Summit 2021

Boys to Men: A Communications Design Jam on HPV Vaccination

Help Solve a Real-World Challenge in Cancer Prevention

Sponsored by Westat


Event Overview

We are no longer accepting applications for this event. Join us at the Summit to hear the winners announced live!

The goal of this two-day design jam is to prototype communication strategies that can help address an important challenge in cancer prevention and HPV vaccination. Participants will work in multidisciplinary teams to crowd-source innovative communication solutions. At the end of the event, each team will present their ideas to a three-panel team of judges that includes Dr. Lisa Richardson, Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) at CDC, Dr. April Oh, Senior Advisor for Implementation Science and Health Equity at NCI, and Ms. Andrea Stubbs, MPA, Administrative Director of the HPV Cancer Prevention Program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This event is not an opportunity to seek employment or contracts from CDC, NCI, or St. Jude.


How it Works

On Day 1, Dr. Richardson will open with a brief overview of the communication challenge. Participants will then receive instructions and move to virtual breakout ideation sessions with their assigned teams. Participants can continue to ideate on their own, during the evening. On Day 2, teams will reconvene and present their ideas to the judges.

Dr. Richardson will present the “Jammy” to the winning team during the Summit’s closing session. The Society and DCPC will feature the winners on their digital media channels.

Time Commitment

Up to 8 hours total, including prep time and two 90-minute virtual jam sessions during the Summit.


Who Should Participate

Anyone with a passion for collaboration and an interest in public health! A total of 16 people will be selected and assigned to one of four teams. People with skill sets beyond health communication are encouraged to apply. Jams work best when people with diverse skill sets and backgrounds work together.


How to Apply 

The application period for this event is now closed.

Complete and submit the application form by April 30. The jam planning team will review the applications, select participants, and assign them to teams. Participants will be notified of selection and team assignments by May 4. Details about the challenge topic will be revealed to the teams on May 6, accompanied by background materials and judging criteria. All participants will pay a $50 entry fee upon selection. 

Come jam with us!

Please note: This event is open to Society members only. For a limited period of time, the Society is offering individual standard memberships at no cost. You can sign-up for a free membership today!


Got Questions?

For more information on the Design Jam, send us an email us at [email protected].