Workplace Wellness

The definition of wellness is evolving. Today, individuals, organizations, and community stakeholders are looking beyond health care cost control as the sole objective, and are turning their attention to the broader impact of a healthy workforce. International Foundation education is designed to help you understand this evolving context, and implement the most effective and meaningful interventions for your role and your population.



Health Benefits Conference & Expo

​For ne​arly 30 years, the Health Benefits Conference & Expo (HBCE) has been a leading source for employee health benefits and wellness education. Our unique structure focuses heavily on employer case studies to provide attendees with proven solutions in all areas related to employee health benefits and wellness. At HBCE you can expect to hear from leading organizations and learn from expert practitioners about industry trends, critical issues and best practices that will assist you in re​ducing costs while improving employee engagement. ​

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Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference

​For 30 years, the Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference has been presenting the very best in health promotion. Attendees will hear from the top scientists and practitioners in the field and return home equipped with practical strategies and research backup to make your programs and your work more effective. Gain a renewed sense of commitment and passion knowing that others like you are working to make a difference. ​

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Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference

With issues such as the opioid addiction, growing concerns regarding mental health, how to handle medical cannabis, and rising prescription drug prices, the past couple of years stand out as some of the most volatile times for multiemployer and public employee benefit plans.
The Canadian Health and Wellness Innovations Conference offers targeted and timely sessions on topics relevant to plan sponsors and participants. Explore new trends, share experiences and discover strategies to promote a complete culture of health. ​

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Trends in Health and Wellness

As we continue to be challenged by the global pandemic, what do Canadian plan sponsors and trustees need to do now to position their benefits plans for the future?
This two-day, highly interactive virtual conference will discuss key trends in health benefits, virtual care, mental health, and the pros and cons of vaccines. Come prepared with questions for our experts, and to exchange views and information with your peers in a collaborative learning environment.​

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The Outlook for Health Care: 2021 and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our day-to-day lives and has reshaped the structure of the health plans for the future. The evolving personal and professional needs of plan members prompted health plans to expand telehealth and mental health services, as well as implement other changes designed to address the unique challenges of this year. Now that we can see light at the end of this tunnel, it is time to thoughtfully ask ourselves—Where do we go from here? During this conference, we will seek to understand the long term impacts of this past year. What will happen with the echo pandemic of mental illness, and how should we handle the long-term costs of delayed care? We will discuss the important lessons learned and opportunities for improvement.​

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Online Workshops


Workforce Mental Health

​Providing a healthy and supportive environment continues to be at the forefront of employers' workplace strategy. Employers are increasingly recognizing that employee support doesn't stop at the office door and that a comprehensive program considers employees' family and home environment. While many employers and other health plan sponsors have taken steps to adjust or enhance their offerings, many are still unsure of what is most effective and appropriate for their population. Learn how to create, modify and sustain a program that is most effective for your workforce—whether it's made up of isolated workers, those on the front lines or a mix of both—leveraging tools and techniques that make a difference.​

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Employee Wellness Workshop

While most organizations have a wellness program in place, few are satisfied with the resultant engagement and outcomes. In this interactive, highly practical program, you'll learn how to take your current program (whether just starting or decades in the making!) and optimize the reality you and your team are facing today and into the future.

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​Workforce Wellness

A workforce wellness initiative is more than just a program. It refers to the systematic efforts of an organization to enhance the wellness of its members through education, behavioral change and cultural support. Many employers take an active role in supporting employee wellness because improved quality of life positively affects overall productivity, health and stability of the workforce. The key to long-term success is building a culture within the organization that encourages and supports health and healthy behaviors. This course provides a comprehensive overview of workforce wellness.

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Preparing a Place for Future Generations That Honors the Humanity of All Equally

Join Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference Chair, Dr. Sara Johnson, for a conversation with Dr. Gail Christopher about the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) movement, which invites people to engage in compassionate, empathetic processes of learning from the past, transforming the present and creating an equitable future.

Watch the webcast (1/18/2023)

Employers, Benefit Plans and Opioids: Pain Management Alternatives

Join Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference Chair, Dr. Sara Johnson, for a conversation with Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford as they discuss the deleterious impact of weight bias on health outcomes. Dr. Stanford will provide a preview of her keynote address that outlines the epidemiology of obesity as a disease, underscores the ways in which health professionals harbor implicit and explicit weight bias, and describes how organized medicine organizations have sought to tackle weight bias.

Watch the webcast (12/8/2022)

Employers, Benefit Plans and Opioids: Pain Management Alternatives

In this session, Cal Beyer and Dr. Brand Newland will provide strategies on how to protect your employees and their families from opioids through practical and proven first-exposure prevention strategies, including assessment methods to evaluate the risk in your organization and ways to prevent and mitigate exposure to first doses and/or addiction during medical and surgical procedures.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 8/31/2022)

Nature Exposure as Part of Your Wellness Portfolio

This session will explore the research evidence connecting health and nature. This session will examine several studies conducted by the Center for Health & Nature, including the effects of healing gardens, nature through virtual reality, nature exposure among remote workers and theoretical measurement development. The session will conclude by examining programs developed to increase exposure to nature, including ParkRX, Walk with a Doc and Campus Nature RX.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 6/23/2022)

Diabetes and Chronic Disease Management Strategies That Reduce Plan Cost and Improve Care

This session will cover:

  • The state of diabetes management and prevention, including innovations in medicine and technology
  • Insurance market dynamics influencing cost and coverage
  • Tangible plan design features successful companies are implementing today that reduce risk and lower costs while improving employee health.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 5/18/2022)

Why Business Must Think Differently About Health, Equity, Resilience and the Future of Work

Join Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference Chair Dr. Sara Johnson for a conversation with Eileen McNeely, PhD, as they discuss how considering a new role for organizational caring and establishing a culture of trust, belonging and inclusion is fundamental to employee well-being and to supporting successful business outcomes.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 3/16/2022)

Driving Health Equity in the Workplace: AHA’s CEO Roundtable Report

Join Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference Chair Dr. Sara Johnson for a conversation with American Heart Association Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 2/24/2022)

Preventing Burnout in the New Future of Work: An Interview With Jennifer Moss

Join Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference Chair Dr. Sara Johnson for a conversation with Jennifer Moss, a globally recognized workplace wellness expert and author of the book The Burnout Epidemic, to discuss the future of work amid uncertainty and change.

Watch the webcast (Recorded on 1/12/2022)

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