Innovation

Innovation is a critical component of a comprehensive strategy to respond to the dynamic lives of adolescents and young adults. Innovation is the creative development or adaptation of something to create something new that adds value or serves a purpose.

 

To be effective, innovation should apply evidence. For example, assessment findings could inform the development of a new program that will fit its priority population. Or, health behavior change theory, such as social cognitive theory, is used to develop intervention activities for a new innovative program.

 

Listed below are Healthy Teen Network resources relevant to innovation.

We have also compiled a list of some relevant resources from other organizations and agencies.

2016 Annual Report


Reflecting Back & Looking Forward: A Commitment to Evidence & Innovation We’ve made great strides in the past decade, and teen births in the U.S. are at an all-time low. A number of factors have contributed to this downward trend, most significantly declines in the number of teens who have ever had sex, and among…

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A Look Back at Recent Outstanding Emerging Innovation Programs


A few weeks ago, we re-introduced you to recent recipients of Healthy Teen Network’s Outstanding Teen Parent Awards. Among the other awards bestowed at conference is the Emerging Innovation Award, which recognizes programs in existence for less than three years and are comprehensive in scope, innovative, linked with other appropriate public or private agencies, and could be replicated in other…

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A New Framework for Innovation


In this era of innovation in sexual health, many of us are trying to reach youth in new and meaningful ways, not only to improve our reach, but also to enhance the impact we have in their lives. In the last few years, sexual health education has migrated into digital settings such as websites, mobile…

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Art and Science of Presenting Your Data


Healthy Teen Network Senior Researcher Genevieve Martínez-García, PhD, presented data visualization techniques to OAH grantees, August 2015. View the PowerPoint slides from “The Art and Science of Presenting Your Data.”

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Conference


Join us for our 2017 Conference Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives October 2-4, 2017 Hilton Baltimore | Baltimore, MD Social norms and culture are powerful influencers on our individual experiences and perspectives. They affect every facet of our personal and professional life—our attitudes and outlook, who and what we value, dismiss, embrace, and fear. Now…

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Crush Featured by White House: Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color


Friday, November 13th, 2015, the White House Council on Women and Girls released a progress report, Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color as a follow up to the 2014 report, and announced independent commitments to close opportunity gaps faced by women and girls, Below are excerpts from the full White House press release.…

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Crush: Project Summary


Crush is a robust mobile health (mHealth) application with the ultimate intent to reduce pregnancy among Black and Latina adolescent girls. In addition, Crush addresses HIV/STI prevention, healthy relationships, and clinic visitation. It provides comprehensive, medically accurate sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information to girls, in English and Spanish, through highly engaging interactive and multimedia…

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Digital Studio, Powered by Healthy Teen Network


Amplify your learning, research, and program efforts with Digital Studio! Digital Studio services combine human-centered design with new technologies to help you widen geographical reach, connect with your target audience, and save time and money. Download a printable flyer with more information about Digital Studio services. Contact us today to start a conversation! Ignite recruitment…

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Evaluation on the Cheap


Conducting, managing, and reporting your evaluation efforts has become easier and more affordable thanks to many online tools available at low or no cost. Here is a list of useful online resources to help you manage your research resources, collect and analyze your data, and create beautiful diagrams to share your results with the world.…

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Sara Nasserzadeh

Get to Know our 2017 Conference Keynote, Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh


Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, a Social Psychologist and thought leader in the field of Culture, Sexuality, and Relationships, will deliver a keynote at Social Norms & Cultures: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives, the 38th Annual Healthy Teen Network National Conference. With her unique background and extensive global experience, Dr. Nasserzadeh—who is a published author and international…

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Getting Better All the Time: The Importance of Investing in Research to Support Evidence, Innovation, and Young People


The long awaited results of the first set of evaluation findings from the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantees are available, and the results are an affirmation of the importance of investing in the future of our nation’s young people. The results are encouraging—eight new programs were identified as evidence…

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Growing Up LGBTQ+ Online: An Infographic


Over the past few months, Under the Currents tackled the topics of adolescent sexuality, technology, and social media. When approaching these topics, it is sometimes tempting for adults, even sexuality educators, to focus solely on the Internet Age’s harmful and problematic byproducts for adolescent development and sexuality. In fact, hardly a newsstand exists without glossy-paged…

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Keep It Simple


Getting the Right Sexual Health Care Growing up isn’t easy. Navigating your sexual health isn’t easy either. But there are some things we can make simpler, like making sure  you know that you have the right to high quality sexual health care and that we care enough to help you get it. Check out the…

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Learning Walks: Indigenous Peoples Task Force


To uncover and share the invisible work behind the concrete and measurable deliverables, Healthy Teen Network conducted Learning Walks with three agencies. Learning Walk is a popular strategy used in the education field by which an external observer visits a community to document lessons learned, provide input to guide decision-making for future project funding, and…

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Learning Walks: Wind River


To uncover and share the invisible work behind the concrete and measurable deliverables, Healthy Teen Network conducted Learning Walks with three agencies. Learning Walk is a popular strategy used in the education field by which an external observer visits a community to document lessons learned, provide input to guide decision-making for future project funding, and…

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Lessons Learned in Providing Health Care Services for Native Youth


The Native Youth Project (NYP) was a national learning collaborative facilitated by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), Healthy Teen Network, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that engaged seven community-based organizations serving American Indian youth to support the communities to select, adapt, and implement evidence-based programs. However, what the…

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Likes, Tweets, and Hashtags: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Study Recruitment


Social media and internet advertising continue to prove promising frontiers for the recruitment and engagement of participants for programs, studies, and campaigns. Last month, Healthy Teen Network and Child Trends gave a poster presentation at our annual national conference, sharing key lessons from the digital recruitment efforts of the Pulse study, a randomized control trial…

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Looking Forward: 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan


A Commitment to Evidence & Innovation We’ve made great strides in the past decade, and teen births in the U.S. are at an all-time low. A number of factors have contributed to this downward trend, most significantly declines in the number of teens who have ever had sex, and among sexually active teens, increased use…

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Making Innovation Happen: My Epiphany Following the TPP Conference 2016


Last week, about 1,000 people from all corners of the nation congregated in Baltimore at the biennial Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Conference to collaborate, learn, and grow. Collaboration was the theme throughout the three-day conference, but for me the term “innovation” resonated strongly in every session I attended and every professional interaction I had. For…

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Other Resources: Innovation


View Healthy Teen Network Innovation Resources here. Other Resources: youth + tech + health Reaching Teens Where They Are: A Review of Sexual Health Apps and Digital Tools for Teens AMAZE Innovation Next Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking (Stanford) SexPositive: A shame-free sex education smartphone app (University of Oregon) 7 Sex-Ed Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed…

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Professionals & Organizations


Youth 360⁰ Youth 360°, Explained Tip Sheet: Youth 360°: How & Where Youth Live, Learn & Play Matter More Healthy Teen Network Youth 360°Resources Other Youth 360°Resources

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Sharing Information Online in the Age of Apomediation


Whether you know it or not, you’re living in the age of apomediation. According to Dr. Dan O’Connor, apomediation means: “mediated by people to the side of you or all around you, from the Latin ‘apo’ meaning to stand by… It describes the morass—the extraordinary number of voices, sites, blogs, tweet feeds, etc.—that are available…

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Spoiled, Lazy, Entitled, and Self-Involved? No.


The ‘it’ generation—spoiled, lazy, entitled, disruptors, self-involved, selfie and social media addicts; these are all words used to describe millennials. Millennials, or Generation Y, are those born between 1981 into 1993 and are known to be the largest generation in the nation presently (75.4 million)[1]. As a millennial myself, it is common for us to…

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Teens and Social Media: Keeping Up and Learning More


Keeping up with what social media platforms teens use and how they use them can be a time-consuming activity. One thing is for sure, though—for most teens, social media and other forms of digital communication are a daily part of life. The body of data on social media use among teens continues to grow, but…

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The Innovation-Research Conundrum


How can we get innovative yet effective practices and products into the hands of the end user faster and more efficiently? As the Director of Innovation and Research, I work at the intersection of these two fields. On one hand, I want to create new products and move them to the end user immediately to…

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Top Tips for Using Social Media to Recruit Study Participants


Ever wondered how recruiting for a research study through social media works? Or maybe you tried but did not see the results you expected? Over the last six months, Healthy Teen Network has recruited over 1,700 young women across the United States to participate in two randomized controlled trials to test our two new mobile apps.…

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What Are Our Areas of Expertise?


Healthy Teen Network staff bring a diverse range of subject matter expertise, with years of experience providing capacity-building assistance. We possess the skills-building training, TA, elearning, instructional design, evaluation, and resource development skills to work with both youth and adults. Our highly qualified staff can meet your needs, across a range of services. Areas of…

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