2018 Sessions

Breakout Session Topics

Grassroots Organizing

Increasing social visibility among a widespread audience sometimes requires you to begin at the ground level. Learn how these organizers have been using interpersonal workshops, zines, and interactive e-tools to gauge what social-centered health initiatives their users are interested in.

Mahika Halepete, AYANA International

Shawn Reilly, The Change Project

Jada Santos, Give Us the Floor

Valerie Grison-Alsop, Give Us the Floor

Opening The Discussion On Mental Health

The mental health of young people has recently moved to the forefront in conversations related to technology and social media, yet there still remains a stigma around mental health issues in the U.S. This session will breakdown ways to increase access to youth mental health services, and engage young people and adults in conversations and action.

Vicki Harrison, Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing

Stephanie Craig Rushing, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

David Stephens, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Jamie Wang, CaringLoop.us

Chris Lee, Co-Founder

Jeannette Wang, Co-Founder

Hacking Youth Health

Hackathons are quickly making new ideas a reality in the youth health sector and using them to better young people in their area. Learn how these presenters are using new engagement strategies to create civic hackathons and competitions to tackle issues of sexual and reproductive health, technology, and prevention all over the world.

Sarah Sharif, Experimental Civics

Diego Agostinho Calixto, Ministry of Health of Brazil

Carla Aguirre, Planned Parenthood Global

Sex Conversations & Teen Pregnancy Prevention

“It’s time we had the talk”… the six unforgivable words that a teen never wants to hear! But having “the talk” doesn’t have to be difficult! We’ve compiled a comprehensive panel of experts who have taken the initiative to campaign and explore ways to have open conversations and talk prevention around sexual health and teen pregnancy prevention. Come hear how innovators from Texas A&M University, Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, LA Unified School District, and the DC Department of Health have incorporated technology into their interventions.

Raquel Ruiz, DC Health

Veronica Urquilla, DC Health

Sheena Pegarido, Link Strategic Partners

Jennifer Farmer, Texas A&M University

Melissa Strype, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

Timothy Kordic, LAUSD

Inclusive Health for All Youth

Join speakers from The Gender Confirmation Center, Yelp, SF State, and YTH as they discuss the importance of digital health access among LGBT youth, resources for providing inclusive services and education to the young person and provider, and new ways to engage in this conversation.

Charity Rose, Healthy Answers; Finding Trans Affirming Resources Online

Chris Bannister,YTH

Duncan Cook, Yelp

Nick Newton, YTH

Global Health: South and Southeast Asia

These speakers offer stories on increased access to sexual and reproductive health resources provided for and by youth and young adults living in South and Southeast Asia. Hear unique perspectives from the communities and find out how these youth and providers from across the globe are reshaping their health.

Robert Ainslie, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Shoaib Shahzad, Pakistan

Sadia Ata Mehmoud, UNFPA

Tisa Barrios Wilson, UC Berkeley

Engaging Youth in Research

Youth today are some of the most active avid users of technology, yet digital outreach and digital privacy still remains difficult for many healthcare providers and researchers. So why not streamline the process by involving youth and young adults alike? Come learn how speakers from the University of Pennsylvania and California Adolescent Health Collaborative are using new and on the ground research methods to engage youth users in the adoption of data collection and how these methods are shaping the way we use tech!

Jesse Golinkoff, University of Pennsylvania

Eugene R. Lee, California Adolescent Health Collaborative of Public Health Institute

Electronic Learning, Skill Building, and Support

Within the past decade, electronic learning and digital support access has dramatically changed the way we look at sex education, mental health, HIV treatment, and has also fostered a new foundation of skills and peer support among youth and young adults. Programs addressing eating disorders, mental health, and HIV treatment alike are utilizing digital learning platforms and digital access tools – come learn how they envision what the future of electronic support looks like.

Jill Eversole, UCSF Beyond the Pill

Marta Cabral, UCSF Beyond the Pill

Abigail Andrews, Project HEAL

Kate Plourde, FHI 360

Kristina Saffran, Project HEAL

Global Health: Africa Region

These speakers offer us a unique narrative on the accessibility of emergency health information, network capacity building, and HIV assistance prevention among young adults located throughout the region of Africa. Hear unique perspectives from their communities and find out how with the help of technology, African youth are reshaping their own health.

Stefanie Hornschuh, Perinatal HIV Research Unit

Pearson Malisau, African Youth Safe abortion alliance (AYOSA)

Pamela A. Mallinga, Population Services International (DC)

Wycliffe Waweru, Population Services International (Kenya)

Modernizing Contraception

From MPTs to mobile apps these speakers are modernizing access to contraception tips and faqs along with pioneering new devices to transform reproductive health prevention. Step into the brave new world of contraception.

Bethany Young Holt, IMPT

Monica Armendariz, EngenderHealth

Molly Pilloton, YTH

Jenifer DeAtley, EngenderHealth

Laiah Idelson, YTH

Kyle Wai Lin, Immigrant Creative

Digital Public Health: Beyond the Cookie-Cutter Solution

Mental health, physical activity, peer support, and access to health and employment can all contribute to a healthy body. But for some youth, not all needs look the same. From American Indian and Alaska Native youth to young people exiting foster and juvenile justice systems, find out how these speakers are tailoring their digital tools to best fit the needs of the communities they’re serving.

David Stephens, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Tracie Seward, Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health

Joni K. Roberts, Jackson State University School of Public Health

Samantha Williams, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tonya Duhart, The Task Force for Global Health

Mariela Uribe, YTH

Life Skills, Coaching, and Economic Empowerment

We know that health is based on more than how fast you can run or how high you can jump. But what really goes into building truly holistic futures for young people? These panelists share how, through design and technology, they took a bird’s eye view of health and equipped youth with skills to ensure they had all the tools they needed to live healthy lives. Whether providing life skills and coaching with nurses and young mothers, developing employment skills for disadvantaged youth in the Central Valley of California, or supporting young farmers through innovative design in Myanmar, these programs utilize technology to enhance and promote overall health.

Fred Dillon, Hopelab

Mariela Uribe, YTH

Melisa Price, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Emma Schlamm, YTH

Jacob Rader, argo design

Tech Communication: Telehealth and Beyond

Going to the doctor’s office and getting the most up-to-date medical referral takes time. These programs are bypassing some of the traditional ways we engage with providers and young people and are utilizing telehealth in an ever-changing role. Come to this session to learn about communication enhancement for remote counseling sessions, eLearning between health workers in the field, HIV-testing, LGBTQ community support, PrEP access, and much more!

Lindsey Leslie, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Erin Riley , University of Michigan School of Nursing Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities

Stephen Sullivan, University of Michigan School of Nursing Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities

Tech Conversations About Porn

“You must be at least 18-years-old to enter this site”—the all too familiar splash page for a site dedicated for “adult” content. But what does it truly mean to have access to an “adult” content site? Are there educational merits to understanding the nuances of pornography through the access of tech? Come learn how these panelists are redefining the way we traditionally look at porn by attempting to create an open dialogue among youth and adults.

Rachel E. Cooke, Advocates for Youth

Avry Schellenbach, Health Connected

Vanessa Kellam, Health Connected

Re-imagining Research in HIV

What does it take to shift the digital landscape of HIV? Learn how these organizations are addressing the need for a more novel approach to HIV prevention research among youth and adolescents by offering new tools and social media outlets used to collect and redefine data.

Adrienne Chung, The Kaiser Family Foundation

Jesse Golinkoff, University of Pennsylvania

Antwon Chaplin, UCLA – ATN CARES Project

From Recruitment to Impact Evaluation

Targeting and amassing the perfect participants for a research project requires a balance of outreach, listening, and study optimization. Come learn how these panelists used some of these techniques to create a trusting relationship between them and their study participants all while increasing retention, participation, and discovering new ways for impact.

Maryann Koussa, UCLA – ATN CARES Project

Thomas Davis, UCLA – ATN CARES Project

Mariela Uribe, YTH

Christian Bannister, YTH

Tell me a Story: How Digital Storytelling Can Open A Dialogue

Walking in another person’s shoes is still the best way to relate a difficult issue. Digital storytelling strategies in turn can help tell the stories of the communities that need it most and open up important conversations that need to be told. Learn some of the successes of storytelling at this session and how storytelling is restructuring the digital landscape.

Aisha Moore, AIDS.gov/John Snow, Inc

Liesl Lu, What Works in Youth HIV/JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

Jessica Willoughby, Washington State University

Kelly L’Engle, University of San Francisco

Kate Plourde, FHI 360

Julie Rooney, CA Dept. of Public Health

Erica Root, CA Dept. of Public Health

#MeToo: Preventing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in a Digital World

52% of teens who experience digital abuse, also experience physical abuse. How can we use technology to prevent dating and sexual violence, when technology is often the vehicle for violence? Learn how ​these ​organizations are ​supporting youth and parents in ​addressing this contradiction through social media, online forums, and crisis text lines.

Kelly Marie Meek, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Matty Smith, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Andrea Diaz, La Casa de las Madres

Eleanor Davis, Futures Without Violence

Handing Over Power: How Mobile Can Improve Girls’ Lives

Greater accessibility and new opportunities have been made possible by the growth of mobile technologies. Leveraging the power of female voices through this tech will be the key to bridging the gap for young women globally. Learn how these organizations are bridging the gap as they continue to offer girls around the globe a digitized centered stage.

Ambika Samarthya-Howard, Praekelt

Khwezi Magwazi, Springster / Girl effect

Jessa Blades, Ideo.org

Eva Roca, Population Council

Craig Savel, Population Council

A or B? Why not Both? Best Practices for Using Technology to Implement Testing in Your Research

Are you planing to use social media or a online tools to conduct your youth-centered research? Learn strategies, best practices, and in-person online case studies that will help you maximize your best research approach. In this session, you’ll gain insight from the marketing experts at Whole Whale on strengthening your web conversions; the do’s and don’t of social media recruitment, as provided by Healthy Teen Network; and some of the successes and challenges of using mobile-based technologies to conduct research with youth across the globe from mSurvey. If you’re using the an online digital tool in your research efforts, you’ll walk away from this session with the knowledge on how to implement your project from start to finish.

Mila Garrido, Healthy Teen Network

Genevieve Martinez-Garcia, Healthy Teen Network

Nicholas Suffrinko, Healthy Teen Network

Aimee Leidich, mSurvey

George Weiner, Whole Whale

Social Media as Social Change

Social media is the new frontier of communications. However, effectively using it to bring historically disenfranchised voices to the forefront of conversations is its own challenge. Learn how Planned Parenthood Federation of America, YTH, Oregon Health Authority, and the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Educational Theatre have utilized social media as a social change agent.

Julia Bennett, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Chelsea Perugini, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

April Ibarra, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Educational Theatre

Ray Auxais, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Educational Theatre

Josh Bettenhausen, YTH

Substance Abuse: Opioids and Beyond

Substance abuse among young people globally has been shown to contribute to ​a variety of adverse health outcomes. In the past decade, the misuse of opioids in particular has become a national crisis; one that has gained a tremendous amount of social and political media traction. Come to this session to learn how researchers the folks at Telesphora and the University of California, San Francisco are using digital-based predictions, patternized social media analytics, research, and technology interventions to monitor addiction behavior and provide access to support.

Dara Rouholiman, Origami Innovations

Roy Cherian, University of California, San Francisco

Anna Leddy, University of California, San Francisco

Improving Patient-Provider Communication

Everyone should be able to talk more openly to their medical provider, but these conversations can sometimes be a little tricky or just plain awkward! These speakers are working to make that dream a reality and open up lines of understanding and communication between doctors and young people, the LGBTQ community, and more.

Carlos Romero, Apex

Sarah Roush, Essential Access Health

Laiah Idelson, YTH

Nicole Ippoliti, YLabs

Diving into Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Games

Want to go beyond digital storytelling? Why not make a game to tell your story for you? Or go even further and make a person live it in virtual reality? These presenters did just that and made a game focused on HIV and STI screening and a VR experience on intimate partner violence.

Sandra McCoy, University of California, Berkeley

Surabhi Srivastava, Love Matters India

Bhupendra Sheoran, YTH

Workshop Topics

Male Approach for Family Planning

The needs, preferences, and perspectives on family planning is a topic that often falls by the wayside for men in India, Kenya, Mali, and Nigeria. In this workshop you’ll learn how human centered design can be used to shape, engage, and empower men from different countries in the involvement of family planning.

Rebecca Hope,Youth Development Labs
Nicole Ippoliti, Youth Development Labs

How to Engage Youth, by Youth!

Supported by the Adolescent Sexual Health Working Group (ASHWG)

Deep and meaningful youth engagement can be transformative for organizations, the community they serve and for the youth themselves. But what does meaningful youth engagement really look like? Globally, we have struggled with defining and implementing deep and meaningful youth engagement. Most of the youth engagement practices and principles have been drafted by adults and fail to acknowledge the resilience and wisdom of youth. Hear directly from youth on how to create opportunities that are meaningful and rewarding for youth, build capacity for your youth advisors, and maintain motivation. Join the session for an engaging dialogue with youth leaders as they discuss youth engagement and share their opinions and recommendations to guide programs and providers who are looking to collaborate with youth on developing youth-centered authentic strategies and interventions. In addition to the panel discussion, the attendees will get the chance to participate in a flash-design workshop to draft recommendations and guiding principles for youth engagement.
Brenda Lopez, Community Youth Leader

Evelyn Batres, Community Youth Leader

Isabella Yee, Community Youth Leader

Alba Alvarado, Community Youth Leader

Ryan Freeland, YTH YAB

Martevia Bledsoe, YTH YAB

Trey Courts, YTH YAB

Alejandro Duran-Martinez, Community Youth Leader

Startup to Sex Ed: Strategies for Product Development from the Tech World

Why not use the product development strategies of the startup world to develop sexual education? Come to this session to be walked through the world of start-ups, including key terminology, market research strategies, determining product-market fit, and more. Join experts from okayso, YTH, and Credit Karma to discover new strategies from the Silicon Valley for creating innovative sex ed solutions and apply them to your work.

Elise Schuster, okayso

Amelia Holstrom, okayso

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