Sexual Health Innovations

Sexual Health Innovations

Our Mission

Our mission is to create technology that advances sexual health and wellbeing in the United States.

Our Values

We believe that every person in the United States has a right to easily access the sexual health and wellbeing education, services, and support they need, regardless of race, income, age, gender, sex, sexual orientation, language, or geographic origin.

The Problem

Every year, sexual health and wellbeing issues impact millions of Americans. These issues include sexually transmitted infections, sexual assault, lack of sexual pleasure, negative self-conception, and unintended pregnancy. Sexual health and wellbeing issues especially affect populations with less political power and financial resources, such as youth, racial and gender minorities, women, and GLBTQ communities. Their lack of influence, combined with the stigmatization of sexual health topics, makes it hard for them to access high-quality sexual health education, services, and support. Technology has enormous potential to provide this access conveniently and at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions, empowering those most in need to take informed action.

What We Do

Create original websites, apps, and software systems that will advance sexual health and wellbeing
Collaborate with other entities to create, improve, or maintain their sexual health technologies
Connect the domains of sexual health, technology, design, and media

Domains of Sexual Health and Wellbeing

Sexually transmitted infection prevention, control, and mitigation
Family planning (including unintended pregnancy prevention, access to abortion, and early linkage to prenatal care)
Sexual assault and abuse prevention and mitigation, and the promotion of consent culture
Sexual pleasure (alone, while abstinent, with partners, and with difficulties or disability)
Positive image of oneself as a sexual being (free of internal or external stigma or shame)

Our Board
Organizational Advisory Board

Stephan Adelson, Former Governing Board Member

Praveen Basaviah, Member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA)

Jesseca Boyer, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

Lisa Hightow-Weidman, University of North Carolina

Rachel Kachur, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Technical Advisor)

Jenny McManus, Founding Team Member of Sexual Health Innovations

Marcia Pearl, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Anjana Rajan, Palantir

Matthew Tindall, IMS Health, mHealth Initiatives

Callisto Advisory Boards

Higher Education Advisory Board

Ian Ayres, Yale Law School

Jennifer Freyd, University of Oregon

Katy Holland, University of Michigan

Jim Hopper, Independent Consultant, Harvard Medical School

Peter Novak, University of San Francisco

Sharyn Potter, Prevention Innovations at University of New Hampshire

Veronica Rabelo, University of Michigan

Jane Stapleton, Prevention Innovations at University of New Hampshire

Technology Advisory Board

Don Bailey, Lab Mouse Security

Sina Bahram, Prime Access Consulting, Inc

Selena Deckelmann, Mozilla

Sophie Haskins, Yelp, Inc

Lacey Williams Henschel, The University of Texas at Austin

Leigh Honeywell, Ada Initiative

Justin Kosslyn, Google Ideas

Mina Markham, IBM

Chris Valasek, IOActive, Inc

Molly Clare Wilson, Stanford, Hasso-Plattner-Institut School of Design Thinking, Sliced Bread Design

Community Advisory Board

Dana Bolger, Know Your IX

Alexandra Brodsky, Know Your IX

Annie Clark, End Rape On Campus (EROC)

Lonna Davis, Futures Without Violence

Caroline Heldman, Faculty Against Rape

Emily May, Hollaback

Laura Palumbo, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

Ali Safran, Surviving in Numbers

Governing Board

Charlotte Gaydos is Chair of the Board, the founder of I Want The Kit, and a professor in the Infectious Disease Department of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is the Director of the International Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research Laboratory. She received her B.S. in medical technology and her M.S. in medical microbiology from West Virginia University. Her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. in Infectious Diseases and Immunology were received from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Gaydos has authored 17 book chapters, over 230 research articles, and over 400 research abstracts and oral presentations.

Jessica Ladd is the Founder and CEO of Sexual Health Innovations. She previously worked in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, as a Public Policy Associate at The AIDS Institute, and as a sexual health educator and researcher for a variety of organizations. Ms. Ladd also founded The Social Innovation Lab in Baltimore and a chapter of FemSex at Pomona College. She received her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins and her BA in Public Policy/Human Sexuality at Pomona College.

Deborah Nucatola is Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). Following her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Nucatola completed a Fellowship in Family Planning Clinical Care and Research at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Dr. Nucatola has been active in family planning research since 2002 and has authored 2 textbook chapters and numerous journal articles. In addition to her administrative position at PPFA, Dr. Nucatola continues to provide clinical care in both New York and Los Angeles and enjoys educating medical students, residents, fellows, physicians and advanced practice clinicians. She has stayed active in research as Associate Medical Director for Research at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and with the Research Division of the California Family Health Council.

Lynn Barclay became President and CEO of the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) in July of 2006 after more than 25-years experience working in various areas of nonprofit management. ASHA will be 100 in 2014 and is a nonprofit that specializes in educating the public about sexual health while advocating for those with sexually transmitted infections. Ms. Barclay helps set the strategic direction that includes elevating the national discussion toward sexual health and not just disease avoidance.


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