(This page represents an overview of our project. For a complete process blog of the experience, please see here.)
“More youth-friendly clinics!”
Our social challenge here is Baltimore youth aged 15-24 experience an infection rate of chlamydia and gonorrhea that is more than three times the national average (CDC and MDHMH, 2015). In partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, John Hopkins Center for Child and Community Health Research, and the UChoose Youth Advisory Council, our team utilized the design thinking process to propose solutions to address this social challenge. Over the course of four months, we listened to the expertise of the youth and the health administrators, brainstormed outcomes, workshopped with stakeholders, and prototyped their ideas. At the end of 2016, we emerged with two potential pathways forward: an approach to “express STI testing,” and a messaging campaign.
Project completed within the graduate program in Social Design at MICA.
Project team: Matt Barr, Jaynie Chartrand, Maria Isabel Garcia-Diaz, Devika Menon, Patricia Natalie, Molly Reddy, Rachel Serra, and Irina Wong.
Faculty Advisor: Becky Slogeris.