A dynamic discussion with Kaiser Permanente and Livongo on the future of behavioral health, now and beyond COVID-19

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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.

View this on-demand 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 leads a dynamic discussion with KP Senior Principal Consultant of Prevention, Wellness & Digital Health Trina Histon, PhD, which delves into the science behind digital self-care and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and explores 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 discusses 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 examines 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.
Meet the experts:
Trina Histon PhD Bio:
Trina Histon
Trina is a Senior Principal Consultant in Prevention, Wellness, and Digital Health at Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute. Trina obtained a Ph.D. in health psychology from University College Cork, Ireland. 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. Trina is a member of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the American Psychological Association, The Obesity Society, and Digital Medicine Society.
Trina enjoys bringing the evidence to life for front line teams and implementing technology solutions to support people on their journey towards health.
Twitter: @Trinahistonphd
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trina-histon-phd-97b8844/
Julia Hoffman PsyD Bio:
Julia Hoffman
Dr. Julia Hoffman (PsyD) is VP of Behavioral Health Strategy at Livongo, a company empowering people with chronic conditions to live better and healthier lives. 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. 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.
Jessica DaMassa Bio:
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.

Jessica’s talked to health tech CEOs with hundreds of millions in funding, like Mario Schlosser of Oscar Health, Glen Tullman of Livongo, and Jason Gorevic of Teladoc, government officials like Andy Slavitt and Todd Park, as well as numerous health tech VC investors including Annie Lamont of Oak HC/FT, Bob Kocher and Brian Roberts of Venrock, and Esther Dyson. From the ‘healthcare establishment’ she’s spoken with C-level leaders from nearly every major health system, health plan, and pharmaceutical company grappling with digital health, as well as physicians transforming the practice of medicine like Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Mark Hyman. Add in a motley assortment of startups, the occasional futurist, passionate patient advocates, and anyone else with a meaningful story to contribute to the larger change taking place in healthcare worldwide – and Jessica’s talked to them.

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 WTF 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. To start binge-watching her interviews, begin at www.wtf.health or follow along on Twitter @jessdamassa.