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ETR and YTH Announce Merger to Further Innovation in Health Equity

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April 9, 2019 — Scotts Valley, CA

“Expect to see the same amazing work and more as we maximize on the strengths of coming together. For all of us, our work will always be about the communities we serve.” — ETR CEO Vignetta Charles

ETR announces bold plans to build its capacity to advance health equity by bringing in YTH (youth+tech+health). Effective immediately, YTH staff and technology will be fully integrated into ETR’s growing portfolio of science-based solutions.

ETR has over 35 years of experience as a health education leader, providing science-based products and services to promote sexual and reproductive health, address HIV/AIDS disparities, support drug prevention education, and promote equity and inclusion in STEM fields. YTH is a pioneering Oakland-based organization with over 17 years of experience designing technology solutions to advance the health of youth and young adults.

ETR CEO Vignetta Charles, PhD, states, “This combination of talent and strengths allows us to catapult our global work, increase our youth voice, and augment ETR’s strong history of going from concept to scale to advance health equity.”

YTH Executive Director Bhupendra Sheoran, now ETR’s Vice President of Global Development and Managing Director of the YTH Initiative, agrees, “YTH has developed powerful technology-based models for building the capacity of the community to advance youth health by engaging youth voices in the process. We look forward to carrying this work forward and amplifying the impact of youth voices to expand global health equity.”

ETR envisions a world where all people – youth, families and communities – have the information, skills and opportunities to lead healthy lives. YTH has long been dedicated to advancing the health of youth and young adults by delivering the resources they need with technologies that reach young people where they are.

“Expect to see the same amazing work and more as we maximize on the strengths of coming together,” added Charles. “For all of us, our work will always be about the communities we serve.”

ETR and YTH will celebrate the merger at YTH LIVE, the premier youth tech health conference, May 5-6, 2019, in San Francisco. Learn more at www.ythlive.org.

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