Invent Health #inventhealth salons are quarterly "intimate" events hosted by Vator, HP & UCSF Health Hub, where the audience (100-200) & select speakers interact around one topic. Topics have included "Mental Health", "Reinventing the doctor's role", "Future of clinics", "Lifestyle", etc & are discussed by influencers from various backgrounds to provide a 360-degree perspective. The goal is to create an environment conducive to creating connections amongst guests & to have a solid discussion and/or debate around one area of healthcare that's ripe for innovation.
The topic this quarter is: The Future of Mental & Behavioral Health. Behavioral health promotes wellbeing by preventing mental disorder, as common as stress & anxiety, which without being addressed appropriately can lead to more serious illnesses, such as chronic conditions, substance abuse & addictions. All of this falls under our mental wellbeing. There's a rise of mental illness across the country with one out of five Americans suffering from some sort of mental disorder. In the case of depression, it's become almost an epidemic from from being a rare condition 50 years ago. Critics argue the rise has a lot to do with pathologizing normal psychic & somatic behavior, meaning society's idea of normal often means never feeling sad or hopeless. Some argue antidepressant drugmakers, who've seen their drug usage rise 400 percent in two decades are behind the pathologizing.
These pervasive conditions have behavioral health startups creating solutions & treatment modalities to help those across the spectrum from mindfulness-based therapies, cognitive behavioral & psychodynamic therapies to digital therapeutics. What are these new technologies & services & are they effective? How are employers & health organizations incorporating them?
Vator (short for innovator) is a vibrant startup & investor community, founded by veteran, award-winning business journalist, Bambi Francisco. UCSF Health Hub is a non-profit that helps healthtech companies gain access to the Bay Area ecosystem. Mark Goldstein is the Chairman. Invent Health is hosted by Dr. Archana Dubey, Global Medical Director at HP, Bambi Francisco Roizen & Mark Goldstein.