By adolescents, for adolescents: Applying human-centered design and co-creation approaches to improve sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents
Awarded 2023
Emerging Scholars in Family Planning
Lauren Gerchow, MS
New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Lauren Gerchow is a PhD candidate at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She received her bachelors in nursing from the University of San Francisco and her masters in nursing informatics from the University of Colorado. Lauren is a public health nurse working with the Nurse-Family Partnership program since 2013 in Brooklyn, New York and San Francisco, California. Her doctoral dissertation is titled “By Adolescents, For Adolescents: Applying Human-Centered Design and Co-Creation Approaches to Improve Family Planning Health Services for Adolescents.” This research will use an innovative human-centered design method to help adolescent mothers design their own toolkit of recommended practices and principles to improve their experiences with contraceptive counseling. This dissertation was inspired by Lauren’s home-visiting work experiences building trust with and advocating for adolescent parents and her commitment to reproductive freedom activism. This proposal will serve as Lauren’s first step in the development of a program of research focused on studying the implementation of family planning and sexual health services in marginalized populations.