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DFW Healthcare Brief: Harvard Grad Launches Adolescent Mental Health Service and UTSW’s $18 Million Postpartum Funding

Plus Texas Health Plano's new helipad and Humana's North Texas grants.
By Shreeya Khatry |
Texas Health Plano's new helipad (Courtesy: Texas Health) Courtesy: Texas Health

Dallas-based Mazzy Health launched a concierge mental health platform that focuses on adolescents and college-aged youth in Texas this month. Shawn O’ Connor, a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, founded the company to ensure teens and young adults have access to high quality therapy. Mazzy Health offers teletherapy services in Texas to patients between the ages of 10 and 22. Parents and adolescents can choose their own therapists and schedule sessions in the evenings and on weekends. The subscription-based service also includes a secure client portal and an app that can be used to message therapists and academic coaches. Parents also have access to one-on-one monthly sessions to get updates with their child’s therapist and academic coach. The company is in the process of adding more states where it will offer its concierge teletherapy services.  

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have been approved for an $18 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for a trial focused on postpartum patients. In this multicenter trial, UT Southwestern and Emory University will include patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. The study will include patients who are at high risk for postpartum complications during the first six weeks after delivery and is designed to strengthen the Extending Maternal Care After Pregnancy program that aims to reduce high mortality rates among new mothers in southern Dallas County. The study will investigate ways to improve postpartum health among low-income Black and Hispanic women by using technology to improve access to maternal health care. Participants will be grouped into those who will receive virtual education and those who will have regular telehealth visits. The study will help to determine which method will result in earlier detection and treatment of complications among mothers after delivery.  

Officials at Texas Health Plano celebrated the grand opening of a new helipad with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new helipad is located on the east side of the hospital campus, a short distance from the Emergency Department entrance. The helipad will now give Texas Health Plano two landing sites and is expected to increase the hospital’s ability to care for critically ill patients.  

Humana Healthy Horizons has announced investments of $488,000 to improve the health and well-being of Texans. The recent announcements bring Humana Healthy Horizons’ total support of community organizations in Texas to $1.4 million since 2020. The investments made in 2022 support organizations that include public health challenges in areas of maternal and child health, housing for families and children, and increased mental health services.  

Projects funded in 2022 in North Texas include: 

  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County- The club will be expanding learning programs, meal distribution, counseling services, and special event programs to nearly 4,000 Tarrant County youth.  
  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas- The program works to improve financial stability and to keep students in the five Dallas Independent School District schools focused on education.  
  • NAMI Texas- This program aims to increase access to mental health education and provide support for parents and caregivers with a child or teen experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.  
  • Catholic Charities of Dallas- The Hope Project uses a chat bot powered by artificial-intelligence technology to help patients with coping mechanisms for depression and anxiety.  

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