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BTS: Behind the Scenes of MyVoice–TED Talk

MyVoice isn’t a company. We’re not here to sell your opinions to companies for profit or to make money off your opinions at all. One of the greatest things about the project is that we’re here for you(th), with strong representation of youth (14-24 year olds) on our core MyVoice team.  We’re a research project with a mission, not a profit-seeking entity.

But you might wonder, so how can MyVoice afford to pay me $1 every survey week? Where are they getting the money?

One of our key start-up funds came from the University of Michigan’s research innovation incubator called MCubed. MyVoice founder and adolescent health researcher Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS, secured a grant through MCubed, which enabled her team to get MyVoice up and running. From a small pool of text-messaging participants, concentrated in Southeast Michigan, to what is now a sample of over 1,700 adolescents from across the United States, sending in thousands of responses each month.

Recently, Dr. Chang and her co-founders, Michelle Moniz, MD, and Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, presented a TED-style talk at the annual MCubed Symposium, held at the University of Michigan. In less than 10 minutes, the three co-founders explain what MyVoice is and what the project hopes to achieve.

Key quote from Dr. Moniz: “Our team sees youth as central to every major health issue in our nation at this time…So now when a policymaker calls about issues affecting young people, we’ll be ready to fulfill research’s potential to inform policies in real time and improve the health of this population.”

You can read an overview of the 2017 Symposium event and see MyVoice highlighted, and learn more about MCubed funding model in this Washington Post write up from 2012.


BTS: Behind the Scenes of MyVoice–We’re Named a Granicus Sucess Story

Granicus, one of the largest government technology service companies, has featured the MyVoice project as a “success story,” with an overview of how we are using Granicus products to launch our large-scale, ongoing text message surveys.

It’s the classic story: Researcher meets Technology. Within minutes, Researcher knows that it’s the one 😍💻 . They form a mutually beneficial relationship that allows Researcher to live out their purpose: Giving voice to adolescents across the nation through simple-yet-relevant text-message discussions on issues like healthcare and student debt.

You can read the piece from Granicus about MyVoice here.

Granicus provides some of the core technology that MyVoice uses to deliver text message polls each week. Its Interactive Text platform, which we affectionately refer to as Textizen, has been an indispensable tool that enables us to connect to all of you, our community of over 1,000 participants across the United States. Thanks Textizen, for your reliable cloud-bases services! Exportable spreadsheets! Lack of support for emojis (we’re still holding out for this feature)!


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We use Textizen to send you surveys each week. Texizen is a product of Granicus, who featured us as a “success story.”


Did you see us at MakerFaire Detroit?

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Andre and Ali, MyVoice team members, at Live on Washington in Ann Arbor, Michigan


MyVoice has been making appearances at summer festivals across Michigan this summer. We’re spreading the word about the research and signing people up to participate.  The picture below is from Makerfaire Detroit, which was so much fun! We had our spinning wheel of prizes and postcards for folks to write to their state and national senators and congresspeople.


We met a ton of new MyVoicers at Live on Washington, an outdoor music festival, organized by the Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor, MI.



Hope you’re having a great summer ☀️⛱!

Signal Boost: MyVoice accepted to national research conference

We just heard good news that ALL FOUR MyVoice research presentations submitted to a national research conference were accepted. This means that the MyVoice team will be traveling to Montreal, Quebec this November to share some of the most interesting and impactful initial findings from the MyVoice research.

Here’s what we’ll be presenting at NAPCRG, a conference of over 900 primary care and health researchers from across North America.

Many thanks and congrats to team members Lauren, Melissa, Andre, Arrice, Christine, Noah, Christina, Vinod, Missy, and Tammy, whose work will be shared with the over 900 researchers attending the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) annual meeting on November 17-21, 2017 in Montreal.

We couldn’t have done it without the over 1,000 MyVoicers who pick up their phones and choose to share their thoughts and opinions with us every week! Thank you!!


MCubed Grant Funding

mcubed-logoMyVoice received its first grant from MCubed! MCubed is an innovative research program run through University of Michigan that distributes real-time seed funding to collaborative, faculty-led teams. Because the MyVoice team is so multi-disciplinary, this was a perfect fit! Kendrin Sonneville, Michelle Moniz, and Tammy Chang are all co-principal investigators on this grant.  This funding will help MyVoice get off the ground and apply for larger grants in the future. For more information about this program visit the MCubed info page.