Bio: Dr. Travis Gayles is the Chief Health Officer for Hazel Health. Prior to joining Hazel Health, Dr. Gayles served as the Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services for Montgomery County, Maryland, where he oversaw the county health system and was integral in leading the COVID-19 pandemic response. A clinically trained pediatrician, Dr. Gayles has also been a published researcher on topics such as the impact of exposure to bullying and interpersonal violence on adolescent risk-taking behavior. He currently serves as the co-chair of the HRSA/CDC Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment.
Org Info: Hazel Health, the largest and most trusted tele-health provider for K-12 schools, partners with school nurses, counselors, parents, and local providers to bring high-quality whole child health care to every student. Hazel provides physical and mental health clinical services, as well as care coordination to over 2 million children across the country.
What motivated you to pursue your current work?
I was excited about the opportunity to address inequities in access to care and health outcomes utilizing the vast amount of resources that the private sector has available.
What distinct value does your work bring to the digital health field?
Pediatrics is a hugely underutilized space in the digital health field, and our platform creates a unique niche opportunity to tap into that market and provide a much needed service.
How does your work impact your target end-users or stakeholders?
Increasing access to care for both physical and mental health can have significant impact by cutting down on morbidity associated with acute and chronic physical illness, cutting down on the impact of mental health symptoms, and improving time out of school due to managing those particular issues. It creates a culture of prevention that offsets issues from becoming crisis level problems.
What is one exciting update or near-term opportunity that you would like to share with the digital health community?
We are continuing to grow our footprint across the country to meet the needs of kids every where, most recently in the DMV area, Atlanta metro area, and LA city and County.