Virtual Conference

Health Disparities and Social Inequality: The Role of Wellness

Wednesday, August 26 - Thursday, August 27, 2020
International Foundation Training Center, Brookfield, WI


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET
Social Determinants of Health: Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in which a person lives, works and plays. Research shows that these factors play a significant role in the health risks and outcomes of all people. In this session, we will explore the broader impact of SDOH on a population, and discuss the impact on plan members, employees and their families. 

Topics for this live Zoom session will include:

  • Evaluating social risk factors in our plans
  • Identifying opportunities to address social risk factors
  • Shifting your perspective.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
Racism and Health: This session will explore the connections between racism, equity and health. It will demonstrate the ways in which racism is a public health issue and offer solutions that are taking place in our health care systems and our communities to address this systemic issue. 

Topic areas for this live Zoom session will include:

  • Discussing racism, equity, and health
  • Defining racism as a public health crisis
  • Exploring strategies for addressing systemic racism.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Optimizing Health and Well-being through Health Equity: What would our health plans and wellness programs look like if they optimized the health and well-being of every single member? And what is the cost when they do not? This session seeks to answer these questions through the lens of health equity and understanding where and how inequalities and health disparities remain barriers.

Topic areas for this live Zoom session will include:

  • Health equity
  • Health disparity
  • Systemic barriers to optimized health.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET
Wage Matters: When it comes to employee socioeconomic status, are health promotion programs meeting everyone’s needs? This session will include an overview of recently published research showing that lower wage status is associated with a significantly lower likelihood of engaging in health promotion activities. 

Attendees of this live Zoom session will:

  • Develop an appreciation for the impact of employee wage status on health care utilization and costs
  • Better understand the influence of personal priorities on wellness program participation
  • Develop approaches to engage a broader eligible population more effectively in wellness programs.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Cultural Competence in Health CoachingHealth coaching is an important staple in many workplace wellness programs. But how are health coaches supporting clients and meeting them where they are? This session will explore cultural competence and cultural humility as strategies for health coaches to better reach their clients.

The discussion in this live Zoom session will include:

  • Cultural competency
  • Cultural humility
  • Questions you should ask your wellness vendors.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET
Diversity & Inclusion Meets Workplace Wellness: A workplace wellness consultant and a diversity and inclusion (D&I) consultant discuss the ways in which these often-separate workplace initiatives can work together in order to improve outcomes in both areas. 

Topics explored in this live Zoom session include:

  • Market trends and research
  • Similarities and differences of each initiative
  • Opportunities for supporting the mission of both D&I and wellness.

Sessions and times are subject to change.

Session Details

Who Should Attend

This virtual conference is designed for U.S. professionals responsible for or interested in wellness—including wellness program managers, wellness coordinators, health promotion specialists, benefits managers or other benefits decision-makers. 

Virtual Conference Features

Ignite your learning experience by attending sessions throughout the week.

  • Session recordings—Not able to watch the sessions right away? Return to the virtual environment to watch recorded sessions at any time for up to one year.
  • Ask the experts—Audience will have the opportunity for Q & A with the presenters.
  • Session handouts and documents—Download session handouts and other resources ahead of time so that you are prepared to follow along with each presentation.
  • Access anytime—The virtual environment will be open 24/7 giving you the opportunity to access everything in the environment on your time.
  • Session format—This virtual conference includes a mix of live and prerecorded sessions. Live sessions are hosted through Zoom. After registering please watch for emails about access instructions.



  • Michael Arloski, Ph.D., NBC-HWC, PCC CEO and Founder Real Balance Global Wellness Services Inc.
  • Regina Davis Moss, Ph.D., MPH, MCHES Associate Executive Director American Public Health Association
  • Michael Gilmartin Rewards and Well-Being Consulting Leader Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Reyna Gilmore, MD Psychiatrist
  • Rikkisha Gilmore-Byrd, DrPH Dean, Rasmussen College Vice President, National Organization for Human Services
  • Elizabeth Lascaze Senior Manager Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Bruce Sherman, MD, FACOEM, FCCP Medical Advisor, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Adjunct Associate Professor, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • Dexter Shurney, MD Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Zipongo President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine

Continuing Education

Each session is worth one credit toward CEBS Compliance. You should self-report your attendance depending on how many full sessions you watch. 

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Sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 6 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 3. NCHEC credit will only be available for attendance at approved, live scheduled sessions. Attendees must fill out an evaluation at the end of each day in order to request NCHEC credit.

You may self-report attendance for PHR/SPHR/GPHR designations and SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP designations.

No insurance continuing education credit is available for this conference.


Registration Information
  Member Nonmember

US $495.00 US $645.00

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