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Humana appoints Damon Young to BHCG partnership position
Humana has appointed Damon Young to lead the partnership development efforts with BHCG, replacing Coleen Nettesheim who recently took a position with Humana in Louisville. Damon comes with a wealth of experience that will serve the BHCG well. Reporting directly to Kristine Seymour, Wisconsin market president, he comes highly recommended by a number of Humana executives.

Damon joined Humana in 2006 where he was accountable for Large Group Account Management leadership for the Illinois market. He also led the commercial sales integration of the Peoria-based OSF HealthPlans acquisition into Humana in 2008. Damon has 18 years of health insurance, technology and provider experience, most recently serving as regional vice president, payer sales for WebMD Business Services (now Emdeon) prior to joining Humana. His other experiences include business development, mergers and acquisitions, contracting and operations positions with Mayo Health Plan Arizona, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Kaiser Permanente of Southern California and Youth Services International.

Damon holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota's graduate school of Public Health.

Damon's first day in his new position was August 6th. Please take time to welcome Damon over the next few months, as he will be quite visible to our membership.

Wellness Council's 22nd Annual Conference scheduled for September 26
The Wellness Council of Wisconsin will hold its 22nd Annual Worksite Wellness Conference on September 26 at the Frontier Airlines Center. Titled, Making Interventions Matter, the conference will feature an outstanding line-up of local and national speakers who will be sharing their expertise. For more information about the conference click here: Informational Flyer

A Pre-Conference Summit will be held on September 25. The Summit, The Essential Link: Wellness and Benefit Strategies, will feature expert presenters and local employers discussing how to successfully make the connection between wellness and benefits. Space is limited for this program from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Please click here for more information: The Essential Link: Wellness and Benefit Strategies

To register for either or both programs click here, Register.

Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) invited to submit application for additional grant monies
In the May edition of The Catalyst we reported on the BHCG’s involvement in a $50,000 grant received by Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The grant, Improving Employer Mental Health Practices, is a strategic planning initiative that seeks to understand what keeps employers from adopting identified mental health best practices and what can be done to facilitate employer adoption.

The BHCG, as well as The Alliance in Madison, are the project’s two employer group partners that have provided access to their members for surveys, focus groups and key informant interviews. This will allow MHA identify areas where employers would welcome assistance in order to better respond to employees who may be experiencing mental health disorders.

With the initial grant expiring on September 30, the MHA has now been invited to apply for additional funding from WPP, which will be instrumental in implementing some of the findings from the original planning grant. If awarded, for the first nine to twelve months, MHA staff would meet regularly with employers to obtain their guidance and feedback on the product development. The following six to twelve months would consist of piloting these products in the workplace and evaluating the implementation process.

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