Meet the Innovators

Second Cohort

Five teams were selected in December 2017 for the second cohort of innovators. In January and April 2018, the teams attended workshops to learn how to apply design thinking to their challenge. Below are descriptions of the teams, including the “How might we…?” (HMW) questions that guide their work:

Project Name
Miss Morning After

Project ACCESS team


Team: Lyndsey Benson (University of Washington, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology), Lily Alexander (University of Washington, Department of Global Health), Jenny Arnold (Washington State Pharmacy Association) 

HMW: better increase accessibility to emergency contraception for low-income teens in urban areas?

Description 

Miss Morning After is a Seattle-based initiative seeking to transform pharmacies into spaces where teens feel comfortable accessing emergency contraception without fear of shame, judgment, or rejection. They have developed a youth-friendly pharmacy toolkit with shelf talkers, informational brochures, stickers, staff training materials, and staff break-room posters. The goal of the toolkit is to equip pharmacies with the materials to make their store environments more navigable for young people so that they are able to access the morning-after pill with more ease and support. They are currently rolling out a pilot in Seattle, WA at a local drugstore chain, Bartell Drugs. Their hope is to expand to work with other pharmacy chains, as well as create a youth-facing website that allows teens to find these youth-friendly pharmacy places when looking for emergency contraception.  

 

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Project Name
Dine Youth Network

Project Dine Youth Network team


Team: Tina Gray (Capacity Builders, Inc.), Errin Smith (Capacity Builders, Inc.), Eudora Redhouse (Capacity Builders, Inc.)

HMW: How might we bring medically-accurate, culturally-appropriate, cost-effective and realistically sustainable adolescent sexual health information to the rural and underserved youth of the Navajo Nation?

Description 

This team started out by imagining innovative ways to reach Navajo Youth that would meet their health needs as well as their cultural needs. Over time, with lots of hard work and iterations of their ideas, the team developed the Dine' Youth Network website in partnership with their graphic design partners at 4 Directions Media. Dine' is a Navajo word which means “the people." Their website is reflective of this designed with vivid colors, filled with information and connections for users, and culturally appropriate for their youthful audience. They captured the attention of their audience through social media outlets and advertising on the ground through outreach events, such as the Navajo Nation Fairs. They now have youth following our page and will continue to update the website with new interactive games, exciting videos about Navajo culture, and current medical information. 

 

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Project Name
Young United Parents! (YUP!) 

Project In It Together team


Team: Aaron Plant (Sentient Research), Joann Schladale (Resources for Resolving Violence, Inc.), Jenna Gaarde (San Francisco Department of Public Health)

HMW: How might we use technology to create a holistic health and wellness program to support and empower teen parents?

Description 

This innovative team started with a desire to help young parents lead healthy, happy lives and to be the best parents they can be. This program has evolved substantially through engagement with 140 young parents ages 16-22 (90 mothers and 50 fathers), in addition to multiple providers and other stakeholders. They currently have a very active team of young parents who are guiding the direction of the program. The program is now called Young, United Parents! or YUP! for short. They will launch first as a mobile first website, then add an app. They are currently creating content and fundraising to fully build and launch the program.  

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Project Name
My Mind Matters (3M Project)

Project team for My Mind Matters


Team: Dr. Hope L. Crenshaw (Teen Health Mississippi), Justin Lofton; Teen Health Mississippi Anupria Davenport; Teen Health Mississippi

HMW: How might we increase teens’ sense of agency and efficacy over their sexual/reproductive health and mental health, thus reducing STIs and teen pregnancy in under-served communities of color?

Description 

Project Mind Elevation (Project ME) is described as “President Obama meets Beyonce/Jay-Z meets Sexual Health Educator and Mental Health Educator at a Resource Library Online....all built and orchestrated by Mississippi youth.”  The team created six characters from rural Mississippi who deal with a range of issues such as consent, relationships, body image, sex and sexuality, and abuse. Project ME uses the characters’ stories to link youth to vetted, high-quality mental and sexual health information and resources. Their goal is to make conversations about sexual and mental health safe, fun, and cool!  They infuse colorful illustrations/animations, storytelling, online polls, and music and they meet youth where they are: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Youtube.  

They’ve partnered with teens across Mississippi to create and vet their content, to host local trainings in their communities about mental and sexual health, and to drive youth to resources.  In the future, they hope that Team ME becomes a national/international resource for youth.  Although the project was created with youth in Mississippi, they want to show other states how to create characters that resonate with youth, how to work with youth as partners in creating high quality solutions to address challenges within their communities, and how to support youth mental and sexual health.   

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Project Name
Bloom

Team Photo


Team: Anthony Veneziale (Speechless, Inc), Serena Saeed Winn (Sutter Health), Michael Lopez (Bravo Foundation), Samantha Grant Weisler (GUSH productions)

HMW: provide age-appropriate sex education during the grade school years? How might we enable parents to customize their child's sexual health curriculum to meet family needs and aspirations?  

Description 

Bloom is sexuality education for the modern age. Each ‘playbook’ is filled with relevant, age-appropriate activities and prompts for parents and grade school aged kids to work on together. Research shows that it’s better to teach things like biology, empathy and safety earlier rather than later, which is why these books are designed for kids starting in kindergarten. The team hopes that these playbooks will help turn the “the talk” into “the ongoing conversation”. 

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