The pace of change in the workplace has accelerated, creating a plethora of challenges and opportunities. We are seeing the ripple effects on our health care plans and worker well-being. With labour shortages, staff burn-out and increasing mental health concerns, employers, unions and trustees need to respond quickly with innovative policy changes.
The Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference offers targeted and timely sessions on the most pressing topics impacting plan sponsors and participants. Explore new trends and ideas, share experiences and discover strategies to promote an improved culture of health.
With stress at an all-time high, we need new ways of working and living. Based on evidence-based knowledge and strategies, this session will help fortify your mind, body, life and workplace as we face today’s unprecedented challenges. You will learn:
While psychological illness and injury have recently become much more visible, these conditions aren’t new. They reflect long-standing societal conditions and follow a predictable path—one we can use to effect change on a personal, workplace and societal level. With examples from the 1980s/90s and following the same evidence-based approach used in physical medicine, this session explores the basis of psychological diagnoses and explains why “there is nothing to stigmatize,” providing meaningful strategies for organizations to implement in the workplace.
Leadership can be challenging, and psychologically safe leadership may seem like adding more demands and responsibility—but, in fact, it can make leadership easier. Some leaders are close to burnout or frustrated with what can seem like endless employee demands; others have a real desire to be the best leader they can be. Whether you are a seasoned or potential leader, the tips and techniques in this session can help you succeed with less effort.
COVID-19 pressures have elevated mental health needs to a board-level concern, revealing a fragmented and inadequate support system. Traditional employee assistance programs (EAPs) offer just a handful of sessions, leaving people with longer term needs to navigate a backlogged public system or spotty paramedical coverage on their own. This session will:
This presentation will discuss the newly designed assessment framework for mental health apps that establishes standards at a national level. Developed through collaboration with stakeholders with a range of perspectives from across Canada, the assessment framework has more than 450+ criteria across seven domains:
Use of telemedicine, iCBT and other virtual health services accelerated rapidly during the pandemic, illustrating both the value and the need. This session explores key
technologies that will likely become common items in benefits plan discussions in the next five years, including:
Benefit plans rarely leverage one of the most important resources we have—each other. Online peer health communities can expand our network of “people like us” to talk to, share with and learn from. Done right, peer communities can play an important role in better member health as a reliable, inclusive, supportive resource and a natural extension of an existing wellness strategy. This session will provide:
As society acknowledges the full range of gender identity and expression, benefit plan sponsors need to rethink their approach to gender, including benefit plan design and administration. Attendees at this session will:
The federal government is implementing the first stage of a near-universal national dental plan before the next scheduled federal election. National pharmacare is smaller in scale but includes funding for a rare disease drug strategy and a national formulary. Both initiatives have important impacts on plan sponsors and members. This session will help private payers prepare by answering these questions:
Addressing substance use disorders often means navigating a web of comorbid physical and/or mental illness challenges, including chronic pain, mood and anxiety disorders, and trauma. But many plan sponsors don’t realize that their current benefit plan design may be a significant barrier in helping members and their families access the multidisciplinary treatments needed. Using opioid dependency as a case example, this presentation will examine why current plan designs are unintentionally acting as barriers and explore how plan sponsors can take advantage of innovations and nonpharmacological interventions to ensure the best use of benefits dollars while supporting members in times of need.
We spend a lot of time focusing on the physical aspects of wellness, but it’s just as important to keep our minds healthy. Intellectual wellness can improve overall wellness by increasing our brainpower while lowering our risk for life-altering conditions, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. This session will:
Surveys show that benefits are a key driver in attraction and retention. However, employees can’t appreciate the investment you’re making if they don’t access these programs (or even know they exist!). We’ll explore how to build a communication strategy that maximizes the impact of your benefit plan. With case studies and practical tools, we’ll discuss:
Disability programs in Canada remain important benefits for plan members, but most plan sponsors don’t review their structure and design. This session will provide an overview of common short- and long-term disability designs and key cost drivers, including expectations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll explore ideas to restructure key plan provisions, such as the elimination period between short term and long term, own occ/any occ definitions, duration of coverage, coverage beyond age 65 and the role of self-insurance.
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You learn so much about advancements in benefits as well as a lot about yourself by attending this conference.
Trustees, administrators and staff who represent group benefit and health care plans in the Canadian corporate, multi-employer and public sectors. This conference would be of interest to any individual, including our American members, with an interest in wellness topics, whether individually or in the workplace.
safeTALK is a half day accredited training program that comes with certification through LivingWorks, and is part of an internationally approved suicide intervention strategy program since 1981.
Speakers for the 2020 conference will be announced in fall of 2019. Please check back soon.
at this program can qualify for CEBS® Compliance
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Continuing Education credit for additional
professions and designations MAY be available for attendance at live sessions,
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program so that the Foundation can seek preapproval from the governing agency.
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