Innovation is a critical component of a comprehensive strategy to respond to the dynamic lives of adolescents and young adults.

We define innovation or innovative work as research projects or programs that are pushing the boundaries in our field by using new educational or methodological approaches, take place in different settings, or engage participants in creative ways. Innovative approaches consist of creative solutions to existing problems. These can be found in many types of programs, both tech-based and face to face. Just like tech-based products are not inherently innovative, traditional programs can host innovative ideas.

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Catching Up with Design Vagabonds

March 30, 2020

This week, Power to Decide featured our staff on their website with an update on the Design Vagabonds Innovation Next Team. Now in its fifth year, and with funding from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs, Innovation Next is a unique accelerator program aimed at redefining adolescent sexual health through a focus on…

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Influencers are leading the online sex ed revolution!

March 13, 2020

Sex education is everywhere—in schools, in clinics, in places of faith, and of course on your screen. Sex ed in digital spaces has grown tremendously over the last ten years thanks to the easy access to production tools (for content developers) and mobile devices and WiFi connectivity (for consumers), but also due to the lack…

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Let’s See: Pulse Short-Term Impact Results

March 6, 2020

Authors: Elizabeth Cook, Research Scientist from Child Trends and Nick Sufrinko and Mila Garrido, Healthy Teen Network From 2016 to 2019, Child Trends conducted a randomized control trial with 2,317 young women to evaluate the impact of Pulse. Pulse is a web-based mobile app intervention, developed by Healthy Teen Network, that provides comprehensive, medically accurate… Read more

Healthy Teen Network Chosen as a Finalist for the Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge

February 28, 2020

By Milagros Garrido and Genevieve Martínez-García Update, March 16, 2020: What’s Happening with the Alexa Challenge? We were so excited to have been selected as a finalist for the Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge, but with the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing, SXSW Edu has been postponed. Organizers are still exploring options for… Read more

The Algorithm Police: Are Social Media Policies Biased?

February 20, 2020

We frequently get caught up in assessing the negative effects of social media for young people, particularly when it comes to their sexuality. Yet it is also common to hear from research and LGBTQ+ folx the importance of the internet for developing identity, community, and self-exploration. As Amber Leventry describes in “The importance of social…

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How the Healthy Teen Network Design Challenge Inspired a Dating App Idea

February 13, 2020

By Tiffany Tibbs Christensen, Taylor Herrigan, Ashley Stewart, and Camille Smith What is the Healthy Teen Network Design Challenge? The Healthy Teen Network Design Challenge is a 3-day deep dive into human-centered design. The challenge provides a unique opportunity to meet with health professionals from around the country and unleash your collaborative, creative energy on…

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Training and Support: Digital Studio Services

February 4, 2020

Our 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. Looking for training or support with social media recruitment, digital focus groups, internet advertising, app development, data visualization, and more? We've got you covered! Ignite recruitment with social media… Read more


April 3, 2019

Healthy Teen Network is evaluating the impact of Pulse, a robust, web-based mobile health (mHealth) application designed to put the power of sexual health information, in English and Spanish, in the hands of millions of young women in an informative, youth-engaging platform. Pulse provides comprehensive, medically accurate sexual and reproductive health information to young women,…

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Evidence Is the Building Block of Innovation

January 17, 2019

We talk a lot about evidence and innovation…or maybe we just hear all the time about how we need to be evidence-based and also innovative… Use what’s been proven effective—the evidence. Use an evidence-based program. Be innovative. Incorporate technical in your innovation. Build on the evidence with innovation. But what’s that mean? How does evidence…

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Position Statement: Evidence and Innovation

November 15, 2018

Healthy Teen Network believes that organizations and individuals that deliver client-focused programs and services should use evidence-based interventions and approaches, when they are available and appropriate to the people being supported. Healthy Teen Network also believes that innovation is critical to addressing the holistic needs of all youth and to keeping interventions and approaches relevant…

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