Join us for an exciting speaker line-up for this year's virtual conference! It's been an interesting year for sure, consider this our gift to you all. There will be outstanding speakers, we will honor recipients of the Governor's Wellness Award and a SURPRISE recipient of the Leading Light Award, and you might even see some exciting incentives for participating in the session too.

Our opening speaker: Ana Martos, MIB, Director of Operations, Reality-Based Leadership, will be sharing a message of healing: Finding Peace, Happiness, and Greatness in Transformative Times

In the midst of extreme challenges and disruption, peace, happiness, or greatness quickly start to seem like an impossibility. As humans, we quickly fall prey to the belief that we can’t succeed in circumstances like these and many buy into the belief that our new normal is one of stress, anxiety, conflict, and suffering. We throttle down to settle for just “getting through” and surviving until things get back to the way things were before. This natural default we have as part of our human condition, over-time, can compile the negative experiences set us up for choices and behaviors that can contribute to devastating chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancer.

Additional speakers will be on worker's comp, recovery-friendly worksites, and nutrition and mental health. Space is limited to the first 1,000 registrants. There's no cost to attend this virtual conference for anyone in the Panhandle region*. If you reside outside of this area, you will be charged $25 for participating.

*Panhandle region includes the counties of: Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, & Sioux

 Times  Session   Speaker
9:00 a.m. Welcome, Get Familiarized with the System   
9:05-9:45 a.m.  Finding Peace, Happiness, and Greatness in Transformative Times Ana Martos, MIB, Director of Operations,
Reality Based Leadership
5 minutes  Stand up, bathroom break, transition time, sharing
9:50-10:20 a.m.  How to Lower Workers' Compensation Costs Carl Zeutzius, CIC, CWCA Risk Advisory UNICO
5 minutes Stand up, bathroom break, transition time, sharing
10 minutes  Governor & Governor's Award Recipients, Leading Light Award Recipient  Governor Pete Ricketts
10:35-11:15 a.m.  Recovery-Friendly Worksite Jim Cowser, MSSW, LCSW, MCAP Supervisor,
Clinical Trainers Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation
5 minutes Stand up, bathroom break, transition time, sharing
11:20 a.m. - Noon  Nutrition & Mental Health Sarah Bernhardt, MA, LMHP, LPC, Options in Psychology,

Healthy Families of America Program Supervisor,Panhandle Public Heath District

   Closings, drawings  

Finding Peace, Happiness, and Greatness in Transformative Times: This session is designed to help each participant take a quick inventory of their current experience and learn new techniques, strategies, and concepts that are easy to implement and can immediately shift mindsets to one of peace in the present, and resilience in the future. The tools and techniques learned in the session can cultivate deeper reflection and intentional behavior change that can create new habits that lead to a healthier, more fulfilled life. If you are wondering how you can best support others in your life and continue to evolve yourself even in an uncertain time, this is the session for you.

How to Lower Workers' Compensation Costs: Learn during this session communication and procedures for reporting employee injuries, the role supervisors and managers play in workers' compensation, the financial impact of employee injuries and how to lower those costs/steps to take for proper injury management, why return to work programs are so important and how to improve those programs, and discuss changes NCCI has made to Nebraska and other states about COVID-19, and how it affects payroll, claims, and the experience mod. The three key points that attendees will learn from this presentation: Communication is crucial for a good work comp program, how injuries impact the company's bottom line, and why understanding your work comp experience mod factor is so important. 

Nutrition & Mental Health: Enjoy a panel of speakers highlighting an introduction to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as it applies to mental health. A handful of area Licensed Mental Health Professionals were recently trained in this integrative approach which included topics like diet, digestion, and sleep. Join us as they share these concepts, information, and updates as it relates to and impacts mental health.

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