Innovation Series: Mental Health

  • 04 Apr 2019
  • 7:45 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Washington Athletic Club


For more information, contact the EBPA office - 206.623.8632

EBPA is pleased to announce a partnership with the Western Pension & Benefits Council (WP&BC)Seattle Chapter.  We have a special offer for our members and guests with an opportunity to attend both the EBPA Innovation Series breakfast on April 4th, followed by the WP&BC Seattle Chapter's Spring Seminar


April 4, 2019 - EBPA Innovations Series: Mental Health

Approved for two hours of Insurance Continuing Education credits **



                   Thank you to our Program Sponsor


Behavioral Health Support

Nearly 80% of Americans experience daily symptoms of stress (1), and anxiety and depression cost $1 trillion in lost productivity globally(2).

Join us as Ginger shares their transformative method of emotional and behavioral health care delivery, rooted in the belief that everyone deserves access to the right level of support, when they need it – whether they have a diagnosis or not.

Ginger provides companies and organizations with access to on-demand behavioral health support for their entire population. As the world’s most advanced behavioral health system, Ginger members’ care is coordinated across the highest-quality coaches, therapists, and psychiatrists.

Ginger’s mobile-first, chat-based coaching experience gives members an on-demand way to get emotional support from an experienced coach in seconds — anytime, day or night.

(1)Eight in 10 Americans Afflicted by Stress, Gallup, Accessed: October 2018

(2)Mental health in the workplace, World Health Organization, September 2017, Accessed: October 2018

The Future of Behavioral Health

I.   Introduction

a.  What is BH?
b.  Why is BH important?
c.  What is the problem with BH that we have?

II.   Current Landscape

a.     Stigma
b.     Prevalence
c.     Cost

III.  System Changes Needed

a.     BH as a Chronic Disease
b.     Integration of BH System
c.     Integration of BH with Primary Care

IV.   Technology

a.     The Role of Data
b.     The Impact of Artificial Intelligence
c.     Digital Solutions

V.    Conclusion

a.     Market Forecast
b.     ‘Payer’ Challenges
c.     Potential Disruptors



Karan Singh; Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer; Ginger

Karan co-founded Ginger and currently leads its clinical operations and strategy. He has over 13 years of experience in healthcare from management consulting for biopharma to data analytics, having worked at leading health care firms including ZS Associates and Humedica. A leader in the digital health community, Karan is a frequent speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship, health innovation and new models of care. He has served as a scholar at the Aspen Institute, delivered keynotes at Public Health Institute (PHI) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and recognized as a rising star in Healthcare by LinkedIn's Next Wave. Karan holds his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan, attended the Harvard Medical School / MIT Health, Science & Technology (HST) program, and received his BA and BS in Economics and Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

Dr. James A. Polo, MD; Behavioral Health Medical Director; Cambia Health Solutions

Dr. Polo is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry with over 25 years of experience as an actively practicing physician in multiple treatment settings. He also has advanced degrees in both business and strategy. Dr. Polo has served in numerous executive leadership positions for hospitals and healthcare systems working to advance quality outcomes within a sustainable business model. He has been consultant in the private sector and policy advisor at the national level. Currently, he serves as a board member for numerous professional and private organizations.


Date:     April 4, 2019

Location: Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Ave., Seattle

Time:   7:45-8:15 am Registration, Breakfast, sign in

            8:30-9:20 am Program

            9:20-9:30 am Break

            9:30-10:20 am Program

            10:20-10:30 am Q&A, sign out

Parking:  Will be validated ONLY WHEN YOU PARK in the Washington Athletic Club's parking garage.  This lot is one block NORTH of the WAC across from the Sheraton.

Click on the link below to see the rest of the day's activities 

$65 members; $85 non-members and guests registered by April 2.

Add $15/person for at the door or after deadline.

Online registration deadline is April 2. If you miss the online registration or experience problems, call the office 206-623-8632. No refunds or credit for a future meeting can be granted after the deadline.

WP&BC 2019 Spring Seminar 

WP&BC Seattle Chapter 2019 Spring Seminar

For complete details on speakers and their topics, go to the event page.  For special discount pricing use this CODE:  EBPA & WPBC

Topics include:  

  • Managing Change and Maintaining a Winning Culture
  • Effective Strategies for Proactive Management of People with Chronic Conditions and High Cost Claims (Breakout Session 1A)
  • Retirement Plan Committee Best Practices (Breakout Session 1B)
  • Panel Discussion-Managing the Sponsor/Vendor Relationship (Breakout Session 2A)
  • Cybersecurity Risks for Employee Benefit Services (Breakout session 2B)
  • Litigation Update: Two perspectives  

The WP&BC event will immediately follow our Innovation Series. Special discounted prices are available for both members and guests if you want to attend all day.  

To register or for more information visit the WP&BC Spring Seminar

** NOTE:  This presentation has been approved for two (2) hours of Continuing Education Credit by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

In order to received these insurance credits YOU MUST be seated for the presentation within 5 minutes of the session beginning.  You are allowed a break, but you must limit your time outside the presentation. The Insurance Credits are for two hours.  NO PARTIAL CREDITS awarded. You cannot sign out early.   

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner requires that each producer requesting credits must sign the form with their licensed name and write the time of arrival. Only upon completion of the session, you must initial out and write the time.  

The Employee Benefits Planning Association is not responsible should a producer fail to complete the documents properly OR does not follow the WAOIC rules. 

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