Lyra Health founder joins Wisdo’s board of directors to advance the company’s mission to end the negative impacts of loneliness on the health of 118 million Americans. | State


NEW YORK, November 4, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Wisdo, the award-winning AI-powered peer support and intervention platform addressing the negative impact of social isolation on mental and physical health, announced today the addition of dr. Dena Bravata, co-founder and former chief medical officer of Lyra Health on its board of directors. Dr Bravata will also join Wisdo’s Scientific Advisory Board which recently recruited several senior executives and researchers from UnitedHealthcare, American Airlines and the University of Iowa.

“Across the world, adults and children are struggling to maintain their emotional well-being and social bonds in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, vulnerable populations facing social determinants of barriers to health need more supports than ever to access essential services. Wisdo tackles these issues head-on. I am delighted to join their board of directors, ”said Dr. Dena Bravata.

A 2019 report from Cigna found that 3 in 5 Americans reported feeling lonely, up from 54% in 2018. Researchers found that loneliness is as deadly as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Single people are 50% more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social relationships. A recent study by UnitedHealthcare and AARP found that members who possess one or more social health protection factors such as resilience and social connections have up to 38% ($ 5,719) lower medical costs than limbs without these protective factors.

With over a million users, the Wisdo Platform is the largest social health platform proven to reduce rates of social isolation by 23%, increase the number of mental and physical health issues experienced by its members by 39% and reduce overall medical costs.

Wisdo uses AI to match users with trained peer helpers who share similar life experiences, certified life coaches, and teletherapy services. The Wisdo platform is unique in its evidence-based approach to reducing the negative impact of loneliness on health and in its ability to engage users. For example, 47% of members remain actively engaged with Wisdo after six months and 30% after 12 months, which is 10 times the industry average.

“We are delighted to see healthcare leaders of this caliber join Wisdo, recognizing that it is the premier provider of evidence-based peer support and timely professional interventions. With 60% of Americans defining themselves as loners, Wisdo’s mission has never been more urgent and his product more relevant to health plans, providers, employers and consumers, ”said Boaz Gaon, founder and CEO of Wisdo.

New members joining Wisdo’s Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Team include:

  • Dena Bravata, MD, MS, Board of Directors – Dr. Bravata is the co-founder and former medical director of Lyra Health, a provider of employee mental health benefits. Dr Bravata has also served as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Product Officer at Castlight Health, Inc and is a Senior Scientist in from Stanford Primary Care and Outcome Research Center.
  • Adrienne schneider, Advisory Board – https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrienneschneider/ Schneider Adrienne is a retired American Airlines executive with over 20 years of experience in benefits, operations and human resources. As Head of Healthcare Benefits, she has created an ecosystem of world-class healthcare benefits programs for 100,000 employees. She was responsible for overseeing difficult integrations from ideation to execution. She is the founder and CEO of The Camille Group, a strategic consulting firm.
  • Professor Daniel W Russell, Advisory Board – https://works.bepress.com/daniel-russell/ The Professor Russell Fellowship on Loneliness, Social Support, Stress and Resilience, and Gene-Environment Interactions in Studies family and community have had a global impact. Among his most frequently cited studies are the development of the UCLA Loneliness Scale and the Social Arrangements Scale, the gold standard in the field of study and reversal of the impact of loneliness on mental and physical health.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Raide, Advisory Board – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacqueline-stiff-md-msph-5243276/ Dr Stiff is the former Vice President of Healthcare Strategy, National Accounts, at UnitedHealthcare. Currently, she acts as commissioner of the Colorado Commission on Aging. As a seasoned leader in a Fortune 10 company for over 23 years, Jackie’s knowledge brings a deep understanding of the complex impact of insurers, providers, employers and reimbursement strategies on a company’s goals. healthcare to market its products and services. In addition, his clinical leadership for the Health Equity Customer Council of UnitedHealthcare and his passion for addressing health disparities are closely linked to Wisdo’s goals.

About Wisdo Wisdo is an award-winning, AI-powered peer intervention and support platform that addresses the negative impact of social isolation on mental and physical health. With over a million users, the Wisdo Platform is the largest social health platform proven to reduce rates of social isolation by 23%, increase the number of mental and physical health issues experienced by its members by 39% and reduce overall medical costs.

Wisdo offers a B2C subscription app and a B2B2C channel by working directly with health insurance providers and employers interested in reducing medical costs, improving mental health, improving productivity and improving global commitment. To find out more, visit: https://www.wisdo.com

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