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Using Technology To Increase Access To Youth Mental Health Services with Kenzie Butera Davis

Content warning: Discussion of sexual assault, eating disorders, and suicide.

There is a youth mental health crisis in the United States. On average, there is an 11-year age gap in youth mental health between when children experience their first symptoms and signals of mental illness to the first intervention and seeking of treatment. Kenzie Butera Davis started Maro to eliminate that age gap and provide early intervention and risk detection starting with a school-based mental health screening. She is here today to talk to us about the strides Maro has made thus far and how we can support their mission. This week’s episode 98 of How Women Inspire Podcast is about using technology to increase access to youth mental health services! 

In this episode of How Women Inspire Podcast, Kenzie Butera Davis is sharing the importance of screening for mental health symptoms at school and actionable steps you can take right now to support Maro and its mission to screen 1 million kids. 

Kenzie Butera Davis is the Founder and CEO of Maro, a digital health company that has been awarded the Leading Innovative Early-Stage Pediatric Health Company by Oracle Cerner and the World's Most Innovative Ed Tech Startup by ASU GSB for their work at the intersection of healthcare and education. Maro makes mental health an asset to student success instead of a roadblock by screening for warning signs of mental health problems in students and working with schools to engage families and provide access to resources. 

Some of the talking points Julie and Kenzie go over in this episode include:

  • When Kenzie knew Maro was starting to make a difference.

  • Tracking social return on investment in addition to financial return on investment.

  • The importance of mental health screenings for children at school.

  • Building partnerships with schools and mental health providers.

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