During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Americans suffering from anxiety tripled. Depression increased fourfold. Rates of substance abuse saw similar increases. All of this created a much higher demand for behavioral-health services. But it also severely strained the resources available and, like a stress test, revealed the weaknesses of the behavioral-health system.
Those issues include the shortage of providers, the still lingering stigma of seeking help for mental health issues, and how the relationship between the physical and mental health care systems is still siloed and fragmented. As a result, COVID-19 (the most socially disruptive event in modern history) has not only brought a new attention to behavioral-health issues, it has also served as a catalyst to create a new generation of innovative solutions. In the first half of 2020, for example, digital behavioral health startups raised $588 million, equal to the funding for all of 2019.
With life slowly returning to normal, at least in the United States, this webinar will provide a timely opportunity for attendees to gain a clearer understanding of the insights revealed by the pandemic and look ahead to the future of behavioral health.
The webinar will explore the new technologies, strategies and programs being developed that are promising to make the next few years a truly transformative moment for behavioral health. The webinar will also discuss the wide spectrum of care options that are now available for behavioral health. For example, the development of innovative apps and the increasing popularity of telehealth services are delivering multiple new ways to conveniently access behavioral health services. Managed behavioral healthcare companies are now offering programs such as employee assistance programs, organizational consulting and health coaching programs. Other companies are developing new ways for patients who need clinical support to connect with therapists.
Nichole McGrath (Moderator)
Vice President Client Success
Nichole is responsible for the implementation of new strategic partnerships and the operational success of existing clients. Since joining Onlife in 2007, Nichole has served in several critical roles, including clinical management, call center operations, sales, and account management. With more than 15 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, Nichole started her career as a clinical dietitian, gaining experience in a variety of settings, including independent clinical trial centers, hospitals and public health clinics. A Registered Dietitian with a strong clinical background and passion for the health and wellness field, Nichole has a B.S. in dietetics from Central Michigan University and a M.Ed. from Grand Valley State University. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Catherine Bass
Sr. Director of Informatics & Innovation
Dr. Bass serves as the Sr. Director of Informatics & Innovation at Onlife Health. Her areas of responsibility include data science, advanced analytics, reporting, survey science and research. She holds a PhD in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Health Promotion and has 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, including a national award from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for innovations in healthy behavior data collection. Her areas of expertise include measurement, incentive design, program planning and health behavior theory. Dr. Bass has authored articles for peer-reviewed and trade journals, speaks at industry conferences, holds adjunct faculty positions at several universities and is active in the data and technology industry in Nashville.
Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech
Solome Tibebu is a behavioral health technology strategist passionate about health equity and access. Solome leads The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health, a collaborative fund seeded by Melinda Gates’ Pivotal Ventures and other private family offices. Solome is also the host of the Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech summit. Prior to consulting various stakeholders on all things behavioral health technology, Solome worked in corporate development, venture capital, behavioral health EHR software, ran a mental health tech startup, founded AnxietyInTeens.org, and has been developing healthcare startup communities since 2012. Solome is an advisor or board director to several behavioral health companies and national nonprofits.
Karen Vloedman MD, MPH
Senior Medical Director
After earning her MD at the University of Florida, Karen received a master’s in public health policy from Harvard University before completing her Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt University. Karen was an assistant professor and part of the teaching faculty at Vanderbilt in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics for 6 years. Karen went on to earn her board certification in in hospice and palliative care working with community hospices as well as Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was the founding medical director for the Pediatric Palliative care program at the Monroe Carrol Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Since then, she has served as both a medical doctor and medical director, with six years at United Healthcare working as the CMO for the mid-south region for both the Commercial and Medicare Lines of Business. She brought her medical and public health expertise to PopHealthCare in early 2020. Karen continues to be active clinically work part-time as a hospitalist at Williamson Medical Center.