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Stories from the Field

The podcasts and videos on this page present stories from your peers who work in youth HIV prevention around the United States. Some stories revolve around a compelling issue related to HIV prevention with young people, while others highlight an approach. As a complement to the many resources on this website, these stories show challenges people are facing in their youth HIV prevention work, personal experiences, and practical solutions for what is working with youth.

The WWYH team conceived the content for the podcasts in spring 2017. The first podcast introduces the WWYH team, while the others address issues of identity, HIV clinical care, and HIV/AIDS activism. The digital stories were developed in conjunction with StoryCenter.

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Katelyn Dore

In this episode, we meet Karen Murtfeldt, a Community Engagement Specialist at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, who uses Snapchat to engage youth beyond in-person health education.

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Cody Lopez
Cody tells the story of a young man who strives to be comfortable with who he is. This man makes himself vulnerable with someone he believes will protect him from the stigma he’s grown up with.
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Dianne Morrison-Beedy
In this story, Dianne, a nurse practitioner, describes applying her clinical expertise and experience to develop an approach to talking with adolescent girls about sexuality and related issues.
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Bernard Washington, Jr
Meet Bernard, an outreach coordinator, who provides information about HIV to youth around the Tampa Bay area. His open mind leads him to work in unconventional places.
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Maranda Ward
Maranda’s experience as a peer educator during college led her to start an organization committed to youth development. With her guidance, young people organize outreach events and community-building activities.
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Angelique Whitley-Allen
In this story, Angelique advocates for comprehensive sexual health education, specifically HIV, at the New York City and State legislatures. She also finds time to help a friend be smart in her new relationship.
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Mila Garrido
Providers are always learning on the job. In this story, Mila describes an encounter with a client that left her questioning her own assumptions.