AFSPA Talks Podcasts


Podcast Banner KyleIntroducing, AFSPA Talks, an informational and educational podcast by the American Foreign Service Protective Association (AFSPA), featuring Chief Operating Officer Kyle Longton. AFSPA Talks covers a range of topics across a multitude of categories, from mental wellness, to dental care, to speech and hearing awareness. This podcast is intended for all listeners, not only AFSPA members. This podcast is not intended to give out medical advice, please seek a professional for medical questions.

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Episode 1: AFSPA Talks Mental Wellness with Dr. Julia Hoffman

In this first ever episode, AFSPA COO, Kyle Longton leads Dr. Julia Hoffman from Teladoc® through a discussion of how people are coping with COVID, parenting in this time of uncertainty, and dealing with trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Then, the two dive in to the intersection of technology and mental health, specifically with the app myStrength™. 

Episode 2: AFSPA Talks Better Speech and Hearing Month with Patty Greene

In recognition of Better Speech & Hearing Month, AFSPA COO, Kyle Longton talks with Patty Greene from TruHearing about the signs and symptoms of hearing loss, the importance to getting a hearing test, and hearing benefits from the Foreign Service Benefit Plan. Stay tuned and subscribe to hear more!

Episode 3: AFSPA Talks Behavioral Health with Dr. William Gillis

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion of behavioral health with Senior Clinical Director of Aetna, Dr. William Gillis. The two talk mental health trends throughout the COVID pandemic, virtual care, and the AbleTo program which is available to members of the Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP). Stay tuned and subscribe to hear more!

Episode 4: AFSPA Talks Dental

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion of dental care and benefits with guests Dr. Wayne Silverman and Mark Haraway of Dominion National. 

Dr. Wayne Silverman has more than 30 years of consulting, teaching and private practice experience. He helps design and review Dominion’s plans, policies and administrative procedures.

Mark Haraway has been in the dental benefits industry for more than 26 years. He has had direct oversight of sales, service and provider relations as well as extensive roles in marketing and product development across a range of delivery systems (DHMO, PPO, traditional) and financing arrangements. 

Episode 5: AFSPA Talks LGBTQ+ Youth

In this episode of AFSPA Talks we celebrate pride month as COO Kyle Longton brings you through a discussion of LGBTQ+ youth with Alyssa Clayden of the Truman Group. Listen in as Kyle and Alyssa cover everything from the coming out process for children, to parents' reactions to their children's identities, to gender dysphoria, and more. 

Alyssa Clayden is a licensed independent social worker who has provided international mental health services for more than two decades in a wide variety of settings. Having lived, worked and raised a family across five continents, Alyssa is passionate about providing high-quality individualized mental health services to expatriates. She believes that every person brings expertise, strengths and skills to their lives and relationships, and she views collaboration and space for humor as key components of any successful mental health work.

Episode 6: AFSPA Talks Critical Illness Insurance

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton discusses the launch of Prudential's Critical Illness Insurance for AFSPA's FSBP members. Nina Matias, of Prudential, joins Kyle for the conversation on critical illness insurance. 

Nina Matias has more than 20 years of experience with Prudential’s Group Insurance Division. As an Account Executive for Prudential’s Group Association and Affinity Services, she is responsible for the relationship management and implementation of national and state-specific association accounts for various Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, and Ancillary Products, such as Critical Illness.

Nina is a subject matter expert in Group Insurance benefits, consulting on benefit plans, working to ensure customer and member satisfaction, and focusing on both the overall relationships with Prudential and the importance of Insurance for Members and employees alike.

Episode 7: AFSPA Talks FSBP Incentives with CEO Paula Jakub

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion of Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) incentives with AFSPA's CEO, Paula Jakub. Paula and Kyle talk about all the incentives offered to FSBP members, with an emphasis on the Simple Steps to Living Well Together program and other wellness programs. 

Paula Jakub is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of AFSPA. She is also the Executive Director of the Senior Living Foundation (SLF) of the American Foreign Service, where she provides proactive management to the vital organization solely devoted to helping elderly Foreign Service retirees and widows. Paula has a 37-year extensive background in the insurance field, having received her underwriting certification from American College. Ms. Jakub is a Registered Health Underwriter, as designated by the National Association of Health Underwriters.