed educational resources that support young people to thrive in a digitally interconnected world. He has over 4 years of experience as a content creator in the education technology space. Prior to joining Common Sense Education, Daniel was a graduate instructor and researcher at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education where he studied the impact of educational technologies in the lives of students from non-dominant backgrounds. He holds an MA in Social and Cultural Studies from UC Berkeley and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tufts University.





10:30am PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Tech 4 LGBTQ Youth: Building community and improving health

10:30am - 11:45am PDT


Young LGBTQ people face unique forms of discrimination that can create barriers to accessing medical care. Our presenters are working with gender- and sexual-minority youth to counteract these conditions by creating online spaces that increase access to community, improve health information and services, and decrease isolation. Learn about an innovative platform that creates safe spaces for transgender and non-binary youth to build community and share support. You’ll also hear about several different virtual interventions to increase PrEP use and reduce HIV risk for LGBTQ youth and young adults.


4 Subsessions


  • Description

    SMART and Keep It Up! are exemplars of eHealth HIV prevention interventions that can provide adolescent and young men who have sex with men (MSM and YMSM, respectively) with culturally competent information, motivation, and skills to make informed sexual health decisions. Keep It Up! is a CDC “best evidence” HIV risk reduction intervention for YMSM aged 18–29 and the first eHealth HIV prevention program to show significant effects on biomedical outcomes. SMART is one of the first eHealth sexual health education programs for AMSM aged 13–18, currently being evaluated in a clinical trial. We will discuss the potential for online programs like these to reach underserved and marginalized young populations, as well as the implementation and sustainability challenges of such interventions. Our lessons learned developing, evaluating, and implementing these programs can inform future developers and implementers.


    Speaker


    Bio

    As the director of the Research Application Design and Development (RADD) team at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University, Rana has developed a unique expertise in leading the design and development of behavioral intervention and educational technologies in an academic environment. Rana has extensively managed and directed numerous NIMH, NIH, DoD, PCORI, CMMI, as well as privately funded trials, in a variety of health-related areas with the most recent focusing on health disparities among African American and Latino adolescents, depression, and HIV/AIDS. Several of these projects, which include SMART and the EBI designated Keep it Up, have involved developing educational tools with a focus on HIV prevention and Prep Adherence






  • Description

    Gender Spectrum is currently one of the only organizations offering online video, audio and chat groups for transgender and non-binary youth. By utilizing technology we believe we can create radically accessible safe spaces for gender expansive youth to decrease feelings of isolation, depression, social anxiety and so much more. Join this presentation to learn more about working within a non-binary framework to support the overall wellness of gender-expansive youth through technology! We’ll also talk about how we’ve expanded this model to support professionals and parents who want to better support a gender expansive loved one. This presentation will include engaging videos and audience participation! Come prepared to learn a little more about gender, how to create gender inclusive online spaces, and the pros and cons of working in the always rapidly changing online world!


    Speaker


    Bio

    Jenna Hackman is the Director of Online Programming at Gender Spectrum and has been involved with the organization since 2014. They identify as a non-binary queer person and use they or she pronouns. Jenna is passionate about social justice and creating accessible online spaces and resources for youth, parents and professionals to gain better understandings around gender and the intersections within that. They have been working with youth in various capacities for the past decade and enjoy empowering young people to be their authentic selves and supporting adults in creating affirming environments for youth to thrive. In their free time Jenna enjoys spending time with her wife, 3 pups, and queer community!






  • Description

    Young MSM (men who have sex with men) and transgender women of color are disproportionately impacted by HIV, yet less likely to receive PrEP (HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis). Telehealth interventions may help surmount some of the barriers to PrEP inherent in traditional clinic-based models, removing practical hurdles to accessing the health care system such as transportation and scheduling difficulties and lessening the impact of stigma by allowing participants to access PrEP more privately. The PrEPTECH 2 Study is a randomized-controlled trial testing PrEPTECH, an online telehealth intervention that incorporates synchronous and asynchronous telehealth consultations, a text- and email-based reminder system, home laboratory testing, and online pharmacy services. The PrEPTECH research team will recruit 400 transgender women and MSM at high risk for HIV ages 15-27 in four sites in California and Florida through online advertising and on-the-ground community partners.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Rebecca Erenrich is an Evaluation Specialist/Research Associate III at ETR focused on the evaluation of health interventions related to HIV and sexual/reproductive health. Prior to coming to ETR, she conducted research and evaluations at Harlem Health Promotion Center, the Center on Addiction, the ACRIA Center on HIV and Aging at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living, and the University of California, San Francisco. Her research has encompassed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies, survey-based observational research, and randomized-controlled trials. The topics of her investigations have included HIV risk factors, addiction, new health technologies, adolescent risky behavior, and social isolation/loneliness in older adults. Rebecca earned a master’s degree in public health from Yale School of Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She received her undergraduate degree in Government from Wesleyan University.





    Bio

    Rebecca Braun has 15 years of domestic and global public health experience, working with partners in academic, nonprofit, philanthropic, public, and private sectors across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States. At ETR, Rebecca serves as Head of Programs for the Youth Tech Health (YTH) Initiative, designing innovative solutions for youth health and wellness using new media and technology. She brings extensive experience in program leadership and management, training and facilitation, digital health, and user-centered design, with content expertise in sexual and reproductive health and rights, and maternal, child and adolescent health. She holds a DrPH and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to ETR, Rebecca was a Manager at Global Impact Advisors, a social impact consulting firm where she led a portfolio of strategy, evaluation and implementation projects for foundations and nonprofit organizations.






  • Description

    Transgender and nonbinary (hereafter: trans) youth engage in higher rates of HIV risk behaviors than their cisgender peers, with HIV transmission rates higher among trans women and trans men who have sex with men. Despite notable resiliency, trans youth engagement in routine health care is often lower. The TechStep study is designed to address these risk behaviors and provide relevant HIV prevention information through text messaging and an interactive webapp, both of which may also be augmented with online eCoaching. Community feedback from trans youth through youth advisory boards, focus groups, and session mocks was essential in the development of the three technology-facilitated interventions. Engagement of trans youth in the design of each intervention was critical in tailoring the content to meet their needs and produce culturally responsive HIV prevention information. Lessons learned from the community-engaged approach describe how the feedback from trans youth translated into specific design and content.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Dr. Cathy Reback is a Senior Research Scientist with Friends Research Institute and Core Director at UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services. Dr. Reback has conducted research using SMS (text messaging), mobile apps, and ecological momentary assessments. Further, Dr. Reback has an extensive background designing and implementing large-scale HIV prevention and intervention clinical trials, combination biobehavioral and biomedical prevention research (i.e., PEP and PrEP), qualitative and quantitative mixed methods research, behavioral treatment therapies, community-based participatory research and community-research collaborations. The common theme throughout her research is the examination of the intersectionality of substance use disorders and HIV risk behaviors among sexual and gender minority individuals experiencing multiple syndemic health disparities.





    Bio

    Joshua Rusow is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, where he also earned his Master’s in Social Work degree. Joshua’s research focus on the reduction of mental, behavioral, and sexual health disparities among sexual and gender minority (e.g., LGBTQ+) adolescents. His qualifying examination, “Digital Sexuality and Offline Sexual Behavior among High School Adolescents” documented how technology engagement and online sexuality (e.g., partner seeking and sexting) are associated with offline sexual behaviors among diverse sexual and gender minority adolescents. Joshua is currently the Project Director of TechStep, a technology-facilitated stepped-care randomized control trial to increase HIV prevention efforts among HIV-negative transgender youth.






10:30am PDT

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Show Me The Money: How to Raise Money for Your Tech Project

10:30am - 11:45am PDT


Traditional nonprofit funding is not geared towards building tech products, which can make it hard to find money for an innovative idea. In this session, we’ll cover the landscape of possible fundraising options, give you a framework for how to search for additional opportunities, and help you figure out which types of funding might be right for what you want to build. Go get that money!


Speakers


Bio

Elise Schuster, MPH, is a sexuality educator with 15 years of experience in pleasure-based sex education and youth development. Elise is is the co-founder and CEO of okayso, a free online platform that connects young adults with questions about sex and mental health to experts they can't reach any other way. Elise has a masters in public health from Columbia University with a specialization in sexuality and health and spent many years working at Babeland and The Door - a major youth development agency in New York City.





Bio

Sarah Axelson, MSW, is the Director, Training and Innovation at Power to Decide, where among other projects she manages the Innovation Next program, supporting innovative technology-based solutions to preventing teen pregnancy and improving adolescent health. Having worked in the field of sexual and reproductive health for more than a decade, Ms. Axelson has built her career around educating professionals in order to better serve youth and their families. Her career has included time in the federal government, as a Project Officer, as well as work in the non-profit world, as the Director of Training at ETR and as a Program Manager at Advocates for Youth, among other roles. Axelson also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at two local universities. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill





Bio

He has over 24 years of health care experience, starting in 1995 as a medical doctor running polio immunization programs in India. At ETR Sheoran is Vice President of Global Development where he develops strategies to increase the global impact of ETRs science-based health equity programs. He also serves as the Managing Director of YTH designing innovative solutions for youth health and wellness using new media and technology. A self-described “Soft Techie”, Dr. Sheoran has designed, implemented, and evaluated multiple health projects, telemedicine programs and social media campaigns to reach at-risk and hard to reach populations. He also works as a technical consultant advising agencies that want to apply new and innovative technologies to country and regional programs. Now based in Oakland, California, Sheoran began his career as a medical doctor in India. He subsequently moved into public health and got an MBA in health management.





12:00pm PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Hang tough, don’t puff: Uplifting youth response to commercial tobacco and cannabis

12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT


As technology advances, so do Big Tobacco’s strategies for its relentless targeting of youth, particularly young Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). How can youth and their adult allies respond to this targeting and improve health literacy skills to address commercial tobacco, cannabis legalization, and vaping? Join Jayvonne Hines, student leader alum and youth advocate with SBH Health, and representatives from the Drug Policy Alliance and the Tribal Communities Coordinating Center about how they uplift teens to think critically about tobacco and cannabis advertising and fight against Big Tobacco’s contributions to health disparities among their communities. Finally, hear how these organizations are shifting their approaches during a pandemic that affects our lung health and disproportionately impacts BIPOC.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

    California’s Clean Air Project’s (CCAP) works to further educate on and reduce the detrimental effects of secondhand smoke within California tribal communities. CCAP created a three-part series course for tribal youth in understanding how the tobacco industry is strategically targeting their communities, and how they can successfully organize to combat these targeting tactics. The series was broken down by: “Sacred Tobacco,” “Commercial Tobacco Use and Health Disparities,” and the final series as, “Strategizing the Change.” Before the shelter in place order, the staff was set to present to the Chukchansi Youth Council. With the emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) the country has been impacted in unprecedented ways. Recognizing that all tribes within the country are facing challenges at disproportionately higher rates, CCAP returned to the drawing boards. The team was faced with the question of how to launch this three-part series virtually, and more importantly, how to successfully shed light on the health disparities tribal communities are facing with COVID-19. After connecting with tribal partners throughout California and learning more about the unique challenges the tribes are dealing with, the three-part series was adapted for not only a virtual course but as well as into a handbook. Both course versions act as an adaptable guide for tribes who are working within tobacco control and are interested in creating youth coalitions advocating against tobacco.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Mr. Sahota has been involved in tobacco control since 2000 as an active member and president of the Sutter County youth tobacco coalition and a youth representative board member of the California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN). He has volunteered and worked in collaboration with California’s Clean Air Project (CCAP) since 2014 and joined ETR in 2017 as CCAP’s community outreach and advocacy specialist. Currently, he is participating in the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming through San Diego State University and is serving as project coordinator for CCAP.





    Bio

    Ms. Comeau is a Community Advocacy Specialist for ETRs Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs team. She currently works with Tribal Communities under the California’s Clean Air Project. She is an active member of the Yolo County Tobacco Coalition, as well as the Davis Smoke-free Housing Taskforce, and the Gold County Region Planning Committee. In 2016, her passion for public service led her to serve in the United States Peace Corps, as Community Education Promoter in Guyana, South America. Upon returning to the country, she served the Placer County's Child Abuse Prevention Council as their Volunteer, Community Education, and Outreach Manager. Ms. Comeau is excited to help advocate for and educate communities about the detrimental effects of tobacco. She is ready to build upon partnerships, nurture new collaborations, and help get California one step closer to the Tobacco End Game.






  • Description

    Cannabis use and legalization and vaping are highly political and polarizing topics. But controversial subjects are often an opportunity to teach and highlight practical skills that students will need to navigate the real world. In this interactive workshop, participants will engage with the Drug Policy Alliance's Safety First: Real Drug Education for Teens curriculum – designed for 9th and 10th grade students – to learn a novel approach to teaching about cannabis and harm reduction strategies for cannabis use. Using various facts and myths about cannabis, Safety First encourages students to hone their ability to evaluate the credibility of online sources, a Common Core tested skill and critical health literacy skill.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Sasha Simon has had an extensive career as a health educator, most notably managing the development and evaluation of Safety First, the U.S.'s first harm reduction-based drug education curriculum for 9th and 10th grade students released by the Drug Policy Alliance. Based in New York City, Simon has taught and served at a variety of institutions including Columbia University; City University of New York (CUNY); GMHC; and Health, Education & Research Occupations (HERO) High School, a P-TECH 9-14 school in the Bronx.






  • 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 over 20 years and over 7 years in medical field. The collaboration of both fields have provided her the opportunities as a presenter in both the 2019 & 2016 YTH Live Conferences. 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. He is a Year Up participant and an IT intern at Davidson Kempner Capital Management.





    Bio

    Todd Elliott is the media owner of Todd Elliott Media. He has a BA in Digital Cinematography from Full Sail University and specializes in developing creative media. An example of his creative media is the high end HD quality 360 degrees interactive presentations developed for real estate brokers, agents and agencies. Todd also stands in a class by himself as a Christian Hip Hop producer. He has produced and written musical compositions for various artists.






12:00pm PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Staying safe online: Helping young people navigate the beauty and the dangers of the World Wide Web

12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT


Over the past two decades, the internet and its associated technologies have provided an incredible platform to facilitate youth activism, increase engagement, and improve health. But despite everything positive that the internet offers, it also comes with constantly emerging safety threats that not all youth are prepared to navigate. In this panel, you’ll learn from experts at USAID and internet safety advocates about current risks of technology-enabled abuse, and how to educate young people and adults to think critically about what they see and what they post online.


4 Subsessions


  • Description

    Over the past two decades, the lowering costs and greater ubiquity of technology are bringing accompanying digital assets, including a range of social media products, closer to and within reach of most communities and individual households in developing countries around the world. This will open up a new set of opportunities for some of the most vulnerable children. However, along with the net positives, there is also the potential danger associated with unfiltered and inappropriate content and exploitative individuals reaching these vulnerable populations, particularly children. In USAID’s new Digital Strategy, the double edge sword of benefits and challenges are highlighted, including the prominent role governments, community intermediaries, and household leads should play to prevent digital harm for children and youth.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Mattito Watson is a Senior Technical Advisor for the Center for Children in Adversity and Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) at USAID. Mattito has over twenty-five years of experience working with children, education, public health and child protection. Previously, Mattito worked primarily in Africa where he managed projects, provided technical support and procured new business for children’s programs in both development and emergency settings, including working with former child combatants, displaced and vulnerable children and their families. Mattito holds a double Master’s (African Studies and Public Health) from the University of Illinois. Mattito’s current work includes supporting the development of new projects to end violence against children, providing technical support to implementing partners, overseeing USAID’s Digital Strategy to Protect Children from Digital Harm and supporting the implementation of the new Center for Children in Adversity Strategy: Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity.






  • Description

    Cloudflare’s mission is to help build a better internet. We’re working with healthcare organizations to deliver secure, fast, and reliable digital experiences. From healthcare institutions to digital health startups, healthcare providers are shifting towards strengthening their digital presence. They are not only hosting and sharing health records online, but are also increasingly servicing their patients virtually. The reliance on digital applications to maximize patient care is rising with each passing day. This shift has also increased the stakes for data security — protecting sensitive patient data in an industry that faces the strictest security regulations is not an easy task. Data security not only requires protection from external malicious actors, but also from possible internal breaches. This session will focus on what the current cyber security threat landscape looks like, and key recommendations for organizations building their security strategy.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Chris is a Solutions Engineer from Cloudflare. His work deals primarily with public sector clients, which entails building strategies around security, reliability, and performance in an ever evolving digital landscape. He also devotes significant time to Cloudflare's Project Galileo and Project Athenian clients, which consist of various NGOs, Non-profits, Journalists, and government agencies that oversee elections. His goals mirror Cloudflare's - to help build a better internet - through teaching and sharing information related to general best practices, as well as promoting Cloudflare's solutions to some of the web's most daunting problems. Prior to working at Cloudflare, Chris spent 11 years at Verisign helping to create one of the most reliable DNS infrastructures in the world. He attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where he majored in Computer Science.






  • Description

    Thorn is prioritizing research and campaigns that place how kids experience the issue of child sexual abuse material - seeking it out or producing it - at the heart of the conversation. This session will explore how we’re learning directly from youth and caregivers about this issue, and how we’re developing programming that both arms kids with the knowledge to recognize and resist digital threats, and activates protective systems within their online and offline communities.


    Speaker


    Bio

    As the Programs Coordinator at Thorn, Kelbi believes in empowering kids and communities. She supports Thorn’s behavior change initiatives and prevention programs. Kelbi brings experience from both government and nonprofit sectors and is passionate about human rights. She previously served the Office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, where she led several anti-trafficking outreach initiatives across the state. Prior to Thorn, she spent time at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking in LA. Originally from Danville Illinois, she holds a B.S. in Communication from the University of Indianapolis.






  • Description

    Artificial intelligence benefits our lives in countless ways, but it has also given rise to a new form of online sexual violence targeting women. Digital impersonation – headlined by deepfakes – leverages deep neural networks to make it appear a victim was in, for example, a pornographic video that they were not in fact in. This makes everyone a potential victim of nonconsensual pornography. And it is just one of the many ways in which people can be harmed, with new advances in facial reenactment and voice cloning evolving in real time. This breakout explores the technologies behind digital impersonation, why traditional tech solutions and laws struggle to address this unique form of violence and how women are paying the price.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Adam’s work is characterized by his dedication to addressing the existing and future threats posed by technology to victims of crime and abuse. Toward that end, he has written extensively on technology-enabled abuse, non-consensual intimate imagery, co-authored a domestic violence advisory on the emerging threat of ‘deepfakes’ and his work in the field of digital impersonation has been featured in the Washington Post and Mashable. As the founder of EndTAB (Ending Technology-Enabled Abuse), Adam spends a great deal of his time delivering innovative technology-enabled abuse trainings to victim-serving organizations around the world.






12:00pm PDT

BREAKOUT PANEL: Getting to Goal Mama: Co-Creating a Digital Tool to Improve Health and Well-Being of Young Moms

12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT


How can a proven, national public health program use technology to stay relevant and amplify its impact on young people? In 2016, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), an evidence-based nurse home visiting program serving young, first-time moms living in vulnerable circumstances, teamed up with Hopelab and Ayogo to answer this question. Enter Goal Mama – a digital goal setting platform that amplifies the human connection between a first-time mom and nurse, building self-efficacy and empowering moms to take charge of their health and be advocates for themselves. Join speakers from Nurse-Family Partnership and Hopelab as we share the story of how we designed, built and launched a digital tool that was relevant and responsive to the needs of today’s young moms. You’ll hear examples of how the product has been introduced to the field, hurdles we encountered, lessons learned, and stories of resilience and hope we heard along the way.


Speakers


Bio

Briana Lynch serves as Product Manager at Nurse-Family Partnership, where she manages several products for the organization, including the Goal Mama platform. Briana translates business and customer needs into technical features to ensure the best possible experience for NFP's users. She first joined NFP in 2016, serving as Manager of Enterprise Systems Support for three years and managing NFP's customer support teams. Briana's career in information technology began in 2006, and she has a strong background that includes customer support, account management, data storage and software development. Briana is a Colorado native, and enjoys spending her free time in the mountains hiking, camping, and snowshoeing. Briana also enjoys learning new things, and is currently learning to play the ukulele.





Bio

As senior director of strategy and design, Fred Dillon leads staff and external partners to develop technology solutions that improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. He currently leads the team working with Nurse-Family Partnership to modernize their existing delivery model through design and technology innovation. Fred has more than 20 years of public policy, communications, and product development experience. Prior to joining Hopelab, he worked for over a decade at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, ultimately serving as the Director for Public Policy and Communications, where he led the agency’s advocacy efforts for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk for HIV infection. Fred is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Social Welfare and Public Policy.





12:00pm PDT

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Not Your Mother's Sex Ed - Apples and Oranges? Peaches and Eggplants? Collaborations in the World of Sexual Health

12:00pm - 1:15pm PDT


Tired of those cheesy sexual health videos that no matter what seem like they were created in the 80’s. Want your students to tune in instead of out, see themselves represented in the curriculum you are using and feel like the videos actually speak to their life experiences. Come learn about creating collaborative content that is effective, people are interested in, want to watch, and speak to people’s lives. Participants will collaborate with a group to come up with their own video pitch! We will walk participants through a lightning version of the steps to our collaborations process to come up with bios, scenarios, and then a pitch that portrays the youth in their communities.


Speakers


Bio

Kristi Van Sickle is a passionate sexual health educator and curriculum writer. After spending several years teaching sexual health to middle schoolers, she wanted to create a curriculum that would fill in the gaps in the curriculum being used in schools. As a community organizer and queer educator living in a culturally and ethnically rich area in the south, Kristi wanted to make sure that more of her student’s identities were represented, valued and reflected in a curriculum that they were receiving. Kristi graduated from James Madison University (JMU) in 2010 with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and has spent her career thus far in 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

Tim Estep is the Director of the Health Education Design Group (HEDG) in the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at James Madison University . He is an award-winning feature film and documentary filmmaker and the co-founder of the Super Gr8 Film Festival. With HEDG, Tim leads a creative team that collaborates with partners to develop engaging educational content they call “Edu-tainment”.





1:30pm PDT

CLOSING PLENARY

1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT

4 Subsessions


  • Speaker


    Bio

    Shafia Zaloom is a health educator, consultant and author whose work centers on human development, community building, ethics, and social justice. Her approach involves creating opportunities for students and teachers to discuss the complexities of teen culture and decision-making with straight-forward, open and honest dialogue. Shafia has worked with thousands of children and their families in her role as teacher, coach, administrator, board member, and outdoor educator. Shafia is currently the health teacher at the Urban School in San Francisco, and develops curricula and trainings for schools across the country. She was honored by the San Francisco Giants Foundation in 2018 for her work with Aim High, a program that expands opportunities for students from low-income neighborhoods and their teachers through tuition-free summer learning enrichment. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, and PBS. She lives in California with her husband and three children.






  • Description

    This closing keynote will discuss how technology funders can be more responsive to community needs and be better partners to nonprofit efforts, particularly in our current global pandemic.


    Speaker


    Bio

    Miriam Warren (@miriamwarren) chairs the board of the Yelp Foundation, and is senior vice president of engagement, diversity, and belonging at Yelp. She serves on the boards of Common Future and ETR.






  • Description

    Miriam will lead a conversation with Gwyn and Ulili to share with the YTH Live community about what they are seeing as changes in the sector, how their respective agencies are responding to the pandemic and best practices for nonprofits to engage with funders.


    Speakers


    Bio

    Uriridiakoghene “Ulili” Onovakpuri is a Partner at Kapor Capital, an early stage, social impact venture capital firm that invests in gap-closing startups. At Kapor Capital, she leads healthcare and people operations practice as well as the firm’s Summer Associate program. Prior to her role at Kapor, Ulili served as Director of Global Programs at Village Capital, a global accelerator program and venture capital firm. While at Village Capital she worked side by side with entrepreneurs from around the world helping them grow their ideas into marketable businesses. Ulili received her MBA with a concentration in Health Sector Management from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is a native San Franciscan and a proud UC Berkeley Alum. In her free time, you will likely find her writing or watching YouTube videos with her niece, Maya.





    Bio

    Gwyn Hainsworth is the Senior Program Officer for Adolescents and Youth on the Family Planning Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She manages a portfolio of investments focused on innovative solutions to address system and user barriers to adolescent/youth access to contraception. She also provides strategic direction across the team on scaling up evidence-based interventions for adolescents and youth. Gwyn has over 20 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), adolescents and youth, and gender working across 18 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.






  • Speakers


    Bio

    I am a 17 year old queer Jewish artist, activist, and journalist who’s been working to improve the lives of marginalized students since I was a middle schooler. I’ve always been involved with several issues from Gun violence prevention, queer-centric activism, anti-racism, and Jewish-centric work, but after testifying before my school board in 2017 on behalf of my teacher who’d been sexually harassed I got involved in the fight against sexual assault with some peers and founded an organization called the Sasha initiative that’s dedicated to helping youth find ways to become activists to fight sexual violence in the 21st century.





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    He has over 24 years of health care experience, starting in 1995 as a medical doctor running polio immunization programs in India. At ETR Sheoran is Vice President of Global Development where he develops strategies to increase the global impact of ETRs science-based health equity programs. He also serves as the Managing Director of YTH designing innovative solutions for youth health and wellness using new media and technology. A self-described “Soft Techie”, Dr. Sheoran has designed, implemented, and evaluated multiple health projects, telemedicine programs and social media campaigns to reach at-risk and hard to reach populations. He also works as a technical consultant advising agencies that want to apply new and innovative technologies to country and regional programs. Now based in Oakland, California, Sheoran began his career as a medical doctor in India. He subsequently moved into public health and got an MBA in health management.






Tuneme.org: A Digital health solution as an HIV prevention strategy designed with young people for young people.


Africa is close to its billionth mobile connection, with many mobile users under the age of 30. Therefore, it is critical for HIV prevention programmes to include mobile technology as part of their strategies to engage, inform and link young people with accurate information and services. TuneMe.org harnessed that opportunity and after four years of implementation has been evaluated to assess the impact of the life of young people in the East and Southern Africa Region. The presentation will share the experience of developing a digital health solution on SRHR using a human centered approach and will highlight selected findings from the evaluation.


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Renata Tallarico holds a PhD from Italy on International and European law with a focus on human rights and a Master’s degree in International Relations. She has more than 12 years’ experience working in public health. She worked as programme coordinator in Nigeria for an Italian NGO for 3 years after which in 2009 she joined UNFPA Eswatini working as focal person for HIV Prevention and young people with a focus on condom programming and social behavior change communication. She currently working for UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office as youth team leader and regional coordinator of a programme implemented in East and Southern Africa focusing on Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights.





An Online Interactive Youth-Centered Dashboard for Updating the Public on COVID-19 Outbreak Data in Real Time.


Objective To develop an online youth-centered dashboard that informs the public of COVID-19 outbreaks data in the world and Africa with an emphasis on Ghana. Materials and Methods Laravel, a PHP framework is used for the development. Yajra Laravel Data table is used to get the data from the database, aggregates and visualizes it through an interactive, online dashboard. Results The dashboard can be accessed at http://covid19.koachie.org/. It displays COVID-19 data from every country in the world, Africa and the sixteen (16) regions in Ghana. Features include quick facts, statistics that ranks the worst affected areas and auto-generating graphs and map that depict temporal changes in cases, recoveries, serious, and deaths. Conclusions This online dashboard can serve as a resource to the youth and the public to stay informed on the COVID-19 outbreak in their country and the regions in Ghana.


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Philip Boakye serves as Chief Executive Officer and Technical Lead at the Koachie Health Systems where he also works with the National AIDS/STIs Control Programme, Ghana as Laboratory Information Systems Specialist, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone, and King's College, London/King's Sierra Leone Partnership as a consultant. His areas of emphasis are health informatics, information technology, medical geography, biostatistics, and epidemiology





WhatsApp Support Groups for Adolescent Mothers in the Dominican Republic


Group messaging over IP messaging platforms such as WhatsApp can be used to improve health in resource-limited settings, especially for youth. A youth-friendly clinic in the Dominican Republic used WhatsApp's Group Chat feature to create digital support groups for adolescent mothers; a place where they could receive information about maternal and neonatal health, ask questions to clinic staff, and share experiences with other new moms. The intervention aimed to increase health knowledge, self-determination, access to social support, use of postpartum family planning, and attendance at well-child appointments. The project was well received and had a positive impact on health knowledge, perceptions of social support, and health behaviors of the participants. IP messaging should be further explored as a way to reach and support youth with important health information and other resources.


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Liz Haight, MPH, is Global Programs Manager at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands in Seattle, Washington. She supports projects around comprehensive sexuality education, LGBTQ inclusivity, youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, and digital health. She is a graduate of the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. Before moving to Seattle, she worked at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC and served as a health volunteer in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.





Centering Youth Voices in SRH Programs during COVID-19 in South Los Angeles


In this session, Essential Access Health’s Adolescent Health Coordinator will share best practice recommendations for meaningful youth engagement, focusing on her work with a cohort of 13 youth interns leading planning efforts for Spring into Love, a sexual + reproductive health-focused youth conference in South Los Angeles. We will emphasize the importance of working with youth to identify topics to integrate into SRH messaging, including educational, vocational, and mental health resources, as well as centering youths’ intersectional identities. Participants will learn about specific tools and resources utilized during the COVID pandemic to meaningfully engage youth interns and community members virtually. Developing safe spaces in partnership with youth positively impacts their lives; this session will discuss strategies for future programs to uplift youth voices and support them utilizing a holistic approach to validate their experiences.


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Marina Quintanilla is a public health professional with a background in sexual + reproductive health and global health. Previously, Marina was a Research Coordinator, femtoring sophomore students of color at UCLA who were interested in pursuing research and higher education. Marina was raised in West Athens, South Los Angeles where she is now leading adolescent work through coalition efforts, recruiting and mentoring youth interns and planning and implementing trainings and events for young people focused on sexual + reproductive health.





Digital citizenship under lockdown: promoting healthy use of technology for adolescents growing-up in Perú during COVID-19


Transitions, an ongoing collaboration with Innova Schools in Perú, offers a unique opportunity to examine variations in how youth have used digital media to adapt to the conditions of COVID-19, providing new insights into sources of resilience and vulnerability in a globalized digital age. UC Berkeley’s Adolescent Research Collaborative, Innova Schools, and Common Sense Education have been partnering since 2018 to promote digital citizenship among adolescents growing up in Latin America through a culturally appropriate school curriculum informed by developmental science. COVID-19 forced the Transitions team to pivot and redesign the curricula to promote wellbeing during a crisis, highlighting the role technology plays while under lockdown. This project presents a case study for the cultural adaptations necessary to implement Digital Citizenship lessons in the context of youth growing up in urban settings in Perú, in times of remote instruction and social isolation. During May 2020, we worked with 27 000 4th-11th grade students in urban, low income settings across Perú. Our lessons promoted (1) Managing uncertainty, (2) Emotions, (3) Relationships, (4) Healthy habits, (5) Sleep, (6) Healthy technology use. We surveyed youth about their experience during the COVID-19 crisis. We explored the digital lives of Peruvian youth, the challenges and opportunities introduced by the lockdown in the context of adolescent engagement with digital media. By collecting more data at the intersection of culture and development–in peace and crisis– we can better support wellbeing as youth adapt to the challenges and opportunities of digital media use.


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Lucía Magis-Weinberg, M.D., Ph.D, is a developmental scientist working alongside educators and technologists to understand how adolescents growing up in Latin America use technology and the impact this has on their wellbeing. She is currently based at the Institute of Human Development in the University of California, Berkeley, where she leads Transitions: a developmentally informed and culturally relevant intervention on technology use in young adolescents in Perú and México.





Effectiveness of high quality COVID-19 mobile phone applications in combating the novel coronavirus pandemic


This study assessed the effectiveness of COVID-19 mobile phone applications in combating the coronavirus pandemic. The role of technology in health is inevitable in the 21st century. Youth rely on mobile technology to get vital information about coronavirus. Several apps have been developed to create awareness on COVID-19 and help stop the spread. A significant number of mobile apps on COVID-19 are of low quality. From the findings in this study, it is recommended that developers of COVID-19 mobile phone applications develop apps of higher quality in order to educate people and help stop the spread of the novel virus.


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Shekinah Williams Yobuh is a final year medical student at West Africa's most prestigious university, the University of Ibadan and undergoing clinical training at the University College Hospital London sister institution, the University College Hospital, Ibadan. He is a native of Benue state, Nigeria. Shekinah completed primary and secondary school at Wesley Methodist primary school and Solid Rock International College respectively. He is an experienced student leader that has coordinated and participated in various research and innovation projects. Shekinah is the current president of the Student Research Network, University of Ibadan. He also writes and composes music.





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Shalom Oluwafunke Adeyemi is a final year student of Pharmacy at West Africa's most prestigious university, the University of Ibadan. As a team player and leader she has participated in as well as coordinated several research projects on COVID-19. She also is an accomplished poet with a number of publications. Her aspiration is to be an Industrial and research pharmacist.





Virtual Peer Education: An example of digital youth peer education and SRHR informative sessions from Turkey


COVID-19 affected each field including peer education sessions we organize face to face but the need of getting informed about sexuality and heathy behavior have not ended. Considering the impossibility of organizing peer education sessions again in the upcoming 6 months to 1 year, we decided to make all the sessions online. It seemed almost impossible to adapt physical peer education sessions to an online platform due to the concern of safety, absense of feeling of collectiveness, absense of interactivity and hardness of attracting attention. 4 experienced peer educators from our network started working on the legal requirements with the help of legal consulars, reviewed all online tools created for education or networking and reviewed all the sexual and reproductive health information available to create an updated tool. With the technical support of UNFPA Turkey Office, we happily created an online version for peer education sessions. We started organizing digital sessions and we keep getting very positive feedback from the participants. They say they would feel ashamed face to face but through online tools they feel enough confidence to ask questions and discuss issues. At the same time, we improved a website called bizimaramizda.org in which right information is provided to young people online with more innovative techniques. The website is supporting the digital peer education session in terms of providing additional information and possibility of asking questions anonymously to the peer trainers available on the website.


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Daglar received a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University in 2018. She has been involved in civil society organizations actively for 7 years since she was 19 years old. She has conducted sexual and reproductive health peer trainings as a peer trainer for different youth groups including refugees, LGBTI+ community and young women since 2014. She was elected as the International Coordinator of an international youth network named Y-PEER, after serving as Focal Point in-Charge of Y-PEER Turkey for two years. Her research interests include sexual and reproductive health, universal health coverage, gender studies, and globalization. She is awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Institute Social Policy Postgraduate Scholarship. Currently she is working as health and training coordinator in Support to Young Refugees Program of Youth Approaches to Health Association.





Using Mobile Technology to Reduce Inequities for Children with Disabilities in Kenya During COVID-19


During COVID-19 nonprofit Kupenda for the Children in the US, and Kuhenza for the Children in Kenya, have adapted their disability advocacy efforts remotely. Through the creation of a mobile health application, local community leaders can continue their advocacy efforts and monitor and assess the care given to children with disabilities. Not only does the application continue advocacy, but also serves as a tool to educate families about COVID-19. As a result, community leaders were able to advocate for 278 new children within one month and are better able to connect family and their children with supportive services during the global pandemic.


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Mansi is a Master of Public Health candidate at Boston University specializing in Health Communication, Mental Health and Substance Use. Her career goal is to make good health more accessible through digital health tools. She has worked on designing mhealth applications, text messaging applications, and telehealth projects.





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Julia is a part-time Masters in Public Health student at Boston University. Her work revolves around chronic disease management, tackling food insecurity, and creating more equitable environments. Julia excels at program management, digital health application development, and leveraging multi-disciplinary frameworks to tackle multi-layered issues.





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Caroline is experienced in both academic settings and private industry with significant exposure to clinical healthcare data. Her major accomplishments include contributing to research at the Framingham Heart Study and ensuring high quality of deliverables for pharmaceutical clients. She is currently employed in the industry of public health research and is graduating Boston University School of Public Health with a Master's degree in Public Health, specializing in the functional areas of epidemiology and biostatistics.





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Laura has worked within academic medical settings, specifically within cancer care for the past five years. In the earlier years of her career she focused on quality and patient safety, and is now emerging into the digital health realm. She’s contributed to a variety of projects including engaging and coordinating care for clinical trial patients, building a safety net for patients around test result management, and implementing and sustaining a digital health cancer care product. She plans to continue in this field, utilizing her Masters of Public Health in Program Management, and Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases from Boston University after she graduates in 2021.





Transitioning to Online Mentoring and Groups During COVID-19: Stories of Engagement and Success


Fostering Healthy Futures (FHF) is an innovative, preventive intervention designed to promote prosocial development and reduce problem behaviors in youth who have been maltreated and have child welfare involvement. FHF employs a positive youth development (PYD) approach consisting of one-on-one mentoring and skills training. PYD programs reject the deficit approach to working with youth and assume that youth have strengths and resources that can be fostered and place emphasis on long-term health and well-being. Although FHF was designed to be delivered in person, and is built on a foundation of developing strong connections between youth who typically feel isolated under non-pandemic circumstances, COVID-19 pushed FHF to be nimble and flexible and bring all aspects of programming online. Perhaps most notably, FHF was able to remain a constant for our youth during this uncertain time; technology allowed us to continue programming without disruption. Furthermore, adapting to the online forum allowed us to think about future innovations to our programming and how we might be able to serve more youth outside our geographical area. Mentors found creative ways to stay connected to their mentees and skills group content was adapted to meet the needs of youth, all while ensuring safety and encouraging engagement in the online environment. This presentation will provide examples of activities, resources, and content, as well as share program satisfaction responses and attendance data both pre-and post-transition to an online format.


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Jessica Corvinus, M.A., is Director of Dissemination for Fostering Healthy Futures. Ms. Corvinus has always been passionate about efforts that ensure youth are happy, healthy, and thriving, with an emphasis on prevention work. Prior to joining the Fostering Healthy Futures team in 2019, Ms. Corvinus served as the Chief of Evidence-Based Policy in the Colorado Governor's Office for 5 years. Ms. Corvinus is dedicated to advancing the use of research, evidence, and implementation science to ensure we are achieving the best possible outcomes and has helped establish Colorado as a national leader in Evidence-based Policy. Ms. Corvinus received her Master's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.





Increasing Access to Youth-friendly Sexual and Productive Health Services and Education During Most Restrictive Times


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, all things primary care, including adolescent sexual and reproductive care, seemed to take a back seat to safety measures and COVID-19 testing. Clinics closed temporarily, reduced hours, or reduced staff to accommodate reduced patient loads dues to safety measures and shelter in place orders. These factors would seemingly halt the final stages of development and roll out of an online birth control options tool that was designed to direct youth to local clinics. However, with some ingenuity, the Focus4Teens project of Teen Health Mississippi found ways to engage youth, train clinical partners on the tool, and promote the tool with real time feedback from youth. Facilitators will share programmatic background, stories and visuals from the concepts that were created to: -increase awareness and access to birth control options and STI prevention methods; -promote youth-self advocacy; -and prepare both youth and adults to engage in conversations and actions that prepare youth to take agency of their healthcare as they become young adults. Facilitators will share how training and promotions were developed, how clinician training was implemented, and how youth were engaged to get the tool onto the screens of their peers in the target area. This effort allowed rural communities of color with high teen birth and STI rates access to a broader range of birth control options and facts about the range of birth control options available during a time when reproductive health education was a lowered priority. This presentation was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number, # NU58DP006142, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.


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Whitney S. French is a social worker by trade. Whitney has worked in various capacities and settings including in-home behavioral interventions, acute mental health assessments and psychosocial education, home and community based Medicaid waiver services, and community health center case management. Whitney’s passion is to help eliminate negative narratives of Quitman County, the Delta Region, and Mississippi as a whole. Whitney’s role as Focus4Teens Project Coordinator at THMS is to facilitate interaction between clinical and community partners, consultants, evaluators, trainers, and project officers, ensuring that the project is progressing toward its goals of increasing youth friendly sexual and reproductive health service access in Coahoma, Quitman, and Tunica Counties. In addition to her administrative roles, she assists with training facilitation to help adults that work with youth become more informed on issues teens face and approaches to navigating conversations and referrals with teens.





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Mariaha Amos possesses a great love for public health. She has worked in Southern Mississippi to spread awareness about tobacco-related health disparities and promote tobacco cessation. She has spent time in the Mississippi Delta educating pregnant and parenting mothers through a health start initiative to help them achieve better health outcomes for themselves and their babies. Currently, Mariaha serves as the Community Training and Technical Assistance Provider at Teen Health Mississippi on the Focus4Teens project. Mariaha engages parents, educators, youth-serving organization staff persons, and other trusted adults in the community. Mariaha enjoys facilitating conversations with adults in order to better equip their engagement with youth. As a result of Mariaha’s work, many adults leave training sessions feeling more confident in their ability to offer vetted, evidence-based information to youth as well as referrals to sexual and reproductive health services available to teens in the Mississippi Delta.





Implementing the COVID-19 response through the digital space


Relying on digital and online platforms, CORE Group and partners have developed various initiatives for COVID-19. As a response to the need of information for community-based health workers and local communities, we launched in collaboration with Last Mile Health, Medical Aid Films, TechChange and Translators Without Borders, the COVID-19 Digital Classroom, an online platform that includes guidelines, resources, animations and courses. Responding to the need of coordination, CORE Group has hosted, for the past three months, more than 11 global coordination virtual meetings, including a wide range of topics such as: emergency preparedness, digital health, gender and youth engagement in the pandemic response. We are proud to have developed the CORE Group C19 Virtual Marketplace, an innovative online platform, powered by Needslist, to connect in real time the commodities, training and communications needs of local communities, to prevent and respond to COVID-19, with suppliers and manufactures. Launching in Kenya, Somalia, Nigeria and Ethiopia, with more countries to follow. Physical distancing prevents us from meeting in person but does not mean we cannot bring our networks together online in the Virtual Summit “Lives in the Balance”, co-hosted with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. A space to reflect on the current situation, share best practices and innovation, and act by aligning, planning, and activating our joint response. All these activities have an equity lens, working with and for vulnerable populations, ensuring gender representation, geographical balance and meaningful youth collaboration.


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David was President of the National Association of Medical Students in Ecuador and General Assistant for the Americas Region at the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). After finishing medical school, David became a member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, being involved in high level advocacy for young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. As a medical doctor, he worked for a year in a rural community in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest in a primary care facility, working with indigenous communities in remote locations. Currently, David is a Board Member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health representing the Adolescent and Youth Constituency and Vice-president for Development at the International Youth Health Organization. David holds an MD from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador and is also an MPH candidate at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.





Virtual Capacity Building Safe Space on Life Skills and SRH for Girls During COVID-19


Stand With A Girl (SWAG) Initiative is a registered youth-led, not for profit organization dedicated to ensuring that every girl in Nigeria no matter where she is born or found is empowered to fulfill her maximum potentials. As girls stay at home and stay safe in view of the COVID-19 Pandemic, SWAG Initiative offered 137 girls (ages 10- 25) a free Virtual Capacity Building Safe Space to engage, learn and share experiences in April and May, 2020. The goal was to build capacity of girls on life skills towards raising a new generation of informed changemakers. Sessions delivered include; Leadership, Communication, Self-esteem, Advocacy, Public speaking, Storytelling for change, Career Development, Emotional Intelligence and SRH Issues. The project deployed the steps below to achieve the virtual safe space; •Set up 2 WhatsApp groups (Group 1: ages 10-17; Group 2: ages 18-25) •Facilitators were assigned topics per session based on their expertise •Facilitators prepared not more than 10 slides and submit their presentations at least one day before their session. •Facilitators upload slides, pictures, quotes and voice notes explaining the content attached. •Each session lasts for I hour- 45 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A. The pre and post evaluation of sessions reveals over 50% increase in the girls' level of knowledge on these skills. Also, girls developed videos on the impacts of the safe space. Structured virtual safe space could serve as viable and cost-effective tool for continuous capacity building and mentoring in time of pandemic.


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Margaret Bolaji is an articulate voice on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria. She has represented youth at local, national and global conferences, meetings and submits, championing the SRH including Family Planning rights of girls and young people. Margaret served as the inaugural youth representative on FP2020’s Reference Group where she shone a spotlight on the unique SRH needs of young people and adolescents. She founded Stand With A Girl (SWAG) Initiative dedicated to ensuring that every girl in Nigeria no matter where she is born or found is empowered to fulfill her maximum potentials. Margaret has a Masters in Policy and Development Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Kaduna State, Nigeria





Stop COVID-19 Infographics In over 100 Local Languages


Background: Misinformation about the coronavirus has spread rapidly and deeply globally and has negatively affected people’s response towards the pandemic. Therefore, an international NGO, Slum and Rural Health Initiative, developed infographics on prevention of covid-19 in over 100 local languages tailored to needs for needs of vulnerable population. Description: The behavioral change communication messages were developed following recommendation of credible sources (World Health Organization along with Centre for Disease Control and Prevention). These attractive, beautiful, captivating, delightful and educative infographics on can be publicly accessed at www.tinyurl/stopcovid. Results: These infographics has been featured by reputable organizations such as UNICEF West Africa, UNFPA, UNCHR, USAID, ONE, EBSCO and more than 40 prestigious organizations. It has also be used in physical outreaches by local organizations in more than 5 continents and 30 countries. These messages have also been shared massively to more than 50 million people globally via social media platforms. Conclusion and recommendation: Slum and Rural Health Initiative Stop covid-19 infographics in over 100 local languages which has reach over 100 million people has shown the wide spread of properly developed education, information and communication (EIC) materials. Therefore, more initiatives like this are needed to reach, inform and reform vulnerable population with the right, accurate and practical health information.


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Miracle is a physical therapist, digital health advocate, researcher, healthcare innovator with over 5 years of experience in social entrepreneurship and youth-focused mental health advocacy. As the class leader of the 2018 Graduating Set of Physiotherapy students in Nigeria’s premier university, he led digital health enabled mental health campaigns to 20+ schools reaching 10,000+ youths in Nigeria which led to his appointment as the United Nations Millennium Fellow. He currently serves as the Country Coordinator (Nigeria) of Slum and Rural Health Initiative where he led launching of the SIMBIHealth mobile application and chatbot that uses artificial intelligence to deliver health messages to youths. He was appointed a Global Goodwill Ambassador and HundrED Ambassador for his use of innovations in the health space. Miracle has over 40 peer-reviewed articles in peer-reviewed international journals and serves as journal reviewer for over 15 journals.





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Isaac is a medical doctor, master’s degree (with distinction) holder and social entrepreneur with almost a decade of experience in leadership in various organizations that range from healthcare, leadership and public policy such as US-based International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, Australia-based Global Youth Mental Health Awareness, ONE Campaign (Nigeria) among others. He is also a health policy leader with expertise in global public health and advocacy and he is very passionate about sexual and reproductive health and right and mental health of young people. He is currently the Founder/Executive Director of Slum and Rural Health Initiative, a registered organization that takes quality healthcare through to underserved people in urban slums and rural areas in Africa. Dr Isaac is a recipient of several awards, fellowships, scholarships or grants from several reputable organizations which include the African Union, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Reckitt Benckiser, and Harvard Global Health Institute.





Finding connection while social distancing: A human-centered tech approach to the loneliness crisis


Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, there had been growing attention to a phenomenon experts call the “loneliness epidemic,” which has hit youth especially hard. With public health measures now in place, connection and emotional support are even harder to find, further driving the crisis of loneliness among young people. HearMe, a free support app developed by Adam Lippin, was launched before the pandemic, but the virus has put a spotlight on our vulnerability to loneliness and reinforced its use case for health and wellbeing. The app works by connecting users, primarily young people aged 18-24, to trained volunteer listeners for instantaneous text chats. Since the pandemic’s onset, HearMe has quickly adapted to changing realities by providing a COVID-19 conversation category and training listeners to be available for related fears and anxieties. As a result, HearMe has seen significant growth with listeners and members in more than 65 countries. HearMe’s listener model creates a sustainable and scalable peer support network which offers a level of shared understanding and validation. Though HearMe is not intended for serious mental health conditions, peer support has been found to improve self-esteem, decrease substance use and depression, and reduce hospitalization rates. This model is particularly useful as many existing services do not adequately attract, engage or serve young people. As COVID-19 continues to limit our ability to maintain connections, our session will highlight how solutions such as HearMe can provide young people with easy-to-use access to emotional support in the palm of their hands.


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Adam Lippin is an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of HearMe, and the co-founder and CEO of Cuddlist. After the success of his earlier ventures Atomic Wings and Cuddlist, Adam launched the emotional wellness app HearMe in late 2019 with the core value that authentic connection is a fundamental human necessity. Starting with 50 listeners, HearMe has grown to over 2,000 listeners in 67 countries who support a user base of over 15,000 and has been featured in Forbes, CNET, Inverse, Evening Standard and more.





Re-engineering Virtual Platform to Provide Youth Access to SRH Information and Referral During COVID –19 Pandemic in Nigeria:NURHI2 Experience


NURHI 2 is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported Project aimed at increasing access to quality FP services in Nigeria. NURHI2 set up a WhatsApp group to increase life planning ambassadors and youth led/focused organizations' knowledge on SRH, personal development and life skills. Life Planning ambassadors are young people (15-30) based in project intervention States in Nigeria. During COVID 19 pandemic, NURHI2 team opened up an enquiry discussion with these youth on the WhatsApp platform to identify and monitor SRH challenges young people are facing. Findings include commodity stockout on contraceptive, increased cost, lack of access to facilities due to movement restrictions,etc Based on these findings, NURHI2 rolled out expert-led sessions to provide accurate and adequate SRH information and dispel the myth and misconceptions on WhatsApp group. Life planning ambassadors were provided with e-copy of FAQ on FP and directories of supported health facilities to share with peers. As a result of these interventions, youth focused organizations and life planning ambassadors provided monitoring information on the platform that includes significant improvements in access to FP information and services. Also, ambassadors developed one-minute videos on how they are supporting the Covid19 fight, particularly as it concerns SRH of young people. These videos were uploaded on the organization’s social media platforms to reach out to more audience. Existing virtual platforms that are well known and trusted play critical role in providing and scaling up information, serve as knowledge warehouse and referral for AYSRH services in a time of pandemic.


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Margaret Bolaji is an articulate voice on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria. She is a youth program advisor with JHU/CCP FP Portfolio in Nigeria where she leads the portfolio’s development and design of youth and adolescent-focused program activities and advises on how to adapt core interventions to have impact on adolescents and youth access to sexual and reproductive health. Margaret served as the inaugural youth representative on FP2020’s Reference Group where she shone a spotlight on the unique SRH needs of young people and adolescents. She served on WHO’s External Advisory Group of the Global AA-HA Framework. Margaret has represented youth at local, national and global conferences, meetings and submits, championing the SRHR of girls and young people. She is one of 120 under 40 winners - New Generation of Family Planning Leaders.





The (Not So New) New Normal: Using (Not So New) New Media to Reach Teens in the Age of Covid.


Zoom was released in 2013! Surprised? Like Zoom, many of the new media solutions we’re turning to have been around longer than we realize. But for teens, these solutions are far from new. Young people have relied on new media to meet their needs long before the Covid pandemic They’ve used it to socialize and find others like them, to obtain information their parents or communities tried to keep from them, for identity formation, political organizing, and yes, of course, for entertainment, the only thing people think “these kids are doing on their phones.” Teens haven’t “turned” to new media, they’ve always relied on it as a substitute for adequate in-person support and information. What’s new is our urgency to find ways to use it. Bringing effective behavior change programming to adolescents has never been more of a priority. For the last couple of years we've helped several agencies use a few simple digital tools to implement evidence-based approaches to working with teens online. Many EBIs’ core elements, activities, tools, and techniques translate seamlessly to virtual settings. It's a matter of understanding the activities' science-based underpinnings, not being a tech wizard. What’s more, they engage teens far more than traditional GLIs and CLIs, can ensure greater anonymity, and provide real-time linkages to online resources. We’ll explore these super simple but powerful methods by DOING some activities and helping your figure out how to integrate these approaches into your work.


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Kenny has worked in the public health field for nearly 25 years specializing in working with service organizations to develop innovative, engaging, and respectful new-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 outreach to vulnerable populations that ultimately informed the CDC’s formal guidance. Kenny has since become a pioneer in using new media social marketing for health promotion and behavior change. In 2010 he developed an innovative adolescent-health behavioral intervention program that serves multiple functions in one implementation, including building agency capacity to partner with youth in the design, production, and dissemination of digital health messaging and marketing materials. Kenny travels the U.S. lecturing and training on the evolving social media landscape and helping providers find opportunities to use new media to promote teen health.





Gen Z Emerging Insights: Presented by Hopelab's Young Advisory Council


When building digital health tools for teens, there is no full-proof formula for creating products that are engaging and adapted - unless they are given a seat at the table. Hopelab’s Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) was the first step in developing a feedback loop where young people could represent their needs, wants, and work with experts to create products designed truly for the end-user - themselves. Come to our session to explore how Youth Advisory Councils support our understanding of what young people are most concerned about, how THEY are thinking about their own health and well-being, and how the YAAC was critical for the organization’s direction in 2020. This presentation will examine the complex, fun, and incredible nature of engaging youth in complex systems of designing a product while keeping the standards, stakeholders, research, and actually getting sh*t done!


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Margaret is a catalytic leader in health care, forging cross-sector partnerships that drive positive social impact. At Hopelab Margaret leads a multidisciplinary team with expertise in healthcare, academic research, and design to create science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. She is passionate about bringing together government, nonprofit and private-sector stakeholders interested in advancing the role technology can play in supporting and improving health outcomes, with a particular focus on improving care for underserved populations. Margaret spent 17 years at the California HealthCare Foundation as Director of Public Financing and Policy and Director of the Innovations for the Underserved program. She also founded the CHCF Health Innovation Fund, a mission-focused investment fund supporting companies that improve access to and lower costs of health care. The Fund, launched in 2010, has now made investments in eleven early-stage health care technology and services companies.





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Social impact work has always been a core component of what Ken is passionate about, so he was instantly drawn to Hopelab projects like NFP. He is a proud member of the queer, Asian American, and first-generation communities. Ken hopes to see more equitable distribution of telehealth resources, so that all families across the income bracket can become preventative instead of reactive.





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Maddy Suennen is fascinated by human behavior and is excited to explore this passion through the lens of teen and young adult health and well-being. She’s a Bay Area native, a USC alum, and an active volunteer with 826 Valencia. Maddy is currently on the business development team at Hero Digital, crafting new business and brand strategies. She’s interested in child development and family dynamics and seeks to open up the conversation around taboo topics beyond the classroom—particularly around media literacy, comprehensive sex education, and mental health.





Safe Shelter Collaborative: helping find safe shelter for runaway and homeless youth


What if sheltering agencies could quickly access a network of vetted shelters to find immediately available survivor-appropriate shelter? And what if those shelters also could engage their donors to support hotel placements (when survivor-appropriate)? Developed in close collaboration with local shelters, the Safe Shelter Collaborative is a free technology-enabled program designed to provide both of those capacity-building services. Finding shelter is rarely easy. It often includes multiple phone calls and emails to other shelters, and survivors reliving the trauma with each retelling of their story. The process can take hours, and sometimes days—-during which time, survivors can be vulnerable to returning to the environments they were seeking to escape. The Safe Shelter Collaborative stops this cycle. The Safe Shelter Collaborative currently helps supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and is now exploring how the program also could assist shelters who support Runaway and Homeless Youth.


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Catherine Hurd Johnson is the Chief Operating Officer of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, Ms. Johnson has managed numerous department-level operations, budgets, and strategic fundraising initiatives. She holds a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in Public Administration from the University of Washington. Ms. Johnson manages overall strategic operations for the Safe Shelter Collaborative, including partnerships, community outreach, and financial management.





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Sarah Washburn’s professional background includes guiding content creation efforts for the Gates Foundation’s U.S. Library Program, managing the development of training curriculum for Microsoft technology certification programs, co-founding a global grassroots movement to foster civic participation and public discussions at libraries, and developing and leading the library program at TechSoup. In her role as the Director of Community Experience for Caravan Studios, Ms. Washburn works with communities to develop tools that help organize, access, and use local resources to address pressing problems.





Natural language processing and content analysis of youth’s social media posts to inform implementation of next generation HIV prevention


Improving equity in sexual health promotion for youth as it relates to HIV prevention must consider integrating youths’ attitudes, values, and experiences when rolling out new products. Emerging modalities (e.g., gels, rings, douches, vaccines) for biomedical HIV prevention strategies like pre-exposure prophylaxis are currently being assessed for efficacy in clinical trials. Understanding the acceptability of adjacent products (e.g., HPV vaccine, fleet enemas) to future modalities may permit HIV prevention experts to effectively market new products as they become publicly available. Our presentation highlights important findings from youths’ social media posts that describe attitudes and user experiences of HIV prevention adjacent products and behaviors and how they may inform the rollout of next generation HIV prevention modalities.


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My name is Hannah Listerud, and I work with the Program on Sexuality, Technology & Action Research Lab as well as the Health Equity & Media Lab in the Nursing School at the University of Pennsylvania tackling issues on HIV in the LGBTQ+ population and the implementation of PrEP. I am a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences studying Health and Societies and Hispanic Studies. I am interested in questions of health equity for people of color, queer, and trans populations as well as public and environmental health topics and suicide prevention. I am currently conducting my own personal research with therapists in college counseling offices and their attitudes towards and barriers and facilitators to implementing Safety Planning, an evidence-based suicide prevention intervention. I hope to continue working in the public health field in the future, contributing to a larger body of research around queer and trans competent care.





The Need for the Promotion of Positive Social Influence in Web-based Tobacco Prevention Programs


This Digital Poster presents research on the power of social influence in motivating adolescents to avoid tobacco use. By examining the success of a web-based tobacco prevention program called ASPIRE, the results of this study show that being a positive influencer of others can prevent initiation of tobacco use. Future work needs to introduce features of positive influence through online peer-to-peer interaction, which is lacking in currently available tobacco prevention programs for adolescents.


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Georges Khalil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Prior to his appointment at the University of Florida, Dr. Khalil served as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then Instructor faculty at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Southern California (2010) and a Doctoral degree in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo (2015). Dr. Khalil’s research interests are cancer prevention, digital technologies, and social interactivity among adolescents. His work primarily focuses on the design and evaluation of entertainment programs and technology-based interventions that aim to improve clinical and behavioral outcomes related to cancer prevention and control among youths. He is particularly passionate about the application of games for health to bring about behavior change.





The yHEART PDX Project, Vol. 1: Youth Participatory Research on Local Social Determinants of Health


A major pathway for the powerful effect of “place” on health is through social determinants (SDH). However, many local health departments (LHDs) are confronted with fiscal, political, and jurisdictional limitations that compromise their ability to adequately assess/equitably respond to community SDH concerns. Moreover, youth perspective is seldom included in LHD assessment efforts. Information and communication technologies—ICTs (e.g. smartphones)—open the door for low-cost “crowdsourcing” approaches for local SDH assessment, and can offer youth opportunities to inform LHD practice. This youth-led presentation introduces the yHEART PDX Project as a model for community-inclusive SDH assessment approaches led by local youth. yHEART—youth Health Equity and Action Research Training—trains youth residents of N/NE Portland as public health researchers, integrating social epidemiology, YPAR, and ICTs. Youth will co-present their findings from yHEART PDX “volume 1”, including geo-located photos, web-based maps, and creative arts research products based on their data.


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Dr. Ryan J. Petteway is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. His scholarship engages notions of place, “placemaking”, and health in community development, and the social, economic, and political processes that govern the spatial distribution of health opportunities. He takes an intergenerational approach to his work, anchors his scholarship in the principles of CBPR, and employs exclusively participatory methods—conceptual, procedural, and methodological characteristics of his work that reflect the value he places on equitable and decolonized community engagement. Dr. Petteway received his BA from the University of Virginia, his MPH from the University of Michigan, and his DrPH from the University of California, Berkeley. He currently lives in Portland, OR—where he drinks bougie-fied coffee in the rain while going to extreme measures to protect his Griffey Max 1 Freshwaters. He may or may not be dropping The Public Health MixTape, vol. 2 this summer.





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Lourdes is a recent graduate of the Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University’s School of Public Health. As a graduate researcher, she centered her values of collaboration and equity to support community-based participatory research projects, including the youth Health Equity Action Research Training (yHEART) PDX program. The yHEART program trains youth of color in N/NE Portland as public health researchers to elevate their voices in local health assessment efforts and policy advocacy. Additionally, Lourdes is part of the Oregon Health Authority’s outbreak response team that helps mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon’s rural counties by providing education to communities of color about disease transmission and community safety.





Positively Connected for Health (PC4H): A Youth-Driven mHealth Intervention for HIV Prevention and Treatment


Adolescents and young adults (AYA) are disproportionately affected by HIV and fewer than half of AYA who are prescribed meds take their meds and achieve an undetectable viral load, but mhealth interventions can provide supplemental support in real times and places youth need support to improve their health outcomes. Learn about our journey to determine acceptability, feasibility, and preliminary efficacy of a 1-year mhealth intervention for youth living with HIV in Philadelphia, PA that consists of a digital health literacy workshop coupled with a medication adherence app with features including an avatar, reminders, calendar, health discussion forum, and more.


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Susan Lee is a research program manager for adolescent health and wellness at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She has a background in adolescent health communication research across various risky behaviors and medias. Her current work is focused on the development of clinical, behavioral, health communication and technology, policy and community-engaged research to better understand and improve the health of adolescents at high risk for or living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalized youth including LGBTQ and homeless adolescents. She works closely with the Adolescent Initiative, an HIV prevention and treatment program, as well as the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine, and the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic at CHOP. Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Public Health from Drexel University.





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Kayla Knowles is a clinical research assistant at PolicyLab and the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Her research experience consist of a social media multisite demonstration project to improve medication adherence and retention in care among youth living with HIV as well as coordinated an expert consensus study to develop best practices for mHealth HIV prevention interventions. Ms. Knowles recently earned a Masters of Public Health with a focus on community health and prevention and infectious disease from Drexel University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and gender & women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.





Engaging & Empowering Community Youth Change Agents


With a strategic training and mentoring program in place, TRAIL’s Teen Task Force has demonstrated that youth have the incredible drive to empower and bring about change that paves the way for a healthy and thriving community. This digital poster will: highlight strategies in creating and training an effective TTF that the audience can replicate in their own communities, review several youth led initiatives, and identify multiple levels of support that address the underlying causes of health risk behaviors in adolescents.


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Melanie Grafals currently serves at the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) as a Program Coordinator. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Science from the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida. Melanie has been involved in the research, planning, and implementation of several federally funded grants focusing on adolescent health, sexual health, and violence prevention. She has eight years of experience in community outreach and engagement, fostering collaborative relationships among non-profit organizations, government agencies, and community members. Among her interests are reproductive justice, global health, and school engagement.





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Asma Warrich currently serves at the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) as a Program Coordinator for the TRAIL (Taking Responsible Actions in Life) Program, which aims to decrease rates of teen pregnancy in Cabarrus County by utilizing a multifaceted approach. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill and her Masters in Public Health from UNC Charlotte. Ms. Warrich has served on numerous projects related to community development, adolescent health and wellness, and minority health.





VaxTeen: A Teenager's Effort to Educate Her Peers and Give Them the Tools They Need to Get Vaccinated


VaxTeen was founded in response to the growing trend of teens attempting to self-consent to vaccinations. A cursory search of Reddit reveals that many teens with “anti-vax” parents are desperately trying to figure out how they can get vaccinated and coming up short on answers, a testament to the complexity and futility of trying to decipher minor consent laws. VaxTeen serves as a centralized repository allowing users to determine what vaccines they need and at what age they can receive them without parental consent based on the state they live in. VaxTeen also acts as a much-needed public health campaign to educate teens about vaccines, designed uniquely by their peers.


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Kelly is a high school senior from Los Angeles, interested in the intersection of preventative care and healthcare disparities. She founded VaxTeen, an organization dedicated to raising awareness amongst teenagers about the importance of vaccines and encouraging those who are unvaccinated to receive immunizations as soon as they are able to. Kelly also participates in the California HPV roundtable, an initiative to increase adolescent HPV vaccination. In addition, she volunteers in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, where she contributes to an effort to mandate HPV vaccination for seventh-grade school entry in California and researches disparities in HPV vaccine uptake amongst publicly and privately insured California adolescents. She is deeply involved in her community, serving as president of her local hospital's teen volunteer program, interning in a research laboratory focused on stroke treatment and prevention, and founding her school's science news publication.





askNivi: Leveraging AI to scale access, behavior change, and actionable insights in health


If you've ever googled a health question, you know how the intimidating the seemingly endless list of sometime conflicting resources can be. Imagine if it's your second language or you're looking to confirm or deny a culturally-specific belief you've heard from a friend or relative. And even if you find your answer, do you know how to act upon it? askNivi solves this challenge for young consumers in emerging markets. Our AI-enhanced conversational interface gives users personalized health information, screenings, and referrals to providers. We connect young users with the most relevant and actionable information through popular channels including Facebook Messenger, SMS, and WhatsApp. For our business partners, our dashboards give actionable insights to help partners better serve consumers. The session will touch upon how we have applied the Digital Development Principles and how our partners use Nivi insights to inform their health programming, products, services, and self-care initiatives.


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Dr. Ben Bellows, Nivi’s Co-founder and Chief Business Officer, is a global health researcher with experience in healthcare financing, tech, and human rights. Ben’s contributions to Nivi are based in part on his prior research at the Population Council in Nairobi, Lusaka, and more recently Washington DC. While at Population Council, he ensured every member of his team first authored a scientific manuscript and team building remains an important success metric. He has worked with private sector, ministries of health, and non-profits on a range of initiatives funded by USAID, World Bank, UKAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Packard Foundation, and Merck for Mothers among others. Ben has published more than 45 peer reviewed manuscripts and several book chapters and holds a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.





Co-designing a menstruation app with teenage girls


Want to know how to include young women and girls in the design of a solution from the very beginning? Want to know best practices for user testing with girls? Come and learn from our experiences in creating Oky, a period tracker app designed with and for girls in Mongolia and Indonesia! In this practical session you will: - Learn how to co-create a digital (health) solution with and for girls. - Learn best practice tips for running HCD workshops and user testing - Have a go at designing your own solution for girls Participants from all backgrounds are encouraged to attend (no need to be tech-savvy!), and we especially welcome women and youth participants!


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Alexandra Tyers is the Product Manager for Oky, as part of UNICEF's Gender and Innovation team. Alex is a digital development specialist, with a particular focus on women and girls’ access to and use of technology, the gender digital divide, and M&E and insights for digital products and services. Alex’s previous experience includes creating digital products and services for girls across Africa, Asia and Central America – including seven years in Bangladesh working on mobile learning and mobile health products for rural adolescent girls. Alex has previously worked with UNICEF Office of Innovation, GSMA, UNCDF, Better than Cash Alliance, the World Bank, USAID Digital Inclusion, Girl Effect and BBC Media Action, amongst others. Alex splits her time between Malaysia and Bangladesh.





Can I Touch Your Elbow? The consent-messaging "ear worms" that make asking for consent challenging for young people.


So many of young people I work with report similar perspectives on the issue of consent; they joke about it – “May I touch your elbow?” - and in doing so make a good point! It’s embarrassing to think of seeking consent in the ways they have been TOLD to, or worse, had modeled by someone who doesn’t look or think like them. Like 1-800-KARS 4 KIDZ, once that corny impression burrows into their brains it’s hard to get it out. Working with the NYC DOH and the young people that comprise their Teens Connection Program, we produced three, one-minute videos from three very different perspectives. They are individually designed to reach a very narrow audience - the one that the teen-producers represent. Each of these stories models a different way of asking for consent, only after the main character thinks through the best and worst possible outcomes.


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Kenny has worked in the public health field for nearly 25 years specializing in working with service organizations to develop innovative, engaging, and respectful new-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 outreach to vulnerable populations that ultimately informed the CDC’s formal guidance. Kenny has since become a pioneer in using new media social marketing for health promotion and behavior change. In 2010 he developed an innovative adolescent-health behavioral intervention program that serves multiple functions in one implementation, including building agency capacity to partner with youth in the design, production, and dissemination of digital health messaging and marketing materials. Kenny travels the U.S. lecturing and training on the evolving social media landscape and helping providers find opportunities to use new media to promote teen health.





PrEP4Youth: Tackling stigma, side effects, and more through empowerment


Did you know? PrEP offers more than 90% protection against HIV when taken correctly. A series of five public service announcement videos was created to encourage PrEP as an acceptable HIV prevention method for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). PrEP is more than just a pill, but also a source of aspiration, empowerment, and independence. The videos feature actresses from MTV Shuga: Down South, who tackle critical questions on many AGYW’s minds regarding testing, combination prevention, side effects, stigma, and adherence. See for yourself the power of putting important health information directly into young people’s hands… on their screens.


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Elmari Briedenhann is a senior programme manager in Knowledge Management and Communication at Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute in South Africa. In addition to a degree in Communication Science, she also holds an honours degree in Gender Studies, she is a classically trained and award-winning graphic designer with more than 13 years’ experience in South Africa and the international market. Elmari works across a number of implementation science projects focussing on HIV prevention with AGYW, SWs and initiatives focussed on men and boys, and is especially interested and active in projects that drive the provision of oral PrEP. Elmari has extensive expertise in demand creation and enjoys working on a range of communication efforts such as mobile application planning, design and development, infographic creation and data artistry, social media content design, IEC material development, tools and manual design and is especially passionate about meaningful and innovative youth engagement.





How to spot, and stop, health misinformation on social media


Fake cancer cures that corrode your skin, a juice that claims to cure chronic illness, and eating disorder blogs that contradict all medical advice. These are just a couple of examples of health misinformation I've investigated as a BBC journalist. This workshop will equip the audience with tools to both spot, and stop, health misinformation they come across on the internet. Testimonials, blogs and influencers can often provide tempting solutions for everything from birth control to chronic illness, but health misinformation can have serious consequences. We'll talk about some of the people who have fallen very ill as a result of following online misinformation, and share and brainstorm potential solutions to this problem including how we get more qualified health professionals on social media.


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Ione is a journalist for BBC News, specialising in health, women and online misinformation. She broadcasts daily to young audiences around the world, between the ages of 16-25. She has led several investigations on issues ranging from the spread of health misinformation on social media to the lack of accessible refuge services available to disabled women who have experienced domestic abuse. In 2016, she gave a TED talk at the TED Global summit called 'How We Talk About Sexual Assault Online', after a personal experience led her to set up a website called #NotGuilty - to enable survivors to speak out about their experiences of sexual assault free from harassment or victim-blaming. The website was covered by the international press.





How I turned my experience of sexual assault into an online platform to help others


After being the victim of an assault in London in early 2015, I published a letter to my assaulter in a student newspaper, which went viral, attracting enormous attention and prompting the sharing of countless experiences by others around the world on social media. That reaction prompted me to set up the international #NotGuilty movement against sexual violence and misdirected victim-blaming, which has a website providing a platform for people to speak out. This website has been covered by the international press and allowed survivors who are not able to speak out in their communities a safe and practical way to share their experience and feel less alone. This talk will show how I turned a negative experience into a positive movement for social change, and explain how to make real impact with online health movements.


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Ione is a journalist for BBC News, specialising in health, women and online misinformation. She broadcasts daily to young audiences around the world, between the ages of 16-25. She has led several investigations on issues ranging from the spread of health misinformation on social media to the lack of accessible refuge services available to disabled women who have experienced domestic abuse. In 2016, she gave a TED talk at the TED Global summit called 'How We Talk About Sexual Assault Online', after a personal experience led her to set up a website called #NotGuilty - to enable survivors to speak out about their experiences of sexual assault free from harassment or victim-blaming. The website was covered by the international press.





What is COVID-19 and how can I protect myself, my family and friends


“What is COVID-19 and how can I protect myself, my family and friends” animated video was commissioned by Advocates for Youth, UNFPA and Amaze.org for the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region. The video’s core message is to educate and drive the importance of social distancing and more importantly the practicing hand hygiene with water or sanitise gel message to the lower- and no income demographics in ESARO. Animation - and the injection of edutainment is produced by Turbulence Studios in South Africa.


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Turbulence Studios is your pilot of choice for animated videos that engage, captivate and inform. The latter, specifically, because we specialise in key messaging through edutainment for public health initiatives, public benefit institutions, non-profit companies and non-governmental organisations. No matter where your messages need to land, we’ll make sure they arrive with a bang! We take on board everything from public health announcements and social awareness campaigns to education on sexual and reproductive rights. Though experts in edutainment, we also love conventional entertainment – but pushing boundaries is definitely written in our stars! That means Turbulence Studios welcomes all kinds of passengers and cargo, so whether you need to pitch, promote, sell or develop, we’re happy to map the best route for you – and provide an exhilarating ride!





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