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May 21 event offers strategies for businesses to improve care, access and workplace experience for employees and their family members

SAN FRANCISCO – May 17, 2019 – The impact of mental health and substance use disorders in the workplace is of increasing concern for employers. To assist purchasers in improving access to care and experience for their employees and family members, on May 21 the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) and Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) are hosting a symposium for key stakeholders.

This employer-focused event, Mental Health is Bigger than Mental Health, will highlight best practices in worksite initiatives to enhance benefit design, onsite clinic-based services, employee assistance programs and absence management.

“Employers have come to recognize that their focus on health needs to go beyond its physical manifestations,” said Thomas Parry, PhD, President, IBI. “Mental health is a key component of employee wellbeing and the employee’s ability to show up for work and perform at high levels. The connections between behavioral health, proper care and outcomes relevant to both the employee and the employer are why mental health is bigger than mental health.”

Speakers include:

  • Linda Brady, Health Care Strategy & Policy, Boeing Inc.
  • Jennifer Dalton, Project Manager, Gap Inc./Old Navy
  • Colleen Daly, PhD, MPH Global Wellness Benefits Manager, Microsoft
  • Scott Daniels, Senior Director, Disability Benefits, Comcast
  • Craig Kramer, Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, Global Campaign on Mental Health, Johnson & Johnson
  • Jill Personett, Senior Director, Benefit Design and Strategy, Comcast
  • Dana Stuscavage, LMFT, Advisor, Employee Assistance & WorkLife Services, Global Health and Medical, Chevron Corporation
  • Abbie Yant, RN, Executive Director, San Francisco Health Service System

Key topics of discussion include:

  • Innovative employer solutions for expanding access
  • Next generation services for onsite clinics and employee assistance programs
  • Reducing stigma by changing the conversation around mental health
  • Integrating well-being, absence management and health benefits
  • Role of digital health and telehealth programs
  • Provider solutions for addressing system failures

“Large employers are making major investments in expanding mental health services through worksite clinics, telehealth, digital health and employee assistance program solutions,” said Emma Hoo, director for PBGH. “These are designed to enhance access and convenience and reflect patient preferences.”

For additional details and to register: https://www.ibiweb.org/mental-health-is-bigger-than-mental-health-agenda/

IBI and PBGH thank the major event sponsors for their support in bringing this program to employers -- Teladoc, Lyra, Sutter Health/Aetna, Kaiser Permanente.

Follow the days proceedings on twitter: #mentalhealthforum19.

About Pacific Business Group on Health

Pacific Business Group on Health is an action‐oriented 501c(3) non‐profit organization focused on improving health outcomes, experience and affordability for consumers and purchasers across the United States. Since 1989, PBGH has distinguished itself as a national innovator driven by some of the largest and most influential public and private purchasers of healthcare in the country, including Boeing, CalPERS, Comcast, Intel, and Walmart. PBGH leverages purchaser action in partnership with providers, payers and policymakers to identify, test, and scale innovative models for improving health outcomes and affordability. For more information, visit pbgh.org and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Integrated Benefits Institute

The Integrated Benefit Institute’s independent research, industry-leading tools and data resources help companies link health-related programs to the outcomes that maximize the contributions of people to productivity and business performance. Founded in 1995, IBI is a national nonprofit research organization and business association serving 1,100 employer and supplier members and their 22 million employees. . For additional information, please visit www.ibiweb.org and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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