2023 Occupational Health Summit

February 23-24, 2023 * Aria Resort & Casino * Las Vegas, NV

2023 Occupational Health Summit

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About the Conference:

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 preventing injuries and building a culture of health, the benefits of value-based care, risk management strategies, building resilience, health equity, the importance of mental health in the workplace, ways to improve engagement and wellbeing 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, February 23, 2023
7:15am – 8:00am
Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast 

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

8:15am – 9:00am
Building Resilient Organizations: A Framework for Optimizing the Health and Well-being of Your Workers
The concept of resilience-building has become increasingly popular as a strategy for navigating the difficult waters common in today’s rapidly changing workplaces. But what are the sustainable, leader-led, organizational-level approaches that are proven to create better outcomes over the long term – for workers themselves and their organizations?  This lecture will delve deeply into the current challenges facing today’s employers and workers, cover the latest workplace safety, health and well-being research from our CDC-funded Total Worker Health® Centers of Excellence, and give a clear, proven roadmap for creating healthier, happier workers who are safer, engaged and more productive. We will also look at the pros and cons of traditional approaches to resilience-building.  And you will leave with new approaches for these complex times, including useful guidance on:

  • Characteristics of successful leaders and managers for building and retaining effective teams
  • New strategies crucial for leading in the post-pandemic environment
  • The inter-relationship between healthy work design and the creation of resilient organizations
  • New measures of worker well-being to help you set priorities and design effective interventions
  • CDC/NIOSH approaches to growing Total Worker Health® as the future of work changes.

L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
Director, Office for Total Worker Health®
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

9:00am – 9:45am
The Benefits of Value-Based Care for Employers and Employees
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.

Specifically, more companies are expressing interest in value-based models designed to reduce costs and mitigate the instances and effects of chronic illness — and with good reason. This session will explore the benefits of value-based care and how providing health plans that utilize this emerging approach could result in significant savings for your company and better outcomes for your valued employees.

Tim Isenhower
Vice President, Human Resources
HSM Solutions 

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

10:15am – 11:00am
Integration of Risk Management in Occupational Health
Risk management can be considered as part of the occupational health and safety of an organization and can be used to develop and implement policies and manage the associated risks. The success of the integration of risk management in occupational health depends on both technical and human aspects. To be effective, risk management must have two elements: a specific occupational health and safety plan and an appropriate safety culture and working environment. Safety culture is often taken for granted, although it is critical in building an effective risk-management system and a healthful overall work environment. This session will explore the benefits of integrating risk management in occupational health.

Roxanna Perez
Director of Risk Management
Firekeepers Casino Hotel 

11:00am – 11:45am
Occupational Health: Preventing Injuries and Building a Culture of Health
Occupational health was established more than a century ago to address employee safety in the workplace. Over the years, new rules and regulations were enacted to improve worker health and safety. In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was founded so that no worker should have to choose between their life and their job. To maintain healthy employees and mitigate injuries, employers have traditionally invested in an onsite health model that focused on injury triage and maintaining OSHA compliance.  Today, as employers look to address rising costs and build a culture of health and wellbeing at their workplace, occupational health is shifting to a preventive focus that also integrates virtual options for workers. This session will explore strategies to build a successful occupational health program, including preventing injuries before they happen, making occupational health care accessible to workers (no matter where they are), and new standards for occupational health that truly enhances workplace safety.

Jillian Jacobs
Support Office
Wellness Program Manager
Hitachi Astemo Ohio Manufacturing, Inc.  

11:45am – 12:30pm
The Benefits of Making Mental a Priority in Employee Wellness Programs
Strategizing ways to design plans for overall employee wellbeing, with a focus on a connection to mental health resources in the workplace, is more important than ever.  Creating opportunity for engagement, and behavioral health resources for employees should not only be a priority – but an important consideration to support a thriving work environment. This session will explore how one employer has strategized through a multi-pronged approach for employee wellbeing resources. Highlights will include plan design, customizing a network based on employee occupation and providing an expansive employee Living Resources program.

Shonna Poulin Gutierrez MA, CHES®
Executive Director | Office of Employee Health and Wellness
State of Maine Bureau Human Resources 

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Luncheon 

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Promote a New or Enhanced Drug-Free Workplace Program
A drug-free workplace program has been shown to be effective in reducing workers’ drug misuse. Such a program can be an effective method of promoting workplace health and safety. This session will explore how to develop, implement and evaluate a toolkit to assist occupational health nurses to promote a new or enhanced drug-free workplace program. 

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Panel: The Future of On-Site Healthcare: Expanding Occupational Health Management Services
As healthcare costs continue to rise, employers should look for alternative ways to support their employees with on-site healthcare services to drive affordability while improving their overall health. In a pandemic situation like this, protecting your workplace and workforce becomes more crucial than ever. With on-site healthcare and medical services, employers can provide their workforce with convenient access to quality and affordable care. It is evident that employer-based on-site health centers and telemedicine are gaining popularity lately. Primarily, it is because of the improved access to high-quality care for employees. Expanding existing occupational health management services to provide primary care, general medical services, and health assessments will offer both employees and their families timely access to quality care. On-site medical clinic’s positive growth trend indicates a broader drift toward comprehensive onsite clinics and mobile labs at a worksite. This session will explore all this and more, as well as future on-site healthcare trends.

Panelists:

Brenda Chu
Associate Director, Benefits
Nektar Therapeutics 

Rajiv Das, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Risk Management; Medical Director, Employee Health Services
Safeway/VONS/Albertsons; UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland 

Jessica Domann
Advisor, Benefits, Total Rewards
Phillips 66 

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

3:45pm – 4:30pm
The Impact of Stress on Employee Productivity and Job Performance
In today’s business environment, there exist a lot of competition among companies. The efficiency of employees and the productivity of employees are a significant and important component of the success of an any business. The extreme stress faced in the working environment greatly impedes this efficiency and this has drawn the attention of many employers. And knowing the factors leading to work stress and its impact on employee performance is vital for any organization to ensure its success and smooth functioning. This session will explore the impact of work stress on the performance of employees, as well as stress measurement and management tools.

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

4:30pm – 5:15pm
Occupational Exposures in the Workplace

Marc Wilkenfeld, MD
Chief, Division of Occupational Medicine
NYU Langone—Long Island Hospital

5:15pm
End of Day One

Day Two – Friday, February 24, 2023
7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast 

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

8:15am – 9:00am
Ways to Improve Employee Engagement and Wellbeing
Employee engagement has long been recognized as an important driver of employee retention and performance. And wellbeing has been adopted by some organizations to drive down healthcare costs. There is a striking relationship between engagement and wellbeing, with major consequences for employee productivity and performance: Engagement and wellbeing are highly reciprocal, with each influencing the future state of the other to a similar degree. But they are also additive — high wellbeing enhances the benefits of engagement, lifting employee performance to levels not reached through engagement alone. Given the clear returns on investment for building workers who are both engaged and have high holistic wellbeing, leaders can make a substantial difference in their employees’ performance and lives by including wellbeing principles in engagement programs and making the most of their reciprocal, additive effects. This session will explore actions leaders can take to increase employee engagement and wellbeing and improve business outcomes — all at the same time.

Stephanie Bedricky
Supervisor
Benefits and Wellness
Human Resources
Oakland County, Michigan

9:00am – 9:45am
Workers Compensation and Occupational Safety and Health Challenges
Workers, employers and other stakeholders involved in workers compensation administration have long voiced concerns about the extent to which workers compensation promotes occupational safety and health and the well-being of injured workers. The goal of a safety culture is to develop a norm in which employees are aware of the risks in their workplace and are continually on the lookout for hazards. A safety culture motivates and recognizes safe behavior by focusing on the attitudes and behaviors of the employees. It is a process—not a program; it takes time to develop and requires a collective effort to implement its many features. This session will examine the prevention of injury and disability, claim management process from the employer’s perspective, and occupational health and safety.

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

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

10:15am – 11:00am
Occupational Injury and Illness Surveillance
Occupational health surveillance data are key to effective intervention. However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey significantly underestimates the incidence of work-related injuries and illnesses. This session will explore workers’ compensation wage-replacement documents, physician reporting systems, and medical records of treatment charged to workers’ compensation.

Chris Macklin
Employee Services Executive Officer
South Metro Fire Rescue

11:00am – 11:45am
Designing an Effective Health and Safety Committee: Promoting Safe Practices in the Workplace
Occupational health and safety in the workplace aims to prevent accidents and harm from work-related incidents. The employer has a responsibility to provide a safe work environment free from dangerous hazards, and the employee has a responsibility to follow all rules and regulations while wearing required protective equipment. Safety committees in the workplace are designed to address any safety issues and to help develop safe work practices. Establishing workplace safety committees can encourage employees to improve safety in their organizations. This session will explore effective health and safety committees in the workplace, employee and employer responsibility, potential hazards and legal compliance.

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

11:45am – 12:30pm
Returning to Work: Keys to a Safer Workplace
As the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 grows, more employers are asking employees to come back into the office. But while some employees may welcome the return to on-site work, many have said their return to work has had a negative impact on their mental health. Almost half of those who have not yet returned anticipate negative mental health impacts. With a workforce already suffering from a notable rise in mental distress from the pandemic, a real risk exists that millions of people will encounter yet another wave of stress and anxiety as they return to the workplace. Employers who recognize and prioritize psychological safety alongside physical safety in their post-pandemic operations can help employees’ mental health and their own efforts to cultivate inclusive workplaces. This support can have concrete effects on critical workplace outcomes, including employee wellbeing, satisfaction, productivity and absenteeism. This session will explore how employers can take immediate actions to support employees’ safety concerns and need for flexibility in the return to on-site work; and how over the longer term, they can continue to evolve operating models and workplace culture to support mental health, belonging and flexible ways of working.

12:30pm
Conference Concludes

Workshop - Friday, February 24, 2023
Workshop
12:45pm – 2:45pm
Worker Protection, Health Promotion and Advancing Employee Wellbeing

This workshop is designed to pull concepts from the conference all together. Leading with a Total Worker Health® approach, we will look at how to assess your current workplace, identify gaps and create a plan going forward. Specific examples will be given at how to analyze Workers’ Compensation, OSHA and medical spend data to then create the best specific metrics for your company. Participants will leave with a toolkit outlining a specific plan to reduce overall healthcare costs and improve employee productivity.

Shanna S. Dunbar, BSN, RN, COHN-S
Certified Health Coach
Workplace Health, Inc.

Featured Speakers

L. Casey Chosewood, MD MPH

L. Casey Chosewood, MD MPH

Director, Office for Total Worker Health®

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tim Isenhower

Tim Isenhower

Vice President, Human Resources

HSM Solutions
Roxanna Perez

Roxanna Perez

Director of Risk Management

Firekeepers Casino Hotel
Jillian Jacobs

Jillian Jacobs

Support Office

Wellness Program Manager 
Hitachi Astemo Ohio Manufacturing, Inc.
Shonna Poulin Gutierrez MA, CHES®

Shonna Poulin Gutierrez MA, CHES®

Executive Director | Office of Employee Health and Wellness

State of Maine Bureau Human Resources
Brenda Chu

Brenda Chu

Associate Director, Benefits

Nektar Therapeutics
Rajiv Das, MD, MPH

Rajiv Das, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Risk Management; Medical Director, Employee Health Services

Safeway/VONS/Albertsons; UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
Jessica Domann

Jessica Domann

Advisor, Benefits, Total Rewards

Phillips 66
Michelle Edwards, RN, COHN, COHC

Michelle Edwards, RN, COHN, COHC

Senior Occupational Health Nurse

Moen Incorporated
Marc Wilkenfeld, MD

Marc Wilkenfeld, MD

Chief, Division of Occupational Medicine

NYU Langone—Long Island Hospital
Stephanie Bedricky

Stephanie Bedricky

Supervisor

Benefits and Wellness
Human Resources
Oakland County, Michigan
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
Chris Macklin

Chris Macklin

Employee Services Executive Officer

South Metro Fire Rescue
Teaa Allston-Bing, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

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

Human Resources Director

City of Douglasville, Georgia
Shanna S. Dunbar, BSN, RN, COHN-S

Shanna S. Dunbar, BSN, RN, COHN-S

Certified Health Coach

Workplace Health, Inc.
Venue
Aria Resort & Casino
3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89158
702-590-7111

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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

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 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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