Addressing the Post Pandemic Mental Health Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for mental health services and the prevalence of substance abuse and suicides. This session will examine the vision, plans, policies, and infrastructure needed to address the long-term nature of this growing crisis in both civilian and military populations. Speakers will discuss community prevention, the changing delivery model of mental health services, the role of health equity, and the landscape of needs from federal contractors.
Melinda J Baldwin, PhD, Director, Prevention, Traumatic Stress and Special Programs Division, SAMHSA
Matthew Miller, National Director, Suicide Prevention Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Giovannina DiPietro, Sr. Director, Federal Lead for Health Science and Human Services Division, ICF (moderator)
Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Improve Civilian and Military Health Care
Rapid advancements in AI/ML and other emerging technologies hold promise to transform the delivery of health care to our nation’s Veterans and the population at large. This session will look at current and future ways that civilian and military health agencies will use emerging technologies to advance research and development, achieve cost savings and resource efficiency, foster health equity, and improve health outcomes and services. Speakers will discuss their vision and plans for responsible use of the technology, evaluation and success metrics, challenges and pitfalls, and to drive greater collaboration between government and industry.
Dr. Gil Alterovitz , PhD, FACMI, FAMIA, Director of National Artificial Intelligence Institute, VA (virtual)
Anne Lord Bailey, PharmD, BCPS, Director for Clinical Tech Innovation and lead for Immersive Technology for VHA’s Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL)
Matthew McMahon, Director, SEED, NIH
Karen Base, VP of Solutions, Capgemini Government Solutions (moderator)
Acquisition and Budget Trends - What to Expect?
Federal acquisition and procurement officials will provide an overview of the procurement landscape, discuss procurement innovation trends, and new initiatives that will change the way the government procures products and services.
Diane Frasier, Director, Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management and Head of Contracting Activity, NIH (virtual)
Andrew Jernell, Division Director, Division of Information Technology Acquisition, FDA
Kathy Lentz, Federal Insights, LLC (moderator)