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Advancing Digital Health Equity in California

March 9, 12:00 pm PST

Digital health solutions, including telehealth, text-message and app-based health interventions have the potential to barriers to accessing care and improve health outcomes. On March 9th, from 12-1pm, Cal-IHEA will convene an expert panel to discuss their research focused on expanding digital health solutions for low-income Californians during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Panelists will also discuss the policy implications of their research on improving digital health equity, workforce development, and tailoring and disseminating digital health interventions for Black and Latinx Californians who have suffered disproportionately from the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will include UC Berkeley Professor Adrian Aguilera, Dr. Mary Reed from Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, among others.

This briefing is hosted by The California Initiative for Health Equity & Action, with financial support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

Moderated By:

Adimika Arthur, Founding Executive Director, HealthTech 4 Medicaid


Adrian Aguilera, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Adrian Aguilera is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Francisco. Dr. Aguilera directs the Digital Health Equity and Access Lab (dHEAL) and the Latinx Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health. Dr. Aguilera’s research is focused on developing and testing technology-based interventions to address health disparities in low-income and vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on Latinx populations. Currently, his work has focused on utilizing mobile phone technology to improve mental health interventions in primary care settings. He has developed and deployed HealthySMS, which is a platform for delivering text messaging health interventions and visualizing data received from patients. He has applied this approach in the MoodText project, using text messages as an adjunct to group cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) for depression resulting in increased engagement in treatment.


Katherine Kim, PhD, MPH, MBA

Associate Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, University of California, Davis; Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, UC Davis School of Medicine

Katherine Kim is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the School of Medicine, Department of Public Health. Her research focuses on information technology to improve community health, care coordination and clinical research. Currently, Kim leads a research project at the School of Nursing exploring the use of a social networking platform in cancer care and its impact on care. She also conducts research as part of the UC Davis team contributing to a University of California-wide project exploring the connectivity of three networks serving more than 21 million patients. The project is funded by a nearly $7 million grant from PCORI, which supports development of a nationwide clinical research network. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Harvard College as well as a Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration from UC Berkeley.


Mary E. Reed, DrPH

Research Scientist, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Mary E. Reed, DrPH, is a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. Her research interests include health information technology and health care delivery organization and their effects on clinical care, quality, and costs; and patient knowledge, attitudes, and decision making with respect to health insurance. She received her DrPH at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

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March 9
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