• MWC Spring Conference “Expanding the Role of Workplace Wellbeing” – May 16th

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    MWC Spring Conference: “Expanding the Role of Workplace Wellbeing”

    ThursdayMay 16, 2019


    8:00am to 8:30am   Registration, Breakfast

    8:30am to 8:45am               Welcome

    8:45am  to 9:45am              Driving Wellness Program Engagement to Promote a Healthier and More Productive Workforce presented by Jill Lundin, MS, CWWPM, CWP, Manager, Health Education and Promotion Center of Excellence, Medicine and Occupational Health – Global at ExxonMobil Corporation

    10:00am to 11:00am            Conscious Productivity: Mindfulness for Transformational Leadership presented by Maria Malayter, PhD and Carin Dehmer, MS, CWP, CWWS

    11:15am to 12:15pm              Toward Health Equity and Diverse Engagement: How the University of Michigan’s Workplace Well-being Initiative is Addressing Social Determinants of Health presented by Karen Schmidt, MPH and Ashley Weigl, MPH, MSW at MHealthy at University of Michigan

    12:15pm to 1:20pm              Buffet Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase + Scholarship Presentation

    1:30pm to 2:30pm               Prevention in the 21st Century: A Public Health Approach presented by Ranelle Brew, Ed.D., CHES, Department Chair & Associate Professor, Public Health at Grand Valley State University, 2019 GLC-SOPHE, President

    2:45pm  to 3:45pm              Prioritizing our own Health and Well-being – Wellness Professionals in 2019: Healthy, Productive and Connected presented by Alisa Craig, MS, Administrator of Wellness & Population Health at Hurley Medical Center                

    3:45pm to 4:00pm              Closing Remarks

    Sponsorship Opportunities


    $100 advance registration (members); $120 (non-members) – become a member
    $120 registration on the day of the event (members); $135 (non-members)

    Register now by following this link.


    GVSU – L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Parking Instructions: For Non-GVSU attendees: Parking will be in Watson Lot #22 (circled in bright yellow on this map). You will not need passes since it is summer/spring semester. The conference venue is #11 (highlighted in yellow on the map).  FYI: Mt. Vernon is closed at Fulton so you will need to take Winter.


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    Presentation Details:

    (1) Toward Health Equity and Diverse Engagement: How the University of Michigan’s Workplace Well-being Initiative is Addressing Social Determinants of Health presented by Karen Schmidt, MPH and Ashley Weigl, MPH, MSW at MHealthy at University of Michigan — MHealthy, U-M’s faculty and staff Health and Well-Being programs and services, has taken steps to mitigate the impact of health disparities and to enhance diversity of participation in alignment with the aims of a university-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative. MHealthy has established community and cross-university partnerships to translate community-based approaches to addressing social determinants of health to worksite settings. These include engaging in focused partnerships with departments and units with particularly vulnerable populations to tailor programming and services to their unique needs, and raising awareness of social justice issues such as the social disparity in tobacco use. This session will discuss current strategy, lessons learned and future direction.

    Participants will:

    1. Describe major initiatives at a major Midwest University employer that address social determinants of health.
    2. Identify vulnerable employee populations with respect to race/ethnicity, annualized wage, job class and other sociodemographic factors.
    3. Describe opportunities to implement innovative approaches to addressing social determinants of health for employers.

    Speaker Biographies

    Karen Schmidt, MPH, Director, MHealthy Programs & Services: Karen Schmidt is the director of MHealthy programs and services for the University of Michigan. In this role, she supports the health and well-being of the university’s 60,000+ faculty, staff, dependents, retirees, and spouses. Karen has over 20 years of proven experience leading, implementing, and evaluating health and well-being programs. Before joining MHealthy in 2008, she worked for the university’s health plan, developing and overseeing wellness programming for its members. She has held various roles in health and well-being within corporate, health system, and health plan organizations. Karen holds a MPH (health behavior/health education) from the University of Michigan and a BA in communication and psychology. She is also a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.

    Ashley Weigl, MPH, MSW, Associate Director, MHealthy Health Risk Reduction Services: Ashley Weigl is Associate Director of Health Risk Reduction Services for MHealthy, the University of Michigan’s Health and Well-being program for faculty and staff. In her MHealthy role, Ashley oversees population-based programming aimed at optimizing health for all. Ashley is passionate about creating thriving work environments, health equity, and working to improve the health of the most vulnerable populations in our communities. Ashley earned her Master’s degrees in Public Health and Social Work from the University of Michigan, and has over 14 years’ professional experience in community and workplace-based health improvement efforts.

     (2) Driving Wellness Program Engagement to Promote a Healthier and More Productive Workforce presented by Jill Lundin, MS, CWWPM, CWP, Manager, Health Education and Promotion Center of Excellence, Medicine and Occupational Health – Global at Exxon Mobil Corporation — This session will examine the Company Culture of Health Program rational and components that result in a high level of workforce and executive engagement, while creating positive impact.

    Participants will:

    1. Gain an understanding of incorporating wellness into a larger, corporation – wide culture of health and safety
    2. Learn how to effectively roll out the wellness initiative across the globe and motivating employees in various ways
    3. Explain measuring implementation progress to inform key stakeholders

    Speaker Biography

    Jill Lundin, MS, CWWPM, CWP, Manager, Health Education and Promotion Center of Excellence, Medicine and Occupational Health – Global at ExxonMobil Corporation: Jill joined ExxonMobil in 2011 after working in Cardiac Rehabilitation and owning her own Health and Fitness Management Company.  She is the ExxonMobil Health Education and Promotion Manager with responsibilities focused on non-communicable diseases, worksite wellness and the management of the Global Culture of Health Program and Staff.  Jill is an Exercise Physiologist.  Graduated from Eastern Illinois University with her Undergraduate Degree in Sports Management and Business. Obtained a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology focusing on Adult Cardio/Pulmonary Rehabilitation.  She is a Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) from National Wellness Institute and a Global Business Group on Health Board member.

    (3) Prioritizing our own Health and Well-being – Wellness Professionals in 2019: Healthy, Productive and Connected presented by Alisa Craig, MS, Administrator of Wellness & Population Health at Hurley Medical Center — Do we practice what we preach?  Often, like other healthcare professionals, we, as experts in Wellness, spend so much time taking care of others that we forget to put ourselves at the top of that priority list!  This session will focus on practical strategies to prioritize our own health and well-being, with a strong focus on self-care, “Success over Stress” (SoS) strategies and joy/play/laughter.

    Participants will:

    1. You will leave this session with a pledge to prioritize your own self-care!
    2. You will learn practical strategies to overcome the “negative voice” and to be successful at combating the negative effects of stress.
    3. You will laugh and understand the value of joy in your wellbeing!

    Speaker Biography

    Alisa Craig, MS is responsible for Hurley Medical Center’s Community, Corporate, and Employee Wellness Services, in addition to administrative oversight of the adult Diabetes Center and Population Health initiatives. Alisa is an accomplished health care professional with twenty-five years of experience in a full range of responsibilities including wellness staff management, program development and implementation of wellness programs including screenings, workshops and campaigns. She has been responsible for the hiring, training, coaching and evaluating many staff members. She has also been responsible for providing the strategic direction for multi-million dollar budgets for wellness programming, including: nutrition/weight management initiatives, tobacco consultation services, physical activity programs, stress management classes, and overall health education resources. Alisa, herself, enjoys facilitating seminars on a variety of health topics, with her favorites being: social determinants of health, women’s health, stress management, and fostering a healthy workplace culture.

    Prior to Hurley Medical Center, Alisa worked for StayWell Health Management as a Strategic Account Executive and for both the University of Michigan and Baker College for eight years, where she was responsible for managing a diverse staff of wellness professionals to provide best-in-class health awareness and health improvement programs to University employees, patients, corporate clients, and the surrounding community. In addition, Alisa has worked as a vendor for both GM and Chrysler for another eight years providing leadership for wellness program coordinators and part-time staff while directing all aspects of their wellness programs for employees, retirees, and spouses.

    Alisa has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University. When not working, she stays very busy with two children and is often at the ball field cheering them on.

    (4) Prevention in the 21st Century: A Public Health Approach presented by Ranelle Brew, Ed.D, MS, CHES, Chair, Department of Public Health Director, Master of Public Health Program Associate Professor —  Prevention. A novel concept that requires a multi-faceted approach toward change. This presentation will highlight the six essential concepts for which individuals, communities, policy makers, and stakeholders shall utilize for collaboration to create healthier communities and share examples of successful partnerships.

    Participants will:

    1. Explain the six essential concepts for fostering health across a community
    2. Identify challenges and opportunities for prevention in public health
    3. Summarize collaborative examples of successful prevention approaches

    Speaker Biography

    Dr. Ranelle Brew teaches as an Associate Professor for the Public Health program at Grand Valley State University and is the Chair of the Department of Public Health and Program Director. Her Doctoral and double Master degrees are from Columbia University in Education and Health Sciences respectively. Her doctoral research included Adolescent Asthma Health Education in New York City public schools.

    She has worked in health care and higher education teaching for over 20 years. She has research interests in diversity pipelining programs into health professions, global health, photo voice, and breastfeeding. She is extensively involved with service within the public health sectors at the state level and nationally, highlighting her current service as the Immediate Past-President for the Michigan Public Health Association (MPHA) and the 2019 President for GLC-SOPHE Great Lakes Chapter.

    (5) Conscious Productivity: Mindfulness for Transformational Leadership presented by Maria Malayter, PhD and Carin Dehmer, MS, CWP, CWWS — The object of this session is to understand the science and art of mindfulness to enrich leadership development and work productivity. To be a successful leader in today’s fast paced and ever changing landscape of competing priorities, demands, time wasters and attention grabbers, well-being leaders need a deeper and ever-growing toolbox of skills from which to draw.  This session will add to that toolbox with evidence-based research around mindfulness, including what it is, techniques, applications and the value of slowing down to be a more effective, more productive and transformational leader through the practice of mindfulness.

    Participants will:

    1. Participants will understand the concept of mindfulness related to leadership practices
    2. Participants will know how simple ways to create a state of mindfulness at work and home
    3. Participants will understand various smart phone applications to use to mindfulness

    Speaker Biographies

    Dr. Maria Malayter, PhD, CWP, CWWS With a Ph.D. in leadership and organizational change, Dr. Malayter utilizes her talents as a certified wellness practitioner, author, professor, photographer, and consultant.  She is on faculty in business psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois.  Doc Maria teaches graduate level organizational leadership and industrial/organizational psychology and directs research projects in the areas of leadership, worksite wellness, flexible work arrangements, and global agility. She is the founder of the Do What You Love Foundation, NFP and the author of four books.

    Dr. Malayter is a Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist and Certified Wellness Practitioner.  Her experience in wellness began with facilitating and directing a health and wellness training program to increase productivity with the U.S. Navy in both Orlando, Florida and the Great Lakes Naval Training Station.  This program was led globally and designed by faculty of the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Program.

    As a servant leader, Doc Maria serves her community internationally with Compassion International, nationally as a volunteer for Alpha Sigma Alpha, and locally on the board of the Indian Prairie Great Banquet NFP,  and as a praise team member in her church.  To keep this all in balance, she rides her bicycle frequently and does yoga several times a week.

    Carin Dehmer, MS, CWP, CWWS Carin has worked in the health and wellness field for over 25 years from fitness instructor to well-being strategist with an over 20-year passion and focus in worksite wellness.  She has held worksite wellness certifications since 2006 and became a certified Wellness Practitioner in 2017.  In her career, she has created and implemented a comprehensive outcomes based worksite wellness program for 1200 faculty and staff at the University of Central Arkansas, receiving the state Governor’s award in 2004.  She became the first Sr. Manager for Associate Health Promotion for Walmart US, delivering health messages, initiatives and programs serving 1.4M associates nationwide and helping create the first strategic vision of well-being for Walmart US.  She created and led an Executive Health Coaching program for Walmart Senior Leadership and Executives and led the innovation and roll out of a Truck Driver Wellness Program for Walmart’s Private Fleet of 8,000 truck drivers.  She has also successfully created and delivered holistic wellness curriculum for community outreach.

    To help keep a balance in her life, Carin enjoys daily morning walks, nature walking and hiking with friends, travel and bike riding as often as possible which includes an annual bicycling, ‘Bikes & Brews’ week trip with her friend of 46 years as well as listening to all genres of music.  Carin lives with her cat of 17 years and is the proud mother of two strong and independent daughters.  One is the Director of Development for the school of Agriculture at Murray State University in Kentucky and one is a museum educator for the Tennessee State Museum.

    Contact Rita Patel, Executive Director