(INDIANAPOLIS) — Mental health and the impact of the opioid epidemic on the workforce augment a robust lineup of educational breakout sessions at the upcoming 2018 Indiana Health & Wellness Summit on September 6-7 in downtown Indianapolis.

The two-day summit is one of the largest annual gatherings of wellness professionals in the state and is a partnership between the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana. The summit’s presenting sponsor is Delta Dental of Indiana.

Expert speakers will cover topics ranging from utilizing data to on-site clinic development, tobacco use, health care costs and much more. In addition, two new general sessions enhance the speaker lineup: a panel of representatives from leading wellness companies on day one and a closing session on day two featuring Justin Phillips and Kourtnaye Sturgeon of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. The session will highlight steps employers can take to address the opioid public health crisis.

Other summit keynote speakers include:

  • Day one opening general session speaker Karen Romans, LICSW, director of clinical operations and customer success for FitBit Health Solutions
  • Max Yoder, co-founder and CEO of Indianapolis-based Lessonly, who will speak during the AchieveWELL Awards Luncheon on September 6
  • Day two opening keynote speaker Dr. Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, chief medical officer, senior vice president of clinical affairs for Zipongo

The AchieveWELL Awards Luncheon is a summit staple event. Companies will be honored during the luncheon for achieving three-star, four-star and five-star AchieveWELL status, a designation from the Wellness Council of Indiana.

Also returning is an all-day expo on September 7; corporate social responsibility activities and service projects; a marked walking trail; stretch breaks, yoga and chair massages. A walk/run at 6:30 a.m. will kick off the morning of the second day of the summit.

On September 5, one day before the summit begins, the Indiana Chamber will host a Mental Health First Aid Training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Indiana Chamber Conference Center. Separate registration is required for this pre-conference workshop and is available at www.indianawellnesssummit.com/mental-health-first-aid-certification.

Cost for the full summit is $399 for Indiana Chamber or Wellness Council of Indiana members; $499 for non-members. Additional options, such as a one-day pass and student discount, and group discounts are available.

The summit has been approved for continuing education credits; find a full list of those at www.indianawellnesssummit.com/continuing-education.

More information, including the agenda, schedule and summit materials are available by visiting www.indianawellnesssummit.com. Register online or call (317) 264-6885.

The platinum sponsor is Washington National Insurance Company. Gold sponsors are Apex Benefits; Community Health Network; Fitbit Health Solutions, Gibson; Springbuk®; and Willis Towers Watson. Silver sponsors are Eskenazi Health; Fairbanks Addiction Treatment and Recovery; NxtGen Wellness; and Novo Nordisk.

Additional sponsorships are available, but space is limited. Contact Jennifer Pferrer at (317) 264-2168 for more information.


The Indiana Chamber partners with 25,000 members and investors – representing over four million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”