Psychiatry Tech presents Future Of Mental Health #60: Eating Disorder Treatment: Breaking Down the Barriers

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Did you know that 80% of the 30 million Americans with eating disorders don’t receive treatment? Since recovering from anorexia as a teenager–and learning about that statistic–Kristina Saffran has been on a mission to ensure that all families have access to high quality treatment. 


“After years of kind of plugging holes in a broken system… I said, you know, I think we need to start working with the payers to develop a better model of care, because actually when you treat people with holistic evidence-based outpatient care, not only is it better for patients and families and getting people to full recovery, but it’s also ultimately more cost-effective.”


Kristina is the CEO and co-founder of Equip. She co-founded and is an active board member of Project HEAL, an Ashoka Fellow, a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, and a Facebook Community Leadership Fellow, and graduated from Harvard College with a bachelors degree in psychology in 2014. 


Kristina chats with Marjorie and Patrick about how to build a better model of outpatient care, how COVID has increased the prevalence of eating disorders, and how these disorders affect people equally across race and class.


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