AGENDA / DAY ONE
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
Kristie Howard, CEBS, CWWPC, WWCMA Board Chair
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Business Imperative for Health in the Post-Coronavirus Era
Dr. Raymond Fabius, Co-Founder and President of HealthNEXT; formerly Chief Medical Officer for Truven Health Analytics, Global Medical Leader of General Electric and Chief Medical Officer of Thompson Reuters
Dr. Fabius will outline the importance of and justification for building corporate/organizational cultures of health and wellbeing as the most important business strategy during a pandemic. He will share the results from published articles, demonstrating how companies recognized for their cultures of health, safety and wellbeing improve their market performance. After attending this session, you will be empowered with ways to benchmark your frontline defense strategies.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
It Takes A Village: How Understanding Social Determinants of Health
Can Unlock Employee Potential
Elizabeth Colyer, Head of Community Well-Being Index, Sharecare
The Community Well-Being Index (CWBI) merges decades of clinical research, health economics and social determinants of health (SDOH) expertise to track and understand the key factors that influence wellbeing for individuals and populations, locally and nationally. Experts will explore how this holistic view provides employers with a framework for understanding the underlying causes of poor health related to racial disparities and socioeconomic inequities.
- Understand how SDOH data can enable hyper-targeted interventions that make the healthy choice the easy choice.
- Learn the latest Community Well-Being Index rankings for the state of Massachusetts, including external factors impacting the health of its communities and residents the most.
- Hear examples of actionable wellbeing strategies that support employees not only where they work, but also where they live and play.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Innovation Panel: New Approaches to Impact Workforce Health & Wellbeing
During this session panelists will share innovative approaches that employers are implementing to impact the health and performance of their workforces.
Director, Health Risk Solutions, Lockton Companies
While the issue of highly stressed workers is not new, the pandemic shed light on important areas of health that were being ignored for too long, such as mental health and emotional well-being. Organizations suddenly found themselves called upon to prioritize workers’ mental well-being across the globe, as protecting their health and alleviating their stress became critical to operations. During this session, you’ll learn how employers are developing access parity to behavioral health resources to meet the needs of a diverse workforce and build well-being into social behaviors and norms.
Director, Health & Wellbeing, Borislow Insurance
Medical Claims can be a huge burden on your business’s bottom line. Being able to connect your employees’ physical health with their financial wellness creates a proactive way to address employee health directly and save on health plan pitfalls at year end. Borislow Insurance/Captivated Health has constructed a financial health and wealth approach, which will help you re-imagine health care.
Assistant Vice President and Robert Foldes, PhD, Health Transformation Team, Aon
Business Insurance recognized Aon with its 2020 Innovation Award for our Integrated Analytics Intelligence (IAI), a unique and differentiated approach to health, risk and productivity management, measurement and monitoring. IAI demonstrates the interconnectedness between disparate data sources and recommends solutions that employers can implement for better prevention, risk reduction and treatment of key health conditions. During this session, you’ll learn how employers of all sizes can positively impact health care costs, employee productivity and safety by leveraging data in new and innovative ways.
CEO and Founder of Digbi Health
Digbi Health’s precision programs target inflammatory digestive, skin, musculoskeletal, and insulin co-morbidities associated with obesity. The risk of chronic lifestyle illness varies significantly across gender and ethnicity because they are rooted in a person’s genetics, and microbiome. Digbi Health is the first team of doctors, scientists, bioinformaticians, and wellness experts that have successfully commercialized the next-generation, prescription-grade digital therapeutic tool that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze genetics, gut bacteria, food, sleep, exercise, stress, medication, and craving patterns to deliver engaging and effective care programs. During this session, you’ll learn how Blue Shield of CA and employers are utilizing gut microbiome and genetic information to positively impact health care costs and employee productivity of their diverse workforce.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Impact of Organizational Care on Well-Being and the Employee Experience
Lindsay Lagreid, Senior Advisor, Limeade Institute
Successful wellbeing programs have taken on a whole new meaning this year for leaders, managers, and peers. Now, organizations are more intentional about the employee experience to demonstrate an investment in their people. In this session, Lindsay Lagreid will discuss the science of care, unpack strategies to illustrate organizational support, and explore best practices from great employers, who have implemented these best practices and seen business results.
- Discuss the science of care and why it matters for the future of work.
- Understand what supporting the whole person looks like.
- Gain practical insights into how organizations are actively demonstrating care.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Supporting Mental Health Through the Pandemic and Beyond
Dr. Ken Duckworth, Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Chief Medical Officer of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Nearly half of Americans across generations, gender and ethnicity, report struggling with mental wellbeing right now. In 2019, 200 million workdays were lost due to mental health, with $17B in lost productivity. It’s likely that 2020 numbers will be significantly higher. Employers are uniquely positioned to support employees and their family members in new and innovative ways of addressing mental health challenges.
- Review emerging data highlighting the impact of the pandemic on mental health conditions as well as both inpatient and outpatient utilization patterns.
- Address the emerging landscape of mental health resources and services aligned with the impact of health disparities on health outcomes and access to care.
- Gain practical insights into the broader role of wellbeing in supporting mental health along with creative ways to incorporate these activities into an employer’s healthcare strategy.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Caregivers in Crisis: How Organizations Can Promote Resilience and Well-Being
Jennifer Sabatini Fraone, Director of Corporate Sponsorships, Boston College Center for Work & Family
Tara Healey, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a dramatic challenge for working parents and caregivers. Career longevity, family stability, employee wellbeing, and our efforts to make organizations more equitable and inclusive are all at risk. This session will address creative strategies, emerging trends and available resources and solutions to support employees and their families.
- Learn about the magnitude of the impact this crisis is having on working caregivers, based on the latest research and trends.
- Hear details of innovative solutions for improving resilience and well-being from organizational leaders.
- Brainstorm and discuss ways they can better support the well-being of caregiving employees at their own organizations.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Stories Behind Four Award-Winning Wellness Programs
Archana Kansagra, One Digital and WWCMA Awards & Recognition Chair
Is your organization invested in improving the health and well-being of your workforce? Want your organization to get recognized and awarded for its efforts to improve well-being and build a culture of health? Hear from these four organizations, which were recognized by Healthiest Employers, WWCMA's new partner, on the secret to their award-winning, well-being program and what earning this award means to them. These employers will discuss the impact their well-being program has on their workforce. Might your organization be the next 2021 award winner based on measurable impact on your workforce?
- Learn about Healthiest Employers' partnership with Worksite Wellness Council of MA for the WorkWell Massachusetts award.
- Understand why they submitted an awards application and what this designation means to them.
- Hear what these organizations are doing to meaningfully impact their workforce in a positive way.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
What’s Your Happy Hour
Craft Cocktail/Mocktail Class
Lonnie Newburn, The Boston Shaker
Healthy Cooking Class
Chef Jeremy, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Mindfulness in Turbulent Times
Tara Healey, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
AGENDA / DAY TWO
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
IMPACT Your Career in Worksite Wellbeing (Open to ALL)*
Are you in the worksite wellbeing industry, or would you like to be? Join this free session to network with a panel of wellness professionals, who have diverse industry viewpoints and are making an impact on the health and performance of the workforce. Each speaker will share their unique professional journey, industry insights as well as the challenges and opportunities worksite wellbeing professionals will face in 2021 and beyond. Panelists will provide guidance on how to get into the industry, discuss how one can revolutionize their wellness career, and share suggested certifications available to expand expertise and depth of knowledge. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join like-minded wellness enthusiasts to impact your well-being career!
*Unregistered attendees interested in joining Day 2 of the conference will be offered a special access opportunity at the end of this session.
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Phil Bean, USI
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Richard Geller, MedWorks Corporate Meditation Programs
Meditation is one of the best ways to reduce stress and improve your health and productivity, as evidenced by many recent scientific studies. You will learn how meditation works, and several simple, yet powerful, meditation techniques: breath focus, the body scan, standing meditation, and walking meditation. After completing this class, you will be able to practice meditation anytime, anywhere that stress occurs, and immediately feel the benefits. You also will receive a Meditation Guide to help you use the skills learned on a regular basis.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Thriving Through Human Connection
Omar Pradhan, Senior Consultant, Workhuman
This past year has moved the integration of work and personal life to a new level and put the strength of our work connections to the test. The good news is that many employees agree or strongly agree that giving and/or receiving a “thank you” has helped ease the stress of working remotely. It is more critical than ever to recognize employees as whole humans, and to create a supportive culture that engages employees while boosting their resilience.
- Discover how recognition and human connections can empower resilience.
- Learn new strategies for nourishing manager-employee relationships.
- Find creative ways of building a sense of community at work.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
SGT Ken Weichert, Master Resilience Trainer
Are you ready to uncover your untapped power to Instill Motivation, Produce Action, Connection, and Transformation (IMPACT)? Your mindset reveals everything about you, whether you are the type of person that stops short of a goal because of a self-limiting belief or whether you push for a positive perspective with every problem to become the champion of change. This workshop features the best blueprint to create constant clarity, push for positivity, enhance engagement with others, and turn frustration into fascination to achieve a fruitful and flourishing life.
- Provide practical leadership tools that can be used at organizational and national levels to develop and maintain efficient ethical practices.
- Offer functional guidance on how to establish and sustain extremely effective employee engagement and retention procedures.
- Use assertive communication and active constructive response techniques to build business literacy and acumen.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Health, Wellbeing & Engaging the Five-Generation Workforce Post-COVID-19
Joe Coughlin, Director, MIT Age Lab
Employers must effectively communicate and engage across the five generations in the workforce on important issues that range from workplace productivity to encouraging behaviors that directly influence wellbeing. Based on research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, this presentation will identify key tactics that employers can use to impact the health and productivity of their multigenerational workforce in 2021 and beyond.
- Understand what constitutes a “generation” and recognize that it extends beyond age.
- Attain insight into the various health communication patterns of each generation.
- Identify key tactics used in a variety of domains, both in the workplace and beyond, to successfully influence wellness behaviors across the generations.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Positioning Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave to Improve
the Employee Experience
Karen English and Teri Weber, Senior Vice Presidents, Spring Consulting Group
With less than one quarter of U.S. workers qualifying for assistance programs, Massachusetts’ newly implemented paid family and medical leave (MA PFML) provides a valuable benefit. In addition to financial compensation, employers also can see an improvement in employee morale and, if done correctly, workforce productivity.
- Understand how MA PFML can be structured, with examples of success stories.
- Leave with best practices and a checklist for improving the employee experience.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Turning Crisis into Opportunity
Dr. Ron Goetzel, IBM Watson Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. …[It’s] an opportunity to do things that you thought you could not do before.” —Rahm Emanuel
The pandemic exposed the weaknesses in our public health infrastructure with severe consequences to our economy and social fabric. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with support from the de Beaumont Foundation, brought together 40 business and public health leaders for a series of focus group interviews and asked them to tackle the multiple threats to the lives and livelihoods of Americans. The result of these conversations was a series of “solutions” that businesses can adopt immediately, on their own or as part of coalitions.
- Describe ways in which your organizations can adopt actionable steps to benefit employees.
- Understand longer-term actions to improve the health and wellbeing of employees and communities, while fostering a robust public health infrastructure.