JASPR Health: Scaling evidence based care for suicide
Kelly Koerner, PhD
Co-Founder & CEO, Jaspr Health
Kelly Koerner, PhD, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Jaspr Health, a digital platform that helps healthcare systems speed and standardize evidence-based care for people in suicide crisis.As an entrepreneur, scientist, and author, Dr. Koerner is driven by the aspiration that anyone, anywhere should have access to the most effective behavioral healthcare. In 1997, she co-founded her first company with Marsha Linehan, PhD, which successfully disseminated Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment to reduce suicidal behavior. With Linda Dimeff, PhD, she then built an R&D company to use technology to improve the reach and sustainability of workforce training in evidence-based treatments. Together, Drs. Koerner and Dimeff then launched the Evidence-Based Practice Institute, now Jaspr Health.Jaspr Health is collaborating with scientists, people with lived experience, and health systems partners to bring to market a tablet-based app to radically improve care pathways for people who struggle with suicide. Initially targeting emergency room settings, Jaspr Health is now expanding to adults in primary care, and to use by teens and their families who present in emergency, primary care, and other settings with high rates of suicide like juvenile justice. A companion app, Jaspr-at-Home, provides ongoing evidence-based support after the initial point of contact. In a National Institute of Mental Health funded randomized controlled trial, Jaspr Health outperformed care-as-usual in delivery of evidence-based suicide prevention interventions and high patient satisfaction.
Lived Experience Advisory Board Chair, Jaspr Health
As the Lived Experience Advisory Board Chair at Jasper Health (www.jasprhealth.com) and Project Director for Harborview Behavioral Health Institute (BHI), Topher brings a lifetime of relevant experience to his work. As a Project Director at the BHI, Topher implemented and manages the Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention program for emergency departments and inpatient psychiatric settings in WA State. This program combines post crisis peer support with the use of the Jaspr Health app. Prior to this, Topher spent 12 years developing, implementing and supervising a variety of peer support programs in intensive psychiatric settings. This includes the implementation of Peer Bridger programs in two publicly funded hospital psychiatric programs in Washington State and serving as part of the leadership team for a community behavioral health agency. In addition, Topher has over 15 years experience in information technology as a project manager, web developer, and as an analyst and educator in clinical information systems. As a multiple suicide attempt survivor himself, Topher brings a personal commitment to his work in suicide prevention. Topher can be reached at: email@example.com
Founder & Host, Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech Summit
Solome Tibebu is a behavioral health technology strategist passionate about health equity and access. Solome leads The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health, a collaborative fund seeded by Melinda Gates' Pivotal Ventures and other private family offices. Solome is also the host of the Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech summit. Prior to consulting various stakeholders on all things behavioral health technology, Solome worked in corporate development, venture capital, behavioral health EHR software, ran a mental health tech startup, founded AnxietyInTeens.org, and has been developing healthcare startup communities since 2012. Solome is an advisor or board director to several behavioral health companies and national nonprofits.
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