2020 Congress on Employee Health Promotion & Well-Being

September 24-25, 2020 Chicago, IL

2020 Congress on Employee Health Promotion & Well-Being








About the Conference

On average, Americans working full-time spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace. The use of effective workplace programs and policies can reduce health risks and improve the quality of life for American workers.

Are you interested in learning more about workplace health promotion and how to design, implement, promote and evaluate effective workplace health programs?

The health of your business is directly linked to the health of your employees. More than 600 million productive work hours are lost each year to sick time. Coupled with rising health insurance premiums and workers' compensation rates, there is a growing incentive for all companies to help employees stay well.

Today, more than 81% of private workplaces with 50 or more employees offer at least one health-promotion activity for their staffs. Workplace wellness concerns, however, go way beyond promoting a smoke-free lifestyle and helping smokers kick their habit. Increasingly common in the workplace are programs aimed at physical fitness, nutrition and weight control, stress management, back care, and blood pressure and cholesterol reduction.

The development of these programs translates into decreased healthcare costs, increased productivity for companies and increased satisfaction for employees. An employee health promotion program can be created — with a bottom-line payoff — for any size business.

At this conference you will learn reasons to implement an employee health promotion program, workplace health promotion strategies, and how workplace wellness makes a bottom-line difference.

Who Should Attend?

From Employers/Health Plans/Health Systems:

  • CEO’s
  • CMO’s
  • CFO’s
  • Wellness
  • Benefits Managers
  • Employee Wellness
  • Human Resources
  • COO’s
  • Wellness RN
  • Occupational Health
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Health Coaching
  • Total Rewards
  • Medical Directors
  • Disease Management
  • Health Management
  • Safety
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Corporate Care
  • Productivity
  • Risk Management
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Fitness Instructors

Conference Agenda

Day One – Thursday, September 24, 2020

7:15am – 8:00am
Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

8:15am – 9:00am
Integrating Worksite Health Promotion

The workplace is an important setting for health promotion and disease prevention programs. On average, Americans working full-time spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace. While employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and hazard-free workplace, they also have abundant opportunities to promote individual health and foster a healthy work environment. The use of effective workplace programs and policies can reduce health risks and improve the quality of life for American workers. Maintaining a healthier workforce can lower direct costs such as insurance premiums and worker’s compensation claims. It will also positively impact many indirect costs such as absenteeism and worker productivity. This session makes the case for a new way of approaching health promotion, advancing the premise that a healthier workforce will be a safer workforce and a safer workforce is a healthier workforce. Learn how the integration of health promotion activities can improve safety and decrease workplace injuries and illness.

9:00am – 9:45am
Mental Health in the Workplace

There are many risk factors for mental health that may be present in the working environment. Most risks relate to interactions between type of work, the organizational and managerial environment, the skills and competencies of employees, and the support available for employees to carry out their work. This session will address the importance of mental health in the workplace and promoting an environment where workers and managers actively contribute to the working environment by promoting and protecting the health, safety and well-being of all employees. Topics to be discussed will include:

- Reducing work–related risk factors
- Promote mental health by developing the positive aspects of work and the strengths of employees
- Addressing mental health problems regardless of cause

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking and Refreshments Break

10:15am – 11:00am
Why Workplace Health Promotion is Worth the Investment

Increasingly, U.S. business leaders are viewing workforce health as a business issue and emerging research demonstrates the influence of workforce health on business outcomes. The session will offer insights on the value proposition for workforce health and the connection between health, productivity and performance.

- Presenting the business case for an investment in workforce health and well-being, as well as for program evaluation metrics.
- Viewing employee health as a core business strategy
- The importance of addressing all levels of leadership within the organization when building support for workforce health and well-being programs
- Workforce health as a part of a comprehensive approach to optimizing worker productivity and performance.

11:00am – 11:45am
Data Privacy and Workplace Wellness Programs

Securing and maintaining the privacy of employee health information should be a priority amongst employers. Employees care about the privacy of their information. Any doubt about a wellness program’s privacy and security capabilities can undermine an employee’s willingness to participate in the program. This session will discuss how to address privacy to ensure workplace wellness program success, along with investing time and resources to ensure that employees are comfortable participating.

11:45am – 12:30pm
Return on Investment in Evaluating Employee Wellness Program Effectiveness

A majority of U.S. companies offer some sort of workplace wellness initiative, and increasingly they are looking to discover whether their efforts are effective. This session will provide insights that go beyond trying to deduce ROI based on health claims data. We’ll discuss metrics to evaluate wellness program success including:

- Financial outcomes
- Health impact
- Participation
- Satisfaction
- Organizational support
- Productivity and performance

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Workplace Wellness During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted all aspects of daily life, including work. Our individual actions can go a long way in reducing transmission and limiting the spread of the coronavirus. In this session you will learn about some important steps companies and individuals should take to reduce the risk of exposure during an outbreak.

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Panel: Promoting Healthy Workplaces by Building Culture of Health and the Importance of Communications

Key elements that contribute to a culture of health are leadership commitment, social and physical environmental support, and employee involvement. Strategic communications are designed to educate, motivate, market offerings, and build trust. They are tailored and targeted and multi-channeled. Increased efforts are needed to disseminate lessons learned from employers who have built cultures of health and excellent communications strategies and apply these insights more broadly in workplace settings. Topics this panel will discuss includes:

- Best practices in employer-sponsored health promotion programs
- The concept of building a culture of health and key elements contributing to it
- The importance of strategic communications and the goals and characteristics of an effective communication strategy

3:15pm – 3:45pm
Networking and Refreshments Break

3:45pm – 4:30pm
How to Effectively Promote Financial Wellness at Work

Human resources departments and CFOs everywhere are focusing on employee wellness efforts and customizing benefit programs to meet changing needs. Having a well-rounded benefit program is not only good for recruitment and retention, it can also improve productivity and profits. The four main pillars of a holistic wellness program include emotional, physical, social and financial wellness. Each of these pillars make up a comprehensive, 360-degree benefit program that will drive behavioral change. This session will tackle the importance of workplace financial wellness and what you need to know to effectively promote financial wellness at work.

4:30pm – 5:15pm
Community Building Wellness Programs

When communities exist in the workplace, employees feel a sense of belonging and connectedness at work. Employees value networking within common interest groups, and companies that are supporting community building at work say they’re seeing employees bring their whole self to work, with increasing productivity and commitment to the company. This session will address incorporating community building strategies into employee wellness programs.

End of Day One

Day Two – Friday, September 25, 2020

7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Recap

8:15am – 9:00am
Promoting Physical Activity in the Workplace

Whether you’re a small business owner, a corporate human resources manager, or a front-line supervisor, promoting physical activity on the job makes sense. More opportunities for physical activity at work leads to healthier employees, stronger job performance, and a boost to the business bottom line via decreased health care costs and improved productivity. Given the extensive health and business benefits that come from a physically active workforce, this session will address how employers can increase physical activity levels in their workplaces.

9:00am – 9:45am
Social Determinants of Health in Workplace Health Promotion

Worksite health promotion initiatives can play a significant role in helping to improve social determinants of health. For health promotion programs to meaningfully address social determinants of health, program structure should be able to incorporate the following processes which will be discussed:
- A clear understanding of the scope, capabilities, and limitations of existing benefits offerings to address social determinants of health concerns, including employee assistance programs
- Resources that can help support unmet individual needs
- Incorporate social determinants of health-related data in program participation and outcomes reporting

9:14am – 10:15am
Networking and Refreshments Break

10:15am – 11:00am
Implementing Workplace Health Promotion Champions

An employer’s health promotion profile includes the dynamic influences of employees and corporate factors as well as the interaction between these organizational factors and individual behaviors. This session will discuss establishing capacity in the employee population through an operating infrastructure of teams and champions. Learn about the benefits of a wellness champion network who works together to improve the health and culture of the workplace in conjunction with an employer-sponsored well-being program. Also hear about how wellness champions accomplish this by connecting with others and helping to educate colleagues about program offerings.

11:00am – 11:45am
Employee Health Promotion and Engagement

Although a company might be ready to change the health of their workforce, change isn’t always quick. A health plan might want members to adopt a healthy lifestyle right away, but it takes time and effort. Engagement is key to a successful wellness program. This session will address health engagement strategies that can help employers get their population interested and actively involved in wellness.

11:45am – 12:30pm
Designing Workplaces to Promote Wellness

Companies spend billions of dollars each year on wellness programs - on gyms, health funds, yoga classes, and the like. But research shows only mixed success, with low take-up rates among employees and a poor return on investment for companies. Rather than promoting these wellness programs, companies should instead design the workplace itself to support wellness. Sleep pods, air filtered by green walls, and selectively placed healthy food are already realities in some workplaces. This session will address how office space impacts well-being, and how workplace design positively influences health, employee satisfaction and performance.

Workshop – Friday, September 25, 2020

12:45pm – 2:45pm
Workplace Health Promotion Programs

There has been a steady increase of workplace health promotion programs that aim to promote employees' health and fitness. This workshop will offer valuable insights for organizations who aim to design and implement workplace health promotion programs in an inclusive, non-discriminatory way that benefits all employees. Topics to be discussed will include:

- One size does not fit all
- Creating not just a program, but a culture
- Using incentives wisely
- Making wellness convenient and ubiquitous
- Communication
- Champions from the top down
- Measurement
- Learning from mistakes



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Are there group discounts available?

  • Yes – Register a group of 3 or more at the same time and receive an additional 10% off the registration fee

Are there discounts for Non-Profit/Government Organizations?

  • Yes – please call us at 800-743-8490 for special pricing

What is the cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations received 3 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $185. Cancellation received less than 3 weeks prior to the event will receive a credit to a future event valid for one year.

Can the registration be transferred to a colleague?

  • Yes – please email us in writing at info@brinetwork.com with the colleague’s name and title

Where can I find information on the venue/accommodations?

  • Along with your registration receipt you will receive information on how to make your hotel reservations. You can also visit individual event page for specific hotel information. The conference fee does not include the cost of accommodations.

What is the suggested dress code?

  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket

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