How Employers Can Address an Urgent Pediatric Behavioral Health Crisis


Presenters: Naomi Allen and David Grodberg, Brightline

View live: April 28, 2021, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT (available for on-demand viewing through July 2021)

Program length: 60 minutes

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Our kids are not alright. One in three children are suffering from poor mental health, yet 80 percent aren’t getting the care they need. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges: Children are dealing with feelings of loss, loneliness and nervousness without traditional support systems like schools and social connection to help. This unprecedented wave of need is having an outsized impact on employees and organizations alike — new research shows 50 percent of working parents report significant productivity loss due to their children’s mental health, and only 14 percent say they’re managing well. 

In this program, Brightline's Naomi Allen and David Grodberg will discuss how forward-thinking HR leaders can support working families by expanding access to pediatric behavioral health benefits. In this program, you’ll learn: 

  • The current state of pediatric behavioral health and why existing care delivery models are broken 
  • New research examining how the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing parental stress and reducing productivity among working families 
  • Strategies and tips for evaluating pediatric behavioral health solutions for your workforce 

About the Presenters: 


Naomi Allen is the co-founder and CEO of Brightline, the leader in technology-enabled pediatric behavioral health care. Allen started Brightline in 2019 to reinvent the way behavioral health care is delivered for children, teens and their families. Today, Brightline is delivering integrated care through innovative technology, virtual behavioral health services and a collaborative care team focused on supporting families across a range of common challenges. Allen is a leading entrepreneur with more than 20 years of hands-on experience developing high-growth health care technology companies. Prior to starting Brightline, she was the chief growth officer for Livongo, overseeing key strategic growth initiatives including new markets and acquisition operations, new category launch and IPO preparation. 

David Grodberg, M.D., is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and Brightline’s chief medical officer. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience providing evaluation and treatment for children, adolescents and their families across many conditions and levels of care. Grodberg is currently a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine and served as medical director of the Yale Child Study Center Outpatient Clinic. Among his many contributions to the field, he developed the Autism Mental Status Exam (AMSE), which is a brief and free diagnostic assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder used globally. Much of his work at Yale has focused on using technology to improve the way pediatric behavioral health care is delivered.

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