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    Wellness Panel Discussion

    Date: August 21, 2013, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
    Joyce Sherwood
    Gaithersburg Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
    $30.00 Chapter Members, $40.00 Nonmembers, $45.00 Walk-ins
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    FOLLOW-UP - Here are the files from our panelists:

    Introduction by David Johnson

    What is StopDiabetes@Work? by Patricia Kearns

    Maryland's Healthiest Businesses by Dr. Shell

    WellAdvantage Facilitating Partners in Wellness by Jeanne Sherwood

    This event has been APPROVED for 2.0 HRCI General Recertification Credits

    Leveraging Multiple Resources to Increase the ROI on Workplace Wellness Programs

    Employers today face mounting pressure to manage the cost of health care benefits. Many have responded by implementing a variety of programs and tactics designed to curtail costs, including increasing cost-sharing for employees and negotiating more aggressive vendor contracts.  Increasingly, employers are focusing on workplace wellness programs as a viable, long-term strategy to reduce medical, disability and workers compensation costs, as well as boosting employee productivity.  However, given limited budgets, employers often struggle with how to fund workplace wellness initiatives.

    Fortunately, many public health agencies and healthcare non-profits offer free and low-cost resources to help employers improve employee health.  These programs, combined with an expanding array of offerings from for-profit wellness vendors, offer great promise for employers seeking to improve their bottom line through healthier employers.

    At the August 21 Montgomery SHRM meeting, participants will hear specific examples of how to leverage both paid wellness vendors and the free and low cost resources available through public health agencies and non-profits.  Panelists will include:

    •          Donald Shell, M.D., MA, Director, Cancer and Chronic Disease Bureau, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    •          Pat Kearns, Director of Development, American Diabetes Association of Greater Washington
    •          Jeanne Sherwood, RN, CEO of WellAdvantage

     Learning objectives include:

    •          Impact of poor employee health on corporate profits
    •          Research confirming ROI on effective workplace wellness programs
    •          Free and low cost resources available through public health agencies and non-profits
    •          Examples of best in class wellness programs from private vendors
    •          Guidance on how to leverage both private and public resources to improve employee health