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
ACCESS: Adolescent Connection to Contraception in Emergency Settings and Scenarios

Project ACCESS team

Team: Lyndsey Benson (University of Washington, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology), Lily Alexander (University of Washington, Department of Global Health), Kyle Witt (University of Washington, Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering)

Population: Low-income teens in urban areas

Location: Seattle

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


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.)

Population: Dine (Navajo) teens

Location: Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona

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?


Project Name
In It Together

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)

Population: Pregnant and parenting teen mothers and fathers

Location: Bay Area

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


Project Name
My Mind Matters (3M Project)

Project team for My Mind Matters

Team: Dr. Hope L. Crenshaw (Teen Health Mississippi), Mackenzie Stroh-Hines (Mississippi First), Christopher Cox (Teen Health Mississippi)

Population: Youth in underserved communities ages 15-19 (particularly minority and rural/urban youth), regardless of gender and sexual orientation

Location: 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?


Project Name

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

Population: Urban children, ages 5-10, from diverse race/ethnic, socio-economic, and faith and spiritual backgrounds who attend San Francisco public schools

Location: San Francisco

HMW: How might we provide age-appropriate sex education during the grade school years? How might we integrate sex education into STEMS and other core curricula? How might we enable parents to customize their child's sexual health curriculum to meet family needs and aspirations? How might we enable school systems to customize their students' sexual health curriculum to meet district needs and aspirations? How might we evolve sex education into relationship education? How might we expand engagement from 1-2 sex education moments into a program of lifelong learning? How might we allow children to explore with their natural curiosity about sex in a safe way? How might we expand sex education to be inclusive of diverse gender and sexual identities? How might we teach sexual health in a way that inspires critical thinking about gender equity?