2021 Occupational Health Management Summit
October 28-29, 2021 * Orlando, FL
JW Marriott Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa

2021 Occupational Health Management Summit

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COVID-19 Advisory: BRI Network holds above all else, the health & safety of our attendees and their families. Currently this event is scheduled as an in-person event. We will however, continue to monitor and follow recommendations regarding capacity from CDC and other health agencies.
About the Conference

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for employers. Many corners of our world and our economy were unprepared and left scrambling to respond. As our collective response to the pandemic has evolved, the workplace has become a key testing ground for creating safe and effective protocols to protect workers on the job and society at large.

Your employees are your greatest investment. When they get sick or injured on the job, getting them back to full health and function is a top priority. But it’s even better if you can prevent the injuries and illnesses in the first place. Keeping employees healthy and safe is a key to maintaining a productive workforce. Attaining these goals can be a challenge for employers.

Regardless of your industry or company size, an occupational health program can help reduce overall healthcare costs and improve employee productivity. This conference will bring together employers and key stakeholders explore several ways occupational health services can benefit your business. Learn how to better manage programs and control costs while improving outcomes of injured workers. Attendees will leave with valuable networking contacts, new insights, and a better understanding of today’s environment. Learn about the latest research, key issues and challenges—such as worker safety and health amid COVID-19, how to build resilience, mental health in the workplace, how to manage the health and safety of remote employees, and more.

Who Should Attend?
From Employers/Occupational Health/Hospitals/Health Systems

  • CEO’s/CFO’s/VP’s/COO
  • Human Resource Directors/Managers
  • Benefits Directors/Managers
  • Occupational Health Nurses
  • Wellness Directors
  • Medical Directors
  • Worksite Center Directors
  • Telehealth Directors
  • Risk Manager
  • Operations Directors
  • Physicians
  • Director of Compensation
  • Safety Managers
  • Health Service Manager
  • Case Managers
  • Workers Compensation Managers

Also of Interest to Vendors/Solution Providers

Conference Agenda

Day One – Thursday, October 28, 2021
7:15am – 8:00am
Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast

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

8:15am – 9:00am
Worker Safety and Health Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Return to Work

Workers and employers are seeking new ways to provide service while keeping their workforce and others safe. During all phases of reopening, employers must implement strategies to minimize COVID transmission.  Hygiene (e.g., hand hygiene; cleaning and disinfection), social distancing, physical distancing, masking, identification and isolation of sick employees, workplace controls and flexibilities, and employee training must be adapted to each phase of reopening. This session will provide an overview on choosing and implementing COVID-19 procedures to prevent exposure, infection and spread. Employers will also learn how to identify risk levels in the workplace setting and how to determine any appropriate control measures to implement.

Anne McDonough, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Officer
Occupational Health Services
COVID-19 Response, Public Health Lead
Smithsonian Institution

9:00am – 9:45am
How to Build Resilience in the Workplace

Caring for the mental health and well-being of employees is critically important to the success of any business. The COVID-19 pandemic has only magnified and accelerated the fact that organizations are facing widespread uncertainty, ambiguity and transformation – which can ultimately leave employees feeling stressed, burned out, or disengaged. That’s why it’s imperative for organizations to actively create a supportive work environment that fosters improved resilience and a sense of connectedness.

This session will:

  • Highlight tangible tips and suggestions of ways that your organization can build a more resilient workplace culture
  • Address the role that leadership and wellness teams play in fostering resilience
  • Explore innovative solutions and communication techniques to help employees embrace change, stay connected, and maintain an attitude of gratitude

Lindsay Madaras, MA
LivingWell Manager | Total Rewards
Alliance Data

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

10:15am – 11:00am
When Does Mental Health Become the Responsibility of Employers

Despite the fact that over 200 million workdays are lost due to mental health conditions each year ($16.8 billion in employee productivity), mental health remains a taboo subject. In fact, almost 60% of employees have never spoken to anyone at work about their mental health status. Stigma can stand in the way of individuals seeking help when they need it most. Most organizations are not doing enough to break down stigma, meanwhile, employees feel unsupported and in struggle without the tools to name, normalize, and navigate their mental health.

Please join thought leaders and physicians in the fields of occupational and mental health, to learn how to mitigate risk by tapping the latest mental behavioral health technology and resources to keep organizations accountable and employees empowered.

Dr. Scott Cherry
Chief Medical Officer
Axiom Medical

Dara Wheeler
Chief Marketing Officer
Axiom Medical 

Dr. Les Kertay PHD
American Board of Professional Psychology
Clinical and Consulting Psychologist

11:00am – 11:15am
Yoga Break

11:15am – 12:00pm
Managing a Business with a Dwindling Workforce Due to COVID-19 Illness: How a Rural Healthcare Facility Coped

The COVID-19 pandemic presented many new problems to businesses across the country. Companies were finding themselves short staffed with very little resources to draw from for help. The impact on businesses in rural areas was more pronounced with a smaller workforce to draw from. This session will look at how a rural healthcare facility handled staffing issues with the growing number of workers contracting the virus and being taken off work. How did they replace these workers, how did they handle the stress and fatigue of the staff that had to work long hours, and what role did the occupational health department play in monitoring and getting employees back to work.

William Thomack BSN, RN, COHN-S, COHC
Director Occupational Health and Wellness Center/Safety Officer
Summit Healthcare Association

12:00pm – 12:45pm
Workplace Stress: A Silent Killer of Employee Health and Productivity

Work-related stress is one of the major concerns for occupational safety and health. Workplace stress may affect workers’ well-being and lead to health issues, and it has been estimated that about half of all work absence is due to work-related stress disorders. Workplace stress not only affects the worker, but it also has adverse effects on company performance well. This session will examine how employers should begin to tackle this worrisome concern to create a healthier, safer and more productive work atmosphere.

Teaa Allston-Bing, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Director
City of Douglasville, Georgia 

12:45pm – 1:45pm
Lunch Break 

1:45pm – 2:30pm
Weaving Diversity and Inclusion Into Well-Being – Applying a diversity and inclusion lens to well-being programming and company culture.

This session will focus on finding overlaps in diversity & inclusion approaches and employee well-being programming. Discuss how D & I can be woven into well-being to create a culture that engages everyone to thrive and provide insight on how intentional well-being programming can build connections.

Diversity and inclusion strategies are typically framed as issues related to engagement, productivity, innovation, or a sense of belonging—all of which are essential business priorities. Participants will learn how to close the gaps in making the connection between the physical, mental and emotional toll on marginalized workers when they navigate organizational hierarchies divided by race, gender, disability, and sexual orientation.

  • Learn the role of human differences and the equitable treatment of those differences in employee well-being
  • Discuss employee well-being programming opportunities with a diversity and inclusion lens
  • Identify areas to develop intentional connections to foster an inclusive culture

Shazia Arroyo
Wellness Consultant
Houston Methodist 

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Panel: Lessons Learned from COVID-19: Pandemic Planning

While we can now see the faint light at the end of the pandemic tunnel created by COVID-19, that doesn’t mean we should let up on planning. What does that mean for employers that are not yet back to full production? What surveillance will be needed so that employers can respond to outbreaks? Can we just go back to “normal?” This session will explore lessons learned from COVID-19, best practices, and how we can prepare for the future.

Panelists:

Raijv Das, MD, MPH
Medical Director
Risk Management
Safeway/Vons/Albertsons 

Candace McAlester, DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-C
Infectious Disease Control Program Officer
Medicine and Occupational Health
ExxonMobil Corporation 

Doug Thorne
District Counsel/Chief of Staff
Elkhart Community Schools

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Networking & Refreshments Break

4:00pm – 4:45pm
The Relationship Between Occupational Health and Safety and Worker’s Compensation

Ensuring compliance with state or federal occupational safety and health laws and regulations is only part of a workplace health and safety professional’s job. Often, occupational health nurses and safety managers also handle an employer’s workers’ compensation program. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and state worker’s compensation laws create complimentary and competing responsibilities. This session will examine how occupational health and safety professionals can proactively work hand in hand to create a culture of safety within an organization and contain workers compensation claims and costs by a multi-layered system of recognition and elimination of hazards, dedicated medical professionals for rapid assessment and care of all injuries and by empowering all employees to take personal responsibility for their health and safety.

Collene Van Mol, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM
Health Services Manager
RoyOMartin/Martco, L.L.C. 

4:45pm – 5:30pm
How to Manage the Health and Safety of Remote Employees

When 2020 began, the average manager may have supervised a handful of remote workers. Now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are having some or all of their employees work from home for the foreseeable future. Working from home can benefit both employers and employees. One often-cited advantage is increased productivity since workers don’t have to spend long hours commuting. Companies can also save on costs if they don’t have to maintain a large office. In addition, since employees are working from home, they can enjoy flexible working hours. Furthermore, this structure can help companies expand their presence in strategic locations.  However, people working at home will also be isolated from their colleagues and have no direct supervision. This session will explore how to protect the health and safety of a remote workforce. Learn some of the tools and resources being used to maintain a safe remote work environment for your employees as well as hear about some successful programs that were implemented to keep employees fully engaged.

Brenda Chu
Senior Benefits Manager
Nektar Therapeutics 

5:30pm
End of Day One

Day Two – Friday, October 29, 2021

7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Recap

8:15am – 9:00am
How to Develop Onsite Health Clinics by Integrating Existing Programs and Driving Utilization

The purpose of this fun and fast paced, interactive session is to provide simple yet practical solutions to improve health outcomes, contain healthcare costs, and increase utilization. Most programs are good at opening a clinic, but then don’t know what to do with it. This session will give you the tools and confidence to take action and create change to improve out of control costs. You will learn to use what you have to get what you need.

Jayme Mayo
PA-C/ Wellness Director
Nabholz Construction 

9:00am – 9:45am
Implementing a Workplace Wellness Program

Organizations who invest in not only the onsite safety of their employees, but also their overall health and wellness by implementing workplace wellness programs, enjoy significant benefits, including reduced employee absenteeism, increased levels of employee productivity and reduced health care costs. A comprehensive worksite wellness program raises health awareness among employees. It can help to increase their knowledge about important health concerns, encourage them to consider healthier behaviors, and provide them with a supportive environment, from top management on down, to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle changes. Key components of a successful program are planning, implementation, and evaluation. This session will examine steps to start a workplace wellness program, including:

  • Conducting an organizational assessment
  • Obtaining management support
  • Establishing a wellness committee
  • Obtaining employee input
  • Obtaining external support
  • Developing goals and objectives
  • Designing and implementing programs
  • Selecting incentives
  • Evaluating outcomes

Jillian Jacobs, MS, ACE-CHC
Wellness Program Manager
Hitachi Astemo Ohio Manufacturing, Inc. 

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

10:15am – 11:00am
Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements

Employers must understand how and when to record employee injuries and illnesses, as well as what not to record. This session will explore a step-by-step approach through injury and illness recordkeeping requirements and ensuring that your organization is covered, as well as how to document and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses.

Michelle Edwards, RN, COHN, COHC
Senior Occupational Health Nurse
Moen Incorporated 

11:00am – 11:15am
Yoga Break 

11:15am – 12:00pm
The Benefits of Value-Based Healthcare for Employers and Employees

The U.S. healthcare system has undergone significant changes over the years. One transformation that likely will stand the test of time is the industry’s transition from fee-for-service to value-based care payment models, which helps reduce cost while improving quality. While the fee-for-service model has been the prevailing approach in healthcare, a system of value-based care that benefits workers and employers alike could soon replace this outdated model. With healthcare costs increasing across the board and employees growing less willing to cover large percentages of their care, employers are seeking innovative health plan designs aimed at reducing the high cost of healthcare. This session will explore the benefits value-based healthcare has for employers and employees alike.

Russell DuBose, SHRM-CP, sHRBP
Human Resources Director
Phifer Incorporated 

12:00pm – 12:45pm
The Importance of Engaging Employees in Their Personal Well-Being During Difficult Times

There is no doubt, the past year and a half has been tough, and everyone has experienced a change in their personal well-being because of it. Not only did employees work through a global pandemic, they experienced a market crash on their personal investments, work and home life overlapped, the “unknown” caused mental and emotional strain and dependent care support was nonexistent. All of these challenges made it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so it became even more of our responsibility to provide additional resources and find new methods of engagement.  This session will explore what recent years taught us about employee health behaviors, how to recognize what well-being benefits employees need and how to provide engagement opportunities during difficult times

Jessica Domann
Advisor, Benefits, Total Rewards
Phillips 66

12:45pm
Conference Concludes

Workshop – Friday, October 29, 2021
12:45pm – 2:45pm
Completing the Circle of Organizational Health, Worker Well-Being and Risk Management with Data Integration

Traditionally, companies have worked in a siloed approach to medical and pharmacy plan experience, workplace safety, well-being initiatives, disability and absence management and worker’s compensation.  However, by utilizing a non-traditional approach and a focus on data aggregation to solve for the overlap of work-related injuries and employee health, employers can achieve an overall positive impact on production and the bottom line, while at the same time ensuring that employees experience a stronger commitment to the employer.

Workshop attendees will learn how the Marsh McLennan Clinical Consulting and Data Analytics team has worked with clients, insurers and vendors through data integration and clinical insights to achieve:

  • Client-specific data lakes and story boards incorporating medical, pharmacy, disability and absence management, and worker’s compensation data
  • Identification of opportunities for health, well-being and safety improvement.
  • Recommendation of best practices and relevant programs based on profile and needs for their business and employees
  • Implementation and education of safety and health practices, programs and policies from top down to transform culture
  • Cohort analysis to determine program impact on health, well-being and productivity

Monte Masten, MD, MBA, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

 

About the Workshop Leader:

Dr. Monte Masten, MD, MBA, MPH, FACOG, serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Marsh & McLennan Agency.  In this role, Dr. Masten leads the MMA Planning & Analytics for Total Health (PATH) team, which provides data analysis and health risk mitigation strategies for MMA clients.

Dr. Masten has over 25 years of leadership experience in patient care, consulting, managed care, population health management, and pharmacy management with diverse teams at national health plans, large employers, and health systems. Most recently, he was National Senior Medical Director, Clinical Transformation at Aetna based out of the Atlanta, GA office.

Dr. Masten earned his medical degree at Loyola University of Chicago, his MBA from University of Tennessee and his MPH from University of North Carolina. In addition, he earned a graduate certificate in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Featured Speakers

Anne McDonough, MD, MPH

Anne McDonough, MD, MPH

Senior Medical Officer, Occupational Health Services, COVID-19 Response, Public Health Lead

Smithsonian Institution
Lindsay Madaras, MA

Lindsay Madaras, MA

LivingWell Manager | Total Rewards

Alliance Data
William Thomack BSN, RN, COHN-S, COHC

William Thomack BSN, RN, COHN-S, COHC

Director Occupational Health and Wellness Center/Safety Officer

Summit Healthcare Association
Teaa Allston-Bing, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Teaa Allston-Bing, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Director

City of Douglasville, Georgia
Shazia Arroyo

Shazia Arroyo

Wellness Consultant

Houston Methodist
Raijv Das, MD, MPH

Raijv Das, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Risk Management

Safeway/Vons/ Albertsons
Candace McAlester, DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-C

Candace McAlester, DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-C

Infectious Disease Control Program Officer, Medicine and Occupational Health

ExxonMobil Corporation
Doug Thorne

Doug Thorne

District Counsel/Chief of Staff

Elkhart Community Schools
Collene Van Mol, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM

Collene Van Mol, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM

Health Services Manager

RoyOMartin/Martco, L.L.C.
Brenda Chu

Brenda Chu

Senior Benefits Manager

Nektar Therapeutics
Jayme Mayo

Jayme Mayo

PA-C/ Wellness Director

Nabholz Construction
Jillian Jacobs, MS, ACE-CHC

Jillian Jacobs, MS, ACE-CHC

Wellness Program Manager

Hitachi Astemo Ohio Manufacturing, Inc.
Michelle Edwards, RN, COHN, COHC

Michelle Edwards, RN, COHN, COHC

Senior Occupational Health Nurse

Moen Incorporated
Russell DuBose, SHRM-CP, SHRBP

Russell DuBose, SHRM-CP, SHRBP

Human Resources Director

Phifer Incorporated
Kimberly Cooley, RN, COHN, CM

Kimberly Cooley, RN, COHN, CM

Corporate Nurse

McKee Foods Corporation
Monte Masten, MD, MBA, MPH

Monte Masten, MD, MBA, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC
Dr. Scott Cherry

Dr. Scott Cherry

Chief Medical Officer

Axiom Medical
Dara Wheeler

Dara Wheeler

Chief Marketing Officer

Axiom Medical
Dr. Les Kertay PHD

Dr. Les Kertay PHD

American Board of Professional Psychology

Clinical and Consulting Psychologist
Venue
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
14900 Chelonia Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32821
407-919-6300

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

Lead Sponsor

axiom_medical

Axiom Medical is a full-service outsourced occupational health provider, specializing in population health and preventive medicine. As early developers of tech-enabled wellness solutions, we help employers provide safe and healthy work environments for their employees while mitigating risk of illness or injury. 24/7 nationwide access to highly credentialed, board-certified, occupational and behavioral clinicians, ensures outcome measured results from pre-hire to post-separation.

 

Refreshment Break Sponsor

Enterprise Health

Enterprise Health is one of the largest providers of occupational health software in the world, with customers in over 50 countries and nearly a dozen languages, serving several million employees. The only comprehensive employee health record that combines occupational health and compliance, clinical care and employee engagement and is built on an ONC-ACB certified EHR, Enterprise Health delivers a complete occupational health IT experience on a single, highly-interoperable, cloud-based platform. In addition, Enterprise Health also offers Channel-19, a standalone, web-based COVID-19 employee monitoring program that delivers the functionality organizations need to monitor employees and healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Media Partner

The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) is an independent nursing specialty certification board, founded in 1972 as an independent not-for-profit organization to set professional standards and conduct occupational health nursing specialty certification. ABOHN is the sole certifying body for occupational health nurses in the United States and awards three credentials:

  • Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN)
  • Certified Occupational Health Nurse – Specialist (COHN-S)
  • Case Management (CM)
FAQ

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

What is the cancellation policy?

  • Cancellations received 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $225. Cancellation received less than 4 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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