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. 

Episode 9

AFSPA Talks Holiday Health and Coaching

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton discusses staying healthy throughout the holiday season with Dr. Jonathan Rubens, Chief Medical Officer of ActiveHealth Management. Senior Director Leah Briggs also joins the conversation to give us more information on Lifestyle and Condition Coaching and how a coach can help you stay on track this holiday season.

AFSPA Talks Episodes

Episode 1

AFSPA Talks New Year's Resolutions

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton takes us through a discussion of how AFSPA can help you with your 2022 new year’s resolutions. Listen in as Kyle discusses wellness incentives, wellness programs, and more!

Episode 2

AFSPA Talks Medicare & the FEHB

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, CEO, Paula Jakub brings us through a discussion on Medicare and the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, and how they work together.

Episode 3

AFSPA Talks Medicare, Tricare, & the FEHB

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO, Kyle Longton discusses Medicare, Tricare, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, and how they work together with special guest, Rear Adm. Christine Hunter (Ret.), MD Former Chief Medical Officer, OPM Co-Chair, NCQA Committee on Performance Measurement, and Paula S. Jakub, RHU, AFSPA CEO.

Episode 4

AFSPA Talks Medicare Advantage Plans

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO, Kyle Longton has an in-depth discussion on Medicare Advantage Plans  and how they work together with the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and commercial plans, with John H. Ficaro, Vice President of Aetna Group Retiree & De-Risking Solutions. This is the last episode of our “Focus on Medicare” podcast series.

Episode 5

AFSPA Talks Virtual Overseas Second Opinion

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO, Kyle Longton has an in-depth discussion with Dr. Peter Rasmussen, MD, Chief Clinical Officer at The Clinic by Cleveland Clinic and Susan Scott, Director of Client Services at The Clinic by Cleveland Clinic about our special partnership with Cleveland Clinic for the overseas virtual second opinion program.   

AFSPA Talks Episodes

Episode 1

AFSPA Talks AIP: Intro to AIP Month

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO, Kyle Longton and Adrienne Seabrooks, Director of Ancillary Insurance Programs at AFSPA, talk about some of the unique AIP programs AFSPA offers. This is a preview of four episodes in our “Focus on AIP” podcast series coming up which include discount care programs, Critical Illness vs. Disability insurance, Life insurance, and Financial Wellness.

Episode 2

AFSPA Talks Discount Care Programs

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton talks about AFSPA’s Discount Care Program. Valerie DeBruin, VP of Network Operations for Careington and Dr. Joan Waldron discuss the discount plans – their value and how they work. Dr. Waldron also provides great information about the important of preventative dental care. For more information on AFSPA’s Discount Care Program, click here.  

Episode 3

AFSPA Talks Critical Illness vs. Disability Insurance

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton talks about AFSPA’s Disability and Critical Illness Insurance. AFSPA offers many different forms important forms of protection in the event of the unexpected. Two of those may seem to overlap or duplicate coverage: critical illness insurance and long term disability. They are not the same, and today’s episode explores what each covers, how the coverage works, and why you might want to consider one or both. Our focus with AIP continues with these deep-dive. Learn more about our disability and critical illness insurance.

Episode 4

AFSPA Talks Critical Illness vs. Disability Insurance

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton talks about Life Insurance. Do you know the differences between term, whole, and universal life insurance? Nina Matias from Prudential does, and she’s back to share her expertise. This time, she talks about life and AD&D insurance. Find out about evolutions in the types of plans available and what considerations to take into account when deciding your coverage needs.  

For information about AFSPA’s life insurance plans, please visit www.afspa.org/life.  

Episode 5

AFSPA Talks Financial Wellness

As we wrap up our focus on AFSPA’s AIP options, Vishal Jain from Prudential joins us to discuss Financial Wellness. Learn about the connections between financial and mental wellness and how Prudential’s Financial Wellness Program – available at no cost to all AFSPA members – can help you manager your daily spending, pay down debt, and plan for the future. 

For more information about this program, click here.

If you missed our first AFSPA Live episode, please visit: www.youtube.com/afspacares

AFSPA Talks Episodes

Episode 1

AFSPA Talks Infertility and Mental Health

AFSPA Talks kicks off a month-long focus on infertility and family formation with a focus on the mental health. Experiencing challenges conceiving, facing a diagnosis of infertility, and considering ways to expand your family including ART procedures and adoption have effects beyond physical health. They can cause depression and anxiety, put strain on relationships, and more. Our guest today, Alicia Janik, PsyD, addresses the broad effects of infertility and family formation on our mental health.

Episode 2

AFSPA Talks Family Formation Journeys

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, members of the Foreign Service community join to share their journeys with growing their families. Their stories of adoption, IVF, and surrogacy highlight the challenges and joys that each family experienced. In celebration of Pride Month, we are proud to feature stories from the LGBTQ+ community about their Family Formation Journeys. Thank you to glifaa (Gays, and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs agencies) for their help in putting this episode together.

Episode 3

AFSPA Talks Overseas Care

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, we kick off a month-long focus on overseas care.  State Department Chief Medical Officer Larry Padget joins us to talk about the work of the Bureau of Medical Services (MED). Learn about the structure of a mission’s Health Unit, the work of regional medical officers and medical providers, and the basics of a MEDEVAC situation. MED serves as the medical home for tens of thousands, and Dr. Padget provides an inside look for the rest of us. 

Episode 4

AFSPA Talks FSBP Overseas Care

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, we continue our theme of overseas care by focusing on the benefits, programs, and service offered through the Foreign Service Benefit Plan. AFSPA CEO Paula Jakub walks through a bit of the history of the Plan before diving into coverage, special features, and unique ways in which AFSPA supports its overseas members. Later, Sr. Director of Compliance Stefon Nicely provides an overview of the AFSPA’s partnerships with overseas providers.”

Episode 5

AFSPA Talks Telehealth Overseas

In this episode of AFSPA Talks,  AFSPA COO Kyle Longton interviewed with John McQuillan, General Manager, Insurance-UK, Teladoc Health. The two discussed the overseas telehealth options available to FSBP members through vHealth. They delved into general medicine, mental health, and even the logistics of how visits work and the outcomes of members who have used the program in the past. Stayed tuned at the end for the full benefit information or visit https://vhealth-teladochealth.com/en to register for the program. 

AFSPA Talks Episodes

Episode 1

AFSPA Talks Newborn Children's Health

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, we begin our month-long conversation about children’s health care. This episode include excerpts from past episodes where COO Kyle Longton talk to pediatric experts about the beginning stages of children’s health care – from preparing to welcome a child into your family, to the importance of well-child visits, recommended vaccines, and where to get resources.

The Foreign Service Benefit Plan covers well-child visits and CDC recommended children vaccines at 100% when seen by an in-network provider. Visit afspa.org/fsbp for more information. 

Visit kidshealth.org for resources on children’s health care.

Episode 2

AFSPA Talks Summer Break

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, we take a break to prepare for future podcast episodes. In the meantime, feel free to listen to any of our past episodes! We look forward to sharing a brand new episode with you next week on August 22!

Visit afspa.org/podcast for our past episodes or listen on your favorite podcast streaming platform. 

Episode 3

AFSPA Talks Children's Behavioral Health

On this episode, AFSPA Talks Children’s Behavioral Health with Alison Stoner and Honora Einhorn, two senior clinical managers with Brightline Health. They discuss ways parents and caregivers can support healthy behavioral emotional and social development, the effect of COVID on kids of all ages, signs that may indicate a need for care or intervention, and the network of care professionals in a child’s life. They also spend time talking about Brightline and the three-tiered approach this new FSBP partner offers. 

Learn more about Brightline at www.hellobrightline.com/fsbp.

AFSPA Talks Episodes

Episode 1

AFSPA Talks MASHUP - Life Insurance

On this episode of AFSPA Talks, we combined two of our previously recorded episodes about Disability, Critical Illness, and Life Insurance. September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. If you’re interested in learning even more about life insurance, check out our blog at afspa.org/blogs. 

 

Episode 2

AFSPA Talks Financial Planning and Wealth Management

On this episode of AFSPA Talks, COO Kyle Longton talks about Financial Planning and Wealth Management with Greg Klingler, COO and VP, Wealth Management at GEBA. Greg holds a number of designations and licenses, including Certified Financial Planner, Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor, and the Chartered Federal Benefits Consultant Designation. You can learn more at www.gebawealth.com

Episode 3

AFSPA Talks Federal Retirement Planning

In this episode of AFSPA Talks, federal benefits expert, Tammy Flanagan, joins AFSPA COO Kyle Longton, to talk about the importance of retirement planning and the work she does at Retire Federal. She walks through the broad considerations for any federal employee as they consider their future after retirement before diving into the often-complicated topic of life insurance within the FEGLI program.