This week's discussion touches on the role of technology in addressing public health issues, especially COVID-19.   


On this third episode of Health Care by the Numbers, our host Todd Searls and guest co-host Louise Yinug interview Damika Barr, leader of public policy and government relations at Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet Company. Damika is an attorney with a passion for health care access and finding equitable solutions to long-standing community challenges.

Since joining Verily Life Sciences in 2018, she has led their policy and advocacy efforts. Verily has been a leader in testing solutions for COVID-19, including an innovative partnership with the state of California to establish accessible testing sites. Prior to joining Verily in 2018, Damika served as regulatory compliance counsel for Lyft’s non-emergency medical transportation line of business. She also held health policy positions at Amerihealth Caritas and Lyft. 

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Damika Webb Barr
Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, Verily Life Sciences (An Alphabet Company)
Damika W. Barr leads Public Policy and Government Relations at Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet Company at the intersection of technology, data science and healthcare. In this role, she is responsible for advising internal teams on public policy implications and cultivating relationships with government officials to advance the mission of Verily.
Prior to joining Verily in 2018, Damika served as regulatory compliance counsel for Lyft’s non-emergency medical transportation line of business. She has additional experience leading public policy teams at AmeriHealth Caritas, a Medicaid managed care company and Temple University’s Center for Public Health Law Research.
Damika has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from George Mason University, a graduate certificate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She is licensed in Pennsylvania.
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Todd Searls
Vice President of Business Development, Sales, & Marketing

Todd Searls has 20 years’ experience serving healthcare communities of all sizes. He has led both his own and other Healthcare IT consulting companies, including leading a 250-client network of providers. He brings success in operations, marketing and sales, C-Suite and payor relationships. Todd has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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