11th Annual Colorado Culture of Health and Wellbeing

May 2, 2018 – 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO – Directions

Join us for a full day of keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, exhibits and networking. This premier conference is designed for employers, wellness managers and other health professionals who work to improve all facets of employee health. Keynote, lunch, and breakout sessions will include topics on Health Literacy, Value-based Benefit Design, Economics of Wellness, Employee Engagement and Health Policy/Legal Compliance. In addition to the keynote presentations, breakout sessions and exhibits, the winner of the 2018 Colorado Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness will be announced during the lunch program.

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New this Year!

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) will host their annual State of Diabetes Breakfast in conjunction with the Culture of Health & Wellbeing Conference on May 2, 2018 from 7:00 am – 8:00 am at the Colorado Convention Center. The annual State of Diabetes Breakfast serves as an opportunity for the ADA to explore emerging topics related to diabetes in the workplace and to recognize outstanding healthy employers.

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  • ACAP Health/Naturally Slim
  • Advanced Exercise & Elevation Corporate Health
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • Anthem
  • Benefits in Action
  • Bind
  • Castlight
  • Centura Health Employer Solutions
  • Cigna
  • College Invest
  • Colorado Business Group on Health
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Compass Professional Health Services
  • Employers Council
  • Employers Health
  • FitKit
  • Fruit Revival
  • Hays Companies
  • Health Links
  • Health Promotion Management, Inc.
  • Healthbreak, Inc.
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Knowledge Benefits
  • Lockton Companies
  • Mile High Fitness & Wellness
  • Novo Nordisk/Obesity
  • Segal Consulting
  • The Zero Card
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Weigh and Win/incentaHEALTH
  • WellDyneRx
  • WellRight

Conference Committee

  • Michelle Haan – HealthLinks Colorado
  • Ian Kahn – American Cancer Society
  • Brandy Lappi – Kaiser Permanente
  • Daniel McKenna – Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Maddie Philley – American Heart Association
  • David Samson – American Diabetes Association
  • Toni Sorenson – Employers Council
  • Lisa Slavinski – Colorado Business Group on Health
  • Robert Smith – Colorado Business Group on Health

6:00 am

Registration Opens
Four Seasons Foyer

7:00 am – 8:00 am

2018 State of Diabetes Breakfast
Four Seasons Ballroom

Download the 2018 State of Diabetes Breakfast Flyer

8:05 am – 8:10 am

11th Annual CO Culture of Health & Wellbeing Conference Welcome
Robert Smith, Executive Director, CBGH

8:10 am – 9:25 am

Opening Keynote Session

Patient Engagement is a Strategy, Not a Tool
Leonard Kish, PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, YouBase

A Practical Approach for Implementing Population Health Management
Scott Conard, MD, Founder & CEO, Converging Health

Four Seasons Ballroom

9:25 am – 9:30 am

Stretch Session

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Networking Break & Exhibits
Four Seasons Ballroom 1

10:00 am – 10:50 am

Breakout Sessions Group 1

1. Rm 601 – Proven Engagement Strategies to Increase Employee Health, Wellness & Business Performance

Markie Davis, Director of Employee Benefits & Risk Management, State of CO
Craig Hankins, VP, Digital Products, UnitedHealthcare
Tim Johnson, VP, Business Development, Real Appeal, a UnitedHealth Group Company

2. Rm 603 – Team + Tools = The Secret Sauce for Wellness Program Outcomes

Kathy Knudsen, MA, Founder & President, Healthbreak, Inc.
Emily Cooper, Benefits Manager, Boulder County
Roxann Harris, Human Resources Director, Hercules Industries

3. Rm 605 – Buying Better Healthcare: Why Data Innovations & Integrated Matters to Employers

Kristin Paulson, JD, MPH, VP, Programs & Analytics, CIVHC
Leilani Russel, Data Coordinator/Analyst, CO SIM
Nathan Drashner, Data and Evaluation Program Manager, CO SIM

4. Rm 607 – At the Forefront, Employee Wellbeing and Why it Matters!

Lisa Chrisman, Human Resources Manager, City of Westminster
Eric Rosales, Senior VP, Hays Companies of Denver, Inc.

5. Rm 610 – Awakening Health Literacy and Interactive Accountability to Solve the Triple-Quadruple Aim

Jeff Greene, CEO & Founder, MedEncentive

11:00 am – 11:50 am

Breakout Sessions Group 2

1. Rm 601 – Legal Update: Recent Developments in Benefits

Benjamin Hase, Esq., Information Manager, Member Engagement, Employers Council

2. Rm 603 – Healthcare Engagement Matters:  Improving Health and Engagement Outcomes for the City of Aurora Employees

Jill Asrael, MPH, Senior Workforce Health Consultant, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Jennifer Hickey, Wellness Coordinator, City of Aurora

3. Rm 605 -Referenced Based Pricing: What is It and Why it Matters

Claire Brockbank, Principal, Segue Consulting

4. Rm 607 -Simplifying Healthcare for Employees of the City of Colorado Springs

Jennifer Stroh, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Benefits & Wellness Manager, City of Colorado Springs
Amy Smith, Benefits Analyst, City of Colorado Springs
Roger Hughes, VP, Sales Castlight Health

5. Rm 610 – “FIT” Your Business for Cancer Screening: Help Make Colorado a Leader in Cancer Prevention

Ryan Kerr, VP, Co-Chair, Colorectal Cancer Task Force-Colorado Cancer Coalition
Ian Kahn, State Health Systems Manager, American Cancer Society – Colorado Cancer Coalition
Scott Wilson, Colon Cancer Survivor & Global VP of Corporate Affairs, Molson Coors Brewing Company

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Program

Four Seasons Ballroom

  • 12:00 pm – 12:05 pm – Welcome by Robert Smith, Executive Director, CBGH
  • 12:05 pm – 12:20 pm – Opening Remarks & Introduction of Keynote Speaker Marc Neely, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado & Wyoming
  • 12:20 pm – 1:00 pm – “Health Literacy Empowers Employees to Make Better Decisions,“ Al Lewis, Co-Founder & CEO Quizzify, A hands-on humorous, fun, trivia-style quiz with attendee participation!

1:00 pm – 1:25 pm

2018 Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness

Presenter:  Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne

Five Finalist Companies

  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
  • Pinnacol Assurance
  • Summit Community Care Clinic
  • Tri-County Health Department

Four Seasons  Ballroom

1:25 pm – 1:30 pm

Stretch Session

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Networking Break & Exhibits
Four Seasons Ballroom 1

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Breakout Sessions Group 3

1. Rm 601 -Federal Policy Uncertainty in Healthcare: A Washington Update and Concerns for Employers

Mara Baer, Founder & President, AgoHealth, LLC

2. Rm 603 -Turnkey Mental Health Wellness Tools for the Workplace

Robert Mines, PhD, Chairman & Psychologist, Mines and Associates, Inc.
Barb Becker, PhD, Director, Mental Health First Aid Colorado, Colorado Behavioral Health Council
Jason Vitello, MSW, Behavioral Health Coordinator, Denver Public Health; Health Equity Director, Colorado Public Health Association

3. Rm 605 – Cracking the Code: The Value of Engagement, Health Equity and Positive Workplace Relationships

Diana Reznikoff, Lead Health Advisor, Summit County, Health Links
Abigail Hoeh, Employee Engagement Consultant, Life Work Balance, LLC

4. Rm 607 – Making the Case for Employee Financial Wellness

Robert Fouhy, MBA, GBA, CWPC, Total Health Management Consultant, Mercer
Lee Gold, Principal, Financial Wellness Sales & Consulting, Mercer

5. Rm 610 – Health Literacy – A Bridge from Misery to Hope

Elana Gambon, Regional Market Executive, Compass Professional Health Services
Krista Miller, Director of Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management, Town of Vail

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Breakout Sessions Group 4

1. Rm 601 – The Drive Towards Total Worker Health® Workforce Training

Joshua Scott, MS, Faculty, Director of Education, Center for Health, Work & Environment, Health LinksTM, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado

2. Rm 603 – How the Healthcare Supply Chain Management Leads to Value-Based Benefit Design: A Case Study with St. Vrain Valley School District

Andy Neary, Healthcare Strategist, The Olson Group
Vicki Mair, MBA, Benefits Manager, St. Vrain Valley School District
Clint Flanigan, MD, Founder & CEO, Nextera Healthcare
Pramod John, CEO, VIVIO Health
James Millaway, Co-Founder & CEO, The Zero Card

3. Rm 605 – How to Design Engaging Workplace Wellness Programs: Important Tips from a Personal Trainer

Rebecca Weitzel, President, Good Life Wellness Solutions
Mesa County Advisor, Health Links
Amy Jordan, Manager, Human Resources, Hilltop Community Resources


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception in Exhibit Hall
Four Seasons Ballroom 1

5:00 pm

Conference Adjournment


The Colorado Culture of Health & Wellbeing Conference offers the opportunity for companies and organizations to participate as sponsors and exhibitors. If your company/organization is interested in becoming a conference sponsor and/or exhibitor, please contact:

Bonnie Martin
CBGH Financial Administrator

Lisa Slavinski
Conference Program Manager

Download the Sponsorship & Exhibitor Form

Sponsorship Opportunities

Participating as a sponsor at the 11th Annual Colorado Culture of Health & Wellbeing Conference allows your organization the opportunity to build strategic relationships with attendees and demonstrate your level of support to the conference objectives.

Platinum Sponsor – $10,000.00

  • Special recognition at the podium during the conference welcome
  • Podium time
  • Video imaging of company logo
  • Company logo with link displayed on conference website
  • Social media publicity
  • Premier exhibit space
  • Complimentary registration for 10 attendees
  • Reserved seating for 10 attendees
  • Signage recognition at conference
  • Exclusivity of company logo on conference notebook
  • One company item inside conference tote bag
  • Full page advertisement in conference program

Gold Sponsor – $7,000.00

  • Company logo displayed on conference website
  • Prominent exhibit space
  • Complimentary registration for 7 attendees
  • Signage recognition
  • Social media publicity
  • Half page advertisement in conference program

Silver Sponsor – $5,000.00

  • Preferred exhibit space
  • Complimentary registration for 5 attendees
  • Signage recognition
  • Social media publicity
  • Quarter page advertisement in conference program

Exhibiting Opportunities

Table Top – $2,000.00
$1,700.00 – Non-profit organizations

  • One 6′ table, two chairs and two complimentary conference registrations

Opening Keynote Speakers

Leonard Kish, PhD
Co-Founder & CEO YouBase

Building the individual-centric health system. Entrepreneur, digital strategist, writer, and consultant specializing in digital health. One-time neuroscience researcher studying the neuronal network effects of Parkinson’s disease. Networks are still my passion. Healthcare is undergoing a generational shift from institutional care and reimbursement to individual control and empowerment. These goals are explained in a recently co-authored Nature Biotech article with Dr. Eric Topol explaining how a shift to patient-controlled health data networks could benefit current players: http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v33/n9/full/nbt.3340.html.

Scott Conard
Healthcare Strategist

Healthcare costs are disabling America.  High cost, low value healthcare must be corralled, contained and cured.  As the founder and president of health care corporations, an advisor to corporations, or as a board member, Dr. Conard assesses, advises, and directs corporate initiatives to cross the chasm from volume to value based care. His experience as a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, physician, and healthcare strategist allows Dr. Conard to view the challenges from multiple perspectives and to relate to other healthcare providers, board members, employers and employees to assess the current situation, formulate an effective strategy and execute on increasing quality, service, and safety while eliminating unnecessary services and lowering the cost of healthcare.

Lunch Program Keynote Speaker

Al Lewis
Founder & President Quizzify

Al Lewis wears multiple hats, both professionally and also to cover his bald spot.

He is the founder and “Quizmeister-in-Chief” of Quizzify, whose mission is to help companies teach their employees to utilize healthcare services appropriately, using a format best described as Jeopardy®-meets-health benefit education-meets-Comedy Central. Quizzify is the only vendor authorized to display the Harvard Medical School “Veritas” shield, and has received excellent reviews from users. His quiz-specific background includes authorship of the best-selling Newsweek Presents the Ultimate Trivia Game, writing and hosting The High School Quiz Show on WFXT in Boston, writing and hosting Quickwits on WLVI in Boston, writing and judging High-Q on WCVB in Boston, and appearing on Jeopardy.

As an author, his critically acclaimed category-bestselling book on outcomes measurement, Why Nobody Believes the Numbers, chronicling and exposing the innumeracy of the health management field, was named 2012 healthcare book of the year in Forbes.  Cracking Health Costs:  How to Cut Your Company’s Health Costs and Provide Employees Better Care, released in 2013, was also a trade bestseller.  His 2014 book Surviving Workplace Wellness has also received great accolades and excerpts appeared in Harvard Business Review and elsewhere.

As a consultant, he is widely acclaimed for his expertise in population health and wellness outcomes and strategy, and in 2013 was named one of the unsung heroes changing health care forever. As a validator of population health outcomes, he is the primary consultant to the Intel-GE Validation Institute.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard, where he taught economics as well. He also graduated from Harvard Law School, albeit with no honors this time around, other than winning their annual trivia contest, of course.

May 2, 2018
Colorado Convention Center

Registration is now open.

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