Whether you have a personal or company story to share or are simply hoping to learn about the best practices of others when it comes to health and wellness, the 2018 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit is the place to be. This year’s summit – Sharing Your Wellness Story – includes case studies and best practices for attendees to learn from and apply to their organizations.

The two-day summit on September 6-7 is one of the largest annual gatherings of wellness professionals in the state and will be held at the Westin in downtown Indianapolis. A partnership between the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana, the summit’s presenting sponsor is Delta Dental of Indiana.

An emphasis on mental health and the impact of the opioid epidemic on the workforce augment a robust lineup of educational breakout sessions. Speakers will cover topics ranging from utilizing data to on-site clinic development, tobacco use, mental health first aid, using data to drive your wellness strategy and much more.

Two new general sessions enhance the speaker lineup: a panel of representatives from AchieveWELL-certified companies on day one and a closing session on day two.

Summit keynote speakers include:

  • Day one opening 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, will speak during the AchieveWELL Awards Luncheon on September 6. 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
  • Day two opening keynote speaker Dr. Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, chief medical officer and senior vice president of clinical affairs for Zipongo
  • Closing general session on day two will feature Justin Phillips and Kourtnaye Sturgeon of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. The session will highlight steps employers can take to address the opioid public health crisis

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

On September 5, one day before the summit kicks off, the Indiana Chamber will host Mental Health First Aid Training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Indiana Chamber Conference Center. Separate registration is required for this pre-conference workshop and is accessible here.

Cost for the full summit is $399 for Indiana Chamber or Wellness Council of Indiana members; $499 for non-members. Additional options and group discounts are available.

The summit has been approved for continuing education credits; find a full list here. For more information, including the agenda, schedule and summit materials, visit www.indianawellnesssummit.com. Register there or call Nick at (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.