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  • Opportunity April 25: Demonstration Project Information Session – Diabetes Prevention in the Workplace

    In February, MWC hosted the American Medical Association on a webinar to highlight Diabetes Prevention and ROI in the Workplace. As follow-up to the webinar, MWC would like to invite employers in Michigan to explore a unique limited time opportunity provided by National Kidney Foundation of Michigan to learn more about participating in a funded diabetes prevention demonstration project centered on the nationally accredited Diabetes Prevention Program from the Centers for Disease Control. Potential aims of the project could include:

    • Develop Diabetes Prevention Program implementation models suited to diverse workplaces
    • Determine from an employer perspective how diabetes prevention can be implemented through the workplace
    • Develop best practices for integrating diabetes prevention into an overall wellness strategy
    • Highlight issues that need to be addressed for successful outcomes

    The American Medical Association and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan would like to open the dialogue on implementing the National Diabetes Prevention Program via a conference call on April 25, 2016 at 12:30pm EST.  If you are interested in learning more about this limited time demonstration project opportunity, please RSVP by filling out the brief registration form by April 20, 2016 for the information session (conference call) on April 25, 2016 at 12:30pm.

  • Board Member: Kent Sharkey Ulliance President and CEO to Present at 2015 Michigan SHRM Conference

    Ulliance President and CEO to Present at 2015 Michigan SHRM Conference
    Kent Sharkey to speak to Michigan human resource professionals about goal achievement

    TROY, Mich. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Ulliance, Inc. (Ulliance) President and CEO Kent Sharkey will present at the 2015 Michigan Society for Human Resource Management (MISHRM) annual conference taking place Oct. 14 – 16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sharkey will be participating in the breakout sessions, which are attended by hundreds of Michigan human resource professionals.

     Sharkey’s presentation, Achieving Personal Victory in a Team: What’s in it for me, if it’s all about teamwork? is slated for Friday, Oct. 16 from 9 – 10:15 a.m. Sharkey will explore how human resource professionals can balance priorities while building work relationships. During his session, attendees will learn how individuals can meet their own needs and interact positively in a group while achieving team goals.

    “It’s an honor to be included among some of the industry’s leading experts while featuring Ulliance at the annual MISHRM conference,” said Sharkey. “My main presentation objective is for attendees to intellectually and emotionally understand the different approaches on how to reach their professional goals.”

    Sharkey is a licensed psychotherapist and business professional who is able to discuss behavioral health issues and their impact on businesses. He is a thought-leader in emotional wellness strategies, performance management and workplace crisis management. Sharkey makes frequent public speaking appearances.

    For more information about Ulliance, please visit or call (866) 648-8326.

    For more information about the annual MISHRM conference, please visit

    About Ulliance, Inc.

    Ulliance, Inc. (Ulliance) is celebrating 25 years as an international service company headquartered in Troy, Michigan. Ulliance provides human resources services including employee assistance programs (EAP), wellness programs, training programs, organizational and leadership development, coaching, career transition services, and crisis management to more than 260 organizations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe serving nearly one million people. Since 1990, Ulliance’s team has assisted organizations of various sizes to greatly reduce behavioral healthcare costs while increasing employee productivity and retention. For more information about Ulliance, please visit or call (866) 648-8326.

  • Hylant September Seminar register by 9/16 – ACA: Employer Reporting Requirements and Technology Solutions for 2015

    For information and registration: Hylant September Seminar

    Seminars Options 8:00 am to 11:am:

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Somerset Inn 2601 W. Big Beaver Rd. Troy, MI 48084

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Novi Sheraton 21111 Haggerty Rd. Novi, MI 48375

    Due to limited seating, registration is required by Wednesday, September 16, 2015. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Donna Coleman at 248-822-0312 or


    Holly M. Wahl MHP, HIA Vice President Compliance & Communications

    Scott Millson Principal HR Technology Advisory Firm MillsonJames, LLC

    For employers with 50 or more full-time employees, understanding the latest employee benefits compliance requirements is crucial to your company.

    Join Hylant for one of two informative seminars as they review the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sections 6055 and 6056 employer reporting requirements and how to report appropriately in various situations. Additionally, Hylant’s  consultants will share an assessment of the latest technology in the marketplace designed to assist employers in compiling the required information and reporting to the IRS. Market demand for ACA technology and services has reached a point where it has outstripped the available supply. This market dynamic has caused many providers to either stop taking on new business or increase prices. In any event, the time is right to assess your current situation and identify the appropriate ACA reporting partner.

    This session is not simply an overview of the requirements, but a detailed review of situations such as the following:

    • Are you prepared to report information on all full-time employees, including those who may be covered by a separate multi-employer plan through a collective bargaining agreement?

    • Do you know when you need to report COBRA offers of coverage to individuals and when you don’t?

    • Are you prepared to field employee questions regarding why they’re receiving this information, and why the number of forms they received is different than the number of forms received by their spouse?

    • Have you addressed how you will capture retroactive changes, such as when an employee acquires a new dependent in December, but doesn’t notify you until January?

    Hylant Pending Approval by HRCI for 2.0 Hours of CE Credit This program is pending approval by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) for 2.0 hours of continuing education and re-certification credit.

  • Michigan Purchasers Health Alliance (MichPHA) cordially invites MWC members to their2015 Annual Fall Conference at the member rate

    Michigan Purchasers Health Alliance (MichPHA) cordially invites MWC members to their 2015 Annual Fall Conference at the member rate. 


    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


    Washtenaw Community College Campus

    Morris Lawrence Building

    4800 E. Huron River Drive

    Ann Arbor, MI 48106

    Challenge: For the past few years employers have been making benefit plan changes to respond to the ACA. One of the major tools for employers is Population Health. This conference is designed to provide information that is RELEVENT to that benefit addition/expansion and implementation.

    Confirmed Speakers:

    Jan Berger, MD, MJ – President and CEO of Health Intelligence Partners and previously was Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for CVS Caremark.

    Scott Conard, MDDeveloped a clinical data repository related to information dealing with laboratories, medicines, etc. and also developed a clinical dashboard for diabetes, cardiac care, cholesterol, blood pressure and other clinical parameters.

    Dee Edington, PhD – Founder of Edington & Associates, author Zero Trends and soon to be published Shared Values Shared Results.

    Victor L. Villanueva - Roc Group, Consultant on Employee Communications and Engagement.

    Jonathan So - Detroit Regional Chamber, Health Forward


    Member Fee is $55

    Non-Member Fee is $99

    Table or Group Discounts are available


    Please send: Name, Address, Company Affiliation, Phone # & E-mail to:

    Jennifer Beford


    Marilyn Bell

    Phone & Fax: 269-668-4149 or mail to:

    8750 W S Ave.
    Schoolcraft, MI 49087

     Questions? Sponsorships?

    Please contact:

    Marilyn Bell

    Phone & Fax: 269-668-4149

  • Nominations Open: Michigan’s 2015 Best and Brightest Companies in Wellness®

    Deadline for Nominations is August 28, 2015: Michigan’s 2015 Best and Brightest Companies in Wellness

    The Best and Brightest In Wellness is an innovative initiative that recognizes and celebrates quality and excellence in health awareness. This unique program highlights companies, schools, faith-based groups, and organizations that promote a culture of wellness; and those that plan, implement, and evaluate efforts in employee wellness to make their business and the community a healthier place to live and work.

    There are four separate pools for scoring that include:
    – Corporations
    – Wellness Providers
    – Schools
    – Faith-Based Organizations

    All companies, no matter what type, can be a Best and Brightest in Wellness, building better business, creating richer lives, and growing stronger communities. The event is October 8, 2015 at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, MI.

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