Health-E You/Salud iTu™ is a novel, interactive, patient-centered, mobile  health application (app) to support patient-centered sexual/reproductive health decision-making for adolescents

Health-E You / Salud iTu™ is for adolescents and young adults to use before their clinician's visit to prepare for any sexual and reproductive health needs they may have. While going through the app, youth will also have the option to share a report with their clinician about topics they are interested in learning more about and what needs they want to talk about and address.


Contraceptive decision-making research 


Health-E You/Salud iTu is a novel, interactive, patient-centered, mobile health application (app) to support contraceptive decision-making and sexual/reproductive health among adolescents. It was developed by Dr. Kathleen Tebb at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and her team of clinicians, youth, community-based organizations, and health experts. A PCORI-funded research study found that adolescents who used the app before their visit at school-based health centers (SBHCs) were more likely to use an effective birth control method than those who received usual care. App users also had more knowledge about birth control and felt more confident in choosing and using birth control. The UCSF team is currently disseminating the app to SBHCs across the United States through a PCORI-funded implementation project with the goal of increasing the provision of patient-centered birth control methods to prevent unintended pregnancy.  


Adaptation and efficacy research for young males 


The Johns Hopkins research team is currently conducting work using a youth-centered human design approach to adapt the app to then test using an efficacy trial with young males being seen in school-based health settings before their visit. 



 This program was partially funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®)  Dissemination & Implementation Award (DI 2020C2-20372).

 This study is supported by funding by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (R01HD109141, PI: Arik V. Marcell).

 The UCSF Research Evaluation and Allocation Committee (REAC) with funding from the Springer Fund and Wikman Fund (2019) provided Drs. Tebb and Marcell with resources to support preliminary work for, “Health-E Males: The Development and Pilot Testing of an mHealth App to Promote Patient-Centered Sexual Health Information and Services for Adolescent Boys”