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.
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…Read more
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…Read more
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
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…Read more
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…Read more
Training and Support: Digital Studio Services
February 4, 2020
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,…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more