MBGH 2019 Wellness & Health Benefit Conference

Putting It All Together: Physical + Mental Health

Employers are beginning to realize that we have drawn very hard lines between physical and mental health. We know these lines are artificial because the evidence of a strong mind-body connection is clear. We also know that our employees bring the context of their whole lives to work with them every day: their emotional, physical, and spiritual selves.

To continue to organize and operate well-being and health benefits in the silos of physical and mental health doesn’t make sense and it limits program effectiveness.

Attend MBGH’s conference where you will hear first hand from national and regional employers and experts about how physical and mental health are connected; which strategies are used to break down current silos; what “whole person health” looks like; how technology supports integration; and more!

You will walk away with a better understanding and appreciation for how to fundamentally change your approach to well-being programming and health benefits, thereby delivering positive business results

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Agenda & Speakers

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  1. Go to https://mbgh2019annualconference.eventbrite.com for program information and the link to register
  2. Register and either pay by credit card or indicate you will pay by check
  3. Mail check payment (if applicable) to Memphis Business Group on Health and mail to the location provided on the registration page.


MBGH Employer Members: Unlimited complimentary registrations

CEO Culture of Health Participants: 2 complimentary registrations through July 31, 2019

Annual Supporters: See your material for number of complimentary registrations; all others are $75 each.

All Others: $160 each

No refunds after June 30, 2019, substitutions are allowed.

Special Registration Offer: Organizations with at least 50 employees located within 75 miles of Memphis, TN that complete the Lipscomb & Pitts Annual Employee Benefits Survey (www.lpbenefitssurvey.com) by July 11, 2019 are eligible for one complimentary registration to the conference. Additional registrations are only $85. You must register in advance, even for the complimentary registration. Registrations are due by July 31, 2019. Contact ctravis@memphisbusinessgroup.org for the promotional code once you have completed the survey.

Agenda & Speakers

7:00 Exhibit Hall Set-Up

7:30 Registration/Exhibit Hall/Continental Breakfast

8:15 Welcome

8:30 Kick-Off Keynote Panel







Mike Thompson, CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, will lead a discussion with Laurie Lee, Executive Director of the State of Tennessee Employee Benefits Administration, and Laura Shultz, Director of Behavioral Health-Ambulatory Care for Methodist Healthcare, about the connection between mental and physical health in benefits,well-being, and in care delivery. You will walk away with ideas on how to drive a strategy that provides comprehensive physical + mental health benefits for the whole person. 

9:30-10:30 & 10:45-11:45 Breakout Sessions

Candace Billings and Syidah Abdullah, Sundara Wellness, discuss a wellness center model that integrates mind and body, and focuses on the whole person.

Donna DiClementiMethodist Healthcare EAP, and Meilissa Wilkes Donahue, CONCERN EAP,  lay out the EAP of the future and how you can increase utilization of this fundamental employee benefit

Martha Flowers, First Horizon, and Paige Turner, State of Tennessee Employee Benefits Administration, will share their journey to fully integrate mental health into their well-being programs.

Gaye Fortner, HealthCare 21 Business Coalition and Natalie Fekete, Consumer Medical will cover the implications of addiction for the workplace and supporting employees with challenges finding in-network and quality providers with a track record of proven results. 

Greg Graber, mindfulness author, consultant and mindfulness practitioner at Lausanne Collegiate School, will show you how to build mindfulness into your worksite culture, as well as offering training in your well-being  program.

Barbara McClanahan, University of Memphis Health Promotion Program, will speak to the real connection and symbiotic relationship between traditional health promotion programs, such as physical activity and nutrition, and mental health.

11:45 Exhibit Hall/Lunch/Luncheon Keynote  

Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health America, has a passion for erasing the artificial lines between physical and mental health rooted in his personal  experience where these differences failed his son and family. He has channeled his passion to creating a culture, especially at work, that includes mental health as a critical part of overall well-being including prevention; early identification; and treatment. Addressing mental health Before Stage 4. You will leave inspired to create this culture at your worksite, not only for your employees, but also for your organization's performance. 

1:15 Closing Remarks &  Door Prizes

1:30 Adjourn

1:45 - 3:00 Special Post-Conference Session (by invitation only)

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