Meet the Innovators

Third Cohort

Five teams were selected in February 2019 for the third cohort of innovators. The teams will attend workshops in March and May 2019 to learn how to apply design thinking to their challenge. Below are descriptions of the teams, including the “How might we…?” (HMW) questions that will guide their work:

Project Name
Healthy You, Healthy Future 

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Team: Grace Paulsen (International Rescue Committee Atlanta), Rihana Nesrudin (Oakhurst Medical Centers, Inc.), Heli Tuomi Carlile (PWLabs, Inc.)

Population: Female refugees between 18 and 24 years of age in the U.S.

Location: Georgia

HMW: How might we create culturally and linguistically relevant opportunities and materials for young refugee women aged 18-24 in the U.S. to access and engage with sexual and reproductive health information in a way that equips, empowers, and protects their sexual and reproductive health experiences? 


Project Name
Luna's Last Week 

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Team: Anna Gabriella Casalme (Novelly), Kasiemobi Udo-okoye (The Try Guys), Vaishnavi Siripurapu (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 

Population: Adolescents aged 13 to 19, especially girls, adolescents of color, and socioeconomically disadvantaged users

Location: California

HMW: How might we use digital media to thoughtfully engage adolescents in experiences of teenage pregnancy and resources for the prevention of teen and unplanned pregnancy? 


Project Name

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Team: Sheryl-Amber Edmondson (Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies), Jason Foster (Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies), Nikki Mayeux (Academy of Career and Community Education)

Population: Middle and high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities 

Location: Louisiana

HMW: How might we employ digital learning tools to expand and enrich access to sexual and reproductive health education for adolescents and young adults with diverse learning needs?


Project Name
Power Up!

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Team: Genevieve Martinez-Garcia (Healthy Teen Network), Mila Garrido (Healthy Teen Network), and Nick Sufrinko (Healthy Teen Network) 

Population: Adolescent males 

Location: Maryland

HMW: How might we leverage existing entertainment preferences to engage young men in sexual health education?


Project Name

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Team: Aileen Gariepy (Yale University School of Medicine), Sharae Gibbs (She Design's Creative Agency), Marianne Pantalon (Marianne S. Pantalon, PhD, LLC)

Population: 15-18 year old Black and Latinx adolescents

Location: Connecticut

HMW: How might we increase dual method use and subsequently decrease teen pregnancy among 15-18 year old Black and Latinx adolescents?