How Digital Self-Care is Transforming Mental Health Care

  • May 28, 2020
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
  • Online

Nationwide, feelings of heightened stress and anxiety pervade daily life as we grapple with a new potent set of challenges related to COVID-19, and what life will look like as we return to somewhat normalcy. Between potential financial difficulties, lack of access to goods and services, juggling remote work and childcare, physical isolation, and the overall risk of catching a highly infectious illness – which can lead to more severe outcomes for those living with chronic conditions – we are reminded this May during Mental Health Awareness Month of the importance of mental resilience.

Join this complimentary AHIP webinar to explore how Kaiser Permanente (KP), recognized as America’s leading integrated health care provider and not-for-profit health plan, is augmenting its robust ecosystem with digital self-care support for mental health and wellness, as part of its commitment to bring members innovative ways to access mental health care. What’s the Future, Health? Innovation Reporter Jessica DaMassa will lead a dynamic discussion with KP Senior Principal Consultant of Prevention, Wellness & Digital Health Trina Histon, PhD, which will delve into the science behind digital self-care and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and explore their benefits as an essential part of the ecosystem of care.

As part of this interactive discussion, Livongo’s Vice President of Behavioral Health Strategy Dr. Julia Hoffman will discuss the current state of mental wellness and substance use in America, and the surges witnessed around COVID-19-related care needs. Considering nearly 60% of U.S. counties lack a psychiatrist, Dr. Hoffman will examine opportunities to force-multiply traditional face-to-face care, while breaking down the stigma of mental healthcare, alleviating strain on our healthcare system, and addressing the cyclical relationship between mental and physical health.

Attendees will learn:

  • How the nation’s largest private integrated health care organization uses digital self-care tools to put evidence-based practices at members’ fingertips
  • Scalable strategies to combat the negative impact the virus has had on mental health, felt by nearly half of U.S. adults
  • What the future may hold for behavioral healthcare, and how consumer healthcare expectations and needs are evolving in real-time


Julia Hoffman, PsyD
VP of Behavioral Health Strategy

Dr. Hoffman has led the creation, evaluation, and broad international dissemination of numerous technology-based behavioral health tools. She founded and scaled mobile development for behavioral health at both DoD and VA and has been honored for these efforts by President Barack Obama, the US House of Representatives, the FCC, the American Telemedicine Association, and the American Psychological Association. She was previously National Director of Mobile Health at the US Department of Veterans Affairs and a Faculty Affiliate at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, a Defense Center of Excellence. She is a licensed clinical psychologist (CA) who attended Stanford University, completed a Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, and a fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.

Jessica DaMassa
Executive Producer & Host
WTF Health – What’s the Future, Health?

Jessica DaMassa has emerged as the ‘it girl’ of health tech interviewing. She brings an enthusiastic, fun, yet inquisitive style to her interviewing and hosting of conferences, interviews, and videos. But don’t be fooled, there’s a ton of knowledge, and plenty of tough questions under that charming style and infectious energy. She’s the ‘girl to know’ to know ‘who’s who’ and ‘what’s what’ in health tech – having racked up more than a thousand interviews in the past four years.

Her current project, ‘WTF Health – What’s the Future, Health?’ is an interview series taking her around the world to more than a dozen different health tech conferences in different countries each year to continue her quest of asking everyone everywhere about the future of health – and what is wrong with it right now. Jessica also hosts health tech’s best two-minute Q&A news series, ‘Health in 2 Point 00,’ which airs on The Health Care Blog and stars Health 2.0 co-founder, Matthew Holt, with editorial commentary and analysis on the funding deals shaping the health tech market.

Trina Histon, PhD
Senior Principal Consultant, Prevention & Wellness
Kaiser Permanente

Trina has built an extensive career in addressing prevention, wellbeing, behavior change, and emotional health by translating evidence into practice in healthcare in Ireland and the USA. Trina has been working in the digital space since 2010. Trina is currently co-lead for Project Chamai (Greek for “grounded”) deploying an ecosystem of digital mental health tools in Kaiser Permanente to support emotional wellness.

Trina has been invited to act as an expert advisor for numerous organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, National Committee for Quality Assurance, National Quality Forum, Prescription for Physical Activity Task Force, STOP Obesity Alliance, and the Obesity Society. She received her PhD in health psychology from University College Cork, Ireland.

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