2014 Summit Speakers
360° Approach to Total Worker Health
Trying to convince employees to eat right and exercise can be hard work. As we know, not every employee is dying to show up for a personal training program or sit down with a food journal every night. In this address, you’ll be inspired to consider the employees as a whole, and developing programs to support them beyond traditional wellness programs for health risk management and behavior change. Developing a program that will meet your employee’s needs and the employer’s goals is possible. Renae has firsthand experience with melding safety, risk, wellness and benefits in her career. She is passionate about engaging employees and creating programs that employees will brag about and drag others in too.
Renae Coombs works closely with SAIF leadership to develop and implement safety and wellness initiatives that ensure safe working conditions, prevent accidents and injuries, and sustain a healthy, productive workforce. She has implemented a strong wellness program for employees and their family members. Her goals at SAIF Corporations are to create a culture that celebrates healthy behavior and recognizes health champions; provide information and resources that support personal health goals; and, to educate employees on the connection between managing their long term health and sustaining a strong employer paid benefits plan.
On the Path Toward Total Worker Health
Healthy individuals have fewer injuries and recover more quickly. Fatigue, stress, the foods we eat, and our level of fitness contribute to our ability to focus on doing a job correctly – and safely. It is well accepted that Total Worker Health (TWH) programs are a work in progress and that a one-size-fits-all solution does not exist. This session will introduce attendees to the practical resources created by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Total Worker Health Extramural Research Centers (including the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center). These tools can assist employers in developing effective TWH interventions for health promotion (wellness) and health protection (safety). Examples and practices to better integrate health promotion with health protection as demonstrated by local employers will also be shared. Attendees will be invited into the conversation to explore TWH challenges and successes.
Dede Montgomery supports the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Science’s Outreach and Education Programs and provides industrial hygiene technical expertise to the Institute’s research. She is also the Education and Outreach Director for the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. Dede received her MS from the School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Washington, her BA in Biology from the University of Montana and is certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene. Ms. Montgomery is a member of the Pacific NW Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers (Columbia-Willamette Chapter) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
Deb Fell-Carlson is a certified occupational health nurse with SAIF Corporation. Deb has an active and visible leadership role in strategic efforts to help Oregon employers embrace the Total Worker Health approach to wellness and safety. Deb received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from South Dakota State University and her Master of Science in Public Health through Oregon State University. Deb is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (Columbia-Willamette Chapter), the Oregon Association of Occupational Health Nurses, and the Association for Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare. She was selected for the 2013 Class of Fellows by the American Association of Occupational and Environmental Nurses. Deb co-chairs the Oregon Coalition for Healthcare Ergonomics and serves on the Wellness@Work Statewide Steering Committee
- Describe why Total Worker Health has been recognized as an important organizational goal.
- List one potential opportunity for integration between health promotion and health protection programs.
- Create two ideas to move your existing program towards integration of health protection (safety) with health promotion (wellness).
Kick It Up a Notch!
Workforce wellness programs often focus on health improvement areas such as healthy eating, physical activity, and stress in the workplace. We also that know that an effective program is based on measurable goals and a strategic, multi-year plan. With that foundation intact, how can wellness initiatives be taken to the next level in effectiveness to achieve meaningful results? This session will apply an easy-to-use framework that looks at the impact of various wellness interventions targeting an employee population, and provide a tangible way to increase the impact of those strategies through reach (number of lives we’re touching) and strength (the intensity of the activity). Hands-on application will allow participants to gain insights into strengthening their current workforce health efforts.
Pamela Schwartz joined Kaiser Permanente in 2001 and became part of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Program in 2007 as the Director, Program Evaluation. In that position, Pamela’s directs multiple cross-site evaluations of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit efforts, including the Community Health Initiative, a national effort to improve health in Kaiser Permanente communities through multi-sectoral, place-based efforts focusing on environmental and policy change. She also directs Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools evaluation and leads a Program-wide strategy aimed at supporting and improving Kaiser Permanente’s needs assessment processes and products. Prior to becoming part of Community Benefit, Pamela led the cross-site evaluation of The California Endowment’s Partnership for the Public’s Health, a $40 million dollar Initiative partnering 39 communities with their local health departments throughout California. In all of these efforts, Pamela is responsible for demonstrating the impact of the investment, using evaluation findings to facilitate strategic planning and building the field of community-based evaluation.
Prior to coming to Kaiser Permanente, Pamela directed projects with Boston University’s School of Public Health and Arizona State University. In addition, she held various positions with Planned Parenthood. Pamela holds a master’s in Public Health and has 20 years of experience in public health and evaluation and is the author of several journal articles. Pamela is also a graduate of Kaiser Permanente’s Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.
- Understand the evidence and framework behind health promotion principles to achieve greater impact of workforce health interventions.
- Learn practical steps to deepen your workforce health initiatives through increasing exposure to “reach” and “strength”.
- Apply the simple framework to current wellness programs in measurable ways.
Healthy Results by Design: 4 Strategies That Can Make or Break Your Wellness Program
Learn from a collection of real life employer stories with successful and not so successful wellness programs to illustrate the importance of effective plan design. Our stories will include an employer with over 40 locations that achieved 90% participation with their Health Risk Assessment initiative without any incentives, followed by an employer who took a more aggressive approach to employee health management, by tying health risks to premium contributions. Attendees will be able to take away creative ways to link their wellness program to company goals and maximize engagement, while learning what design elements may or may not be the fit.
As a member of the strategic consulting team at The Partners Group I specialize in designing and implementing benefit programs that deliver overall health for employees and act as a competitive edge to attract and retain the best and brightest talent for our employer clients. I have a B.S. in Business and M.S. in Education, with a focus in Adult Learning. I was adjunct faculty at Portland Community College for 10 years. I served as a Board member and then Board Chair for Albertina Kerr Centers for 7 years. I am now a Board member with the MS Society. Prior to my focus in employee benefits I worked as an HR generalist for 10 years and earned my SPHR.
Benjamin Prinzing is the founder and Managing Partner at Kadalyst Health Partners. Kadalyst was sparked by Darrell, a past colleague of Benjamin’s, who died at 38 due to heart failure. He’s the “d” in Kadalyst and a reminder to be meaningful in everything we do. Kadalyst provides flexible screening solutions and robust onsite health & safety programs, that assist employers to reach 85-100% program participation, often without any incentives.
Benjamin is also the 2013 and 2014 Worksite Wellness Summit chairperson, and the co-founder of the Worksite Wellness Network (WWN), a local networking forum that launched in 2012 with over 200 members, representing over 150 companies.
- Participants will understand and be able to explain the significance of Four As: Awareness, Activity, Action, and Accountability.
- Participants will be able to draw the correlation between effective program design and quantifiable results.
- Participants will be able to explain the value of analytics and predictive modeling in wellness programs.
Understanding WHY: Discover why companies succeed and fail when addressing wellness
Join us for an interactive panel discussion with several employers that have been recognized as Fit-Friendly Worksites by the American Heart Association. Fit-Friendly Worksites are employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health by addressing physical activity, nutrition and culture in the workplace. Each of our panelists have implemented successful programs and failed strategies, and we want to hear about both. Additionally, we will talk about the theory behind their successes and WHY it was so successful. To keep things interesting, Brian will be mixing in some game show effects to keep the conversation lively and engaging.
Brian Passon is the President of Arch Health & Productivity, a consulting organization focused on helping organizations create impactful health & productivity initiatives tied to business culture & metrics. Brian works closely with his clients to develop programs based on VOI, Value of Investment. He believes that to change the culture of a workplace, programs must be focused on long-term objectives and be supported with the right infusion of strategy, science, creativity, accountability & “Edutainment”.
He travels often, speaking throughout the U.S. and internationally. Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, and a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- Hear about some programs or strategies that you may be able to adapt to fit your own workplace
- Learn from others’ “learning opportunities” (ie. failures)
- Discover some of the theory behind why their programs work so that you can apply theory rather than copy-catting
The Power of Positive Thinking
The mind-body connection is more powerful than we often assume. Awareness of this connection may have life changing consequences for employees. Recent studies indicate we can reshape our response to stressors with far-reaching impacts on mental and physical health. This “Well Talk” will highlight research-based tools to help employees cultivate a positive outlook, and create an environment and culture that nurture that outlook. Participants will discover the ripple effect that reframing cognitive responses can have on social networks, work life, personal life, and overall health. Special focus will be given to creating an environment and support system for employees that will help them with managing life and stress, and creating more balance, gratitude, and positivity in each day.
Evin Cole received her Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Public Health from Portland State University in 2001 and 2003 respectively. After completing an Administrative Fellowship within the VA Medical Center, providing leadership for the employee wellness committee, she served on the faculty of Mt. Hood Community College. In her current role as a Senior Workforce Health Consultant for Kaiser Permanente, she partners with her customers to create a culture of health at their worksites.
- Participants will learn the principles and skills for mind-body health, translating this to helping employees manage life and stress, and simple tools to create more balance, gratitude, and positivity in the work environment.
- Participants will understand the research and findings that support the effectiveness of mind-body techniques in managing stress and creating a state of mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
- Participants will gain strategies for applying what they learn to a worksite environment and culture, to harness these learnings for the benefit of their workforce.
Amplify Your Wellness Program: 10 Steps to Stellar Engagement
Design a personalized wellness program that works best for your company. During this “Well Talk”, you will learn ten practical steps to help you create or amplify your company’s Wellness Program. Find out how to create stellar engagement by exploring these ten areas: management buy-in, employee and family involvement, incentives, individualized goals, Wellness Talks, Wellness Site Champions, creating a baseline, promoting your program, participant feedback, and modeling wellness. We’ll discuss how to roll out a program at one site or across multi-site, multi-state locations. Walk away with tips that you can implement immediately.
Michaelle Davis is the Director of Human Resources for Campbell Global. She is responsible for personnel advancement including leadership development, succession planning, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement, communication, training, individual development, and mentorship. Michaelle also leads the wellness program for the firm and responsible for human resource compliance.
Prior to joining Campbell Global, Michaelle served in a strategic advisory capacity through her consulting practice and Human Resources roles over eighteen years and across a wide range of industries (manufacturing, energy, environmental services, automotive, regulatory compliance, and technology). She is also Senior Professional in Human Resources.
- Create or amplify your wellness program
- Engage your participants across one site or multi-state, multi-office locations
- Walk away with practical steps that you can implement immediately
Recognize and Empower Diverse Employees to Strengthen Your Wellness Program
Wellness programs with the best intentions can miss the mark sometimes. This Well Talk will challenge you to understand the health risks of a changing workforce, confront your personal biases, and recognize and empower diverse employees to strengthen your program. How can you authentically engage all employees, regardless of age, ethnicity, geography, and job title? Hear what others have done. Then, consider how a vision of equity and inclusion can provide the beacon that guides your workforce to health and well-being.
Dawn is the Wellness@Work project manager at the Oregon Public Health Institute, working with partners across the state on culturally competent, researched-based approaches to creating a culture of health in the places we work.
Dawn has worked in the Pacific Northwest and nationally to build partnerships, design campaigns, and create practical tools to make it easier for people to eat well, move more, and be tobacco-free. These include the Wellness@Work toolkit, Destination Tobacco-Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals and Health Systems, and Make It Your Business: Insure a Tobacco-Free Workforce. Dawn is a certified wellness program manager from Seattle’s Chapman Institute and has recently received training on Work@Health, a new program developed by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. She studied communications at Stanford University’s Mass Media Institute and has a bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College.
- Participants will be able to identify the difference between equity and inclusion and how each impacts participation in a workplace wellness program
- Participants will be able to learn how the design of a workplace wellness program can either motivate or discourage participation of a diverse and scattered workforce
- Participants will be able to reflect on ways to design a program that recognizes and empowers a diverse workforce to improve employee wellness.