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Cambia Grove

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Event Description:

Please join us on September 30, for this one-hour event officially launching the 2021 TRAILS Competition application period! The 2021 competition is open for startups working to address behavioral health challenges.

This event will feature speakers from Providence Digital Innovation Group, MultiCare Behavioral Health Network and Patient Orator. These experts will share their thoughts around the types of innovations that can best support patients as well as offer advice for TRAILS Competition applicants. The TRAILS application period will launch on October 1, 2021.

About the speakers:

Samantha Clark, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Strategy, MultiCare Health System's Behavioral Health Network

Samantha Clark is Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development for MultiCare Health System's Behavioral Health Network. In this role, Samantha is responsible for strategic planning and business development, including innovation in service delivery and digitization of behavioral health, for Washington state's largest behavioral health organization. Living in Spokane, Washington, she is also responsible for behavioral health operations for MultiCare's Inland Northwest Region. Samantha partners closely with leaders across hospital, emergency department, outpatient settings, retail and virtual settings to improve access to mental healthcare, improve safety for patients and employees and improve quality of care delivery. Within the community, Samantha serves as board member for the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition and the University of Washington Master of Health Administration Alumni Board. Samantha's background is in social work, older adult community-based services and foster care. In her spare time, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing and obsessing over her two dogs.

Gabe Howard, Speaker, Author and host of Inside Mental Health podcast

Gabe Howard is an award-winning podcast host, author, and sought-after speaker. In 2003, he was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders after being committed to a psychiatric hospital. 

Gabe hosts the weekly Inside Mental Health podcast for Healthline Media and is the author of Mental Illness is an Asshole and Other Observations. He has appeared in numerous publications, including bipolar magazine, WebMD,, and the Stanford Online Medical Journal. He’s been a guest on several podcasts, including The One You Feed, The Savvy Psychologist, and Out of Patients. 

Among his many awards, he is the recipient of Mental Health America’s Norman Guitry Award and received a resolution from the Governor of Ohio naming him an “Everyday Hero.” The Inside Mental Health podcast has been honored by both NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and WEGO Health. 

Gabe makes his home in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. He lives with his supportive and patient wife, Kendall, and a Miniature Schnauzer dog that he never wanted, but now can’t imagine life without. 



Julie McComish, Senior Digital Strategy Manager, Providence Digital Innovation Group

Julie McComish is a Senior Digital Strategy Manager within the Providence Digital Innovation Group, responsible for strategy initiatives around behavioral health, patient engagement, staffing and workforce support, and supply chain technology. She partners closely with Providence clinical, operational, and business teams to identify opportunities and implement digital solutions that positively impact patient experience and care delivery. 
Prior to Providence, Julie worked in healthcare operations and strategy at DaVita, a global dialysis provider, with additional strategy, marketing, and customer success experience in the technology, health, and wellness industries. She holds a BS in Psychology from Yale University and an MBA in Healthcare Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.