Examining The Social Effects of Cancer

Newly published research, sponsored by HopeLab, examining the social effects of cancer on the adolescent and young adult community was recently featured on “CBS This Morning.” The study, conducted by a cross-disciplinary team of researchers and published in the journal Cancer, shows that nearly 32% of young cancer patients (ages 14 – 39) had persistently…

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Cancer Mindshift: A Primer on Chatbots

From the beginning of this project, we were interested in imagining products beyond mobile apps for various reasons, and in the past couple months, we started to prototype a chatbot designed to help young cancer patients. Throughout this time, we were frequently asked: ”So you’re building a chatbot…what is that exactly?” A Google search gives…

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Cast The Net Wide

If you’ve been following along with this series, you know that we recently kicked off some systems mapping work for our teen mental and emotional well-being initiative*. We started our work with a framing question to focus our thinking: What forces account for the current state of mental well-being of young people in the United States?…

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Gaining Clarity of a Complex System

The HopeLab team recently kicked off an initiative to help support the mental and emotional well-being of teens and young adults. We began this work stream with a workshop to gain clarity by exploring a diversity of perspectives with leaders and emerging talent in the mental health space. We came together last week to learn,…

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Cancer Mindshift: What Have We Learned & Where Are We Now – Part Three

This post concludes our mini-series chronicling the design research phase of HopeLab’s Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer project. Over the course of four months, we’ve met with several young cancer patients and survivors to understand what their psychological needs are and how they use technology, such as mobile apps. Here’s part three of our learnings.…

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Cancer Mindshift: What Have We Learned & Where Are We Now – Part One

HopeLab’s Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer team just finished a four month design research phase, during which we met with young cancer patients and survivors across the country to learn about their unmet psychological needs and technology usage. Along the way, we learned quite a bit about the design research process as well. Here’s…

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Cancer Mindshift: Who Are Cancer Survivors?

Over the past four months, our team has met with over a dozen young cancer patients across the country. As time went on, we noticed several recurring themes, especially as they related to identity, psychology, and technology use. We decided to create four personas that represent the individuals who have inspired us so we can…

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Avi’s Cancer Story: Part 3 – The Road Will Find You

At a young age, I always had a great fascination with flying. I would look up into the sky and dream of soaring the skies as a pilot. My father would play flying simulation games on his computer, and I would sit on his lap in awe. In seventh grade, several months before I got…

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Graphic Facilitation: Staff Learning & Development

Graphic Facilitation

As part of our continued commitment to learning and development, the HopeLab team recently worked with Emily Shepard of The Graphic Distillery to learn the basics of graphic facilitation. This two-part training was an opportunity for staff to learn how to better capture a group’s thinking using visuals and simple icons. We learned about all the elements…

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