In this fast-changing landscape, the concept of wellness needs to encompass not just physical health but also mental, emotional, and social well-being. Employers, unions, and trustees must collaborate to address the unique challenges faced by the evolving workforce, taking into account the diverse needs and experiences of their employees. Inclusivity is crucial in wellness initiatives within health plans and the members you represent.
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 within the workplace.
Loving what we do makes us more engaged, productive and higher performing. So, why is only 13% of the global workforce happy and engaged? It isn't just costing employers – studies show that employee disengagement is making us lonely, anxious, and harming our health.
Using research, data-backed insights, and practical advice, Jennifer will show us how to become happier, healthier, and higher-performing.
Loving what we do makes us more engaged, more productive and higher performing. So why is only 13% of the global workforce happy and engaged? It isn’t just costing employers—Studies show that employee disengagement is making us lonely and anxious, and it’s harming our health. Using research, data-backed insights and practical advice, Jennifer will show us how to become happier, healthier and higher performing.
As employers face increased burnout, chronic illness and competition for talent, reimagining workplace well-being and benefit programs has taken on a new urgency. With 40% of Canada’s workforce projected to be age 55+ by 2026, it’s critical to shift strategies now to prepare for our aging population. This session will cover:
This session will discuss the challenges faced by specific communities—including but not limited to Indigenous peoples, refugees and immigrants, LGBTQIA+ individuals and people with disabilities. It will provide action items for plan sponsors that can help:
From menstruation to menopause and beyond, women and nonbinary individuals face unique health challenges that are often misunderstood or marginalized in the workplace. As companies work to become more inclusive, bridging the women’s health gap is a top priority. Questions our panel will address include:
Research shows that taking an intentional mindful pause in your day can improve focus, memory and mood. Join lawyer and mediator Ari Kaplan for a short guided session to boost your self-care and recharge your afternoon.
Inclusive wellness strategies and “whole person” approaches to well-being are necessities for the workplace of the future. But we must act now if we are to get ahead of the curve on mental health, build resilience and promote psychological safety at work. This session will:
Attend this session to gain a better understanding of the evidence supporting and refuting technology-enabled health behaviour change. You will:
Back pain is the leading cause of disability around the globe, impacting 11 million Canadians each year. Yet spine care is a neglected aspect of health care—particularly in underserved communities, where access is limited. Just as mental health has become a workplace priority, musculoskeletal conditions will be the next big organizational hurdle to overcome. This session will:
Hear personal stories of perseverance, resilience and redemption. This session will address:
Working-age Canadians now account for 35% to 40% of all cancer diagnoses, and many cases are preventable. Highlighting recent research, this session focuses on practical, innovative ways to modernize health and disability benefits to better manage cancer. Using interactive problem-solving exercises, we will address:
Taking a few minutes every day to move and breathe and check in with ourselves can prevent chronic illness and repetitive strain injuries, improve concentration and support general well-being. Join Elizabeth Chavez for 15 minutes of conscious breathing, light movement and some lighthearted fun. This session can be done seated or standing.
During the last 15 years or so, the focus of public and private drug plans in Canada has been on high-cost specialty drugs used to treat complex diseases. Recently, new trends have emerged in relation to common diseases that require innovative strategies targeting a much broader segment of the population. This session will explore these important trends, which are projected to have a tremendous impact on drug plans, covering aspects such as:
This session will look at how plans can balance the need to make upfront investments in meaningful new therapies—many of which will have a significant cost impact—with the potentially long timeline for a return on that investment. In particular:
A lot of organizations want their employees back in the workplace, but after years of remote work, many aren’t that keen to return. This session will discuss:
Factors like remote work, mental health challenges and economic uncertainty can all impact disability claims and trends. And previous economic downturns have shown that we’re not immune to a resurgence of disability cases once the economy stabilizes. However, group plans can help alleviate these problems, and employers have an important role to play. This session will discuss:
Whether it’s caregiving for an elderly relative with Alzheimer’s, a newborn after parental leave has ended or someone who is critically ill, juggling the combined demands of work and caregiving can be overwhelming. Often, there is a significant impact on mental health and personal needs. This session will explain the benefits of wellness programs to empower the caregiver when dealing with these challenges, including:
Catching the Wave: Benefits and Well-being Strategies for an Age-friendly Workplace
Culturally Responsive Benefits—How Plan Sponsors Can Better Serve Their Members and Beneficiaries
Supporting Women’s Health in the Workplace
Developing an Inclusive Wellness Strategy for the Future of Work
Health Behaviour Change—The Role of Technology
Rehabilitation: The Next Big Conversation
You Are No Longer Alone—Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention in Construction
in the Workplace—Modernizing Benefits to Improve Member Experience and Outcomes
Trends in Private Plans
Understanding the ROI of Innovative Therapies
Wellness Value Proposition—Engaging Employees After Returning to The Workplace
Wellness—A Tenet of Total Health
Helping Caregivers to Cope: Wellness Program Basics
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 with an interest in wellness topics, whether individually or in the workplace.
Speakers for the 2020 conference will be announced in fall of 2019. Please check back soon.
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