Your money, your health: planning for your future

World economies and health systems are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people face new financial, mental and physical challenges. Investopedia, Verywell Health and Parents are hosting a free conference for our readers on October 20, 2022 at 1 pm EST to answer your timely questions and empower you to make well-informed financial decisions. In-person attendees will have the opportunity to meet with experts and attend a cocktail hour on the patio. For people who want to attend from home, virtual tickets are available.

Our speakers will explore topics such as planning for medical costs and paternity leave, navigating financial adjustments in the first year of parenthood, emerging tools and strategies to build long-term stability, and paying for healthcare for all the ages. The goal is to help you feel mentally and fiscally prepared for your future and that of your family.

Conference Day Expectations

The “Your Money, Your Health” conference is an afternoon of 45-minute sessions with panelists and audience Q&A hosted by Investopedia’s Editor-in-Chief. caleb silverMedical Director of Verywell Health, Jessica Shepherd, MD, and Editor-in-Chief of Parents Grace Bastidas.

Invited panelists include:

  • Jen Mayer: Founder of Fully Funded
  • pam capalada: Founder and CEO of Brunch and Budget, financial planner, and mother creating racial wealth equity
  • Kristin Myers: Editor-in-Chief, The Balance
  • liz young: Head of Investment Strategy, SoFi
  • Carolyn McClanahan, CFP, MD: Founder of Life Planning Partners, Inc.
  • Shamard Charles, MD, MPH: Assistant Professor of Public Health and Health Promotion at St. Francis College
  • Gautam Gulati, MD: Founder of The Well Home & Gulati Group
  • Dr David Luu: Health technology entrepreneur
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Your money, your health agenda

  • budget for baby at 1 p.m. EDT, moderated by the editor-in-chief of Parents Grace Bastidas and Verywell Health Medical Director Jessica Shepherd, MD
  • The new investment rules for your family’s future @ 1:50 pm EDT, moderated by Investopedia Editor-in-Chief caleb silver
  • Pay for health care at all ages at 2:45 p.m. EDT, moderated by Verywell Health Chief Medical Officer Jessica Shepherd, MD and Investopedia Editor-in-Chief Caleb Silver
  • How health technology affects providers, patients and investors at 3:30 p.m., moderated by Verywell Health Chief Medical Officer Jessica Shepherd, MD and Investopedia Editor-in-Chief Caleb Silver

Because right now?

As the US recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of the economy and public health pose new challenges for people at all stages of their lives, whether planning to have a family, preparing to retire or preparing for the arrival health costs. While Investopedia and Verywell Health have covered rising inflation and health care costs, this summit aims to empower people with the tools to plan for their future.

planning for a family

In the wake of the pandemic, young couples are reconsidering steps like buying a home or car due to inflation, a poll by The Balance found. Budgeting for a baby means considering medical costs, paternity leave, child care, and equipment. Whether you’re pregnant, adopting, adopting, or looking for other means of having a baby, like IVF, there are tons of expenses. Being informed about ways to save money when having a baby can help ease financial stress.

Grace Bastidas, Editor-in-Chief of Parents, and Jessica Shepherd, MD, Medical Director of Verywell Health, will discuss budgeting for new parents.

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Everybody needs medical attention

The cost of health care in the US is the highest in the world and the price is expected to rise. A person’s health care needs in their 30s may be different than those in their 60s. Access to insurance is also not always equitable. It is important to understand what your insurance covers and what you will have to pay.

In this panel, Caleb Silver, editor-in-chief of Investopedia, will explore how consumers can consider paying for health care at all ages and stages of life.

Health Tech is hurting providers, patients and investors

Health and technology are deeply intertwined and are evolving rapidly. Virtual care through telehealth and digital health apps is changing the way patients and providers interact.

Technology can be used to monitor and improve your health care and speed up the treatment process. Blockchain technologies, for example, have great potential in healthcare by improving security and privacy and creating patient-centric medical records.

Keep reading to learn more

To learn more about some of the topics industry experts will explore at the conference, please read the following articles:


By Stephanie Cornwell

Stephanie is currently an Editorial Assistant for Verywell Health and a freelance writer.