YTH Live: the youth + tech + health conference

2019 Schedule

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8:15am

REGISTRATION

8:15am - 8:50am

9:00am

WELCOME & OPENING PLENARY: Joining Hands, Virtually and Personally

9:00am - 10:15am


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


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


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


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


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    He started his career in education as a classroom teacher but left to work in health and prevention-education. He is the subject matter expert in health education and has experience in nutrition & obesity, violence & social-emotional learning, mental health, substance abuse and more. He has developed award-winning programs related to gun violence prevention and has recently worked in cancer prevention. Presently, he manages the LAUSD HIV/AIDS Prevention unit with a focus on sexual health and HIV prevention. The unit is federally funded by CDC DASH. The unit uses surveillance tools to monitor student behaviors that inform school policy, programs, and practice. His findings have been published in multiple research journals. He has a long history presenting at national conferences and webinars on his work and continues to implement one of the most progressive health programs in the country.





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10:15am

Coffee Break, sponsored by Kapor Center

10:15am - 10:45am


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


10:15am

DIGITAL POSTER SESSION #1

10:15am - 10:45am

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


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    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.






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


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    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.






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


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    A clinical psychologist by training, Christine is passionate about using technology to build and disseminate products and services that help people make meaningful, positive changes in their lives. As Chief Science Officer at Healthy Minds Innovations, Christine is responsible for providing scientific leadership and communicating the value of the scientific assessment and research aspects of the Healthy Minds program to stakeholders. Prior to joining HMI, Christine provided clinical and scientific leadership for a popular mobile app for individuals coping with stress, anxiety, and depression.






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


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    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.





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    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






10:45am

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

10:45am - 12:00pm

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The shift in this country toward more repressive health policies, such as SRAE, the re-branded abstinence-only programming, is thwarting efforts to get young people science-based information and messaging. Some agencies, however, have little choice but to accept such funding. Reproductive injustice, inequality, gun violence, even in this era of extreme conservatism, it’s youth who’ve been at the forefront of the movements to combat dangerous social ills. So why not let youth create their own messaging, with your support and guidance? The principles of Social Marketing, marketing attitudes and behaviors, can enable the creation of materials that contradict disinformation, and inspire the youth who consume them. We’ll show you how to facilitate youth’s creation of effective digital health marketing, while meeting the criteria set out by suppressive funding. Regardless of your funding options, this session will provide participants with a strategy for creating and leveraging teen-produced content.


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10:45am

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

10:45am - 12:00pm

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


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10:45am

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

10:45am - 12:00pm

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This session explores how gamification can address the health needs of young people in some very unique and interactive ways. Learn how games can do anything from helping teach young people about the benefits of vaccines to building resilience in youth with chronic or mental illnesses.


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


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    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.






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


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    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.






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


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    Laura Lloyd has over 20 years of experience in public health research and digital innovation, primarily applied in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and HIV/STI prevention. Now an independent consultant who works across a range of research, design, and development projects, she spent 11 years at Power to Decide, building Bedsider and coaching Innovation Next grantees through the human-centered design process. She received a BA in Psychology and Sociology from University of Colorado, an MPH from Emory University, and an MS in Human-Computer Interaction Design from Indiana University’s School of Informatics, all with the common theme of better understanding human behavior.






10:45am

Birds and the Bees using VR and Bots!

10:45am - 12:00pm

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In this session you’ll hear about key findings from chat boxes used to deliver non judgemental sexual health advice to teens and teenage girls around the world. Attendees will learn why a virtual reality experience was created to build communication in sexual relationships and to increase condom use.


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


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    Iva Kosutic, Ph.D. is an evaluation researcher responsible for an evaluation of sexuality education programs funded by the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health, Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grant. Iva obtained her Ph.D. in human development and family studies from the University of Connecticut in 2010. She is currently an evaluation researcher at Partners in Social Research, LLC.






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


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    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.





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


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    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

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

10:45am - 12:00pm


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


12:00pm

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

12:00pm - 1:15pm


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


1:15pm

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

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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This session will inspire you to use social media and video to empower young people and their allies in making well-informed decisions about their health. Learn how organizations and providers are using videos and social media to raise awareness about tobacco-related products, to promote sexual and reproductive health and to implement a virtual family weight management program.


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


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    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





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    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.






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    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!


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    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.





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


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    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.






1:15pm

Digital Tools for Family Planning and Emergency Contraception

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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From fertility tracking to locating places to buy emergency contraception and digitalized net mapping in Nigeria, learn how young people are using digital tools for family planning. This session will explore how machine learning and Human-Centered Design are being used to create digital family planning tools like the Dot fertility app and TeenRx.


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


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    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.






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


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    Maree Crabbe is Director and co-founder of the Australian violence prevention project Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality. 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, 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.





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


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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.






1:15pm

Technology Empowering a Self-Care Abortion Movement

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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Given the restrictions on access to abortion and reproductive health services around the world, there is a pressing need for exploration and development of new technologies to expand access to abortion. While technologies such as smartphone applications (apps) have the potential to increase health knowledge and agency, there are a lack of technologies explicitly focused on providing abortion information and personalized care. To develop the best ways to deliver abortion information and care using the technology we have available and to support new models of self-care, user-center approaches are crucial. Come to this session to learn about several approaches that have leveraged technology to increase access to abortion information and care. Best of all, come test out some of these tech interventions and contribute your own ideas and questions!


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1:15pm

Virtual Reality As A Stigma Busting Tool

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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A How-to Guide for mobilizing young people on taboo health issues using VR: Does virtual reality fascinate you? Are you curious about using VR to bring about social change but not sure how to go about it? If you answered yes, then attend our workshop where we will take you through the different steps involved in conceptualizing a VR project for social change — for this, we will be using our VR film, India’s first VR film on abortion, as a case study (yes, you will also have the chance to watch the film!). Love Matters India has successfully used virtual reality as a tool to engage with young people in India on two sensitive and taboo social issues: intimate partner violence (IPV) and abortion. This has entailed using virtual reality to increase awareness and normalize conversation around these stigmatized issues, as well as taking this innovative technology to young people through strategic public distribution, thereby making VR accessible to a diverse audience.


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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.





2:30pm

Coffee Break, sponsored by dfusion

2:30pm - 2:45pm


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


2:45pm

Virtual & Reality: Family Planning

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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In this session you’ll hear about a variety of tools created to promote family planning, contraception for people that produce sperm, and comprehensive sex education. These technological tools include media development, virtual reality, and live streaming events. Come find out about judgement free emergency contraception, improving gender equity, and reducing gender violence.


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


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    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!






  • Description

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


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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.





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  • Description

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


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2:45pm

Once upon a time…Lightning Stories

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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Storytelling at its best, join this session to be led through stories about young people from all over the world addressing health through digital technologies. Hear the voices of men seeking HIV-testing in Kenya, learn what it is like to empower young girls to engage in mental health among their peers, experience the impact of treating young people as partners in digital health, and hear what it is like to be a young adolescent living with HIV seeking connection and support online. Join storytellers from Girl Effect, FHI360, Connected Health Solutions, and YLabs, in this storytelling experience and engaging discussion.


4 Subsessions


  • Description

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


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    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!






  • Description

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


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    Ms. Asma Warrich has served on numerous federally funded grants focusing on school engagement, community development, and health education, specifically for youth and minority populations, for over four years. She co-leads the Cabarrus County High School Mentor program in which a select group of teens are trained and mentored to serve as youth leaders and advocates in the community.






  • Description

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


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  • Description

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


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    Supervising Health Education Coordinator with El Dorado County, emphasis on substance use prevention. Masters degree in clinical psychology. I have worked in the substance abuse prevention field with El Dorado County for twenty years. The focus of prevention in our county has evolved over the years strictly from alcohol and marijuana to alcohol, marijuana, vaping and prescription drugs. Our emphasis has always been strengthening youth and families through a variety of strategies in an effort to build resiliency and establish goals. Increasing academic success and school bonding remains key to our success.






2:45pm

Trauma and Tech

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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While digital technology, such as social media and mobile apps, are keeping us more connected than ever before, rates of depression and anxiety among youth continue to skyrocket. This session dives into youth-centered and youth-led solutions for mental illness, social inclusion, gun violence, and paths to recovery using storytelling and innovation. Attendees will learn how gun violence is affecting youth in Los Angeles; how one 18 year old Californian's story of bullying has led to a nationally recognized program addressing bullying in schools and social inclusion; and how a 15 year old from Colorado has created a congressionally-endorsed mental health app that provides abuse victims with a personalized path towards recovery.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

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


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    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.






  • Description

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


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    James Husband is a native from Louisiana and has lived in New Orleans for the last 12 years. He works at a local FQHC providing counseling, testing, and education around HIV, STI, and sexual health issues. His passion for providing accessible resources to the community is expressed through organizing a transmasculine support group that meets monthly where they work together to discuss transition related topics, toxic masculinity, and providing the groundwork to help each other figure out what masculinity means for all of us. He is also very excited to work with his co-designer Ara in creating the ShotTrax app and helping TGNC folks in their anxiety with their HRT injections.






  • Description

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


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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.






2:45pm

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

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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When considering a future with more options for male contraception, today's youth are critical for ensuring the successful introduction and uptake of these methods. For this reason, it is important to include the voice of youth throughout the research and development process and to cultivate champions among young men and women who will be the first to benefit from a truly comprehensive contraceptive method mix.


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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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Whoever co-presents will be a member of the SASHA Initiative’s board of directors. (All student activists from around the bay)





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4:00pm

Break

4:00pm - 4:15pm

4:15pm

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

4:15pm - 5:30pm

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Learn how organizations around the globe (USA, India, Honduras) are using technology and social media to address teen dating violence and sextortion. This session will highlight how technology can empower young people to seek positive healthy relationships and how to distinguish loving behaviors from abusive ones. Additionally, hear from a partnership between Thorn and Facebook about how something as simple as a video about a cat can change young people's knowledge and raise awareness about online sextortion.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

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


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    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.





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  • Description

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


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    My name is Rachael Kowalchick, I am a senior in high school and am working under Bethany Holt as an intern. I am very passionate about Women Empowerment and Health along with basic human rights.I believe it is time to demand the need for Multipurpose Prevent technology also known as MTPs for women around the world. A contraception device or treatment that is able to prevent sexually transmitted






  • Description

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


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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.





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4:15pm

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

4:15pm - 5:30pm

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Take part in an interactive session that shares current examples of a start-up intervention with global implications. During the session, participants will learn about the origins of this suite of mobile games, take part in UX testing, and discuss feedback.


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Ethan McFarlin is a high school senior, Colorado native, and burgeoning tech enthusiast interested in the intersection of computer science and public policy. He volunteers with several outlets of local government through his County's Innovation and Technology Committee, City Council, and State Senate. As a former research intern at the University of Colorado Boulder, UT Center for Space Research, and Braxton Science and Technology Group, he hopes to become one of the world's leading technology experts and combine his passion for civics and coding to engineer for humanity. Last year, he presented a mental health app at YTH Live in the trauma/tech category. In his free time, Ethan enjoys going hiking, listening to podcasts, and skiing in the Rocky Mountains.





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4:15pm

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

4:15pm - 5:30pm

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Everyone’s doing it…but are they doing it well? This breakout will explore how organizations are using social media to empower young people with health promotion information. This session is perfect for you if your organization is looking to ramp up your social media presence.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

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


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    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

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


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    Alexis Hicks is an emerging social justice and health justice advocate from Hollandale, MS. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Mississippi and an M.S. in Social Justice and Criminology from Delta State University. Over the years, Alexis has worked in numerous capacities serving underserved populations across Mississippi. Today, Alexis serves as the Mind Elevation (ME.) Project Coordinator at Teen Health Mississippi. She is responsible for supporting work that connects Black, rural Mississippi youth to vetted sexual, reproductive, and mental health resources and services designed to increase youth skills, knowledge, and awareness of support services. Alexis is based in the Jackson, MS office.






  • Description

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


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    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.






5:30pm

ETR - YTH Initiative RECEPTION

5:30pm - 7:00pm


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


8:15am

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

8:15am - 8:50am

9:00am

PLENARY

9:00am - 10:15am

2 Subsessions


  • Description

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


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    As senior director of strategy and design at Hopelab, Fred Dillon leads staff and external partners to develop technology solutions that improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. He leads the strategy team in designing products that not only work on improving health outcomes but also have the potential for significant scale and distribution. 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. Fred is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Social Welfare and Public Policy.





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  • Description

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


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10:15am

Coffee Break, sponsored by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs 

10:15am - 10:45am


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


10:15am

DIGITAL POSTER SESSION #2

10:15am - 10:45am

3 Subsessions


  • Description

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


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    Sultanur Reza, a seasoned ICT professional later became a tech-entrepreneur who has extensive experience with National and International Organizations to assist in ICT projects and activities. He excels in establishing new ideas and innovations for establishing new start-ups and companies. Executed several projects related to ICT4D, Tele-health, mHealth in the emerging market. He is currently the Founder CEO of the start-up Clickncare- an online platform for Migrants to consult a doctor who speaks their language. He holds Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institute of Technology Warangal, India and a Diploma in Executive MBA from Commonwealth of Learning Canada. Reza has participated many seminars, conferences and talks as a speaker and panelist. In his last couple of years have pitched in many competitions for startup where notably his initiative been highly recognized. He has been awarded as the runner-up in MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge in 2108.





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  • Description

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


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    Megan Blanchard, MSN, FNP-BC is a Nurse Practitioner at the Children’s Hospital Colorado Adolescent Family Planning clinic (BC4U) and is the project lead for telehealth expansion. She has worked with BC4U for the past two years. She is passionate about providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care for youth, and working to develop innovative solutions that overcome barriers and improve access to sexual and reproductive health care services for youth especially in rural and underserved communities.






  • Description

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


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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.






10:45am

Offline to Offline: Impact Measurement

10:45am - 12:00pm

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Whether your organization is one month or 100 years old, the common denominator all nonprofits share is a high return on the investment of democratizing data. But a data democracy doesn’t mean “data all the things.” There are a daunting number of frameworks and data sources to define how your organization impacts the world. Impact matters to the volunteers, donors, and foundations that invest time and money into your cause, and to the staff that pours their energy into making the organization’s (digital) presence run. This workshop presentation will share the journey other nonprofits like PowerPoetry.org, CrisisTextLine.org, have taken to reach outsized impact for their size by using data. Workshop participants will learn strategies to measure their organization’s impact, and be invited to share their wins with democratizing data internally as well as posing challenges in their organization.


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10:45am

Race and health: Collaboration and Community Engagement

10:45am - 12:00pm

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Presenters in this session have successfully used community engagement and collaboration practices in underrepresented communities, specifically for Black men and transwomen. Check out this session to learn how organizations all over the country are tackling these challenging societal issues.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

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


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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.






  • Description

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


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    Presenter Type:* Digital Poster: Posters will be displayed during a designated poster session in the YTH Live conference schedule. These poster sessions will not be competing with other sessions, so all attendees will have the opportunity to review and/or engage with your work. Each author will be assigned to one 30‐minute session to present their posters and hold discussions with interested attendees during one of the following times. All poster presentations are required to use the Digital Poster PowerPoint template that will be provided to accepted speakers






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


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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.






10:45am

Reply YES to engage with your patients

10:45am - 12:00pm

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This session explores the feasibility of messaging to connect young people to their health educators, case managers, and even health career mentors. Attendees will learn how providers are using messaging (SMS and Facebook Messenger, etc.) for appointment and medication reminders, and to map sexual health concerns of their patients.


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


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    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.






  • Description

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


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


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10:45am

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

10:45am - 12:00pm

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21% of new HIV diagnoses in the US are among people ages 13-24, the majority being young, Black and/or Hispanic/Latino, gay and bisexual men. YLWHA face compounded challenges including homophobia, racism, poverty, isolation and HIV stigma. These barriers can impact their health literacy and self-esteem resulting in high rates of homelessness, poor mental health and an increased use of drugs and alcohol. Mentorship is proven to dismantle these challenges, build community among YLWHA and their allies, help young people find their own voices an needs when championing their health and ultimately help YLWHA live long-term healthy lives. In this session, attendees will hear real-world stories from YLWHA and their allies about specific challenges for YLWHA, what helps young people become champions of their own health and finally, the power of mentorship.


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Ilene Stohl has been active in the movement to end violence against women since 1992. She has a Masters in Public Health and has worked as an advocate in shelters and community based domestic violence programs across the country. Ilene currently coordinates the Prevention work at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ilene has been at WSCADV since 2003 and in that time has worked on the Economic Justice Project and launched WSCADV’s Prevention work in 2009. In this role she transitioned the organization from having a heavy emphasis on intervention to integrating a focus on prevention across WSCADV’s projects. Highlights have included developing: In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence, a scenario-based interactive training kit; the Love Like This campaign which features cartoon cats engaged in healthy and unhealthy relationships; and the Friends and Family Guide which helps people support their communities to have healthy relationships.





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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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12:00pm

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

12:00pm - 1:15pm

1:15pm

Tele – Tell – That

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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Telehealth, teletherapy, and teleconnections are all being used to access youth that are often difficult to reach. This session addresses how providers are using technology to reduce barriers to access mental health care, substance use treatment, and HIV care for their patients


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


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    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.





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    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”.






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


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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.






1:15pm

Getting Mental Health Therapy to Those Who Need it Most

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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


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1:15pm

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

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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Parents are important gatekeepers, facilitators, and influencers of their children’s health and attitudes. This breakout will discuss global and domestic programs that engage and equip parents with the tools to talk to their children about sex, healthy relationships, fatherhood, and sexually transmitted infections.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

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


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






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


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  • Description

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


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    Alexis Hicks is an emerging social justice and health justice advocate from Hollandale, MS. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Mississippi and an M.S. in Social Justice and Criminology from Delta State University. Over the years, Alexis has worked in numerous capacities serving underserved populations across Mississippi. Today, Alexis serves as the Mind Elevation (ME.) Project Coordinator at Teen Health Mississippi. She is responsible for supporting work that connects Black, rural Mississippi youth to vetted sexual, reproductive, and mental health resources and services designed to increase youth skills, knowledge, and awareness of support services. Alexis is based in the Jackson, MS office.






1:15pm

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

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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Content for youth should be created by youth. In this session, learn how San Ysidro Health, Sacramento Peers on Prevention, and Bits and Bods are addressing youth health needs by including young people and peers in the creation of digital content and social media marketing from the very beginning.


3 Subsessions


  • Description

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


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    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.





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    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.






  • Description

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


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    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 an opportunity as a presenter at both the 2019 & 2016 YTH Live Conferences. She believes the power of youth, technology and health can change our world!






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


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    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.





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1:15pm

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

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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When we encourage sexual expression, we begin to paint a more complete picture of sex and love. Come to this session to learn The possibility of a healthy, safe Internet for women* Blockchain Solutions for Health & Social Impact The process of building a blockchain app for sex education and mental health Basics of blockchain coding & app design Self expression exercise (collage art)


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2:30pm

Break

2:30pm - 2:45pm

2:45pm

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

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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Technology has opened up a whole new world of innovative ways to provide sexual education to young people. Join this session to learn how Engenderhealth is using photovoice to reach young parents, James Madison University is using self paced online interactive sexual education platforms, and UCSF is using mobile to engage youth living with HIV.


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  • Description

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


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    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.





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  • Description

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


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    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!





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


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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.





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2:45pm

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

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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In this session, youth affiliated with the Media and Mental Initiative from Stanford Psychiatry’s Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing will describe the impact of various forms of media on youth mental health, including news reporting, entertainment media and social media. They will discuss adverse impacts such as suicide contagion and self objectification; and will highlight several projects they’ve undertaken to minimize its harmful effects and enhance its potential for stigma reduction and fostering connection and help-seeking.


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Anthony Betori has more than 7 years of non-profit management and education experience in and out of classrooms. He has created and maintained several education programs specifically focused on public health initiatives, notably developing a Community Health Apprenticeship Program for young people from communities affected by HIV. He also has extensive experience with andragogic work – teaching and training adults – as well as youth development and leadership development experience. Like any non-profit professional under 30, his "duties have assigned" have grown to include work in digital strategy and development, where he's experimented with many off-the-wall ideas for building capacity in small to medium non-profits.





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2:45pm

Swipe left? Dating apps and sexual health

2:45pm - 4:00pm

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Everyone’s on a dating app, so why not use them to improve sexual behaviors and practices? This session will cover the complexities involved in using a dating app including experiences of rejection, discrimination of sexual partners. Attendees will also learn ways to use dating apps for sexual health promotion.


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


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    Park Youth Collaborative (PYC) focuses on creating a culture that prioritizes equitable enrichment experiences for youth and their ongoing engagement in the park community. One of projects that PYC is focusing on is launching a park youth portal that will engage young people in the parks and expose them to opportunities such as internships and jobs. To involve youth voice, PYC launched a youth program called the Youth Advisory Council. This year, YAC advisors will be interacting with website designers, learning from and working as digital content producers to create program media highlights and share their own experiences for ParkConnect.org. In addition, youth advisors will get to coordinate and host a launch party, attend professional development workshops, enhance their leadership skills, and visit different park sites throughout the GGNRA.





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


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    Advise on strategy and lead implementation of digital technologies aimed at creating engaging interactive experiences for young people in the global south, and designing robust data solutions to show the tangible results of these initiatives






4:00pm

Coffee Break, sponsored by the National Coalition of STD Directors

4:00pm - 4:15pm


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


4:15pm

CLOSING PLENARY: Local-Global Youth-centered Innovative Philanthropy

4:15pm - 5:30pm


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


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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.





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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.





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Gerda is the Regional Adviser for Gender Equality with UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO). Her work spans technical and policy advice for gender integration across programmes in East Asia Pacific, and the implementation of UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan. Gerda is passionate about girls empowerment and innovation, and has been exploring how to leverage innovative solutions to address gender inequalities, together with partners and country offices in the Asia Pacific region. For example, Gerda is exploring Digital Sexuality Education together with youth networks and UN partners. Gerda promotes girl-centered design for inclusive digital solutions, such as the co-creation of a mobile phone period tracker app with and for girls; girls’ digital skills, girls in tech, and girls' entrepreneurship.





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ZonaSegura ZonaSegura is a trauma-informed youth-centered innovative mobile solution to address teen dating violence in Honduras. Learn more about ZonaSegura on our program page.