About Us

Violet was created by Jenell Coleman, MD, MPH a board certified OB/GYN and the Division Director of Gynecologic Specialties at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Saumya Sao, BA, a research assistant with Gynecologic Specialties and aspiring OB/GYN. With the hope to create a reliable and accessible platform for young people to take control of their sexual & reproductive health, Violet was born.

The Violet Project has three main aims: 

  1. To make reliable, comprehensive, and easily understandable sexual/reproductive health education accessible to teens and young adults through a digital platform.

  2. To provide young people in Baltimore City and beyond with sexual and reproductive health services (including condoms, menstrual hygiene products, and self-collect STI testing) free of charge, increasing access and privacy through an online ordering system, and to distribute these products to low-income youth in our clinics as well. 

  3. To engage young people in Baltimore City and beyond with the creation of the Violet Project, elevating their voices and empowering them to learn about their health and encourage their peers do the same. 

Join us on our journey to make sexual and reproductive healthcare equitable and accessible for all!

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Violet has active partnerships with middle and high schools in the greater Baltimore area. So far, we have delivered education and care to the following schools:

  • Baltimore City College

  • Baltimore Design School

  • Baltimore Leadership School

  • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

  • Baltimore School for the Arts

  • Bowie High School

  • Bryn Mawr School

  • Forest Park High School
  • Dumbarton Middle School
  • George WF McMehan High School

  • James McHenry Elementary Middle School

  • Joseph C. Briscoe School

  • Western High School

  • Woodlawn High School

  • Centro Sol Program

  • Baltimore City Community College

  • Howard Community College

  • Johns Hopkins University

Violet is also actively involved in the Baltimore community. We have provided fun health education in the community at these events: 

  • Día del Niño at Patterson Park

  • WINGS x Violet period equity documentary screening by Diva Cup

  • Baltimore Birth Festival

  • Baltimore Youth PRIDE and PRIDE

  • Patterson Park Concert Series

  • Baltimore City College Community Fair

  • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Community Fair

We are also integrated into standard of care as a supplement to care at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Women's clinic, Harriet Lane clinic, Johns Hopkins Pediatric ER, Bayview Medical Center ER, and Bayview Children's Medical Practice.

Thank you to the below doctors for reviewing our educational content:

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Jean Anderson, MD

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Anna Powell, MD, MS

Thank you to the below organizations for their material and monetary support:

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