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Employee Wellness Summit 2015 -- Presentations


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“Total Worker Health” and You
Diane Rohlman, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Public Health
University of Iowa

Presentation Description
Discover how the “Total Worker Health” strategy developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) incorporates occupational safety and health protection with workplace policies, programs, and practices in order to promote health, prevent disease, and advance worker safety, health and well-being. Hear how the best practices of researchers and workplaces in “Total Worker Health” can help you acquire practical skills such as getting started, low-cost solutions, and return on investment.

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Dr. Rohlman is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational & Environmental Health in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health. She received her masters and doctorate in experimental psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Dr. Rohlman is director of the University of Iowa’s Healthier Workforce Center and director of the Agricultural Safety and Health Training Program in the University of Iowa’s Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

 



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Healthy Employees, Healthy Communities: Collaborating to Expand Access to Wellness Resources in St. Louis
Lauren Schulte, MPH, CHES
Wellness Services Manager, St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition
Co-Chair, Worksite Wellness Subcommittee, St. Louis County Partnership for a Healthy Community

Presentation Description
Learn about the St. Louis County Partnership for a Healthy Community’s work to enhance employer access to evidence-based tools for the planning, implementation and evaluation of workplace well-being programs. The first collaboration of its kind in St. Louis, the Partnership affords employers the opportunity to leverage local and national resources to improve the health of employees while also impacting the health of the larger community.

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Lauren Schulte is the Wellness Services Manager for the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition (BHC), a non-profit collaborative supporting over 50 leading St. Louis employers in their efforts to improve the well-being of enrollees and enhance the quality and overall value of investments in health benefits. In this role, Lauren works directly with wellness coordinators and human resource managers to provide research and resource support for the strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of workplace well-being programs. In addition to facilitating a number of educational and networking events, Lauren is responsible for the development and administration of wellness products and services for the coalition's employer members, including employee health education campaigns, environmental culture audits, flu shot group purchasing, health fair engagement tools, and professional certifications and trainings. 

Through her work with the BHC, Lauren also serves on the leadership and planning committees for several community initiatives, including the Antibiotic Resistance Can Harm (ARCH) Program; the American Heart Association’s annual St. Louis Workplace Wellness Symposium; and newly instituted St. Louis Smoking Cessation Week. As co-chair of the Worksite Wellness Subcommittee for the St. Louis County Partnership for a Healthy Community, Lauren guides collaborative efforts among health systems, community agencies, universities, and government stakeholders to improve employer access to local and national evidence-based tools for workplace well-being programs.

Lauren received her Master of Public Health degree in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Saint Louis University and her Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, a Faculty Member of the Wellness Council of America, and a Certified Trainer for the CDC’s Work@Health program.

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Creating a Culture of Health at Work with the American Heart Association
Jennifer Jaeger
Executive Director
American Heart Association

Presentation Description
Hear how the American Heart Association (AHA) is transforming the health culture of the workplace to meaningfully engage employees to take simple steps that can dramatically reduce their risk of heart-related death and illness. Gain valuable knowledge with hands-on programs from the AHA’s wellness portfolio to make a meaningful impact on your employees’ health.

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Engaging the Entire Workforce
Brad Evanoff, MD, MPH
Professor, Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Assistant Dean, Clinical and Translational Research
Washington University School of Medicine

Jaime Strickland
Clinical Research Supervisor
Department of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences
Washington University School of Medicine

Presentation Description
How do you design safety and wellness programs that meet the needs of the entire workforce from top-level executives to front-line workers? The Occupational Safety and Health Research team has addressed this question with several local employers. Dr. Evanoff along with Jaime Strickland will discuss their experiences with a variety of strategies to improve employee engagement including targeted communications, human centered design, and participatory approaches.

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Dr. Brad Evanoff is an occupational health physician and researcher at Washington University. His research focuses on the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses and involves worker-led participatory research models and other worksite interventions aimed at reducing injuries and promoting health in complex environments, including construction sites and health care facilities. Through his work, he has established productive collaborations with trade unions and with major employers locally and nationally, including partnerships aimed at promoting healthy eating and physical activity among low-income worker groups. 

 

 


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Health Care Without Walls
Chef Cary Neff
Vice President, Corporate Culinary Services
Morrison Healthcare

Presentation Description
Join us for a delectable, wholesome lunch and subsequent discussion led by world-renowned Chef Neff as he discusses the opportunity and responsibility of health care organizations and providers to nourish the communities they serve.

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Cary Neff leads the Morrison culinary team and is charged with redefining the company’s food experience in more than 630 hospitals and health care systems across the United States.

Chef Neff first gained notice when he introduced the internationally acclaimed “Conscious Cuisine®” and revolutionized healthy cooking in 1995. Neff’s concept is based on the idea that nutritious food can be exciting and flavorful by incorporating readily available ingredients such as herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables that provide rich flavor along with optimal nutrition. His New York Times bestselling cookbook, Conscious Cuisine, illustrates a “savoring the moment” philosophy through healthful recipes that are delicious, elegant and easy to prepare.

A highly sought-after guest chef, cooking instructor, lecturer and television/radio personality, Chef Neff has appeared on national programs such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Today Show,” and “Masterchef USA.” He has been profiled in The New York Times, O, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine and Condé Nast Traveler.

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Workplace Stress & Health: Organizing Work to Optimize Well-Being
Jeannie Nigam, MS
Research Psychologist and Program Advisor
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 

Presentation Description
Gain valuable knowledge in this discussion centered around stress, the hot topic in health care, as one of NIOSH’s Total Worker Health researchers examines the changing nature of work, defines “work organization” and reviews the prevalence and manifestations of stress. Find out how to address work design from a “Total Worker Health” perspective that considers risks associated with stress that emanate both from work and outside-of-work, by coordinating across the range of organizational programs that protect and promote worker safety, health and well-being.

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Jeannie Nigam is a research psychologist with the Work Organization and Stress Research Team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and a member of the core team in the Office for Total Worker Health. Jeannie has a Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the same field. Her research centers on understanding how work organization affects employee health and well-being with emphases in the areas of work-life balance, depression and examining the benefits of comprehensive organizational programs that promote and protect worker health.




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People, Place, and Purpose: What’s Possible and Plausible With a Corporate Wellness Program
Ryan Picarella
President & CEO
WELCOA

Presentation Description
Overwhelmed with all the possibilities with the wellness dynamic, it’s often hard to discern what your plan of attack should be with your wellness program. Learn how to tie all this knowledge together into your own applicable strategy and the possibilities of corporate wellness with tactical marketing and interaction, practical initiatives, and wellness models that align with your own business goals.

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Ryan Picarella serves as president of WELCOA, working with communities and organizations around the country to ignite social movements that will improve the lives of all working people in America and around the world. Picarella approaches initiatives from a holistic perspective that recognizes the many paths to well-being that must be in alignment for long-term healthy lifestyle behavior change. Picarella’s background is in psychology, human resources, organizational development and wellness program and product design. 

Prior to joining WELCOA, Picarella managed the award-winning BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Well@Work employee wellness program, a 2012 C. Everett Koop honorable mention awardee. Picarella is active in his community, currently serving on the board for the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition in Omaha. He has a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Arizona University.


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