Air date: June 23, 2022

Guest Panelists:


Mark É Czeisler, PhD, Monash University


Heidi Mochari Greenberger, PhD, MPH, AbleTo, Inc.

Sara Johnson

Sara Johnson, PhD, Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc./HERO

The impact of COVID-19 on mental health in America has been profound and is still unfolding. The pandemic and its mitigation have introduced challenges for communities related to the morbidity and mortality caused by the disease itself and related to mental and behavioral health. As clinicians and scientists in the virtual health care space, we have observed the COVID-19 pandemic through the lenses of history, epidemiology, policy, and patient care., and, just as with the disease itself, mental and behavioral health inequities are evident.

This webinar reviews evidence on mental and behavioral health during the pandemic, particularly in terms of behavioral changes observed during the pandemic, as well as populations that have disproportionately experienced adverse mental health symptoms. We will also describe the value of providing virtual access to high-quality behavioral health care both prior to and during the pandemic and share real-world clinical and workplace outcomes from nationally scaled service delivery during this unprecedented time.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe population-level mental health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Relate lifestyle changes (e.g., sleep, physical activity) to changes in mental health.
  3. Describe how virtual care delivery alleviates barriers to evidence-based behavioral health care.
  4. Identify process and outcomes measures associated with behavioral health care quality.
  5. Name workplace best practices to ease access to high quality mental health care services.

 

Mark É Czeisler, PhD, completed his PhD in psychology at the School of Psychological Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, where he is currently a research fellow. He is also a medical student in the Francis Weld Peabody Society at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he was a 2020-2021 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar supported by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and funded by The Kinghorn Foundation. He received his Bachelor of Arts in neurobiology with a minor in global health and health policy from Harvard College.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Czeisler led the COVID-19 Outbreak Public Evaluation (COPE) Initiative (www.thecopeinitiative.org), designed to assess public attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs about the pandemic and its mitigation, and to evaluate mental and behavioral health during the pandemic.

Heidi Mochari Greenberger, PhD, MPH, is Vice President of Clinical Research at AbleTo, Inc., a national virtual behavioral health care provider. In this capacity, she guides program evaluation and development research with a focus on innovative and evidence-based methods with clinical and public health relevance. Heidi received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and Master of Public Health and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from Columbia University. She has over 20 years of experience in the design, execution, and dissemination of clinical and epidemiological research in hospital, academic, and business settings. The heart of her work is dedicated to overcoming disparities in disease prevention through interventions at the intersection of behavioral and physical health.

Moderator: Sara Johnson, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at HERO where she provides research thought leadership and identifies funding opportunities for new studies through grants and industry partnerships. In addition, she is also Co-President & CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., a behavior change consulting firm and solution provider that empowers people to experience life-changing breakthroughs in health and well-being. She is also the Chair of the Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference, and Co-Editor of Knowing Well, Being Well. In 2019, Dr. Johnson received the Health Enhancement Research Organization’s Mark Dundon Research Award and was named one of the 50 on Fire by Rhode Island Inno. She was named the Health Care Services Woman to Watch by Providence Business News in 2018, and in 2015, she was selected as a Top 10 Health Promotion Professional by the Wellness Council of America.

 

Email Ariane to receive 1 CHES/MCHES credit: ariane.mistral@hero-health.org 

Sponsored by Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hours. Provider ID#101039






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