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Day 1, Thursday, May 19, 2022, 12:00- 3:40 PM Eastern Time

12:00 - 12:45 PM Welcome and Opening Keynote

Sherry Pagoto, PhD, Director, UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media, Professor, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Institute of Collaborations in Health, Interventions, and Policy, University of Connecticut

Digital Health Equity: Implications for Telehealth

Courtney Lyles, PhD, University of California San Francisco

Courtney Lyles, PhD, is an Associate Professor at UCSF in the Department of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the Center for Vulnerable Populations, and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. A trained health services researcher, she uses quantitative and qualitative methods to design, evaluate, and disseminate digital health solutions that work for all patients, particularly the most underserved.  She currently serves on the patient portal engagement committee at the San Francisco Health Network, the San Francisco Digital Equity Initiative advisory board, and the board of the San Francisco Public Health Foundation.

12:45 - 1:20 PM Keynote

Future of Telehealth: Evidence, Advocacy, and Equity

Jared Skillings, PhD, American Psychological Association

Dr. Jared Skillings is a Senior Healthcare and Association Executive. He serves as the Chief of Professional Practice for the American Psychological Association and leads psychology’s 110,000-person workforce. In this role he sets national strategies to improve population health and increase access to psychological services. Dr. Skillings oversees national advocacy efforts to promote the practice of psychologists; improve coding and reimbursement for mental health care; develop best practices and guidelines; protect psychology licensing through state advocacy; and advance telehealth and innovation. Dr. Skillings is a licensed psychologist and is triple board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is known for applying data, process improvement methods, and interpersonal savvy to resolve complex issues. As an example, in recent months he served as a key advisor to CDC and White House senior staff regarding vaccine hesitance. Dr. Skillings’ career includes senior leadership in Pine Rest Professional Practice Group, the largest independent practice group in the U.S. Before joining APA, he served as Chief of Behavioral Health for Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a $6.5 billion enterprise with 14 hospitals. On a personal note, he has been married to his wonderful wife, Julie, for over 20 years. They have five adopted children (ages 9-14), who are the joy of their life.

1:30 - 2:20 PM Paper Session

Molly Waring, PhD, Department of Allied Sciences, University of Connecticut
Delivering a Post-Partum Weight Loss Intervention via Facebook or In-Person Groups: Results from a Randomized Pilot Feasibility Trial

Khawar Nawaz, MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
A quality improvement project to improve hospital-to-home transitions of care using discharge tele-visits

Aaron Tierney, BA, University of California, Berkeley
Care Continuity, Telehealth Use, and Quality of Diabetes and Hypertension Care in Community Health Centers Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2:20 - 3:00 PM Panel Discussion

Optimizing the Patient Experience in Telehealth Delivered Care

Telehealth has exploded in popularity during the COVID19 pandemic with so many patients relying on it to receive routine care. Telehealth may involve videoconferencing, telephone, email, mobile apps, and communication via patient portals. Regardless of modality, a positive patient experience is key to the success and sustainability of telehealth models of care. This panel discussion focused on key aspects of patient experience that clinicians and researchers should attend to, how to assess patient experience, and patient characteristics (e.g., digital literacy) that may influence their experience with telehealth delivered care. Our expert panelists shared insights learned from their research on patient experience in telehealth.


Keren Ladin, PhD, MSc, Associate Professor, Departments of Occupational Therapy and Community Health, Tufts University

Dr. Keren Ladin is Associate Professor in the Departments of Occupational Therapy and Community Health at Tufts University. She is Director of Research on Aging, Ethics, and Community Health (REACH Lab) at Tufts University. Her research examines questions of equitable allocation of health resources, shared decision-making, and disparities, especially for older adults and for people facing surgical decisions. Dr. Ladin has published extensively on topics related to transplantation, aging, kidney disease, and health disparities, and is an expert in mixed-methods, medical ethics, and health policy. Her research has examined the use of web-based interventions to improve shared decision-making, including among older adults with kidney disease, for advance care planning; and among African American men facing prostate cancer screening decisions. Dr. Ladin is PI of the PCORI-funded DART Study examining the use of web-based decision-aid improving decisional quality for older adults facing dialysis decisions. Her recent work examines disparities in advance care planning and telehealth experiences among older adults. Dr. Ladin’s research has been funded by the Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI), the National Institutes of Health, and the Greenwall Foundation. At Tufts, Dr. Ladin teaches courses in health policy, research methods, public health ethics, and health disparities. Dr. Ladin currently serves as Chair of Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and United Network on Organ Sharing (UNOS) Ethics Committees. Her research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Bloomberg Law, Five Thirty Eight, among other popular media outlets.

Jenny J. Lin, MD, MPH, Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Jenny Lin is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.  She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and completed an internal medicine residency in the primary care track at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.  She has been a clinician-educator at the residency and medical school levels and is currently a clinician-investigator with funding from the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and PCORI.  Her primary research examines how health beliefs affect the management of comorbid illnesses, particularly diabetes and hypertension, in cancer survivors.  She has also investigated patient-level factors associated with health disparities in cancer care as well as patient and clinician factors affecting telemedicine use in primary care. She has expertise in qualitative research, large dataset analyses and health outcomes research.

Rachel Talley, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Rachel Talley is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She directs the University of Pennsylvania’s Fellowship in Community Psychiatry, a post-residency training program that teaches administrative and leadership skills to grow the next generation of public sector psychiatric leadership. She is also a staff attending at Horizon House, Inc where she provides psychiatric care to underserved populations in Philadelphia. Dr. Talley received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine; she completed psychiatry residency as well as fellowship in public psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. She has several peer-reviewed publications examining the integration of physical health services into behavioral health settings for individuals with serious mental illness. She has been recognized for her teaching and leadership in community mental health, including receipt of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry’s Albert Stunkard Faculty Recognition Award, and the 2021 Larry A. Real Award from the Montgomery County PA chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

3:00 - 3:40 PM Video Poster Session

Collaborative Session Categories

  1. Community Based Research
  2. Mental Health
  3. Provider Perspectives on Telehealth
  4. Diet and Exercise in Adult Populations
  5. Neurological Disorders

Day 2, Friday, May 20, 2022, 12:00- 3:30 PM Eastern Time

12:00 - 12:35 PM Welcome and Opening Keynote

Hands-On Meets Handheld: The Evolution of App-based Telehealth PT

Todd Norwood, DPT, Omada Health

Todd Norwood is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy as well as Sports Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Services at Omada Health where he built the first nationwide network of exclusively telehealth physical therapists. In addition to his role in clinical operations, he works with the software development team to build new and innovative features to improve patient outcomes through improving engagement and adherence as well as tools to empower physical therapists with data driven insights to improve care. His journey in telehealth began in 2016 with as a consultant Physera focusing on digital care delivery for musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Todd received his B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University where he was twice the captain of the cycling team and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Southern California in 2011. He has been invited to present on telehealth by the North American Spine Society, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and American Physical Therapy Association.

12:35 - 1:10 PM  Keynote

Telehealth in Pediatric Outpatient Care in the Post-Pandemic World

Kristin Ray, MD, MS, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Kristin Ray, MD, MS is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is a general pediatrician, clinical informatician, and health services researcher who studies pediatric health system access, outcomes, and equity, with a focus on the use and impact of telehealth in pediatric care.

1:20 - 2:10 PM Paper Session

Brian Gelbman, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital
An Integrated, Multimodal, Digital Health Solution for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Prospective Observational Pilot Study

Robin Higashi, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center & Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Provider and Older Patient Responses to Rapid Expansion of Telehealth Care in an Urban Cancer Center

Christina McGinnis, BS, MBS, Weill Cornell Medicine
Can hybrid in-person and virtual care delivery models increase telehealth access to vulnerable populations in the post-COVID-19 era?

2:10 - 2:50 PM Panel Discussion

Asynchronously Delivered Telehealth: Advantages, Challenges, and Opportunities

Asynchronous telehealth has advantages over traditional synchronous versions (e.g., videoconferencing, telephone) in that it may be more scalable, circumvent the barrier of low bandwidth/connectivity, and allow providers to see more patients. Asynchronous care might be delivered via email and messaging, social media groups, mobile apps, and chat bots. This panel discussion focused on the advantages, challenges, and opportunities of asynchronous care. We asked our expert panelists for their insights on a research agenda that would push the field of asynchronous care forward.


Geoff Matous, President and Chief Commercial Officer, Wellinks

Geoff is President and Chief Commercial Officer at Wellinks, a virtual care company on a mission to help those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) live fully and breathe freely. With its personalized approach to virtual-first COPD management, Wellinks breaks down barriers for patients and provides the support they need and deserve outside the four walls of the clinic. Recently named the Connecticut Innovator of the Month by (US-D) Senator Chris Murphy, Wellinks is a rising star in the emerging field of virtual-first care. The team recently closed a $25 Million Series C financing led by Morningside Ventures and has launched several key partnerships including, in January, the ASPIRE study with the COPD Foundation.

Geoff is a founding member of the Digital Medicine Society’s IMPACT initiative for virtual-first medicine, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association in Connecticut, and as co-chair of the Launc[H] Hartford MedTech Advisory Committee at Hartford HealthCare. He resides in Connecticut with his family and is a proud and active alumni of UConn. Go Huskies!

Peter Yellowlees, MBBS, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Chief Wellness Officer, University of California, Davis Health

Dr. Peter Yellowlees is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Chief Wellness Officer at UC Davis Health, the first to serve such role in the University of California system. He holds the Alan Stoudemire Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, chairs the UCDH Wellbeing Committee and is a past President of the American Telemedicine Association. Yellowlees has conducted research in the areas of psychiatry, telemedicine, health informatics and physician health. Most of his research has been focused on the doctor-patient interface and how technologies can be used to promote high quality care and improve physician well-being. Yellowlees received a B.Sc. in 1976 and an MBBS in 1979, both from University of London. He then joined Flinders University of South Australia, where he received a research MD in 1990.

Jingwen Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis

Dr. Jingwen Zhang is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication, University of California, Davis. Dr. Zhang’s research interests include health promotion (e.g., sexual health, reproductive health, and physical activity), social influence, and interventions utilizing innovative online communication platforms. Current research efforts focus on the development of persuasive online networks using mobile technologies and computational approaches. She is also involved in research on communication for development, an interest that traces back to her work with UNICEF. Dr. Zhang’s previous studies have been published in a wide range of journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Health Psychology, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

2:50 - 3:20 PM Video Poster Session

Collaborative Session Categories

  1. Veteran Health
  2. Diet and Exercise in Children
  3. Substance Use Disorders
  4. Pediatrics
  5. International and Immigrant Populations

3:20 - 3:30 PM Best Paper and Video Poster Awards Ceremony

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About JMIR mHealth & uHealth

JMIR mHealth & uHealth is a leading home for research on the applications of mobile computing, ubiquitous computing, and wearables to improve health outcomes. The journal strives for rapid publication of truly global perspectives on mobile health and more technical groundwork, being well-known in the digital health community for cutting-edge work. The spectacular Altmetric scores seen in the journal speak to its interest and accessibility to the larger public, making it the perfect place for your most impactful discoveries!

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About Wellinks

Wellinks is on a mission to help those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) live fully and breathe freely. COPD is the third leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. and the fifth most costly chronic condition. With its personalized, virtual-first COPD management system, Wellinks breaks down barriers for patients, providing the evidence-based care they need and deserve outside the four walls of the clinic. Wellinks supports patients through virtual pulmonary rehabilitation, health coaching, and monitoring through connected devices and an easy-to-use smartphone app. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Wellinks is led by a team of digital health veterans and backed by top investment firms including Morningside, HighCape Capital, Connecticut Innovations, and Benslie. For more information, visit and follow on Twitter (@WellinksHealth) and LinkedIn.