Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness: Navigating the New Terrain

In 2008, after a call for action by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”), the House and Senate passed accompanying resolutions acknowledging the importance of workplace wellness. The accompanying resolutions (H. Con. Res. 405 and S. Res. 703) recognized the first full week of April as “National Workplace Wellness Week.” Since 2009, the Chamber has hosted an annual event to kick-off “National Workplace Wellness Week.”

This year to commemorate National Workplace Wellness Week, the Chamber’s event - "Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness: Navigating the New Terrain” – will be held on April 7th from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Headquarters in Washington D.C.

PFCD Chairman Ken Thorpe will be moderating a panel discussion on The Business Case for Equity of Care Health. This panel will focus on equities and outcomes based disparities: transitioning from health disparities to health equity; and achieving better health at a lower cost by understanding how outcomes vary throughout regions.

This event will highlight the convergence of workplace and community wellness initiatives with an emphasis on understanding how the next generation of wellness programs will be impacted by recent implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, technological advancements, and changing demographics, while also exploring how health systems are working in their communities to impact lifestyle choices and address health disparities. This forum will also discuss strategies employers are using to incent employees to affect behavior change, and the interplay between incentive-based wellness programs and anti-discrimination laws.