May 19, 2021 • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Due to the pandemic, employers had to quickly modify their benefits and wellness programs and offer the right kind of support to employees and their families during tough times. As most organizations transitioned to a remote work environment, their benefits and wellness programs needed to reflect some of the new challenges their employees battled with due to the pandemic such as financial stress, anxiety, childcare, screen fatigue, and loneliness. As a result, there has been an increased focus and emphasis on engaging employees in their behavioral, emotional, and financial well-being in addition to physical health. As we near the end of the pandemic, employers must prepare for the “new normal” and continue to reshape their wellness initiatives to ensure their employees remain engaged in their health long-term which in turn will maximize productivity, prevent burnout, and contain costs. In this webinar series, gain insight into creating holistic well-being programs that garner long-term engagement and value, discover strategies to mitigate behavioral health issues, explore approaches to measure the effectiveness of health and wellness programs, and understand how to personalize programs by leveraging digital applications.

Webinar Agenda:

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Employer Perspectives: Reengineer Health and Well-Being Programs to Meet the Needs of Today’s Workforce

In this discussion, HR executives share their insights on approaches to foster a healthy and an inclusive workplace culture and engage their employees in a virtual work environment. The panel will share their perspectives on how to identify and cater to the shifting needs of a workforce, take a holistic approach when designing health and well-being programs, and implement strategies that deliver quality care at reduced costs.

  • Hear from HR leaders on how they modified their wellness offerings since the pandemic
  • Gain insight into effective engagement strategies for remote employees
  • Understand the importance of whole-person care and holistic well-being
    • Focus on physical, financial, emotional, and mental health
  • Discuss strategies to customize well-being programs based on employee needs


Sally Luck
Sally Luck
Corporate Wellness Consultant
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Diana Clark
Diana Clark
Benefits Manager
Promega Corporation
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Jason Morgan
Jason Morgan
Global Health and Wellbeing Lead
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Nicole Stec
Nicole Stec
Associate Director of Well-Being
Banner Health
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1:00 – 2:00 pm

Solving the Addiction Problem: What Can (Should) Employers Do?

Covid-19 has caused an immense amount of stress and negatively impacted the mental health of many individuals. In particular, it has hugely affected those vulnerable to substance use and misuse. The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) data suggests a 17.59% increase in overdoses since the enactment of stay-at-home orders. Additionally, several reports indicate spikes in alcohol purchases and an increase in methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl in urine samples. While these statistics are alarming, the increase in substance use during the pandemic isn’t very surprising; Covid-19 has brought several issues to the forefront including loneliness, isolation, anxiety, financial insecurities, and much more which in turn led people to use substances as a coping mechanism. How can employers take the lead in addressing mental and substance use disorders? In this session, hear how employers can play a critical role in supporting the behavioral health needs of their workforce – from removing the stigma around mental health to offering programs that help those dealing with a behavioral health condition – to improve the health and well-being of their employees, reduce overall health care expenses, and contribute to solving the addiction problem prevalent in the country today. Learn how to efficiently address behavioral health issues including SUDs while navigating challenges around timely access to resources, therapy, and treatment.

  • Understand the impact of substance use and addiction on an individual’s overall health and well-being
  • Prepare for the coming tidal wave of employer facing costs related to addiction
  • Discuss evidence-based, personalized, and holistic approaches to manage addiction
  • Leverage digital tools to support individuals dealing with substance use disorder


Yusuf Sherwani
Yusuf Sherwani
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Quit Genius
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Kirsten John
Kirsten John
Vice President, Health Benefit Manager
TD Bank
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Mark R. Jones
Mark R. Jones, PhD, MBA
General Director Health and Medical Services
Union Pacific Railroad
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Additional Panelists TBA

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Leveraging Virtual Mental Health Care to Promote and Elevate Employee Well-Being

HR and benefits teams have been presented with the unique challenge of strategically providing benefits, support, and resources for a diverse workforce, from essential, frontline workers to employees dealing with a shift to remote work environments. There’s no question that last year’s events have placed added strain on employee mental health and well-being. 1 in 3 U.S. adults have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the pandemic, vs. 1 in 10 pre-pandemic. And 9 out of 10 employers report that COVID-19 is affecting their workforce health and/or productivity. Employers are looking for solutions to support their workforce and they are taking a much closer look at mental health. In fact, 80% of employers are offering or expanding employees' access to virtual mental health services in the wake of COVID-19. But where do you start? What should you look for? In this session, attendees continue the conversation on engaging employees in their mental health and well-being and gain insight into effectively leveraging technology and digital tools to support employees and their family members in a timely manner.

  • Examine the latest data and trends regarding mental health in the U.S.
  • Outline the full spectrum of mental health support from preventive to clinical intervention
  • Discuss best practices for providing a comprehensive mental health benefit to a diverse employee population
  • Identify next steps to support your employees’ mental health and well-being
    • Determine factors to evaluate for your long-term benefits strategy
Nikole Benders-Hadi
Dr. Nikole Benders-Hadi
Medical Director of Behavioral Health
Doctor On Demand
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Lisa Thompson
Lisa Thompson
Benefits Director
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3:00 – 3:30 pm

Strategies to Effectively Measure Employee Engagement Levels in Benefits and Well-Being Programs

If you feel your employees are unengaged in their benefits, you are not alone. And you’re also not alone if you’ve tried to raise engagement by offering more and more “point solutions,” confusing employees and increasing your administrative burden.

But which of these solutions work and which don’t? In this session, learn about the Benefit Engagement Survey Tool (BEST) to survey and measure the engagement and value of the benefits you offer your employees.  Learn how to:

  • Measure non-participants as well as participants
  • Measure the degree of participation
  • Determine whether participation is driven by incentives or intrinsic factors
  • Contrast your programs against one another, as opposed to in a vacuum
  • Determine which programs give you the most bang for your buck
  • End reliance on self-interested vendors, brokers, and consultants to “validate” their own programs
  • Measure less-frequently used benefits (like end-of-life and fertility) against more common ones, like wellness and health literacy
Al Lewis
Al Lewis, JD
CEO and Quizmeister-in-Chief
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