Today’s youth have an unprecedented opportunity to learn about and adapt healthy habits that will help them to maximize their chances for living long, healthy lives. However, this opportunity can only be realized if youth have both the requisite information and digital literacy skills and a strong sense of self-efficacy when it comes to their health.

For more information see the Hack Health website.

Lead YX Faculty:

Associated Faculty:

  • Beth St. Jean (UMD)

Associated Students:

  • Faith Ambrosini
  • Rebecca Follman
  • Natalie Greene Taylor
  • Christie Kodama

Notable Publications:

  • Kodama, C., St. Jean, B., Subramaniam, M., & Taylor, N. G. (2017). There’s a creepy guy on the other end at Google!: Engaging middle school students in a drawing activity to elicit their mental models of Google. Information Retrieval Journal.20(5), 403-432. Available:
  • Subramaniam, M., St. Jean, B., Taylor, N. G., Kodama, C., Follman, R., & Casciotti, D. (2015). Bit by bit: Using design-based research to improve young peoples’ health literacy. Journal of Medical Internet Research Protocols, 4(2), paper e62. Available: