WWCMA21: IMPACT

AGENDA / DAY ONE

February 3

Conference attendees may access the WWCMA21 Conference Sessions, available for 90 days.

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Opening Remarks

Speakers:

Kristie Howard, CEBS, CWWPC, WWCMA Board Chair

Robin Bouvier and Nancy Chabot, WWCMA Conference Co-Chairs

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Business Imperative for Health in the Post-Coronavirus Era*

Keynote Speaker:

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.

*Eligible for HR recertification credits from SHRM and HRCI (must be viewed live during the conference to receive credit).

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

TRACK 1

It Takes A Village: How Understanding Social Determinants of Health
Can Unlock Employee Potential*

Speakers:

Elizabeth Colyer, Head of Community Well-Being Index, Sharecare

Catherine Ettman, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Boston University School of Public Health

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

*Eligible for HR recertification credits from SHRM and HRCI (must be viewed live during the conference to receive credit).

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

TRACK 2

Innovation Panel: New Approaches to Impact Workforce Health & Wellbeing

Speakers:

Majd Khabour, Assistant Vice President and Robert Foldes, PhD, Health Transformation Team, Aon
Kelly Fogg, Director, Health Risk Solutions, Lockton Companies
Travis Horne, Director, Health & Wellbeing, Borislow Insurance
Ranjan Sinha, CEO and Founder of Digbi Health

During this session panelists will share innovative approaches that employers are implementing to impact the health and performance of their workforces.

Majd Khabour
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.

Kelly Fogg
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.

Travis Horne
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.

Ranjan Sinha
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

TRACK 1

The Impact of Organizational Care on Well-Being and the Employee Experience*

Speakers:

Lindsay Lagreid, Senior Advisor, Limeade Institute

Riley Woolvett, Human Resources Well-Being Administrator, Molina Healthcare

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

*Eligible for HR recertification credits from SHRM and HRCI (must be viewed live during the conference to receive credit).

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

TRACK 2

Supporting Mental Health Through the Pandemic and Beyond*

Speaker:

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)

Panelists:

Nicole Hannes, Sr. Benefits Manager, Philips North America LLC

Julie Paris, Wellness Program Manager, Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Kathleen M. Quirk, Senior Director of Global Benefits and Mobility, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

*Eligible for HR recertification credits from SHRM and HRCI (must be viewed live during the conference to receive credit).

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

TRACK 1

Caregivers in Crisis: How Organizations Can Promote Resilience and Well-Being*

Moderator:

Jennifer Sabatini Fraone, Director of Corporate Sponsorships, Boston College Center for Work & Family

Panelists:

Tara Healey, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Lori Mihalich-Levin, Mindful Return

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

*Eligible for HR recertification credits from SHRM and HRCI (must be viewed live during the conference to receive credit).

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

TRACK 2

Stories Behind Four Award-Winning Wellness Programs

Speakers:

Archana Kansagra, One Digital and WWCMA Awards & Recognition Chair

Penny Moore, Chief Commercial Officer, Springbuk
Haley Elmore, Healthiest Employers Program Coordinator, Springbuk

Panelists:

Cynthia Ring, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Healthiest Employers Winner
Julia Wilkins, Health New England, Healthiest Employers Finalist
Sarah Nicholson, athenahealth, Healthiest Employers Finalist
Laura Cocca, Boston Medical Center, Healthiest Employers Finalist

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?

Learning Objectives:

  • 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: Cultivating Calm and Clarity

Tara Healey, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that things in life are never certain – or at least never as certain as we’d like them to be. And while we can typically handle uncertainty when it comes along in small doses, the fear and anxiety which accompanies exceptionally disruptive events can leave us feeling isolated and overwhelmed. Enter mindfulness. In this program, Tara will introduce the fundamental principles and practices of mindfulness in clear, practical terms – describing how the brain’s built-in capacity for focus and clarity can be developed, and then utilized, in support of actionable tools and techniques for meeting the challenges of this unprecedented time, or of any time.

AGENDA / DAY TWO

February 4

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Supplemental Sessions

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
IMPACT Your Career in Worksite Wellbeing (Open to ALL)*

Panelists:

John Davia, Manager of Well-being Solutions, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI)

Martha Gagnon, CWP, CiWPP, Health & Wellness Navigator, A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies
Deb Gorhan, Director of Environmental Sustainability Engagement, Johnson & Johnson
Kirsten Wright-Cirit, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Corporate Wellness Educator, Founder of Your Wellness Scout

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
Boot Camp

Phil Bean, USI

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Morning Meditation

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

TRACK 1

Thriving Through Human Connection*

Speaker:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

*Eligible for HR recertification credits from SHRM and HRCI (must be viewed live during the conference to receive credit).

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

TRACK 2

Untapped IMPACT*

Speaker:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

*Eligible for HR recertification credits from SHRM and HRCI (must be viewed live during the conference to receive credit).

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

TRACK 1

Health, Wellbeing & Engaging the Five-Generation Workforce Post-COVID-19*

Speaker:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

*Eligible for HR recertification credits from SHRM and HRCI (must be viewed live during the conference to receive credit).

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

TRACK 2

Positioning Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave to Improve
the Employee Experience*

Speakers:

Karen English and Teri Weber, Senior Vice Presidents, Spring Consulting Group

Laura McCormick, Director, Employee Health & Leave Programs

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how MA PFML can be structured, with examples of success stories.
  • Leave with best practices and a checklist for improving the employee experience.

*Eligible for HR recertification credits from SHRM and HRCI (must be viewed live during the conference to receive credit).

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Turning Crisis into Opportunity*

Keynote Speaker:

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

*Eligible for HR recertification credits from SHRM and HRCI (must be viewed live during the conference to receive credit).