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Episode 15 | March 29th 

The Prevalence of Unrecognized Depression in the Medicaid Population

 

A Happify Health Original Simulcast 

One in six people have symptoms of depression and don’t recognize it. In this episode of Charting a New Course, Brendon and Murray are joined by members of Happify Health’s research team to take a closer look at the impact that unrecognized depression has in minority populations whose primary source of health coverage comes through Medicaid

Our country’s mental health resources are woefully inadequate. To overcome the gaps in care, President Biden pledged over $6B in his 2023 budget to ensure funding for mental health support services. Of the $6 billion pledged to this cause, $455 million was earmarked for researching new care models and expanding early intervention services with a focus on “Black and Brown communities (which) are disproportionately under treated – even as their burden of mental illness has continued to rise.”  

34% of medicaid - costs 149% higher

As the U.S. continues to endure a mental health crisis, will this budget pledge help turn the corner? Tune in to learn more. 

 

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Featured Guest

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Eliane Boucher, PHD

Senior Director of Research Strategy

Eliane has a PhD in Social/Personality Psychology and spent more than a decade in academic research before joining Happify Health. She helps to oversee Happify Health’s program of research, including analyzing platform data, prospective studies on the impact of Happify in various populations, patient-centered research, and other foundational research.

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Anita Mohandas

Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Anita Mohandas started as the Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) at Happify Health in 2021 and is currently building out the HEOR team at Happify Health. She has 10 years of experience working in Medical Device HEOR at companies like Johnson and Johnson and Edwards Lifesciences with a focus on increasing market access to minimally invasive spinal and cardiovascular medical devices. She has a background in Biomedical Engineering (MSc) and Health Policy (MHP) and was the inaugural fellow for the Medical Device HEOR fellowship at Johnson and Johnson.

Hosted By

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Murray Zucker, MD

CMO, Happify Health

Murray Zucker, MD, is the chief medical officer at Happify Health. Dr. Zucker has worked as a healthcare consultant and psychiatrist for more than 20 years. He's had senior leadership roles as a medical executive in the health insurance and managed care industries. He has consulted for large hospital systems and Fortune 500 companies, as well as for large provider groups. As a healthcare expert, Dr. Zucker has appeared on the “Today” show, “Good Morning America”, “20/20”, CNN, and the LA evening news. He has also been a featured guest host on radio programs and a quoted expert in prominent media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and People magazine.

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Brendon Kelly

VP of Partnerships, Happify Health

Brendon is vice president of Customer Success at Happify Health. Throughout his career Brendon has  had the unique opportunity to work across teams, functions, and industries, with sales being the consistent through-line. For Brendon, being of service  by understanding and solving complex problems for others  is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding endeavors one can embark upon. It's that sense of purpose and drive that gets him out of bed in the morning and keeps him moving forward (that and trying to keep his two children, ages 5 and 3, from burning the house down).