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March 2019 Monthly Meeting: Wellbeing & Opioids - Controlling an Epidemic in the Workplace
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When: Tuesday, March 19th
11:30am - 1:00pm
Where: NCSU University Club
4200 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina  27606
United States
Presenter: Jenny Love, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CPE, FAAPL
Contact: Kirsten Benzaquen

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Wellbeing & Opioids:  Controlling an Epidemic in the Workplace


Please note the 2019 Monthly Meetings will be held at the NCSU University Club.


The US opioid epidemic was declared a public health crisis in fall of 2017.  Since that time insurance carriers, professional organizations, state and federal government entities have begun a rapid response to control the risk associated with narcotic pain medications in the general public.  Many employers are watching ‘from the sidelines’ as they are under the impression that the misuse of opioid medications does not impact their workforce.  In fact, the opioid epidemic is impacting individuals of all ages, socioeconomic classes and geographic areas.  It will become critical for all employers, human resource officers and managers of all levels to recognize how this uniquely challenging epidemic is impacting their workforce and their bottom line. 


In this session, our subject matter expert will provide a succinct review of the contributing factors to the US opioid epidemic.  We will discuss how utilization reviews of claims for medical and pharmacy plans can identify risk and direct program design to support the proper use of opioid pain relievers.  We will highlight solutions that have been developed by carriers and third party service providers—including drug free workplace solutions, policy development, reinforcement of EAPs and finding best in class providers to meet the needs of employees and member with chronic pain conditions.  We will also reinforce how the dimensions of Wellbeing, when aligned with organizational culture, can support a workforce through recovery from this epidemic and possibly prevent long-term negative impacts to the organization and individual members. 


Session Highlights/Learning Objectives:  At the end of this session, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand how the opioid epidemic became a public health crisis and how that applies directly to employers
  •  Understand how population and utilization reporting can identify risk for opioid misuse and needs for programs designed to support members
  • Identify solutions that have been developed by carriers and third party service providers to mitigate the risks associated with opioid pain medication use
  • Identify opportunities within the health plan design that will support alternatives to opioid medications for pain management including programming to reinforce the wellbeing of the workforce
  • Understand how the dimensions of wellbeing contribute to the overall health of a workforce


The Speaker for the meeting will be Jenny Love, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CPE, FAAPL.  Jenny Love, MD currently serves as the Health Management Director Southeast Region, of Benefits & HR Consulting in the Durham, NC office. Dr. Love joined the Gallagher team in 2017 and brought with her almost two decades of population health experience.

Dr. Love is a board-certified family physician with over 16 years of experience in public, behavioral, and community health settings. She is a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine where she also earned a master’s degree in Public Health with a focus on Healthcare and Prevention. She has over 10 years of experience in health policy development including utilization of evidence-based guidelines for care, pharmacy benefits management and formulary development, and integration of behavioral and physical health states, including substance abuse/recovery settings.


Thank you to the March Monthly Meeting sponsor, HALO Branded Solutions.  HALO Branded Solutions has been a leader in the promotional products industry for over six decades by combining award-winning creativity, world-class customer service, and a guarantee of complete satisfaction. We provide a full range of promotional marketing, from a single order, to multi-year, multi-million dollar product fulfillment and distribution solutions. HALO Recognition is the most comprehensive employee recognition provider. We assist companies of all sizes reward their employees through recognition and incentive programs that not only align with their core values and business goals, but also inspire people to do great things. Your HALO team will provide expertise in integrated marketing solutions that feature creative and cost-effective dimensional marketing products. 

Personal connection, consistency and responsiveness are what have made Julie a successful Account Executive in the promotional products industry since 1994. Julie recently joined the HALO team, where she continues to provide the detailed, consistent service that her clients have come to expect.

Julie works closely with electric cooperatives throughout the country, and also works in the insurance, health care and media industries. She enjoys the creativity and surprises that come with working in the promotional products industry and the fact that there is never a dull moment.



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