As a society, we have known for a long time that people with chronic conditions often have co-occurring stress, depression, and anxiety. Known industry estimates suggest at least a 30% overlap of mental health conditions with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and many other chronic conditions.
Given that mental health is largely undiagnosed and unrecognized, these estimates likely fall short of the true burden. Indeed, some studies have suggested the true burden of mental illness in those with chronic disease is more than 80%. Left unrecognized and untreated, loneliness, grief, burnout, stress, depression, trauma and other mental health factors can result in lower adherence to care plans and higher cost.
Today’s care models do not consistently incorporate mental health support, particularly given the shortage of mental health care professionals. COVID-19 shined a light on the need for more innovative care models and elevates the question, “Can virtual care deliver easily accessible, integrated care that supports the mind and the body together?”
Digital solutions are disrupting long-standing care models, and with outcomes that validate the need for integrated care. This panel will provide unique insights into digital solutions that are changing the way health insurance providers engage with members.
Chris Mosunic, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Chris is a national leader in behavioral health, having started and directed numerous behavioral health organizations, most notably leading the first behavioral chronic-condition focused program at Yale-New Haven Health-Greenwich Hospital, the behavioral sciences team at Johnson & Johnson, and IAFF Center of Excellence, an inpatient hospital which specifically helps firefighters struggling with behavioral health issues.
He is also a licensed clinical psychologist, registered dietitian, and diabetes educator (CDCES), having received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt, MS in nutritional biochemistry from Tufts and MBA from Yale.
Pablo Calzada, DO, MPH
Regional Medical Director
Dr. Calzada joined FLORIDA BLUE as Regional Medical Director for South Florida in 2017. Previously, he has been affiliated with Humana, Inc; Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine; the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University; and the Rafael Penalver Clinic–Jackson Health System in Miami.
Dr. Calzada received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine; received his internship training at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida; and completed his residency in Family Practice at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Jacksonville. In 2000-2001, Dr. Calzada completed a Master in Public Health program at the University of South Florida.
Senior Vice President of Health Services
Veeneta Lakhani is the SVP of Health Services for Vida. She leads the Payer P&L and operations, and is focused on both growth and execution. She joined Vida to expand virtual access to real human care teams (health coaches, registered dietitians, licensed therapists, diabetes educators, pharmacists) while using technology as a “force multiplier” for engagement.
Prior to Vida, Veeneta held multiple senior executive positions at Anthem Blue Cross and began her career in strategic consulting in the insurance sector with McKinsey and Company. Throughout her career, Veeneta has been focused on innovative care models that have a real impact on cost and quality while positively impacting human behavior to improve health. Veeneta strongly believes in Vida’s approach of addressing physical and mental conditions together.