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For Margaret Laws, Innovation Springs From Co-Creation



Longtime friend of StartUp Health Margaret Laws has built a career on cross-sector, interdisciplinary partnerships. For 17 years, she served as the Director of Public Financing and Policy and the Director of Innovation for the Underserved program at the California Health Care Foundation. Today, as CEO and President of HopeLab, a social innovation lab founded and funded by the creators of eBay, she’s shifted her focus toward improving the health and wellbeing of adolescents. HopeLab’s multifactorial approach seeks to broach the many systemic and structural causes of mental illness in young people: “If there’s one thing that really requires multi-sectoral collaboration, this is it,” Laws says. At a recent Fireside Chat with StartUp Health co-founder Steven Krein, Laws explained how HopeLab’s uniquely holistic approach allows the company to tackle challenges from every angle.

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Former NFL Wide Receiver Torrey Smith Partners With Rose Health to Promote Mental Health Resilience



This week, two-time Super Bowl Champion and former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith announced that he was joining mental health startup Rose Health as an ambassador and investor. On this episode, StartUp Health’s Logan Plaster catches up with Torrey to learn about life after the NFL, and why it was important for him to become an advocate for mental health resilience.

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How LifeBio Is Using the Power of Storytelling to Improve Mental Health for Seniors



In 2020, the coronavirus caused a societal lock-down like this generation has never seen before. Many who were already isolated and lonely — like seniors – were put into a desperate situation. Beth Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of LifeBio, a startup that’s been with StartUp Health since 2014, has always had a heart for isolated and lonely seniors. She’d worked with them for years, helping them to tell their stories, using what’s called reminiscence therapy. But COVID-19 put LifeBio and this important work into overdrive. Not only was the work needed more than ever, but LifeBio was able to connect the dots between fighting loneliness and improving health outcomes. Turns out a phone call with a trained conversationalist can fight depression, anxiety and keep you mentally nimble. Their findings got the attention of health systems, insurance companies, and even won them a coveted SBIR grant. Logan Plaster, Media Director at StartUp Health, caught up with Sanders to learn more about how LifeBio works and the critical role of storytelling in healthcare in a post-COVID world.

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Kavi Misri on Rose’s High Tech Approach to Predicting Depression and Expanding Access to Mental Health Services



Working 80 to 100 hours a week for 7 years in healthcare investment banking finally caught up to Kavi Misri, founder and CEO of Rose. Like many, he found himself burned out, depressed and in need of help. Looking for answers, Kavi was struck by how difficult it was for him to get basic mental health care. Knowing there had to be a better way, he founded Rose. Using natural language processing and deep learning to predict depression and mood disorder symptoms, Kavi and his team have created a high tech approach to assessing and predicting a patient’s mental health faster.

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One Health Transformer’s Decades-Long Journey to Cure Chronic Pain



23 years ago a car accident left Richard Hanbury with debilitating nerve pain that was so bad he was given just five years to live. While in recovery, he realized that a film was doing something to his brain that was providing greater pain relief than the morphine he was prescribed. It was this accidental discovery that inspired Hanbury to learn how he could use external neuromodulation to hack his own brain and cure his chronic pain. In this episode, StartUp Health’s Editor-in-Chief Logan Plaster sits down with Hanbury, CEO & Founder of Sana Health, to discuss his wearable device that reproduces that same neuromodulation in an effort to end all chronic pain.

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Kevin Dedner, Founder & CEO of Henry Health

Meet the Health Transformer Addressing Racial Disparities in COVID-19



Kevin Dedner launched Hurdle (fka Henry Health) in 2018 to address the mental health care gap for black men. Now, he’s expanding his vision for a culturally-competent mental health system with plans to offer Hurdle’s behavioral health services to other disenfranchised communities. In this episode of the StartUp Health NOW podcast, Dedner shares his vision for Hurdle’s next chapter and offers insights into the pandemic’s racial disparities.

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Michael Acton Smith

Mental Health in a COVID World



May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year it coincides with one of the most challenging periods in the world’s recent history — the coronavirus pandemic. We’re taking a beat to talk about mental wellness in a COVID world, starting with this episode of the StartUp Health NOW podcast featuring Co-founder & CEO of Calm, the leading app for meditation and sleep.

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Stephen Sokoler, Journey Meditation

Meditation Together, Virtually: the App Helping Meditation Beginners During COVID-19



At Journey Meditation, Stephen Sokoler is rooting the practice of meditation back in its origins – community. In this episode, StartUp Health’s ventures team member Maxim Owen talks with Sokoler, Journey’s founder & CEO, to learn about the startup’s app, Journey LIVE. The app connects users with meditation instructors who lead group meditation classes that teach users how to become familiar with their thoughts and themselves, leading to greater calm, clarity, and peace of mind. And because peace of mind is something we all so desperately need during these turbulent times, Sokoler is offering the app for free throughout the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Listen here, then visit this link to start your free trial.

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Curatio’s CEO and Chief Growth Officer Share How Their Platform is Filling a Social Care Gap for Chronic Disease Patients



Logan Plaster, StartUp Health’s Media Director and Editor-in-Chief of the StartUp Health magazine, caught up with Curatio’s CEO and Founder, Lynda Brown-Ganzert and Chief Growth Officer, Jeff Wandzura at the 2019 HLTH conference in Las Vegas. Curatio is described as the “worlds first social health prescription.” In this episode of StartUp Health:NOW, Lynda and Jeff give a walk-through of their health platform and discuss how they are helping patients better understand their condition by providing them with a support community and the tools needed to take control of their own health.

Location: HLTH 2019 Las Vegas, NV

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Building a Global Solution for Mental Health Care: Ritvik Singh, wayForward



Health Transformer Ritvik Singh, Co-founder and CEO of wayForward, discusses the problems faced by India’s population in accessing mental health care and the role in which his newest app is working to overcome these challenges.

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