AFSPA Talks Podcast

AFSPA Talks

AFSPA Talks is 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.

AFSPA Talks Episodes

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 Care and Benefits

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 dental consulting, teaching and private practice experience. Mark Haraway has been in the dental benefits industry for more than 26 years. 

 

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. 

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.

Episode 7

AFSPA Talks FSBP Wellness 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. 

AFSPA Talks Episodes

Episode 1

AFSPA Talks Back to Elementary School

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, AFSPA COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion of going back to the classroom with elementary school teacher Kara Rosenfeld. Kara and Kyle talk about the challenges facing children and parents returning to the classroom amidst the pandemic, the benefits of schooling in person, and more.

Episode 2

AFSPA Talks Back to Middle School

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through another back to school discussion, this week with middle school teacher Annitra Smith-Lincoln. Learn about what going back to the classroom was like last year for middle schoolers, and what it will look like this year as we continue to battle COVID-19.

Episode 3

AFSPA Talks Back to School with KidsHealth's Dr. Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton finishes out our “Back to School” series by bringing us through a discussion of going back to school this year with pediatrician Dr. Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, a contributor to KidsHealth. The two talk about preventative care for children, KidsHealth, and returning to the classroom amidst a pandemic.

Episode 4

AFSPA Talks Opioid Use Disorder

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion on opioid use disorder with pharmacist Katherine Lurk and clinical psychologist Becky Parker. The three take an in depth look at the opioid epidemic, removing the stigma surrounding opioid overdoses, how to get help if you’re struggling with opioid misuse, and more.

Episode 5

AFSPA Talks Chronic Pain Management

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion of chronic pain management with Hinge Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeff Kraus. The two discuss chronic pain, the affects of working from home, how chronic pain relates to one’s mental wellness, and more. 

Episode 6

AFSPA Talks Life Insurance Awareness Month and the Office of Casualty Assistance

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion of Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM) and the State Department’s Office of Casualty Assistance (OCA). Kirk Leach, Director of the OCA, joins Kyle for this episode on life insurance and personal contingency planning.

AFSPA Talks Episodes

Episode 1

AFSPA Talks Breast Cancer Awareness & Second Opinions

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion of breast cancer and getting a second opinion with PinnacleCare’s Clinical Director, Jeff Weaver. 

Episode 2

AFSPA Talks Virtual Behavioral Support for Kids

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion of virtual behavioral support for kids with Brightline’s Medical Director, Dr. David Grodberg. 

Episode 3

AFSPA Talks Diabetes

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion of diabetes with Teladoc Health’s Director of Clinical Products, Dr. Tejaswi Kompala. 

Episode 4

AFSPA Talks Open Season with CEO Paula Jakub

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion on Open Season with AFSPA’s CEO Paula Jakub.

Episode 5

AFSPA Talks Healthy Pregnancy

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion on healthy pregnancy with Dr.  Joanne Armstrong, Chief Medical Officer for Women’s Health and Genomics at CVS Health. Kyle and Dr. Armstrong talk about preparing for pregnancy, advice for while you’re pregnant, and post-pregnancy tips. 

Episode 6

AFSPA Talks the Senior Living Foundation

In this episode of AFSPA Talks we hear from the Senior Living Foundation’s caregiving webinar.

Episode 7

AFSPA Talks Long Term Care

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton brings us through a discussion on Long Term Care for Long Term Care Awareness Month. For this episode, Kyle is joined by Linda Tsironis Caruthers, founder and CEO of Long-Term Care Consultants. 

Episode 8

AFSPA Talks Open Season Part 2

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, Hannah Wohlfahrt brings us through a discussion of Open Season with COO Kyle Longton. Kyle answers questions that come up during Open Season and goes over Foreign Service Benefit Plan changes and enhancements for 2022.