Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM MDT
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Gering Civic Center 
1050 M Street
Gering, NE 69341

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Melissa Haas 
Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council 

2019 Panhandle Safety & Wellness Conference & Awards Luncheon

The Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council and Nebraska Safety Council invite you to join us for the 2019 Panhandle Safety & Wellness Conference. This innovative, educational event is the perfect opportunity to show that you are a safety and health advocate and a leader of change in Nebraska's Panhandle.

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Scott Shellstrom!

Morning Keynote: Unleash Your Inner Da Vinci 

This sensational keynote is an energetic, interactive experience that motivates audiences to uncover their hidden problem solving to achieve success in business and in any area of their life. 

Afternoon Keynote: Breakthrough Brainstorming: Fun, Fast Strategies to Unleash Your Brilliance! 

Effective brainstorming leads to idea generation and mulitple solutions required to thrive in today's constantly changing business environment. However, there's more to effective brainstorming than simply throwing out ideas in a group setting. Attendees will overcome this challenge by employing their skills of Improv that forward-thinking companies such as Google, Nike, and Nissan have incorporated into their sessions to spark innovative dialogue, break down barriers, and ignite creative solutions. 

Addiction and Mental Health in the Workplace

Senator Sara Howard, District 9 Omaha
Jim Cowser, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

This session will provide information on ways to recognize potential risk factors, signs, symptoms for substance use/or mental health challenges in the workplace. Methods for setting a supportive environment in the workplace and techniques for intervention will be presented. Particular emphasis will be placed on opioid use and its impact on employee health. 

  • Understand the disease of addiction 
  • Understand common workplace practices that support persons in recovery
  • Learn how to identify signs a co-worker may be impacted with substance use or mental health condition
  • Learn how to identify work stressors that are more commonly associated with substance use
  • Explore options for creating a safer workplace for persons in recovery from addiction and/or mental health challenges

Breakout Sessions: 

Join us also for our safety and wellness breakouts: 

Dispelling Wellness Fads & Trends

Speaker: Cheri Farris, Panhandle Public Health District

"Weight loss" are two buzz words in our society, so it isn't surprising that millions of poeple try out fad diets and wellness trends every year. At the end of the day if a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Join us as we discuss wellness fads and trends and what you can easily do to have a healthy lifestyle. 

OSHA Update

Speaker: Courtney Olson, Nebraska Safety Council

Get the details on where the adminstration is at with pending and new regulations. Region VII OSHA focus areas will be reviewed with a specific focus on Nebraska injury statistics and frequently cited violations. 

Rejuvenate, Reflect, Refresh

Facilitator: Jessica Lecher

Join us as we REFLECT on an incredible day of learning and interaction, are REFRESHED by connecting and sharing with other businesses and organizations experiencing similar areas of opportunities, barriers, and cutting-edge safety and wellness ideas, and REJUVENATED to return to work ready to implement new and trending ideas and strategies.