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Expert Interview: George Pfeiffer

November 27 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, corporate wellness, well-being model

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George Pfeiffer is the founder and president of the Workcare Group in Charlottesville, Virginia. He draws from almost four decades of experience in worksite health promotion and provides consulting, training, and program design services for corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

In this Expert Interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan discusses with George the evolution of workplace well-being programs.

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Expert Interview: Patty de Vries, MS

October 30 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, corporate wellness, employee burnout, physician burnout, well-being model

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Patty de Vries. Patty is the Director of Strategic Projects for the Stanford Medicine Well MD Center. She is presently building working relationships with hospitals and university programs, and generating networking support for current and upcoming projects.

In this Expert Interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan discusses with Patty de Vries burnout and the employee well-being model Stanford created to respond to this issue for physicians and employees.

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Expert Interview: Dak Kopec - Human Centered Design

October 24 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, corporate wellness, human-centered design

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Dak Kopec is an expert in the field of human-centered design and environmental psychology for design. He holds a doctorate degree in environmental psychology, two masters’ degrees, one in architecture and one in community psychology, and an undergraduate degree in health sciences. Dak is the former Director of the Boston Architectural College’s Master of Design Studies in design for human health program, and he is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Graduate Program in healthcare interior design at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

In this expert interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan explores human-centered design and specifically how that applies to the workplace.

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Expert Interview: Tom Ciccotti Part 2

October 16 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, corporate wellness, wellness technology, well-being technology

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Tom Ciccotti is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Shortlister. Shortlister is a technology platform and team of subject matter experts used by the nation’s top employers and benefits consultants to help them identify their ideal vendor match for products and services in the wellness and HR technology space. Think e-Harmony or Match.com for finding vendors in these markets.

In this expert interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan explores the research conducted by Tom Ciccotti's firm Shortlister, on employer’s preferences and buying behaviors with regard to well-being program technology.

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Expert Interview: Tom Ciccotti

October 10 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, corporate wellness

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Tom Ciccotti is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Shortlister. Shortlister is a technology platform and team of subject matter experts used by the nation’s top employers and benefits consultants to help them identify their ideal vendor match for products and services in the wellness and HR technology space. Think e-Harmony or Match.com for finding vendors in these markets.

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Expert Interview: Jamie Tessler, MS, MPH

October 02 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr

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Jamie Tessler is an occupational ergonomist, lecturer, and educator. She is an adjunct professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine, where she teaches occupational and environmental health to students in the public health and professional degree programs. At Northeastern University, Jamie is busy working to modernize and upgrade the occupational and environmental health and safety training programs and platforms. She is a frequent guest lecturer on occupational ergonomics in area schools of public health.

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Expert Interview: Barbara Zabawa, MPH, JD

September 25 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, wellness laws, GINA, ADA, HIPAA

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Barbara Zabawa, MPH, JD started the Center for Health and Wellness Law after she recognized a need for legal services that shared a mission with providers to improve patient outcomes and population health to encourage wellness, protect patient interests, in choice of provider and treatment options, provide holistic care, and information access. Attorney Zabawa has twenty plus years of expertise in the healthcare field, first receiving her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan before attending law school at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she graduated with honors in 2001. Barbara has clerked in the United States District Court in the western district of Wisconsin, served as a Skadden Fellow representing health care consumers on both the national and local level, and worked for a large health insurance company providing advice on the Affordable Care Act, as well as HIPPA, privacy, and security compliance.

Barbara is the author of the book Rule the Rules on Workplace Wellbeing Programs. She is a frequent speaker and writer, both nationally and regionally on workplace wellness program compliance, the Affordable Care Act, fraud and abuse issues, and HIPPA compliance.

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Expert Interview: Michelle Spehr (Part 2)

September 11 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, wellness program, wellness strategy, workplace culture, mindfulness research, mindfulness at work, mindfulness, leadership support for wellbeing, leadership skills

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videoMichelle Spehr, MA, M.Ed., MCHES, CWWPC is the co-founder and Chief Framework Officer of the Mindful City Project. With more than a decade of consulting experience, her contributions to this initiative, include developing frameworks that strengthen the capacity of communities to apply mindfulness in ways that positively change mindsets and reinvent how people connect and work together. Michelle also works as a health and wellness consultant at the Benefit Services Group, Inc. In this role, she helps employers identify and apply creative solutions that address well-being at both the employee and the organizational levels. Michelle earned her Master’s degree in both Communications and Health Education. Her professional credentials include certifications as a masters-level health educations specialist in worksite wellness consultant and a faculty designation from WELCOA.

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Expert Interview: Michelle Spehr (Part 1)

September 04 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, wellness program, wellness strategy, workplace culture, mindfulness research, mindfulness at work, mindfulness, leadership support for wellbeing, leadership skills

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Michelle Spehr, MA, M.Ed., MCHES, CWWPC is the co-founder and Chief Framework Officer of the Mindful City Project. With more than a decade of consulting experience, her contributions to this initiative, include developing frameworks that strengthen the capacity of communities to apply mindfulness in ways that positively change mindsets and reinvent how people connect and work together. Michelle also works as a health and wellness consultant at the Benefit Services Group, Inc. In this role, she helps employers identify and apply creative solutions that address well-being at both the employee and the organizational levels. Michelle earned her Master’s degree in both Communications and Health Education. Her professional credentials include certifications as a masters-level health educations specialist in worksite wellness consultant and a faculty designation from WELCOA.

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Expert Interview: Sara Johnson, Ph.D. (Part 2)

August 21 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, wellness program, wellness strategy, workplace culture, behavior change, behavior science, behavioral science, organizational culture

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Sara Johnson, Ph.D. , as Co-president and CEO, leads the Business Development and Strategy Initiatives for Pro-Change Behavior Systems. Sara brings to her role over twenty years of experience in developing behavior change solutions in a variety of domains, including weight management, smoking cessation, medication adherence, and medical education. She has been the principal investigator on over $6 million dollars of research in National Institute of Health grants to examine the effectiveness of trans-theoretical model-based interventions. She is currently leading new research initiative to integrate individual and culture-level interventions to enhance well-being, increase engagement with evidence-based mobile apps that promote behavior change, and to develop interventions for pain self-management, sleep, and financial well-being.

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