AOHP 2024 National Conference Speaker Abstracts


W001 8-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 7:00:00 AM - 4:30:00 PM
Topic: Curriculum for the Occupational Health Professional in Healthcare Basic

By Denise Knoblauch, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM, Kathleen O'Neill, RN, CCM, CPDM, and Cathy Floyd, RN, BSN, MSN, DPA, COHN-S, CSMP, FAAOHN

Topic Overview:

This comprehensive, informative presentation is designed for the occupational health professional new to the field. The eight-hour didactic course was developed from the manual Getting Started - Occupational Health in the Healthcare Setting. The manual was originally authored and is regularly updated by the AOHP organization to reflect current practice and healthcare issues. Course content includes valuable resources to incorporate in a variety of occupational health specialty work areas; interactive discussion is encouraged. The course is presented by a team of experts who are knowledgeable in the healthcare occupational health setting. All participants will receive the 16th Edition of the Getting Started resource manual in CD format.

Objectives:

1. Describe how the occupational health professional interacts in the healthcare facility's organizational structure.
2. Identify federal, state, and local regulatory requirements as related to job placement, physical hazards, and biological and chemical exposures.
3. Review current infection prevention and control practices related to infectious diseases specifically in the healthcare setting.
4. Formulate strategies to utilize health teaching in infection prevention and control, and safety.
5. Discuss areas of medical/legal confidentiality in occupational health. 6. Discuss injury and illness prevention programs, OSHA standards, and recordkeeping requirements.
7. Review FMLA regulations and their process for implementation in the healthcare setting.

Denise Knoblauch is currently the Occupational Health Nurse for Athletico/Pivot at Corteva Agriscience in El Paso, TX. She has 34 years of experience in occupational/employee health. She began her career as the lone employee health nurse in a small rural hospital and transitioned to an urban medical center occupational health department which provided services to the medical center employees as well as to local industries. She has experience as a clinician, coordinator, manager, case manager, and executive director in occupational health as well as infection control. She developed the case manager model in occupational health at the medical center. An active AOHP member on the local and national levels, Knoblauch has filled many leadership roles on the Executive Board. She currently is President of the Upper Midwest Chapter and a member of the Continuing Education Committee and National Conference Committee. Knoblauch has led the AOHP strategic initiative to develop Beyond Getting Started programs. She has presented many occupational health topics nationally, regionally, and locally. She is a Board-Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and Case Manager from the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN). She is co-project manager for the AOHP Benchmarking Survey.

Kathleen O'Neill currently is the Human Resources Director of Employee and Occupational Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch and has a passion for keeping people safe and healthy at work. She understands that healthy employees who feel they are safe and valued are vital to business continuity and overall success. She is a nurse by background and a safety professional by trade, holding a Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Safety. She is a Certified Case Manager and Certified Professional Disability Manager. After working for a major insurance company and building Global Occupational Health programs for several large Fortune 500 firms, she returned home to Galveston County to share what she learned and to continue learning while serving a diverse population. In 2018 she was named Chair of the university-wide Culture of Safety Committee to coordinate health and safety activity for the academic enterprise, health system (four hospitals and almost 100 clinics), Institutional Support, and Correctional Managed Care, which provides healthcare and mental services for the offender population in Texas. In 2022 she was asked to chair the Workplace Violence Prevention Committee and continues that work today.

Cathy Floyd has been an occupational health nurse for over 35 years. She mentors occupational and employee health staff in both hospital and non-hospital industry. A Board-Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist, Floyd provides an entry level, down-to-earth process for new occupational/ employee health professionals to establish disaster response programs at their worksites. She currently works as the Global Manager for Occupational Health & Wellness for Charles River Research Laboratories. She holds multiple nursing and business degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Business, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctorate in Public Administration, with additional certifications as a Safety Management Professional and in Mental Health First Aid. She is a lifelong "self-motivated learner" and makes her home near Houston, TX in Sealy with her husband, Carl, and family pet Jack Russell terriers Skipper and Bella.

W002 2-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 8:00:00 AM - 10:00:00 AM
Topic: Updating Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Response and Follow Up Based on Local Learnings Intermediate/Advanced

By Janine Smith, RN, BSN

Topic Overview:

The UVA University Medical Center bloodborne pathogen (BBP) pathway was well established for years until several recent factors triggered the need for reevaluation. Both an increase in exposure to hepatitis C positive sources as well as increased workplace violence incidents involving bites and scratches created confusion regarding appropriate follow up. In the fall of 2022, the existing process of exposure response and follow up was reviewed in collaboration with multiple teams and updated in multiple phases to capture each identified opportunity. A flowchart was created to clearly define an exposure. Bites and scratches were explicitly addressed in the flowchart to improve understanding. A visual representation defining an exposure provided clarity to managers and nursing supervisors. Baseline labs for all potential exposures were removed from the algorithm and instead were only collected for source positive, source unknown, or reverse exposures. The updated process was approved and spread in early 2023. These changes led to decreased need for team members to be seen in Employee Health, a benefit to busy injured clinicians, as well as freeing up schedule time. A secondary focus of this work was the impact on those potentially exposed to hepatitis C positive source patients, particularly in light of the increasingly prevalent practice of transplanting hepatitis positive donor organs. Further optimization is currently underway to ensure efficient evaluation and prescription for PEP after hours. All combined, by looking at recent local events and opportunities for clarification and improvement, the BBP exposure process was successfully optimized to ensure team members receive appropriate, evidence-based, timely care and follow up post exposure.

Objectives:

1. Assess the current process of BBP exposure reporting and follow up.
2. Identify two emerging clinical practices with specific impact to the BBP exposure process.
3. Identify barriers to adherence of BBP best practices.
4. Apply real-time learning to optimize exposure protocol.

Janine Smith is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years' experience working in academic healthcare systems. She received her ADN in 2002 from Reynolds Community College. She began her career in pediatric critical care, where she developed a passion for safety and quality. She served on multiple committees as a bedside clinician. This passion led her to obtain her BSN, which she received in 2012 from Chamberlain College of Nursing. After obtaining her BSN, Smith transitioned to quality improvement with a focus on team member injury prevention. She currently serves as a Clinical Program Coordinator for Team Member Injury Prevention at UVA Health University Medical Center. Under her leadership, UVA team members have achieved a 40% reduction in overall OSHA reportable injuries over eight years. Most recently, she has focused on streamlining processes and ensuring team members are able to easily report injuries in a timely manner. Smith currently co-leads the Virginia Workplace Safety Taskforce with VHHA. She serves as the co-chair of the hospital Workplace Violence Prevention Committee and oversees all workplace injuries. She has led several webinars on injury prevention, presenting at AOHP for the first time in 2023.

W003 2-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 8:00:00 AM - 10:00:00 AM
Topic: ADA and FMLA Workshop: Putting Legal Concepts to the Test Intermediate

By Tabe Mase, MJ, MSN, FNP-C, CHC, COHN-S

Topic Overview:

This workshop is intended to provide participants with case studies/scenarios based on real-life Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues that arise in the workplace. The case studies will be based on legal issues arising in all aspects of the employment relationship, including pre-hire, current employment, and addressing charges/litigation after the relationship ends. Workshop participants will learn: what the ADA-interactive process requires; reasonable accommodation issues; the intersection between FMLA, ADA, and workers' compensation; and how to prepare for and provide information for legal matters involving ADA/FMLA-related claims. At the end of this workshop, participants will leave with a good understanding of how to apply ADA/FMLA legal concepts to situations that could arise in their workplace.

Objectives:

1. Apply ADA/FMLA legal requirements to real-life scenarios.
2. Understand how to effectively manage/engage in the ADA-interactive process.
3. Understand the importance of the occupational health professional's role in the ADA process.

Tabe Mase is a Nurse Practitioner and the Director of Caregiver Health Services (CHS) at ChristianaCare, a three-hospital system with attached emergency departments and one standalone emergency department. ChristianaCare has the capacity for 1,200 inpatient beds, as well as a variety of outpatient and other facilities throughout Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, northeastern Maryland, and southern New Jersey. Mase provides direction and oversight of systems geared at enhancing efficiencies in the delivery of care to 14,000 employees and over 12,000 contract workers. She has expertise in strategic planning, and clinical and operational oversight for occupational services. She brings a wealth of clinical and regulatory compliance knowledge and is adept at successfully guiding teams through change. She earned a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Widener University School of Law in 2011. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Wilmington University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware, and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in French from the University of Yaoundé Cameroon. She is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified in Healthcare Compliance and Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist. Mase is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Board of Occupational Health Nurses, and Health Care Compliance Association, and is Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of AOHP. She made history by vaccinating President Joe Biden and Professor Jill Biden with their first COVID vaccines.

W004 1-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 10:10:00 AM - 11:10:00 AM
Topic: Optimizing Electronic Injury Reporting to Improve Data and Understanding of Worker Injury Trends Intermediate/Advanced

By Janine Smith, RN, BSN

Topic Overview:

In 2017 UVA University Medical Center streamlined our web-based quality reporting tool for employee injury with the aim to better understand injury patterns and associated root causes. This and a preceding redesign of the online system provided actionable data and drove a significant decrease in overall total case incident rate (TCIR) injuries in the years following, specifically for sharps and exposures. Despite this work, a separate paper form needed to be submitted to Employee Health as the First Report of Injury (FROI) for workers' compensation purposes. For team members, the requirement to complete two processes was cumbersome and tedious. There continued to be a mismatch of injury reporting between the two systems, leading to difficulty in understanding and trending injury data patterns.

In late 2022 a focused look at our injury data showed a specific increase in environment of care (EOC) and musculoskeletal injuries within the workers' compensation data that was not a visible trend within the online injury reporting system. To address this gap, our employee health team collaborated with key teams to streamline the injury reporting process. The goal was to improve ease of access to reporting, create a singular process to complete necessary paperwork in the moment, and ultimately yield improved root causes. The new process, using exclusively online reporting, went live February 2023. One year after implementation, there was an over 30% increase in injuries reported in the online platform. By improving ease of reporting through a unified electronic process, our institution now has the means to access additional data and understand specific events to better support our clinicians and augment our processes for decreasing overall injury rates.

Objectives:

1. Identify three key data elements for successful problem solving.
2. Utilize real-time learning to prevent additional injuries in the workplace.
3. Discuss what comprises a simplified injury reporting process.
4. Understand measures of success in team member injury project implementation.

Janine Smith is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years' experience working in academic healthcare systems. She received her ADN in 2002 from Reynolds Community College. She began her career in pediatric critical care, where she developed a passion for safety and quality. She served on multiple committees as a bedside clinician. This passion led her to obtain her BSN, which she received in 2012 from Chamberlain College of Nursing. After obtaining her BSN, Smith transitioned to quality improvement with a focus on team member injury prevention. She currently serves as a Clinical Program Coordinator for Team Member Injury Prevention at UVA Health University Medical Center. Under her leadership, UVA team members have achieved a 40% reduction in overall OSHA reportable injuries over eight years. Most recently, she has focused on streamlining processes and ensuring team members are able to easily report injuries in a timely manner. Smith currently co-leads the Virginia Workplace Safety Taskforce with VHHA. She serves as the co-chair of the hospital Workplace Violence Prevention Committee and oversees all workplace injuries. She has led several webinars on injury prevention, presenting at AOHP for the first time in 2023.

W005 1-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 10:10:00 AM - 11:10:00 AM
Topic: Controlled Substance Accountability: Role of the Occupational Health Professional Intermediate

By Tabe Mase, MJ, MSN, FNP-C, CHC, COHN-S

Topic Overview:

In this presentation, we will explore the impact of substance use disorder (SUD) and diversion for healthcare workers and the facilities they work for. Unlike the general population, diversion in hospitals or centers associated with healthcare is compounded by access. It is best practice for every organization to have a controlled substance accountability committee that is well recognized in the highest echelons of the organization and can affect changes to multiple policies, identify vulnerabilities, maintain a strong auditing and data chain, respond with quick reaction time when there is a breach, and provide ongoing monitoring to prevent diversion while mitigating exposure for the organization. Exposure to the organization could range from patient safety issues and loss of reputation all the way to significant fines and/or exclusions levied by regulatory agencies or the Office of Inspector General. Discussion will include the role of the occupational/employee health professional on the controlled substance accountability committee, as well as best practice of other ideal members to include (e.g., pharmacy, anesthesia, or surgical leadership, nursing, human resources, corporate compliance, audit and finance, legal/risk management, patient relations, public safety).

Objectives:

1. Recognize the impact of diversion to the healthcare setting.
2. Understand the points of vulnerability for diversion.
3. Identify internal stakeholders for prevention.
4. Discuss the role of the occupational health professional in prevention, mitigation, and reporting.

Tabe Mase is a Nurse Practitioner and the Director of Caregiver Health Services (CHS) at ChristianaCare, a three-hospital system with attached emergency departments and one standalone emergency department. ChristianaCare has the capacity for 1,200 inpatient beds, as well as a variety of outpatient and other facilities throughout Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, northeastern Maryland, and southern New Jersey. Mase provides direction and oversight of systems geared at enhancing efficiencies in the delivery of care to 14,000 employees and over 12,000 contract workers. She has expertise in strategic planning, and clinical and operational oversight for occupational services. She brings a wealth of clinical and regulatory compliance knowledge and is adept at successfully guiding teams through change. She earned a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Widener University School of Law in 2011. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Wilmington University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Delaware, and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in French from the University of Yaoundé Cameroon. She is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified in Healthcare Compliance, and Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist. Mase is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Board of Occupational Health Nurses, Health Care Compliance Association, and is Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of AOHP. Mase made history by vaccinating President Joe Biden and Professor Jill Biden with their first COVID vaccines.

W006 2-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 10:10:00 AM - 12:10:00 PM
Topic: Collaborative Strategies to Optimize Return-to-Work and Overcome Delayed Recovery: Practical Insights and Real-Eorld Applications through Case-Based Discussion Intermediate/Advanced

By Steven Wiesner, MD, Rajiv Das, MD, and Miranda Kofeldt, PhD

Topic Overview:

The goal for management of the injured worker should focus on recovery from the injury while achieving safe and timely return to work and appropriate medical case closure. Unfortunately, communication gaps often exist between the participants on the case/claims management side (adjustors, nurse case managers, medical director, and utilization review organizations) and the primary treating clinicians (PTCs) and medical/surgical specialists. The injured worker suffers the consequences of this ineffective collaboration, which can lead to delayed recovery, increased claims costs, and unnecessarily prolonged disability, which frustrates all involved. In this session, two physicians, Drs. Das and Wiesner, who have both served as occupational health medical directors overseeing the utilization review and return-to-work decision making process, will share their experience and insights into the critical role the PTC and specialists play in setting the stage for a successful outcome. Dr. Kofeldt, a clinical psychologist with a specialty in behavioral medicine, will share her expertise in identifying the obstacles that often lead to poor outcomes and the associated strategies that must be considered, especially from a psychosocial and claim management perspective, to prevent delayed recovery. This session will include audience engagement by analyzing two clinical cases. It will close by highlighting the importance of realistic and early goal setting, awareness of potential risk factors and when such factors are identified, and seeking appropriate specialty care. Consistently focusing on functional improvement, rather than solely on symptom resolution, and effective and timely collaboration and communication with the claims team will be reinforced.

Objectives:

1. Understand the role and responsibilities of the various participants (primary treating clinician (PTC), medical and surgical specialist, and claims team) in the return-to-work process.
2. Identify barriers for return-to-work and the associated risk factors for delayed recovery.
3. Discuss how to optimize timing and medical justification for specialty referrals to physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR), and to mental health/psychiatry/other specialties.
4. Explain how poor communication among participants leads to poor outcomes. 5. Utilize management approaches that minimize unnecessary work and activity disability.

Dr. Steve Wiesner is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He worked for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) from April 1994 through his retirement in May 2020. During that period, he was the Kaiser Permanente On-the-Job Medical Director for Workers' Compensation Services and served as the Medical Director for the healthcare organization, providing oversight for utilization review and case management services. Dr. Wiesner was the Physician Advisor for the Kaiser Permanente National Integrated Disability Management Program supporting the eight Kaiser Permanente regions, providing disability management education and resources. He also supported the East Bay TPMG Physician Human Resource Department, where he oversaw healthcare leadership and professional development and training. Dr. Wiesner now serves as a medical advisor for Karuna Labs and is a consultant with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group supporting their disability management program. 

Dr. Rajiv Das has over 20 years of experience in occupational health as a provider, medical director for self-insured administered employers, utilization reviewer, and independent medical evaluator. He served as the Medical Director for Risk Management for Albertsons Grocery Stores and the City of San Jose. He is also the Medical Director for Employee Health Services at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and practices with the Feinberg Medical Group in Palo Alto, CA. He is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Occupational Medicine, and Pain Medicine.

Dr. Miranda Kofeldt earned her MA and PhD in Human Services Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She is the Vice President of Clinical Services at Ascellus, a company that provides health psychology and mental health services to employees with workers' compensation claims. Dr. Kofeldt has worked in private practice, as a Research Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Clinical Training at the University of Maryland College Park, and as a clinical psychologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Areas of special interest and clinical expertise include treatment for trauma, substance use and other health behaviors, and the psychological sequelae of physical health conditions. Dr. Kofeldt has extensive training and experience with motivational enhancement techniques. She has co-authored articles published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) regarding mental health assessment and treatment in the context of workers' compensation, chapters published by the American Psychiatric Association, and contributed to the Gender, Women, and the Tobacco Epidemic monograph for the World Health Organization.

W007 2-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 1:10:00 PM - 3:10:00 PM
Topic: Digital Innovations in Occupational Health: Strategies for Enhanced Employee Health and Operational Efficiency Intermediate

By Kimbrea Smith, MSN, RN, Kathy Maltchev, OTR/L, MPH, Julianna Giordanella, Moira Heilmann, Diana Cox, Safa Hussain, Nicole Souza, DNP, RN, Caryn Williams, and Hannah Hamilton, MSN, RN

Topic Overview:

In today's rapidly evolving landscape - where employee engagement is crucial amid the challenges posed by the pandemic and the Great Resignation - prioritizing employee health services has become imperative for organizations striving to attract and retain top talent. This workshop brings together insights from industry leaders and transformative case studies to explore how digital transformation can revolutionize employee health services. By the end of this three-part workshop, participants will gain actionable insights into leveraging digital tools to optimize employee health services, enhance operational efficiency, and foster a culture of health and safety in the workplace.

Transforming Employee Health Services: A Digital Journey with Baylor Scott & White Health System (BSWH)

Presenters: Kimbrea Smith, MSN, RN, Kathy Maltchev, OTR/L, MPH, and Julianna Giordanella

In response to the challenges posed by the pandemic and the increasing competition to attract and retain top talent, organizations are prioritizing employee health and safety services. However, managing these services effectively amidst technical, operational, and compliance challenges remains a significant obstacle for many. This session offers a deep dive into BSWH's transformative journey to digitize employee health services. By focusing on enhancing data management, optimizing service delivery, and prioritizing the user experience, BSWH achieved remarkable business outcomes, including improved user experiences for new hires and hiring managers, as well as optimized workflows for the employee health services team. Through real-world examples and insights, the presenters, in collaboration with Cority, will explore the transformative potential of leveraging digital tools to manage employee health processes. Attendees will gain valuable insights into how employee health clinics can optimize the planning, design, implementation, management, and evaluation of comprehensive employee health programs, ultimately enhancing operational efficiency and increasing clinic throughput.

Objectives:

1. Review common challenges impacting frontline engagement and organizational productivity.
2. Explore how a centralized electronic health record system improves health and safety programs and can drive employee performance and organizational culture.
3. Identify best practices in engaging the frontline in health and safety programs.

Elevating Occupational Health Excellence through Digital Transformation

Presenters: Moira Heilmann, Diana Cox, and Safa Hussain

Experience the transformative journey of the University of California (UC) healthcare system. Facing fragmented inspection processes across five facilities, UC sought solutions to streamline risk management and ensure regulatory compliance. This presentation outlines UC's collaboration with employee health and safety directors and Risk and Safety Solutions to develop a unified platform equipped with mobile capabilities and standardized data collection, facilitating comprehensive data access and enhancing performance monitoring across facilities. Outcomes were impressive, with expedited risk resolution and streamlined compliance processes. UC Davis Health achieved notable safety goals in record time, showcasing the effectiveness of their efforts. Looking ahead, UC continues to leverage technology such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to maximize efficiency and mitigate risks. Their journey serves as a compelling case study, emphasizing the transformative power of digital solutions in driving positive change in healthcare.

Integration and Implementation of Technology and the Impact on Associate Health

Presenters: Nicole Souza, DNP, RN, Caryn Williams, and Hannah Hamilton, MSN, RN

In an era where technology plays an increasingly pivotal role in healthcare, the integration and implementation of digital solutions can have a profound impact on associate health. This session underscores the benefits of technology adoption and how it can be harnessed effectively within your profession. Attendees can expect to gain insights into how technology enhances accessibility, reporting compliance, accuracy, and legibility of reporting, thus reducing organizational risk. Through real-world examples and practical demonstrations, the presenters will illustrate how technology streamlines processes such as scheduling appointments, saving time, increasing efficiency, and ultimately boosting productivity.

Objectives:

1. Explore how technology increases accessibility to healthcare resources.
2. Discuss the role of technology in increasing reporting compliance, accuracy, and legibility.
3. Understand how technology can reduce organizational risk.
4. Examine how technology-driven requirements prior to scheduling appointments can enhance efficiency and productivity.
5. Evaluate the impact of decreased correspondence on scheduling and overall workflow efficiency.

Kimbrea Smith is a distinguished alumna of Baylor University, where she completed her undergraduate studies, and the University of Texas at Arlington, where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing. As an emerging nursing leader, she has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills at BSWH, particularly in navigating the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In her role as head of the employee health department, she has not only spearheaded critical response efforts but also orchestrated multiple system-wide health campaigns aimed at promoting employee wellness. With a keen eye for innovation, she played a pivotal role in the implementation of BSWH's first employee health database, serving as a functional consultant. Her dedication to service excellence extends beyond crisis management, as she oversees the seamless onboarding of 15,000 new hires annually, ensuring that each staff member is equipped to deliver high-quality care. Through her strategic vision and commitment to advancing healthcare practices, Smith aspires to leave an indelible mark on the field.

Kathy Maltchev is a recipient of the Dean's Scholastic Award and Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Environmental Health Sciences from Tulane University. She has spoken at multiple national conferences and has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters related to safety-wellbeing integration and fitness for duty. Over the last 20 years, she has coordinated global wellness initiatives, developed and deployed comprehensive safety programs, and managed an occupational health clinic at the largest U.S.-based single site employer during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a passion around use of integrated data to maximize worker safety and health, Maltchev now assists organizations looking to increase efficiency and inter-departmental coordination through use of technology.

Julianna Giordanella is a Product Marketing Manager supporting Cority's Health Cloud solutions. She has focused her career in the healthcare industry. She has experience working with innovative health technology software companies to improve the health and safety of both healthcare providers and patients.

Moira Heilmann is a Healthcare Business Development Manager at Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS). She is responsible for the growth of the RSS healthcare client portfolio. Working with the sales team, she aids in developing mutually beneficial proposals, negotiating contract terms, and communicating effectively with stakeholders. Before her current role, she worked as a Scrum Master, Business Analyst, and Product Owner for various products since being at RSS. Heilmann is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry's public and private sectors, specializing in biomedical engineering. She has numerous publications on subject matters, including cochlear implants and orthopedics.

Diana Cox is the Associate Director for Business Development and Strategy for Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS), which develops creative, web-based solutions for improving safety and compliance in laboratories, hospitals, industrial shops, and more. She works closely with safety professionals nationwide to determine product needs and potential efficiencies. She ensures the successful implementation of the RSS software at the enterprise and individual entity levels.

Safa Hussain is the Executive Director and Founder of Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS). He is responsible for incubating an innovation hub at the University of California from ideation to more than 100 technology professionals. Under his leadership, RSS has developed a platform that offers more than 50 business solutions in support of risk management and employee health and safety. Hussain has over 25 years of experience in different ranks that include software development, strategic planning, and implementation of large-scale enterprise software initiatives. His latest passion is collaborating with risk managers and employee health and safety professionals on the development of innovative solutions to address complex compliance problems.

Nicki Souza has 16 years of nursing experience and started her career in cardiac care. She transitioned to clinical informatics focusing on electronic health implementations for approximately five years. She advanced her career and professional education, receiving a Master of Nursing with a focus on healthcare informatics and became a policy and procedure informaticist. Shortly after, she completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice focused on strategy initiatives. Souza assisted the organization and employee health department to standardize processes, policies, and documentation.

Hannah Hamilton has been in nursing for 14 years. Her experience includes intensive care, case management, hospice, and occupational Health. She is passionate about measures that can be taken to ensure the health of both the hospital staff and the patients served. Hamilton is an advocate for technological innovations in the workplace, as healthcare is always evolving.

Caryn Williams is responsible for the administration, operation, and strategic oversight of a team supporting approximately 8,000 employees, She is the Director of Occupational Health and Safety Services at CHRISTUS Healthcare facilities located in Louisiana and Southeast Texas. In her previous role, she managed nursing services for a 28-bed cardiac stepdown unit where her leadership was instrumental in expanding the unit's capacity to 40 beds while achieving improved quality outcomes. Recognized for her exceptional leadership in 2019, Williams was selected to attend the prestigious CHRISTUS Health Leadership and Ethics Academy, which prepares high-performing leaders for executive leadership. As a nurse of 13 years and a Certified Clinical Nurse Leader, she maintains her personal commitment to the growth, development, and pursuit of excellence in the nursing profession.

W008 2-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 1:10:00 PM - 3:10:00 PM
Topic: Injury Prevention Strategies in the Hospital Setting: An Evidence-Based Approach Intermediate

By Erin Davis, AGNP-C, MS, RN, BSN, ATC and Lisa Timpone, ATC, CEAS

Topic Overview:

Occupational health professionals provide insight into how organizations can strive to foster a culture of safety to keep their workforce healthy and on the job. An approach that is becoming more prevalent in a variety of different industries is the implementation of injury prevention and early intervention programs. The presenters will demonstrate how a holistic approach to occupational medicine that includes proactive strategies, early interventions, ergonomics, and the utilization of injury prevention specialists is an effective strategy to improve worker wellness. She will dive deep into the data to demonstrate how proactive approaches to risk reduction reduce recordable injuries and incurred claim costs, improving the overall return on investment.

Objectives:

1. Illustrate the unique benefit of injury prevention programs and how the implementation of early intervention and proactive strategies can reduce recordable injuries.
2. Demonstrate how the utilization of injury prevention metrics can be used to ensure your program's success and best serve your employee population.
3. Apply the principles of injury prevention within your unique workforce.

Erin Davis, Chief Clinical Officer at Work Health Solutions, is passionate about the treatment of sports and occupational injuries, with a focus on injury and illness prevention. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology - Athletic Training at CSU, Long Beach and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University. She completed her Master of Science in Adult Gerontology, Nurse Practitioner, and Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). As a volunteer assistant clinical professor at UCSF in Adult Gerontology and Occupational and Environmental Health, she regularly precepts students for occupational health clinical rotations. Davis is the President of CECRAOHN, the Northern California Chapter of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), and serves on the planning committee for the Western Occupational Environmental Medicine Association (WOEMA) annual conference.

With over 16 years of experience in the occupational health space, Lisa Timpone has found that the root cause of many musculoskeletal injuries relates to an imbalance somewhere in the body. As a result, her athletic training and injury prevention philosophies revolve around evaluation of the body as a whole, rather than just the problem area. She has extensive experience with several intervention techniques including muscle energy, active isolated stretching, myokinesthetic system, positional release, and corrective exercise.

W009 1-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 1:10:00 PM - 2:10:00 PM
Topic: Creating a Successful Transitional Work Program Intermediate

By Cathy Floyd, RN, BSN, MSN, DPA, COHN-S, CSMP, FAAOHN

Topic Overview:

Employers looking to elevate their occupational health programs from the mundane to the maximum should consider early return-to-work programs, and not JUST for work-related injuries, but for ALL temporary injuries and illnesses. So, "how do we do that" you ask? Listen closely, and the presenter will both walk you through the baby steps to get there and show you how to improve your financial bottom line along the journey. The presentation includes examples of typical physical limitations for common work and non-work injuries (with actual guidelines) to help develop an appropriate offer of selective/light duty employment for recovering employees and a return-to-work plan of action.

Objectives:

1. Describe key differences between a return-to-work program and transitional work programs.
2. Differentiate between the two main financial benefits for implementing a transitional work program.
3. Explain seven indirect financial benefits of transition work program implementation.

Cathy Floyd is a career Occupational Health Nurse Specialist. Born and raised in the Fort Worth-Dallas Metroplex, her specialty is new occupational health clinic set-up and helping companies "saddle up" for the ride. She makes the learning experience fun and exciting, and she enhances success by explaining the "why" behind every aspect of program development, from employee satisfaction to financial return on investment. Floyd champions early return-to-work programs that ensure injured employees stay safely connected to their jobs, continue the healing process, improve morale, and reduce disability costs through an integrated transitional work process.

W010 1-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 1:10:00 PM - 2:10:00 PM
Topic: How to Start and Operate an Occupational Medicine Business Intermediate

By Andrew J. Seter, MD

Topic Overview:

In today's healthcare landscape, the occupational medicine healthcare needs of corporate clients often go underserved, presenting a lucrative opportunity for those looking to enter and service the market. However, while the potential rewards are significant, navigating this sector comes with its fair share of challenges and risks. In this workshop, attendees will explore the intricacies of operating an occupational medicine practice with a focus on understanding the needs of corporate clients and the philosophy behind occupational medicine. Led by industry experts, the session will delve into the various practice models, operating parameters, anticipated expenses, and revenue streams associated with this field. By gaining a comprehensive understanding of the landscape, attendees will be better equipped to navigate this sector and maximize their chances of success. Join us for this insightful workshop, and discover how an occupational medicine business can be personally, professionally, and financially rewarding.

Objectives:

1. Gain insight into the needs and expectations of corporate clients in the realm of occupational medicine.
2. Understand the fundamental philosophy that underpins occupational medicine practices.
3. Explore the operating parameters of different practice models within the occupational medicine landscape.
4. Assess the anticipated expenses and revenue streams associated with operating an occupational medicine practice.
5. Evaluate the potential risks and rewards inherent in the occupational medicine sector.

Dr. Andrew Seter is Board Certified in Internal and Occupational Medicine. He founded and operated two independent occupational medicine businesses that serviced over 500 corporate clients and their employees throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The businesses encompassed four standalone urgent cares and 20 on-site medical clinics. Dr. Seter currently operates Sensia Tech, which licenses an Occupational Medicine Electronic Medical Record to medical providers and corporate clients.

W011 1-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 2:20:00 PM - 3:20:00 PM
Topic: Communication to C-Suite: How to Impress and Get Leadership Buy-In for Your Quality Improvement Project in Occupational Health Intermediate

By Lija Gireesh, DNP, MBA, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, COHN-S

Topic Overview:

Communication to the C-suite is key to get support and funding for sustaining a quality improvement project in occupational health. Communicating upstream is a different skill than communicating downstream. This presentation is intended to briefly review topics related to research, evidence-based practice (EBP), and quality improvement (QI), in addition to effective communication strategies to reach administrators. The first half of the presentation will equip learners to identify core differences among the three and identify at least one model of practice and steps to use while implementing each of these strategies. Additional focus on QI methodologies, specifically the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) method, will incorporate the review of an example problem. The presenter will share key words and business terminologies to capture attention, simple strategies to draw attention to data conclusions, and how to share data points that support your arguments to elevate credibility and reputation.

Objectives:

1. Differentiate among research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvment projects.
2. Identify at least one quality improvement methodology.
3. Discuss at least two effective communication strategies.

Dr. Lija Gireesh is a doctorate prepared nurse with her DNP focus on Executive Leadership in Healthcare. Along with her full-time role as the manager of a busy occupational health clinic for a tertiary care hospital, she is also faculty of the Nurse Practitioner Program, College of Nursing, Walden University, MN. She is an energetic and compassionate nurse practitioner and experienced nurse leader with a passion for nursing care, delivering exceptional customer experience in progressive leadership roles. Her highly developed analytical skills and proven ability to identify problems and implement effective solutions while remaining efficient has further enhanced the care delivery model at Occupational Health. Dr. Gireesh works in close partnership with Human Resources to plan and implement various policies and procedures for hospital workers. She holds academic degrees from Drexel University, Philadelphia (DNP), University of Delaware (MSN), and Walden University (MBA) and is the proud recipient of an educational scholarship award from the National Association of Health Services Executives. She is ANCC certified as a Nurse Executive and ABOHN certified as an Occupational Health Nurse Specialist. Dr. Gireesh has presented nationally on topics like substance use disorders, health information technology, and wellbeing for healthcare workers. Authorship includes working on AAOHN's core curriculum revision and AOHP's Getting Started in Occupational Health Review Manual. She also partnered with the CDC on a report of tuberculosis transmission linked to a contaminated bone graft used in spinal surgery, published in the MMWR, and implementation of a successful influenza and updated COVID-19 vaccination campaign among healthcare workers in a Delaware healthcare facility.

W012 1-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 2:20:00 PM - 3:20:00 PM
Topic: Implementing and Maintaining a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program: An Occupational Health Nurse Perspective Basic

By Lori Fassler, DNP, RN

Topic Overview:

While there are limited state and governing body regulations in place regarding safe patient handling, evidence suggests that providing both sufficient safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) equipment and implementing a strong SPHM program can significantly decrease the incidence of healthcare worker injuries and associated costs. Around 50% of injuries in the healthcare sector are musculoskeletal in nature, and up to one-fifth of nurses who leave healthcare do so because of these hazards. The biggest risk factor for these injuries is overexertion during manual patient handling such as lifting, moving, and repositioning patients. The most effective programs incorporate committees encompassing a variety of stakeholders and provide for peer leaders/unit champions, teamwork, collaboration, transparency, and consistent communication and education beginning upon hire. The purpose of this presentation is to examine the experiences of implementing and maintaining an occupational health professional-led SPHM committee from inception through the maintenance phase.

Objectives:

1. Recognize common manual patient handling injuries that highlight the need for SPHM interventions.
2. Identify at least two resources for implementing an SPHM program/committee.
3. Examine successful SPHM strategies implemented within one healthcare facility.
4. Analyze outcomes of one facility's SPHM program, including successes and even-better-ifs.

Lori Fassler is an Occupational Health Nurse at Alton Memorial Hospital, part of BJC Healthcare, in Alton, IL. She received her Doctor in Nursing Practice from McKendree University. Her nursing career with BJC has spanned 26 years and, in addition to practicing the last three years in occupational health, includes experience in med-surg, pediatrics, labor and deliver, postpartum, nursery, and staff development. Her responsibilities include supervising the daily operations of Occupational Health, managing the workers' compensation program, and coordinating delivery of occupational health services for 900 employees.

W013 1-hour WS
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 2:20:00 PM - 3:20:00 PM
Topic: How to Develop a Surveillance Program Basic

By Sacha H. Gutierrez, MD, MS, FACOEM

Topic Overview:

Occupational Health Professionals use an understanding of both the work being performed and the potential hazards involved to protect the health and safety of the employees performing the work. Medical surveillance programs provide information that can be used to prevent adverse health effects due to workplace hazards. This presentation will review the reasons behind medical surveillance in addition to the steps involved in developing a surveillance program.

Objectives:

1. Describe why surveillance programs may be necessary.
2. Distinguish when surveillance programs are necessary.
3. Identify eight steps in creating a surveillance program.

Dr. Gutierrez graduated from Princeton University with a degree in chemistry. She completed medical school at the New Jersey Medical School and then served 3 years on active duty as an Army flight surgeon. Her time in service included one tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sacha completed her residency training in occupational medicine at University of Texas at Tyler while also earning a master's degree in Environmental Medicine at Stephen F. Austin State University. Before joining the staff at FDA in January 2016, Dr. Gutierrez worked for the US Army as a disability evaluation physician for five years and then moved on to manage a 24-hour urgent care and occupational health clinic for Concentra, a national healthcare company. In her 7-year tenure at FDA as Chief Medical Officer, Occupational Health Services, she has worked toward standardization of occupational health services provided across FDA, updating clinic procedures, and promoting employee health. Dr. G lives in Greer, South Carolina with her husband Patrick, 2 daughters, Alivia and Estelle, aged 16 and 13, their dog Winter, and their 2 guinea pigs Simba and Nyla.

GS001 Wednesday Opening Keynote
Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024 4:30:00 PM - 5:45:00 PM
Topic: Conducting Difficult (and Courageous) Conversations: From Avoidance to Successful Outcomes Advanced

By Steven Wiesner, MD and Mitch Kusy, PhD

Topic Overview:

We have all been there—how to have a difficult conversation with a colleague, your boss, a patient, or their family member. Whether you are dealing with someone's toxic behaviors, having to let someone go, delivering bad news, or managing an under-performing colleague, this keynote address will present the missing link in making such a conversation just a bit easier, less stressful, and more successful. How? By first understanding why these conversations are so difficult and then engaging the 4-Phase Courageous Conversation Feedback Model. A critical component of this model is the extensive research conducted within the medical environment and beyond. Based on this research and its associated application, participants will be positioned to take a risk, have the conversation, and share this simple model with others. To implement effective behavioral change, practicing the model around the participants' real and present work scenarios is critical. In small groups, participants will practice along with the "guide-on-the-side" approach. In closing this session, participants will document their commitment to bring the newly learned skills back to their work environment, improving their level of comfort while achieving productive outcomes in managing these difficult conversations. Following this keynote address, we hope audience members will have the "aha" moment of "Why didn't I learn this years ago? It would have eroded so much of my own angst and helped me in many challenging situations."

Objectives:

1. Identify crucial evidence that prevents people from having difficult conversations.
2. Explain how the 4-Phase Courageous Conversation Feedback Model provides a template for positive actions.
3. Practice this 4-Phase Courageous Conversation Feedback Model in small groups.
4. Identify a next-step action plan for personal professional practice.

Dr. Steve Wiesner worked for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) from April 1994 through his retirement in May 2020. During that period, he was the Kaiser Permanente On-the-Job Medical Director for Workers' Compensation Services and served as the Medical Director for the healthcare organization, providing oversight for utilization review and case management services. Dr. Wiesner was the Physician Advisor for the Kaiser Permanente National Integrated Disability Management Program supporting the eight Kaiser Permanente regions providing disability management education and resources. He also supported the East Bay TPMG Physician Human Resource Department, where he oversaw healthcare leadership and professional development and training. Dr. Wiesner now serves as a medical advisor for Karuna Labs and is a consultant with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group supporting their disability management program.

A 2005 Fulbright Scholar in Organization Development, Dr. Mitch Kusy is a full professor in the Graduate School of Leadership & Change at Antioch University and a consultant with the Healthy Workforce Institute, whose mission is to eradicate bullying and incivility in healthcare and restore respectful engagement to improve personal well-being, team performance, and the patient experience. An organizational psychologist, Dr. Kusy has consulted and been a keynote speaker with hundreds of healthcare organizations nationally and internationally, helping to create work cultures of respectful engagement impacting individual, team, and bottom-line performance. He previously headed leadership and organization development at American Express Financial Advisors and HealthPartners. Prior to his latest book, Why I Don't Work Here Anymore: A Leader's Guide to Offset the Financial and Emotional Costs of Toxic Employees, he co-authored five business books. He has received the Minnesota Organization Development Practitioner of the Year Award. He resides in Minneapolis and Palm Springs and may be contacted at mitchellkusy@gmail.com or via his website at www.mitchellkusy.com. He can be followed on LinkedIn.

A001 Thursday Opening Keynote
Thursday, Sept 5, 2024 7:40:00 AM - 8:40:00 AM
Topic: The Shocking Truth Regarding Job-Related Issues Associated with Clinician Suicide Intermediate/Advanced

By Judy E. Davidson, DNP, RN, MCCM, FAAN

Topic Overview:

The purpose of this program is to shed light on actionable mental health issues among nurses and other healthcare clinicians. Evidence-based approaches for risk detection and referral to treatment will be described. Inequities in treatment of nurses with mental health issues will be addressed. Individual, healthcare system, and regulatory approaches to optimizing workplace wellness to prevent suicide will be discussed. The relationship between substance use disorder and suicide will be explored. The association between chronic pain, substance use, chronic illness, discipline, and suicide will be described.

Objectives:

1. Explore job-related factors known prior to death by suicide among health professionals.
2. Describe evidence-based approaches to risk detection and referral for treatment.
3. Describe leadership/regulatory actions that can be taken to reduce risk of nurse suicide.

Dr. Judy E. Davidson is the Nurse Scientist for University of California San Diego, serving 5,000 nurses with project and research development, presentation, and publication skills. Her own research centers around workplace wellness, specifically suicide among healthcare professionals. Her work has stimulated advocacy movements and policy change to address the risk of nurse suicide. After confirming the risk of suicide in nurses, she and her research team successfully launched a suicide prevention program for nurses, engaging hundreds of nurses in mental health treatment since its inception. This program has been endorsed by the Academy of Nurses and Surgeon General of the United States, among others.

A002 45 min GS
Thursday, Sept 5, 2024 8:40:00 AM - 9:25:00 AM
Topic: The Power of Prevention: Mastering Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) Risk Assessments Basic

By Asha Roy, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, MBA, MAS PS HQ, CSPHP, CWcHP, CEAS II, AOEAS

Topic Overview:

Occupational health team members play a vital role in ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for staff. Musculoskeletal injuries are a major concern for healthcare workers, often stemming from unsafe patient handling and mobility practices. This presentation equips you with the knowledge and skills to conduct thorough safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) risk assessments, a proactive approach to preventing these injuries, through these important steps:

• Identify Risk Factors: Delve into the various factors that increase the risk of injury during transfers and movement, including patient limitations due to reduced mobility, cognitive impairment, pain, and environmental hazards.
• Conduct Effective Risk Assessments: Master the key components of an SPHM risk assessment. This includes evaluating a patient's physical capabilities, medical history, and current functional status. Discuss strategies for assessing the environment for potential obstacles or limitations that could hinder safe mobility.
• Mitigate Risk with Evidence-Based Practices: Discover how risk assessments can guide the selection of appropriate assistive devices and safe transfer techniques. This minimizes injury risk for both patients and caregivers, ensuring a positive and safe healthcare experience.
• Promote Safe Practices: Learn strategies to advocate for the implementation of SPHM risk assessments within your facility. This could involve educating colleagues, promoting existing protocols, or highlighting the cost benefits of preventing injuries to both staff and the organization.
• Collaboration is Key: Explore how occupational health teams can collaborate effectively with nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other caregivers to ensure a comprehensive approach to patient safety.

This presentation empowers occupational health teams to create a safer environment for healthcare workers and ultimately improve patient care.

Objectives:

1. Conduct a basic safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) risk assessment by outlining the key components of such an assessment.
2. Advocate for the importance of SPHM risk assessments within the workplace.
3. Collaborate with colleagues from different disciplines (e.g., nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy) to ensure a comprehensive approach to SPHM.
4. Evaluate the effectiveness of implemented safe handling strategies for a specific patient to encourage ongoing monitoring and adjustments for optimal safety.

Dr. Asha Roy is an Occupational Therapist (OT) by trade with an extensive background in injury prevention and absence management. She has a doctorate in OT with a specialization in Administration and Practice Management that has allowed her to successfully navigate the organizational barriers associated with change management initiatives in large organizations. Dr. Roy has worked on safe patient handling program development in 20+ hospitals and two sub-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities with over 6,600 hospital and long-term care beds in New York. She works closely with the risk management division to analyze each injury toward identifying opportunities and vulnerabilities. Using her analytical skills and working with the finance team, her team successfully developed a plan to procure the required equipment for all sites while using the large size of Northwell Health System as leverage to negotiate pricing with various equipment vendors. Her engagement efforts have led to successful statewide education events (conferences and webinars) to promote current evidence-based safe patient handling and mobility practices. She served as President of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP) in 2022 and was a board member from 2019-2023.

A003 30 min GS
Thursday, Sept 5, 2024 10:05:00 AM - 10:35:00 AM
Topic: 2023 AOHP Benchmarking Survey Basic

By Denise Knoblauch, MSN, RN, COHN-S/CM, Asha Roy, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, MBA, MAS PS HQ, CSPHP, CWcHP, CEASII, AOEAS, Tom Gilliam, PhD, Lydia F. Crutchfield, MA, BSN, RN, CLC, and Stacy Smirl, MSM, BSN, RN, COEE, COHN-S

Topic Overview:

In 2023 AOHP launched a Staff Benchmarking Survey comprised of 19 questions. The purpose was to obtain staffing information and other demographic information from occupational/employee health departments. This general session will present the results of this nationwide benchmarking survey. Attendees will review the background of the survey development, identify staffing trends, and review staffing patterns based upon hospital bed size and the number of healthcare personnel receiving services.

Objectives:

1. Contrast staffing patterns for occupational/employee health departments by number of healthcare personnel who receive services.
2. Identify trends of staffing changes from previous surveys.
3. Discuss three other characteristics of the occupational/employee health department identified in the survey.

Denise Knoblauch is currently the Occupational Health Nurse for Athletico/Pivot at Corteva Agriscience in El Paso, TX. She has 34 years of experience in occupational/employee health. She began her career as the lone employee health nurse in a small rural hospital and transitioned to an urban medical center occupational health department which provided services to the medical center employees as well as to local industries. She has experience as a clinician, coordinator, manager, case manager, and executive director in occupational health as well as infection control. She developed the case manager model in occupational health at the medical center. An active AOHP member on the local and national levels, Knoblauch has filled many leadership roles on the Executive Board. She currently is President of the Upper Midwest Chapter and a member of the Continuing Education Committee and National Conference Committee. Knoblauch has led the AOHP strategic initiative to develop Beyond Getting Started programs. She has presented many occupational health topics nationally, regionally, and locally. She is a Board-Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and Case Manager from the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN). She is co-project manager for the AOHP Benchmarking Survey.

Dr. Asha Roy is an Occupational Therapist (OT) by trade with an extensive background in injury prevention and absence management. She has a doctorate in OT with a specialization in Administration and Practice Management that has allowed her to successfully navigate the organizational barriers associated with change management initiatives in large organizations. Dr. Roy has worked on safe patient handling program development in 20+ hospitals and two sub-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities with over 6,600 hospital and long-term care beds in New York. She works closely with the risk management division to analyze each injury towards identifying opportunities and vulnerabilities. Using her analytical skills and working with the finance team, her team successfully developed a plan to procure the required equipment for all sites while using the large size of Northwell Health System as leverage to negotiate pricing with various equipment vendors. Her engagement efforts have led to successful statewide education events (conferences and webinars) to promote current evidence-based safe patient handling and mobility practices. She served as President of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP) in 2022 and was a board member from 2019-2023.

Dr. Tom Gilliam is Founder and President of DataFit Industrial Physical Capability Services (IPCS), the industry leader in employee physical capability assessments for Fortune 100 companies and government partners nationwide. He is a visionary leader and industry bellwether at the forefront of workforce health and safety, physical capability assessment, and organizational risk management. He created the proprietary, science-driven mathematical model that is the foundation of IPCS technology today, revolutionizing how organizations effectively and legally provide safe, compliant, and objective testing to match workers with essential job functions. His relentless dedication to ergonomic science-driven research and statistical analysis has revolutionized workers' health, safety, and risk assessment for diversified organizations and industries. Dr. Gilliam presents at leading industry and scientific conferences, including AOHP, American Occupational Health Conference, National Association for the Occupational Health Professionals, National Ergonomics Association, and American College of Sports Medicine. He has written countless scientific papers published by leading scientific journals and scholarly publications. Notably, he is co-author of the book Move It. Lose It. Live Healthy. The Simple Truth About Achieving & Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight. Before founding IPCS, Dr. Gilliam was a tenured faculty member at the University of Michigan, where he was involved with numerous funded research projects with the NIH, the Kellogg Foundation, and the state of Michigan. He earned his doctorate in Exercise and Muscle Physiology from Michigan State University, Master of Science from East Carolina University, and Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College. Dr. Gilliam is a veteran of the United States Army.

Lydia Crutchfield's nursing career has spanned over four decades serving others in varied nursing roles. During the last 20 years of her career, she worked in occupational health. Working in one of the nation's largest healthcare systems, she held leadership positions throughout her entire career. Crutchfield has years of local and national board member and officer experience. She has been a member of AOHP for 23 years and has enjoyed serving the members in several different roles, currently serving as President Emeritus and Chair of the 2024 AOHP National Conference. She has refocused her life away from the workplace but continues to help others at home and in the community, doing so with a grateful heart and a warm smile.

Stacy Smirl is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Science in Management as well as certifications as an Ergonomics Evaluator and Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist. She has held various nursing positions over 27 years. Smirl began her employee/occupational health career in December 2008. Since June 2021, she has been the Director of Occupational Health and Wellness (Employee Health Services and Workers' Compensation) at Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City, MO. She has been an AOHP member since 2009. During her membership, she has had held several chapter and Executive Board positions. Currently, Smirl is serving her second term as Executive President for AOHP.

A004 45 min GS
Thursday, Sept 5, 2024 10:35:00 AM - 11:20:00 AM
Topic: Vaccinating Healthcare Personnel: Where Have We Been; Where Are We Going? Intermediate/Advanced

By Amy J. Behrman, MD, FACP, FACOEM

Topic Overview:

Vaccinating healthcare personnel has been a public health priority for more than two centuries. High rates of clinically appropriate immunization can protect individual healthcare workers from illness, disability, and death while reducing risks for their patients, families, and communities. In healthcare as in other settings, vaccination is the most effective intervention to mitigate the impact of vaccine-preventable pathogens. Conversely, ineffective immunization threatens the healthcare workforce and can thereby magnify the impact of endemic and epidemic disease on communities. Vaccination rates are strongly influenced by employer and government resources and requirements. Vaccine mandates are the strongest driver of vaccination rates. Within mandated situations, consistent evidence-based exemption reviews are necessary to maintain high rates. Clarity and consensus from public health authorities support higher vaccination rates. Anti-vaccine messages from public figures and grassroots organizations affect healthcare personnel as well as the general public. Although most healthcare personnel seek clinically appropriate vaccines, hesitancy and resistance to evidence-based recommendations persist over time and vary in severity. Variation in vaccination rates for healthcare personnel, and hence in vaccine effectiveness in the healthcare setting, appear driven by differences in employer requirements, public health recommendations, and community factors. Healthcare personnel who themselves resist vaccination may fail to encourage vaccination for vulnerable patients. This presentation will review healthcare worker vaccine recommendation and rates using literature review and institutional narrative, primarily focused on findings from the United States with implications for global partners. Audience members will gain a deeper understanding of how to optimize immunization to protect their employee populations in the context of prior history, current trends, and their individual institutional needs.

Objectives:

1. Understand key strategies to optimize employee vaccination in healthcare settings.
2. Learn how to apply these strategies to individual workplaces.
3. Create opportunities to address evolving threats to prior strategies.

Dr. Amy Behrman is a Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has served as Occupational Medicine Director for more than 25 years. Her practice and academic interests focus on healthcare personnel, occupational infections, nosocomial infection prevention, vaccine preventable diseases, and adult immunization programs. She is responsible for clinical care, surveillance, and immunization programs for healthcare personnel, research staff, and veterinary staff at a large academic medical center. Dr. Behrman was elected to Penn's Academy of Master Clinicians in 2018. A fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), she is a past Chair and current Board Member of the national Medical Center Occupational Health Section of the ACOEM.

A005 45 min GS
Thursday, Sept 5, 2024 11:20:00 AM - 12:05:00 PM
Topic: Aging and Sarcopenia - Not a Good Combination! Intermediate

By Tom Gilliam, PhD and George P. Giannakos, MSN

Topic Overview:

Sarcopenia is defined as the progressive loss of muscle mass and strength associated with the aging process. With an aging workforce, it becomes paramount for occupational health clinicians to be able to evaluate, advise, and advocate for the employees under their care. In the last 10 years, many studies have shown the positive impact resistance training (RT) has in the prevention of sarcopenia and frailty. These studies show the effectiveness of RT even for 80- and 90-year-old individuals. Resistance training has also shown to be effective in enhancing cellular health through a measure called Phase Angle. Phase Angle is a cellular nutritional and health assessment which usually declines with age - also leading to sarcopenia. Enhancing Phase Angle through RT increases the probability of slowing sarcopenia. While RT is the cornerstone to addressing sarcopenia, the presentation will include mention of available pharmacologic (prescriptive and over the counter) modalities. Scientific studies in chronobiology also may prove useful in mitigating this process.

Objectives:

1. Define sarcopenia and its impact on muscle health and overall well-being.
2. Discuss the diagnostic criteria and screening tools used to identify sarcopenia.
3. Explore treatment options and interventions to manage sarcopenia effectively.
4. Understand the role of muscle in protecting against sarcopenia and frailty with aging.
5. Identify preventive measures, including muscular strength training and lifestyle factors, to mitigate the risk of sarcopenia.

Dr. Tom Gilliam is Founder and President of DataFit Industrial Physical Capability Services (IPCS), the industry leader in employee physical capability assessments for Fortune 100 companies and government partners nationwide. He is a visionary leader and industry bellwether at the forefront of workforce health and safety, physical capability assessment, and organizational risk management. He created the proprietary, science-driven mathematical model that is the foundation of IPCS technology today, revolutionizing how organizations effectively and legally provide safe, compliant, and objective testing to match workers with essential job functions. His relentless dedication to ergonomic science-driven research and statistical analysis has revolutionized workers' health, safety, and risk assessment for diversified organizations and industries. Dr. Gilliam presents at leading industry and scientific conferences, including AOHP, American Occupational Health Conference, National Association for the Occupational Health Professionals, National Ergonomics Association, and American College of Sports Medicine. He has written countless scientific papers published by leading scientific journals and scholarly publications. Notably, he is the co-author of the book Move It. Lose It. Live Healthy. The Simple Truth About Achieving & Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight. Before founding IPCS, Dr. Gilliam was a tenured faculty member at the University of Michigan, where he was involved with numerous funded research projects with the NIH, the Kellogg Foundation, and the state of Michigan. He earned his doctorate in Exercise and Muscle Physiology from Michigan State University, Master of Science from East Carolina University, and Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College. Dr. Gilliam is a veteran of the United States Army.

George Giannakos earned his nursing degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Nursing in 1997 and started his career in cardiac critical care. After earning his MSN from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2002 in the Adult Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner track, he worked in an outpatient occupational health clinic. He is currently employed as the Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner at the Washington, D.C., Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he advocates and educates staff on healthy options. With many employees working well past retirement, sarcopenia is becoming a health metric to be mindful of to advise decisions.

A006 60 min GS
Thursday, Sept 5, 2024 1:00:00 PM - 2:00:00 PM
Topic: Introduction to OSHA and OSHA Updates Intermediate

By John P. Walsh, MS, BS, CSC

Topic Overview:

This presentation provides a comprehensive overview of the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), covering their history, organization, and key safety and health metrics. Attendees will gain insights into OSHA's operations, including its legal authority, jurisdiction, inspection processes, and penalties for non-compliance. The presentation also highlights recent changes to labor laws and their implications for both employers and employees.

Objectives:

1. Understand the historical context and organizational structure of the Department of Labor and OSHA.
2. Gain insight into OSHA's operations, focusing on inspection procedures and the penalties imposed for violations.
3. Explore recent updates to labor laws and their impact on employers and employees, including changes in compliance requirements and potential consequences for non-compliance.

John P. Walsh is a Compliance Assistance Specialist for OSHA Fort Worth in Texas. He has worked for the U.S. Department of Labor for about 15 years, including his first nine years as an OSHA Safety Inspector. Before that, he served more than 20 years in the U.S. Navy, first as Propulsion Officer for the USS OGDEN and Operations Officer on the USS PELICAN, followed by Project Officer supervising shipbuilding on the Gulf Coast, Project Manager for Development of New Orleans, LA, and then New Equipment Project Manager for Otis Elevator in Denver, CO. Walsh earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Enginnering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a Certified Safety Professional.

A007 45 min GS
Thursday, Sept 5, 2024 2:00:00 PM - 2:45:00 PM
Topic: Psychological Safety and Workplace Violence Basic/Intermediate

By Dee Kumpar, MBA, BSN, RN

Topic Overview:

As mental health claims rise and threaten to surpass musculoskeletal claims in 2024, it is imperative for employers to address the culture of inclusion and civility within their organizations. In this session, attendees will delve into the crucial topic of psychological safety and its relationship to workplace violence. By understanding the warning signs of potential violence and staying informed about legislative requirements, employers can take proactive measures to prevent workplace violence events. Senate Bill 533, scheduled for enforcement on July 1, 2024, underscores the urgency for employers to be aware of their obligations in maintaining a safe work environment.

Objectives:

1. Review the trends of mental health claims in the United States and their implications for workplace safety.
2. Examine how the adoption of psychological safety practices can impact workplace violence and foster a culture of safety.
3. Explore the new legislative requirements set to take effect in July 2024 and their implications for employers.

Dee Kumpar is a professional consultant who supports the healthcare team to resolve complex problems with interprofessional stakeholders, ensuring optimal structured clinical alignment. She has spent the last 25 years helping clients eliminate variation in care practice by building standard operating procedures to aid in adoption, performance, and sustainability. She has extensive experience across the continuum of healthcare and has worked with some of the nation's largest healthcare organizations, driving process improvements, system integrations, culture change, and adverse event mitigation. She is a published author and international speaker. Kumpar earned her MBA from Marylhurst University and her BSN from the University of Michigan. She earned Lean Certification in Healthcare from the University of Michigan and Strategic Decision Making from Stanford University. Kumpar is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional from ASPHP and certified in Mental Health First Aid from The National Council for Behavioral Health. She serves on the American Nurses Association Policy Committee.

A008 30 min GS
Thursday, Sept 5, 2024 2:45:00 PM - 3:15:00 PM
Topic: Basics of Radiation Safety Basic

By Julianne M. Pollard-Larkin, PhD

Topic Overview:

This session will cover the basic concepts of radiation safety in the workplace. Attendees will learn what radiation is and be able to recognize sources and types of radiation they might interact with in their workplace. The talk will highlight understanding the different radiation hazard signage displayed in areas with the potential for radiation exposure. Finally, the session will ensure that all attendees are familiar with the radiation protection concept of ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable), the impact of time, distance, and shielding, and how to keep track of their radiation exposure at work.

Objectives:

1. Define radiation and radioactivity.
2. Identify sources and types of radiation.
3. Explain the radiation protection concept ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable).

Dr. Julianne Pollard-Larkin is an Associate Professor of Medical Physics and leads her clinical group as the Service Chief Medical Physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center's Thoracic Radiation Oncology Clinic. She also conducts clinical research, mentors faculty, and teaches medical physics to residents and graduate students. In her clinical faculty leadership role, she manages the treatment and quality assurance for the center's lung radiotherapy patients. Her primary research interests include FLASH ultra-high dose radiotherapy, pacemaker radiotherapy dose measurements, and improving the efficacy of motion management in thoracic treatments and radiobiology. Notably, beyond her role at MD Anderson Cancer Center treating patients with radiotherapy, she is also a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and is Chair over its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.

A009 45 min GS
Thursday, Sept 5, 2024 3:40:00 PM - 4:25:00 PM
Topic: Assessing Differences of Occupational Blood & Body Fluid Exposure Incidents Between Nurses & Physicians: 2023 EPINet Snapshot Intermediate

By Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH

Topic Overview:

Over the years that the International Safety Center and EPINet have been collecting data on sharps injuries, needlesticks, and mucocutaneous exposures, we've seen changing trends in professional groups, explicitly injuries and exposures between nurses and physicians. This presentation will provide insights into not-ever-seen-before EPINet data that consist of dozens of healthcare facilities in the United States. We will describe the difference between incidence of incidents, as well as targeted interventions for prevention in these two large professional groups. This session is intended to be interactive, with audience participation on creating strategy and a call to action. Over the past several decades, rates and ratios of these types of occupational exposures have not notably declined. Let's explore why - together - and fix it!

Objectives:

1. Review summary of 2023 EPINet Sharps, Needlestick, and Mucocutaneous Incident Data.
2. Compare incident data for two professional groups - nurses and physicians.
3. Consider potential targeted prevention campaigns for each group based on procedure and device type.

Dr. Amber Hogan Mitchell's career has been focused on public health and occupational safety and health related to preventing infectious disease. She is the President and Executive Director of the International Safety Center - a women-run non-profit. She also runs a successful consulting business and functions as a science advisor and subject matter expert for occupational infectious disease. Dr. Mitchell holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Mitchell began her career as the first OSHA National Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator and has received several Secretary of Labor Excellence awards. She has received several prestigious awards from professional organizations including AOHP, AIHA, and ASSP. She holds a Doctor of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health, a Master's in Public Health from The George Washington University, and a bachelor's degree from Binghamton University. She published her first book, Preventing Occupational Exposures to Infectious Disease in Health Care, for professionals with responsibility for infection prevention and control and occupational health and safety programs. She was the 2023 AOHP Extraordinary Member Honoree.

A010 60 min GS
Thursday, Sept 5, 2024 4:25:00 PM - 5:25:00 PM
Topic: Optimizing Healthcare Onboarding: Strategies for Boosting Productivity, Enhancing Retention, and Streamlining Processes Intermediate

By Tami Wilcoxson, Lynda Grant, MSN, RN, PHN, and Jessica Dunbar

Topic Overview:

In today's fast-paced healthcare environment, efficient onboarding is essential to ensure personnel are compliant, well-prepared, and safe to work from day one. Employee and occupational health experts play a pivotal role in optimizing this process. Research underscores the significant impact of a robust onboarding experience:
• Employees who felt their onboarding was highly effective are 18 times more likely to feel highly committed to their organization.
• 86% of new employees decide to stay with their new organization within the first few months.
• User-friendly systems, improved communication, and automated processes increase efficiency while reducing costs.
Industry leaders will share valuable insights and best practices, equipping participants to revolutionize onboarding processes and set personnel up for success.

Objectives:

1. Understand actionable strategies to revolutionize the onboarding process, emphasizing personnel satisfaction and operational efficiency as key outcomes.
2. Explore best practices from occupational and employee health experts to improve personnel safety and compliance.
3. Learn why onboarding is crucial to supporting organizational compliance, readiness, safety, and employee satisfaction goals.

After graduating from Hodges University with her Bachelor of Science, Tami Wilcoxson spent several years in primary care as an acquisition manager and EMR software trainer before entering occupational health management. For the past 10 years, she has overseen in-house pre-hire clearance and regulatory health requirements at both Lee Health and SSM Health. She currently is the System Director of Employee Health Operations at SSM Health. Over the past three years, she has led her team on a process improvement journey by redesigning the employee health department. She led the team during the conversion from an outsourced health screening process, shifting to an in-house onboarding process yielding over $3 million in savings in the first year. In March 2023, she led the implementation of a new enterprise EMR system (Immuware) to further improve the onboarding process and reduce the candidate cycle time from time of offer to cleared to keep up with industry demands. Her strong commitment to employee health and safety is her passion to lead ongoing process improvements today.

Lynda Grant is the System Manager for Occupational and Employee Health at Adventist Health. She is also President of the AOHP Southern California Chapter. With over 34,000 healthcare personnel across the West Coast and Hawaii, Grant's leadership has been instrumental in enhancing employee health and safety, ensuring compliance with industry regulations, and fostering a culture of well-being within the organization. Her commitment to excellence in healthcare and dedication to advancing occupational and employee health practices have earned her recognition as a respected authority in the field.

Jessica Dunbar is Chief of Staff at Propelus, a leader in workforce compliance technology for healthcare professionals, their employers, regulators, and partners. In this role, she spearheads strategic initiatives and innovative policies that nurture a culture of excellence, empowering employees to achieve milestones aligned with the company's values and vision. Dunbar holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Florida, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is also a certified member of The Chief of Staff Association.

B001 Friday Opening Keynote
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 7:30:00 AM - 8:15:00 AM
Topic: Tuberculosis Basics: The What, Why, How, and WTFs of Policy, Testing, and Treatment in One Session Basic/Intermediate

By Wendy Thanassi, MD, MA, MRO

Topic Overview:

On a planet where tuberculosis (TB) infects one-third of all people, the United States has one of the lowest incidences. We have amazing public healthcare, policies, practices, tests, and treatments. TB is a complicated infection; if it was simple, we would have eradicated it thousands of years ago. All of the components of a great TB screening, testing, and treatment program are similarly complicated. Dr. Thanassi will boil it all down into one jam-packed session that gives attendees the tools needed to start to understand, or to fill in knowledge gaps, and to provide resources for reference later in order for them to have a TB testing program that sits on a solid foundation. The presentation will start with some epidemiology of TB infection in the United States. Where is it, and who has it? Following is an explanation of what is required and recommended by policy in terms of pre-employment and post-exposure investigations. The presenter will then cover the available tests and the reasons one would choose one methodology over another. Finally, treatment regimens will be introduced. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of testing to treat TB, which is the only path to elimination.

Objectives:

1. Understand the reasons IGRAs are preferred over TST to test for tuberculosis (TB).
2. Know where to find needed resources for TB testing, policy, and treatment.
3. Identify the preferred treatments for latent TB.

Dr. Wendy Thanassi became Board-Certified in Emergency Medicine after training at Yale and Stanford. She spent 16 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs and as a Professor at Stanford Medicine before starting this year as Senior Medical Director of TB and Infectious Diseases in North America for Qiagen Life Sciences as well. She is the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's representative on the CDC's Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis, and she serves as the U.S. Representative to the International Congress of Occupational Health.

B002 45 min GS
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 8:15:00 AM - 9:00:00 AM
Topic: Master Mindfulness with Mental Fitness for Optimal Productivity, Communication, and Health & Wellbeing Intermediate/Advanced

By Lisa Hammett

Topic Overview:

Learn the fundamentals and application of mental fitness to master mindfulness for optimal health, mental clarity, and productivity. Leave with techniques that can be applied in daily work and life to manage stress and other negative emotions in the moment that can sabotage efforts to be productive, healthy, and successful. Be inspired and encouraged to take positive action.

Objectives:

1. Define mental fitness and its impact.
2. Learn how thought patterns impact behavior and sabotage efforts to be mindful.
3. Understand how to apply mental fitness techniques to work/life for enhanced productivity, mental clarity, communication, and health and wellbeing.

Lisa Hammett is an accomplished motivational and TEDx speaker, an international best-selling author, a Certified Positive Intelligence PQ Coach, and a wellness expert, helping human resources and healthcare executives manage stress, improve productivity and communication, and regain their health and wellbeing. With over 26 years of experience in the corporate retail industry, Hammett knows firsthand the toll that stress and burnout can take on individuals. After a transformative health and wellness journey where she lost 65 pounds, she decided to dedicate her life to helping others achieve their health and wellness objectives. Hammett has positively impacted the lives of thousands of individuals, empowering them to make lasting changes. Her first book, From Burnout to Best Life: How to take charge of your health and happiness, reached best-seller status in 16 categories globally.

B003 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 9:30:00 AM - 10:15:00 AM
Topic: Southern Illinois Healthcare - A Journey to Improve Caregiver and Patient Safety Basic

By Tariq Alkhatim, MS and Andy Rich, MS

Topic Overview:

Safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) programs are being implemented with growing vigor. However, getting them started and sticking poses great challenges for many. This session will discuss Southern Illinois Healthcare's case review to explore the challenges, strategies, and real-life applications that healthcare organizations have experienced that have resulted in significant reductions in workers' compensation incidents and costs related to moving patients, as well as reducing patient falls, hospital-acquired pressure injuries, and other complications associated with immobility.

Objectives:

1. Identify the common constraints that block SPHM program success.
2. Describe application-based solutions that can be utilized to overcome constraints to success.
3. Identify leading and lagging metrics that can be used to identify SPHM program status.

Tariq Alkhatim graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a bachelor's in Industrial Technology and a master's in Quality Engineering and Management. He has professional experience working in manufacturing overseas and in the United States. Currently, Alkhatim holds the position as Occupational Health and Safety Supervisor for Southern Illinois Healthcare.

Andy Rich graduated from Rush University in 1997 with Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. He worked as an acute care and industrial rehabilitation therapist from 1998-2004. Since 2004, he has been employed as a Clinical Consultant and Manager for Arjo. In that role, he provides clinical consultation to acute and long-term care organizations in mobility programming. Rich has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on subjects including, but not limited to, SPHM program design and sustainability, providing care to patients of size and ensuring training sticks, and how to influence culture change.

B004 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 9:30:00 AM - 10:15:00 AM
Topic: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle Basic/Intermediate

By Dee Kumpar, MBA, BSN, RN

Topic Overview:

During this presentation the audience will see healthcare trends for both occupational and non-occupational claims as we view the needs of the whole individual and explore commonalities. The impact mental health is having on non-occupational claims is now being reviewed as potential to increase occupational health risks and work-related injuries. As baby boomers leave the workforce, we recognize that the new generation of workers has different needs and expectations from their employers. The difference is explored from data collected in a global survey conducted in 2022 and a mental health survey from 2023. The information is offered as a way to promote vitality and wellness of the workforce to meet their occupational and non-occupational healthcare needs.

Objectives:

1. Review trends from both occupational and non-occupational claims.
2. Examine how physical and mental health claims impact worker performance.
3. Discover what workers want and need from employers.

Dee Kumpar is a professional consultant who supports the healthcare team to resolve complex problems with interprofessional stakeholders, ensuring optimal structured clinical alignment. She has spent the last 25 years helping clients eliminate variation in care practice by building standard operating procedures to aid in adoption, performance, and sustainability. She has extensive experience across the continuum of healthcare and has worked with some of the nation's largest healthcare organizations, driving process improvements, system integrations, culture change, and adverse event mitigation. She is a published author and international speaker. Kumpar earned her MBA from Marylhurst University and her BSN from the University of Michigan. She earned Lean Certification in Healthcare from the University of Michigan and Strategic Decision Making from Stanford University. Kumpar is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional from ASPHP and certified in Mental Health First Aid from The National Council for Behavioral Health. She serves on the American Nurses Association Policy Committee.

B005 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 9:30:00 AM - 10:15:00 AM
Topic: Stress First Aid in Healthcare Basic

By Sue Stewart, RN, DNP, MBA, COHN-S, COHC

Topic Overview:

This program will describe Stress First Aid and how this great program, started by the military, has been moved into the healthcare field. The key goal for the learner is understanding its importance in preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the future. The training will also cover the physical, psychological, and morale positive effects of having Stress First Aid at your facility. Review the important elements of Stress First Aid, how it positively impacts work relationships, and how it can save lives. At the end of the presentation, participants will be shown a sample toolkit and where to go to complete train-the-trainer courses to share this great program with team members. The presenter will also review the results of a four-month pilot with 56 boots-on-the-ground team members. A special thanks to the team at MedStar Health, who provided the presenter the train-the-trainer course in 2023.

Objectives:

1. Identify the psychological and physical attributes of implementing Stress First Aid at a facility.
2. Articulate the reasons Stress First Aid is important for retention and morale.
3. Understand the necessary training materials and toolkit items for training others.

Sue Stewart joined the Army at 18 and subsequently went to nursing school. She has worked in pediatrics, research, school nursing, and (for the last two decades) in occupational/employee health. She has earned a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She also is a black belt in Six Sigma. Stewart lives in Tampa, FL with her husband, three dogs, and a cat. She enjoys reading and working with plants in her yard. She also likes to travel. Her pride and joy is her two-year-old grandson Caleb Kai. Stewart was seeking a viable solution for helping healthcare workers NOW and avoiding PTSD in the future. Stress First Aid fit this bill.

B006 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 9:30:00 AM - 10:15:00 AM
Topic: Invest in Yourself: The Value of Specialty Certification Basic/intermediate

By Betty Sanisidro, DNP, MSN, COHN-S, APHN-BC

Topic Overview:

This session will include an overview of opportunities for certification in occupational health, highlighting the benefits of nursing specialty certification and the requirements for certification examination preparation. With a focus on increasing awareness and knowledge of the certification process and its benefits, participants will learn how certification can positively impact the professional pathway for occupational health nurses. The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) 2023 Practice Analysis Survey will be reviewed and discussed, along with industry changes in the last five years, their impact to occupational health, and the resulting new exam content outlines.

Objectives:

1. Identify three benefits of certification in occupational health.
2. Describe the requirements to becoming a certified occupational health nurse and maintaining certification.
3. Explain how certification can contribute to an occupational health nurse's professional pathway.
4. Recognize recent ABOHN Practice Analysis Survey and industry changes within the past five years.

Dr. Betty Sanisidro is the Executive Director of the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN). She commenced her nursing career with Robertwood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey on a medical surgical unit and then transitioned to occupational health 17 years ago. Dr. Sanisidro holds a BSN from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and an MSN and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Seton Hall University. She is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and a Board-Certified Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Dr. Sanisidro published Self care is the best care: An educational initiative for nurses in December 2022 and has managed occupational health programs and departments within Merrill Lynch, Prudential Financial, DOW Chemical, Sanofi, Titleist, and Johnson & Johnson. She has remained passionate about advocating for patient employees, managing regulatory and compliance programs, developing and implementing wellness initiatives, and advancing the nursing profession and nurses everywhere. Her interests are in nursing education, process improvement and streamlining, self care for healthcare providers, and advanced practice nursing and certification. She remains steadfast in her quest to empower nurses and effectuate change within the occupational health community.

B007 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 9:30:00 AM - 10:15:00 AM
Topic: Reducing Work Injuries Related to Lifting and Moving of Patients Basic

By Andrea Santiago, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN

Topic Overview:

This presentation reviews the implementation of a quality improvement project focused on reducing work-related injuries associated with lifting and moving patients in an acute healthcare facility. Common causes and risk factors associated with these work injuries will be discussed, along with practical strategies and techniques for safe patient handling and the use of assistive devices and equipment. Resources, guidelines, and regulations related to safe patient handling will be highlighted, along with tips to successfuly advocate for and implement a safe patient handling program in the workplace. Participants will understand how to contribute to a culture of safety in their workplace by promoting awareness, education, and ongoing training on safe patient handling practices.

Objectives:

1. Increase awareness and understanding of the risks and consequences associated with lifting and moving patients in the healthcare industry.
2. Review practical strategies and techniques to reduce work injuries related to patient lifting and moving.
3. Promote the adoption and implementation of proper equipment, technology, and protocols to ensure safe patient handling and minimize the risk of work injuries.

Andrea Santiago is the Clinical Operations Manager, Employee Health for The Queen's Medical Center - West Oahu, HI. She has been a Registered Nurse since 2004. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2004 and recently obtained her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership from The University of Phoenix. The majority of Santiago's experience is in the Emergency Department as a former Staff Nurse, PI Coordinator, and Operations Manager. She recently transitioned to Operations Manager of the Employee Health Department. She is a member of AOHP and the Emergency Nurses Association, along with The National Society of Leadership and Success, University of Phoenix Chapter.

B008 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 10:25:00 AM - 11:10:00 AM
Topic: Celebrating Safety: Building and Positively Reinforcing a High-Reliability Safety Culture Basic

By Cory Worden, PhD*(ABD), MS, CSHM, CSP, CHSP, ARM, REM, CESCO

Topic Overview:

To develop a high-reliability safety culture, safe working conditions and safe work practices can be developed using a Safety Management System that is equally beneficial for worker, patient, visitor, and public safety. However, this will have limited effectiveness unless it becomes a continual improvement cycle with consistent participation and engagement from both workers and leaders. To create this participation and engagement, recognition, incentives, and communication are much more effective - and fun - than simply creating more directives that must be enforced. This presentation illustrates the development and rollout of a Safety Management System meeting the five high-reliability principles and all the points of participation and engagement in it. Furthermore, this presentation provides methods for creating and assessing the need for positive reinforcement to optimize the continual improvement cycle through participation and engagement. Examples of recognition, incentive, and communication programs, and case studies of these programs having been implemented with the resources and materials, will be available on request.

Objectives:

1. Identify the major components of a Safety Management System.
2. Identify the five high-reliability principles.
3. Identify at least three methods of creating positive reinforcement for safe working conditions and safe work practices.
4. Identify at least three examples of safety recognition, incentive, and communication programs.

Cory Worden has served in safety leadership for over 20 years and is currently the City of Houston's Safety Manager, covering Public Health, Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Management, along with all chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive hazards and threats, citywide. He holds a Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health and CSP, CSHM, CHSP, ARM, REM, and CESCO credentials. He holds and has held senior elected volunteer positions with the AOHP, ASSP, and National Safety Council. Worden has published more than 120 articles, webinars, podcasts, and presentations, as well as eight books.

B009 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 10:25:00 AM - 11:10:00 AM
Topic: Fitness for Duty - A Proactive Approach Basic/Intermediate

By Casey J. McDermitt, MSN, RN, PHRN, CHOP(B)

Topic Overview:

A multi-hospital health system with 20,000+ employees switched from a "reactive" new hire Uniform Data System (UDS) program to a "proactive" Fitness for Duty (FFD) program. This presentation will share the education provided to system leadership to help them understand the difference between FFD and health history review programs, how to address impairment concerns, and how to respond. Learn how this transition took place and the plan moving forward to keep our workforce safe.

Objectives:

1. Discuss one health system's successful switch to a proactive approach FFD program.
2. Discuss the differences between FFD and health history review programs.
3. Discuss gaps and challenges faced during the transition away from new hire UDS collection.

Casey McDermitt is a master's prepared Registered Nurse with 16 years' experience in emergency medicine, pre-hospital nursing, occupational health nursing, and nursing leadership. She received her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management from Western Governors University in 2021 and currently serves as the Senior Director of Employee Health and Safety for WellSpan Health, a health system with more than 20,000 employees. She holds certifications in Pre-Hospital Registered Nursing (PHRN) and Healthcare Operations Professional CHOP(B).

B010 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 10:25:00 AM - 11:10:00 AM
Topic: Unlocking the Potential for Increased Efficiency by Transitioning to a Virtual Employee Transfer Process Basic/Intermediate

By Amber Jaimes, BSN, RN and Jennifer Baugh, BSN, RN

Topic Overview:

The pandemic was an incredibly scary time for all of us. Everything shut down, limiting travel and face-to-face interaction. This forced providers to utilize other technological methods for care such as virtual visits and electronic communication. While the unknown of the pandemic has been frightening, it did open doors to many opportunities and learning experiences in the virtual world. The goal of this presentation is to share how occupational health within a large healthcare organization in the Midwest capitalized on this technological knowledge by using it to create a virtual process for employees transferring internally between facilities. Included will be the structure of our occupational health department and the collaboration behind creating this process. The presenters will discuss the development of the standard work process, challenges encountered and overcome, and training that took place to educate the team. The development of the employee virtual transfer process alleviates some of the workload from occupational health teams located within our facilities and allows more time to provide safety rounding and education. This in turn will result in a more proactive rather than reactive approach to employee safety concerns, one strategic goal within occupational health. Feedback received from facility-based occupational health teams and employees who have participated in the virtual transfer process will also be included.

Objectives:

1. Explain how a virtual transfer process was created within a large healthcare organization in the Midwest.
2. Explain the virtual transfer process, including building, training, and implementation.
3. Describe challenges encountered and accomplishments celebrated along the way.

Amber Jaimes began her nursing career in 2008. In 2015, she obtained her BSN from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington. Throughout her career, Jaimes has worked in adult and pediatric critical care areas such as the ER, ICU, PACU. In September 2020, she joined BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, MO as a Clinical Registered Nurse with the Occupational Health Support Center and the Body Substance Exposure Hotline. During her time with BJC Healthcare, she has been instrumental in building and streamlining processes for virtual employee transfers, medical exemptions for vaccines, and the body substance exposure process.

Jennifer Baugh began her nursing career in 2004 after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She worked as a cardiac nurse in many different areas including telemetry floor, chest pain center, and cardiac cath lab. In 2018, Baugh accepted a position with BJC Healthcare to work with a team of cardiologists in an office setting until joining the BJC occupational health team in the early days of the COVID pandemic (August 2020). In November 2021, she accepted the supervisor role for the Occupational Health Support Center and has since participated in writing procedures, developing metrics, planning the transition from call center to occupational health support center, developing tools and processes to standardize daily work, and growth and development of the support center team.

B011 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 10:25:00 AM - 11:10:00 AM
Topic: Measles Exposure-Are You Ready? Intermediate

By Mattie Dotson, BSN, RN and Jennifer McMahon, BSN, RN

Topic Overview:

Measles has been a growing problem around the world and within the health care system. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified 58 measles cases in the United States in 2023. Additional measles cases continue to be identified in 2024. Increasing measles activity means staff who do not have record of immunity are at greater risk of contracting the disease and ultimately putting patients at risk. Managing an exposure to measles can be frightening for occupational health staff and employees. A large healthcare system in the Midwest in 2019 implemented a plan to obtain immunity status to measles for all healthcare personnel without documentation of vaccination or a positive titer. This hospital system has an organized approach to handling exposures in the hospital that starts with having extremely accurate pre-employment records. A small community hospital within this organization had a measles exposure in 2023, and there was minimal worry among staff due to excellent records for employees, early employee notification, and the exposure protocols provided for occupational health to utilize during the exposure. This proactive approach eliminated the need for lab testing and vaccinations after the exposure and allowed the occupational health nurse to focus on reassuring employees they were safe. This presentation will explain the steps required to manage occupational measles exposures to healthcare personnel.

Objectives:

1. Explain what measles is and why managing it is a challenge for healthcare organizations.
2. Describe the steps required to manage occupational measles exposures to healthcare personnel.
3. Identify a proactive occupational health strategy for responding to potential measles exposures.

Mattie Dotson is an occupational health nurse and supervises a team of five nurses at BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, MO. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis. She has been an RN in Missouri for 12 years and for the past six years in occupational health within the hospital setting. She currently supervises a team of occupational health nurses who perform pre-employment screenings for BJC Healthcare, as well as floating to eight BJC locations to assist and cover local occupational health offices. During her time in occupational health, Dotson has been responsible for helping to verify the measles immunity status of employees, credentialed providers, volunteers, and students by reviewing medical records, as well as arranging opportunities for titer collection and vaccine administration. She has led occupational health initiatives to investigate and manage potential healthcare personnel exposures to communicable diseases, including COVID-19, tuberculosis disease, chicken pox, and measles.

Jennifer McMahon is a Program Manager of Occupational Health Services for BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, MO. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She has been an RN in Missouri for 30 years, with the last 13 years in occupational health in the healthcare setting. She currently provides occupational health guidance and develops education and standardization for the BJC HealthCare occupational health nurses. In addition, she manages nine BJC occupational health teams responsible for the health and safety of over 17,000 employees.

B012 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 10:25:00 AM - 11:10:00 AM
Topic: Historical Events and Trends that Shaped the Field of Ergonomics/Safety Basic

By Kathy Espinoza, MBA, MS, CPE

Topic Overview:

This session is a light-hearted, fun look back at how far ergonomics has come in the last 50 years. From the first 'ergonomic' chair to the 'I Love Lucy' candy production line, this session will look at the historical events and trends that shaped the field of ergonomics and share what future technology holds for those in safety.

Objectives:

1. Identify past events that resulted in changes to safety and ergonomics.
2. Identify trends seen throughout the past century that led to better safety and ergonomics tools.
3. Learn what the future holds in safety technology (sensors, wearables, exoskeletons, etc.)

Kathy Espinoza just retired from a 20-year career with Keenan, where she presented at state and national conferences on motivational topics in Human Resources Management, Risk Management and Safety, and Ergonomics. She consults through kathyespinoza.com with hospitals, schools, and county organizations. She is a Board-Certified Professional Ergonomist with 35 years of experience. She has dual master's degrees, one in Work Science/Physiology and an MBA. She has a two-year, post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from UC, Riverside. She has 90 published articles.

B013 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 11:20:00 AM - 12:05:00 PM
Topic: Let's Talk… Successfully Executing the Crucial Conversation in the Virtual Age Basic

By Kim Olszewski, DNP, CRNP, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN, FAANP, FAAN and Sheila Quinn, PhD, RN

Topic Overview:

We live in an era of virtual presence. It is not uncommon to have conversations via text messages, emails, social media, or virtual meetings. Without the face-to-face interaction, the intent or tone of any message can be misconstrued. A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. We encounter crucial conversations in our personal as well as our professional lives. This workshop will walk participants through the steps of preparing and successfully delivering that crucial conversation, whether virtually or in-person. Techniques will be discussed on how to execute a well-delivered conversation.

Objectives:

1. Recognize a crucial conversation and the settings in which crucial conversations occur.
2. Detail how to prepare and deliver a crucial conversation.
3. Conduct a self-assessment and determine types of communicators.
4. Evaluate strategies for assuring successful communication.

Kim Olszewski is an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board-Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and Case Manager from the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN). She received Fellowship distinctions from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) in 2007, the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in 2020, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) in 2023. Olszewski is immediate past President of AAOHN, and she is past President of the Northeast Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She has presented at local, state, regional, and national levels over the past 20 years on various topics, including DOT certification, Marketing OHNs, Fatigue Management, Healthy People 2020, Social Media Integration, and Diagnostic Updates. Olszewski is Director of Client and Medical Provider Services at DISA Global Solutions Inc. and is Senior Associate Dean for Commonwealth University's Breiner School of Nursing.

Dr. Sheila Quinn is the Associate Dean for Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. She has over 35 years of experience in public, community, home, occupational, and school health. She has published numerous articles and has presented to international, national, and regional audiences on public health and education topics such as chronic disease, e-cigarettes and vaping, screening programs, nurse managers' communication practices, and political advocacy in undergraduate students. Dr. Quinn is a member of the American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau International, and others.

B014 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 11:20:00 AM - 12:05:00 PM
Topic: Mental Health and Employee Health: Dealing with an Employee in Crisis Intermediate

By Elizabeth Bennett, BSN, RN, COHN-S, MALC, BCLC

Topic Overview:

Mental health is an important component of overall well-being that is equally as vital as physical health for all employees. It has been said that mental health and physical health are two sides of the same coin. One of the primary functions of the employee health office is to assure the health and safety of the workforce by offering immunizations, health screenings, etc. Meanwhile, mental health concerns have the potential to adversely impact an employee's social interactions, productivity, performance, and absenteeism. What happens when an employee's mental health escalates on the job, and they find themselves overwhelmed and unable to perform the functions of their job? In the absence of an on-site counselor or therapist, the employee health office may be seen as the resource for in-the-moment crisis handling. During this presentation, participants will gain knowledge on how to handle the in-the-moment crisis. Learn what to listen for and signs of lethal vs non-lethal attempts of self-harm. There will also be discussion on implementing programs, such as Schwartz Rounding, to foster a climate of mental well-being on an on-going basis.

Objectives:

1. Learn what to say and do when a member of the workforce comes to the employee health office experiencing a mental health crisis.
2. Learn how to locate available resources and criteria for using them.
3. Gain knowledge on how to differentiate between lethal and non-lethal methods of self-harm.
4. Acquire knowledge on what administrative controls can be put in place to help lessen workplace stress and reduce burnout and turnover.

With more than 20 years' experience in the nursing profession, Elizabeth Bennett has been the Manager of Employee Health for WVU Medicine Camden Clark for the last 11 years. She is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist (COHN-S). She has also spent years of study in the field of mental health. Bennett became a Board Certified Life Coach in 2018 and frequently teaches various courses and provides one-on-one sessions. Her greatest burden is for the mental health and well-being of healthcare workers, immersing herself in more education and earning various certifications in Mental Health Advocacy, Mental Health Coaching, Crisis Response, and Trauma Informed Care. She serves on her facility's Schwartz Rounds committee. The Schwartz Rounds program offers healthcare providers a regularly scheduled time during their fast-paced work lives to openly and honestly discuss the social and emotional issues they face in caring for patients and families.

B015 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 11:20:00 AM - 12:05:00 PM
Topic: Healthy Workforce: Enhancing MSD Prevention through Risk Assessment, Collaboration, and Innovative Solutions Basic

By Kristie Elton, BSPT, MSPT, CHSP, CPHRM and Moira Heilmann, BS, MS

Topic Overview:

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are both common and costly, posing a significant financial burden on U.S. companies, with direct costs alone reaching $50 billion, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This session will explore how the University of California (UC), one of California's largest employers, is proactively addressing musculoskeletal health through system-wide initiatives. By deploying advanced assessment solutions, UC aims to curtail ergonomic risks, enhance overall productivity, and increase UC's bottom line. The presentation will include effective techniques for implementing ergonomics programs, navigating challenges in ergonomics management, and showcasing how UC leverages acquired insights and tools to make well-informed decisions, ensuring the maintenance of a healthy workforce. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the staggering economic impact of MSDs on U.S. companies, the pivotal role employers play in promoting musculoskeletal health, and the technology tools available to conduct and monitor ergonomic assessments. Learn how proactive risk assessments can serve as a vital strategy for identifying potential problem areas and facilitating practical workplace adjustments. Leave with practical insights on how to leverage these learnings and tools to make informed decisions, create a healthier work environment, and encourage employees to adopt habits that prevent and alleviate MSDs.

Objectives:

1. Embrace a data-first approach in fostering a safe and healthy worksite.
2. Explore the integration of technological solutions for proactive risk assessments, emphasizing their effectiveness in identifying potential problem areas.
3. Discuss how technology can be applied to create a smarter and healthier work environment, specifically addressing MSD prevention.
4. Integrate training to encourage employees to adopt habits that contribute to the prevention and alleviation of musculoskeletal disorders.

Kristie Elton is the Director of Systemwide Healthcare Safety at the University of California, Office of the President. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) as well as a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP). Elton provides management and direction for the university's enterprise-wide risk and safety programs that impact the five UC health systems. Prior to this, she served in a systemwide injury prevention role and as the Ergonomics Program Manager at the University of California, Riverside.

Moira Heilmann is a Healthcare Business Development Manager at Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS). She is responsible for the growth of the RSS healthcare client portfolio. Working with the sales team, she aids in developing mutually beneficial proposals, negotiating contract terms, and communicating effectively with stakeholders. Before her current role, she worked as a Scrum Master, Business Analyst, and Product Owner for various products since being at RSS. Heilmann is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry's public and private sectors, specializing in biomedical engineering. She has numerous publications on subject matters, including cochlear implants and orthopedics.

B016 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 11:20:00 AM - 12:05:00 PM
Topic: Workplace Violence Prevention and Management: Prioritizing Employee Safety Basic/Intermediate

By Samantha Russell, BSN, RN and Lisa Wojtak, BSN, RN, COHN-S

Topic Overview:

Effective use of workplace violence injury data has a significant impact on the process design of comprehensive employee safety management and prevention programs. Defining workplace violence is crucial when evaluating the increased prevalence of safety events within the healthcare industry. Proactive employee education, along with streamlined reporting, improves data accuracy while creating prevention opportunities. This presentation will describe the process used by a large healthcare organization in the Midwest to develop and implement an employee injury surveillance program, its sustainability, and the impact on the culture of safety.

Objectives:

1. Describe how reporting all workplace violence incidence impacts operational decision making.
2. Explain the development of the Serious Employee Event Review Process.
3. Identify the response tools integrated into the system's workplace violence safety initiatives.

Samantha Russell is an Employee Safety Specialist for Occupational Health at BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, MO. She is a Registered Nurse who received her bachelor's degree from Saint Louis University School of Nursing. At BJC, she is responsible for investigating and evaluating serious employee events related to workplace violence.

Lisa Wojtak is Manager of Occupational Health at BJC HealthCare. In this role, she directs occupational health services to over 15,000 employees at all academic hospitals systemwide, including Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes West County Hospital. She supervises 13 occupational health nurses. Wojtak is recognized as a subject matter expert regarding methods and strategies for employee injury reduction. She advanced intervention effectiveness by implementing early assessment and intervention protocol for victims of work-related to workplace violence incidents. During the past several years, she has developed programs for employee work-related injury prevention, medical surveillance, and risk assessment. She published on the topic of Sharps Safety Program for both the AOHP and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) journals. She has also served as a board member with the St. Louis Chapter of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN).

B017 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 11:20:00 AM - 12:05:00 PM
Topic: Associate Safety - Striving for Zero Harm for Our Associates Intermediate

By Shanda Price, DNP, MSN, RN and Mandy Klipa, MSN, ARPN

Topic Overview:

The COVID-19 pandemic brought associate safety to the forefront of conversations, and it became apparent efforts were needed to improve the safety of healthcare workers and reduce the number of injuries occurring in all care settings. The idea of a multidisciplinary committee to provide leadership, direction, and oversight in all areas which could impact associate safety was developed. The vision of the Associate Safety Committee is to provide the framework and resources for a standardized approach to promote a healthy and safe environment for all employees and contingent workers through the involvement of all individuals with regard to education, communication, and safe work practices. Subcommittees were developed to address the top five injuries, including: needlestick/sharps; slips, trips, and falls; and safe patient mobilization. Workplace violence was addressed in a broader committee in which Associate Occupational Health was a participant. This approach allowed us to reduce our incident rate by 5% in the first six months of this committee.

Objectives:

1. Review the development and implementation of a multidisciplinary committee focused on the reduction of associate safety events.
2. Share the organization and implementation of the committee across 140 hospitals in 19 states.
3. Outline strategies used to reduce associate injuries.

Shanda Price is a Registered Nurse with 27 years' experience who currently serves as the Vice President of Associate Occupational Health for Ascension Healthcare. Her nursing experience includes critical care, emergency medicine, stroke program management, case management, quality and regulatory, acute and ambulatory clinical operations, and associate occupational health. She led the COVID-19 vaccine campaign for patients and associates across the largest Catholic healthcare organization in the United States. She completed her BSN and MSN at the University of Alabama and is a doctoral candidate with Capella University. She has a passion for improving the quality of care and safety of patients through an interdisciplinary approach.

Mandy Klipa is an experienced nurse practitioner and healthcare executive with a passion for operations and process improvement. She began her nursing career over 20 years ago and has experience in surgical intensive care, transplant medicine, pulmonary and sleep medicine, and palliative care. Her management and operations experience includes service line director, physician practice management, and quality. Her current role is Senior Director of Clinic Operations of Associate Occupational Health for Ascension Health, in which she is focused on standardization of care and ensuring all practices are evidence based.

B018 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 1:40:00 PM - 2:25:00 PM
Topic: Making the Workplace Body Substance Exposure Process for Bloodborne Pathogens 'Work for Us' Rather than 'Work Against Us' Intermediate/Advanced

By Laurie Leah Lowery, RN

Topic Overview:

Within a large hospital system there are thousands of employees who count on Occupational Health 24 hours a day for their work-related needs. Occupational health nurses wear many hats throughout the day, utilizing multiple systems and applications for documentation and order entry. One type of employee injury is body substance exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Body substance exposure lab work is completed on the source patient to determine the risk of transmission of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV from the source patient to the employee. This presentation describes the review of a health system's body substance exposure process, which identified challenges such as an underutilized computer system and varied lab registration process that were causing delays. In response, from the ground up, through trial and error, collaboration, and teamwork, the computer system was adapted to allow for source patient electronic order entry. This presentation will highlight challenges overcome through the evolution of the electronic body substance exposure process and describe how the new process allowed occupational health departments to more quickly manage body substance exposures with fewer steps for injured employees.

Objectives:

1. Understand the challenges associated with the body substance exposure process and the need for transitioning from paper to an electronic process.
2. Identify those impacted by the changes made with the body substance exposure process.
3. Understand the challenges encountered when rolling out an electronic body substance exposure process.
4. Identify the teaching components/tools developed to ensure a successful transition to the new body substance exposure process.

Laurie Lowery is a 1988 graduate of the Barnes College of Nursing diploma program. She became a Registered Nurse in 1989. She has worked in various nursing fields over her 35-year career, which has included occupational health and workers' compensation. At BJC HealthCare, Lowery has presented on the topic of body substance exposure and developed additional tools, resources, and support for occupational health and the body substance exposure team. She assisted with the build of the electronic process, contributed to the transition process, assisted with training, updated documents, and is a continued resource for her teammates.

B019 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 1:40:00 PM - 2:25:00 PM
Topic: Ease the Pain of Annual Flu Campaigns and NHSN Reporting Intermediate

By Kayla Nowak, RN, Jeremy Elias, BBA, and Sarah Gilmore, BSN, RN

Topic Overview:

Each year, healthcare organizations spend countless hours coordinating flu campaigns as well as calculating and submitting data for mandatory National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting. Barriers to efficient vaccination compliance management can significantly impact the successful outcome of a flu campaign as well as NHSN reporting. Implementing operational systems increases the ability to use best practices regarding labor, supply chain, and communication. Decreasing agency needs, minimizing supply chain barriers, and improving communication plans helps to efficiently manage annual vaccination campaigns. Implementing digital employee health solutions is one way to help achieve accurate, timely, and consistent compliance reporting. Having a successful flu campaign by using enhanced digital employee health solutions allows for the automation of NHSN reporting, which can help to minimize manual calculations needed to prepare the NHSN data as well as reduce stress on employee health staff.

Objectives:

1. Identify at least two major barriers to efficient vaccination compliance management.
2. Assess the organizational process for opportunities to implement operational systems to efficiently manage annual vaccination campaigns.
3. Assess the organizational process for opportunities to implement digital health solutions to efficiently manage vaccination compliance and reporting.

Kayla Nowak is a dedicated and compassionate Registered Nurse who brings a wealth of experience in leadership, direct patient care, triage, and care coordination within the fast-paced realm of healthcare. With a commitment to excellence, she continues to make a significant impact in healthcare, blending technical expertise with a compassionate approach to ensure the well-being of both patients and colleagues. Currently serving as a Supervisor of Teammate Health & Safety for the Midwest Region at Advocate Health, she embraces an innovative and collaborative leadership style, constantly seeking to create enhancements within protocols and workflows for improved patient care and operational efficiency. As an innovative leader, she is poised to shape the future of healthcare delivery. Nowak leads the coordination of annual flu vaccine campaigns for the organization, training and onboarding for over 2,000 vaccinators, managing compliance reporting, creating and updating policies, and collaborating with key stakeholders. She was instrumental in the implementation of a digital Teammate Health platform, introducing several enhanced features within the system to streamline processes. She performs the influenza and COVID-19 vaccination data collection, analysis, and submission for required NHSN reporting as well as frequently creating protocols and workflows to ensure efficient operations and staying vigilant in tracking trends and metrics.

Jeremy Elias is the Founder and CEO of TrackMy Solutions. He has over 15 years of healthcare industry experience, specifically working on the development of technology solutions to enhance care delivery and administrative functions. Through his entrepreneur and visionary expertise, he created the TrackMy platform to focus on the e2i2 of healthcare (Engage, Educate, Inform, Involve). His vision is to redefine standards of care in the immunization tracking, implantable device, and virtual-care spaces.

Sarah Gilmore is an innovative and strategic healthcare leader with a passion for driving operational and clinical changes in healthcare settings. Currently serving as the Director of Teammate Health & Safety for the Midwest Region at Advocate Health in Downers Grove, IL, she has implemented a region-wide remote care model, resulting in $2 million in cost savings, and directs teammate health efforts for over 75,000 teammates in two states. Prior to this role, she was a Senior Strategy & Operations Consultant at Advocate Health, where she led the conceptualization and implementation of a population health program that reduced readmissions and emergency department visits by over 40%. She also developed operational strategies for Advocate Medical Group clinical leaders and spearheaded operational readiness for pandemic response; implementing testing centers, emergency overflow strategies, and mass vaccination events. With a background that includes roles at Northwestern Medicine and Atrium Health, Gilmore has proven ability in operational integration, program management, and workforce development. She is currently pursuing a Master of Nursing - Executive Track at Chamberlain University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College.

B020 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 1:40:00 PM - 2:25:00 PM
Topic: Fatigue Risk Management: 5 Strategies for Managing an Occupational Hazard Intermediate

By Andrew Moore-Ede and Irene Fassler, J.D., M.S.W.

Topic Overview:

Human fatigue is an operational hazard for all extended-hours healthcare facilities. If left unchecked, fatigue can impair staff performance, health, and safety, as well as negatively impact the quality of patient care. Over the past 20 years, a broad international consensus has emerged across many 24/7 industries that the optimal way to manage and reduce fatigue risk is through a systematic process called a Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS). As a scientifically-based system with multiple components, an FRMS is driven, implemented, and improved by data identifying the drivers of fatigue risk specific to an organization. In this presentation, the five key defenses to building and sustaining an FRMS for healthcare operations will be reviewed: Workload-Staffing, Scheduling, Training, Work Environment, and Fatigue Monitoring. The presentation will examine the goal of each defense, tools to mitigate fatigue, and metrics to evaluate the defense. Included in the discussion will be how biomathematical fatigue risk models that provide an objective fatigue score are being used to evaluate staffing levels and create risk-informed work schedules that drive down the risk of fatigue.

Objectives:

1. Present an overview of a Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) and describe its critical components as they relate to the healthcare industry.
2. Describe the five key defenses to building and sustaining an FRMS in a healthcare operation.
3. Introduce and detail how a biomathematical fatigue risk model can be used in healthcare operations as a tool to plan, assess, benchmark, and analyze fatigue risk.

Andrew Moore-Ede is an internationally-recognized expert in 24/7 workforce management with deep experience in guiding management and employees through a win-win change management process to create the optimal path to the best fatigue risk management, shiftwork, and shift scheduling solutions. These projects have included implementing the optimal shift schedule, helping companies expand to 24/7 operations, developing shiftwork health and safety training programs, conducting risk assessments, and designing customized fatigue risk management plans and systems. He is also a popular speaker at industry conferences and corporate workshops on best 24/7 workforce management practices.

Irene Fassler, a Vice President for Circadian®, manages complex, multi-phase projects involving fatigue risk analysis and is experienced in developing, implementing, and assessing customized Fatigue Risk Management Systems in industrial and transportation 24/7 operations. Her work includes multiple projects evaluating and quantifying fatigue risk using the biomathematical fatigue risk software Circadian Alertness Simulator (CAS). Fassler also leads Circadian's multi-disciplinary team of experts and consultants conducting comprehensive investigations of high-profile accidents and other insurance claims where fatigue has been alleged. In addition to managing the investigations of safety incidents in all modes of transportation and other industries including healthcare, public safety, construction, and steel mills, she and the team have supported petitions for regulatory change to increase staffing levels and mitigate fatigue risk. She has extensive experience working with a broad range of clients, blending complementary skills from her legal and social work background to provide clear and concise analytical oral and written reports and analyses.

B021 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 1:40:00 PM - 2:25:00 PM
Topic: Respiratory Protection Program - Plan, Policy, and Implementation Intermediate

By Patricia Groholski, MBA and Ashley Locklear, BSN, RN

Topic Overview:

Ascension is committed to providing a safe environment for associates, patients, and visitors. In alignment with this commitment, our organization created a standardized respiratory protection program across 140 acute care facilities to ensure we are eliminating hazardous respiratory exposures. We leveraged technology for the success, ensuring we met not only organizational objectives, but all regulatory requirements. Standardization included associate education and training, medical evaluation, donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE), and N-95 fit-testing. Various platforms were utilized throughout the organization to create a collaborative approach among key stakeholders.

Objectives:

1. Identify goals of a respiratory protection program in alignment with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.
2. Share the development of a national standardized respiratory protection program utilized at 140 acute care facilities.
3. Outline how technology (electronic health record and compliance dashboards) can be leveraged to support a successful compliance program.

Patricia Groholski has been in the associate occupational health industry since 2008. She has a Master of Business Administration and has spearheaded research and development strategies to develop quality improvement initiatives. She serves as the Senior Director of Operations for Ascension's Associate Occupational Health national service line. She also serves as the Wisconsin Upper Midwest Chapter Secretary . She has presented for multiple conferences regarding occupational health topics and worksite clinics.

Ashley Locklear has been a Registered Nurse for 12 years. She began her nursing career as a neurotrauma floor nurse. After two-and-one-half years she became interested in employee safety as an opportunity arose to lead a safe patient mobilization program. Over the course of the past 10 years, she has served in various roles within the Associate Occupational Health (AOH) space. Today she serves as a Program Director for AOH, where she is the clinical lead for her organization's associate electronic health record, provides education and training for AOH services, and assists in the development of standardized policies and procedures.

B022 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 1:40:00 PM - 2:25:00 PM
Topic: Safe Patient Handling for Pediatrics Basic

By Randal Price, CSP and Mike Carbon

Topic Overview:

This session will feature one pediatric hospital's journey to improve safe patient handling outcomes for both patients and staff. Discussion will include how needs were identified, the use of regulations and lagging indicators (injuries) to obtain buy-in, equipment trials, and the implementation of new devices. Participants will learn how this process improved safe patient handling practices within the pediatric hospital setting.

Objectives:

1. Outline the journey of a pediatric hospital in enhancing safe patient handling outcomes for both patients and staff.
2. Demonstrate the utilization of regulations and lagging indicators, such as injuries, to garner support and buy-in for safe patient handling initiatives.
3. Examine the process of identifying institutional needs, conducting trials of equipment, and implementing new devices to improve safe patient handling practices within the pediatric hospital setting.

Randal Price has worked as the Employee Safety Manager for Cook Children's for more than six years. His prior experience was in general industry for approximately 20 years.

Mike Carbon has worked as the Athletic Trainer for Cook Children's for approximately six years. He provides expertise in ergonomics, safe patient handling, and exercise routines for high-risk staff.

B023 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 2:35:00 PM - 3:20:00 PM
Topic: Mindful Balance: Cultivating Work/Life Synergy through Self-Care Practices Basic

By Jennifer Jenkins

Topic Overview:

In the fast-paced world of occupational health, prioritizing personal well-being is essential for maintaining professional effectiveness and the ability to care for others. The "Mindful Balance" presentation offers occupational health professionals a transformative journey toward achieving holistic well-being. Participants will delve into the critical importance of self-care, recognizing its pivotal role in professional success and personal fulfillment. Through mastering mindfulness techniques, attendees will learn practical methods to reduce stress levels and enhance focus in their daily lives. Moreover, the session empowers participants to develop personalized self-care plans tailored to their unique needs and circumstances. By applying the strategies discussed, attendees will cultivate a harmonious work/life synergy, fostering improved overall well-being and job satisfaction. The presentation also provides attendees with self-assessment tools to evaluate their current work/life balance objectively. Through this process, participants will identify areas for improvement and set actionable goals to enhance their well-being. Ultimately, "Mindful Balance" goes beyond a mere presentation; it serves as a call to action for occupational health professionals to prioritize their well-being. By embracing self-care as a fundamental aspect of their practice, attendees will embark on a journey toward greater resilience, fulfillment, and professional success.

Objectives:

1. Demonstrate proficiency in at least three mindfulness techniques to integrate into daily routines to reduce stress and enhance focus at work.
2. Apply specific self-care strategies to formulate a personalized work/life synergy plan, aiming to improve overall well-being within four weeks post-session.
3. Utilize self-assessment tools to evaluate current work/life balance objectively.
4. Identify at least two areas for improvement of work/life balance, and set actionable goals for enhancement.

Jennifer Jenkins is an award-winning author, caregiver for her brother who was wounded in combat in Iraq, mother of a Marine Corps veteran, and the wife of a Navy veteran. A graduate of Indiana University, Jennifer co-authored Friends for Life: Strangers Brought Together by the War in Iraq, which received an Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Non-Fiction. She is an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow and member of the Wounded Warrior Project Warriors Speak® team, the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. A proud recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award for her work with Soldiers' Angels, The Herald-Times recognized Jenkins as an 'Everyday Hero.' She has also been honored with the Girls' Inc. Strong, Smart, and Bold Award.

B024 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 2:35:00 PM - 3:20:00 PM
Topic: Decreasing the Hazards of Hazardous Drugs through Implementation of Surveillance Programs Intermediate

By Shanda Price, DNP, MSN, RN and Mandy Klipa, MSN, ARPN

Topic Overview:

Healthcare workers (HCWs) who prepare, administer, transport, or dispose of hazardous drugs may face risks to their health. There are established environmental and engineering controls when handling hazardous drugs, and if the appropriate controls are not followed, or these controls are compromised, HCWs are at an increased health risk. Annual surveillance of HCWs who handle these drugs is necessary to ensure their long-term safety. Utilizing the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Hazardous Drug list and aligning with USP 800 requirements, a multidisciplinary team developed a standardized approach for education and surveillance of high risk associates to reduce the risk of harm when handling hazardous drugs. Ascension employs more than 130,000 associates and is using the IHI Framework to improve workplace safety, ultimately resulting in an advancement of patient safety.

Objectives:

1. Review the health risks healthcare workers face when preparing, administering, transporting, or disposing of hazardous drugs.
2. Share strategies to support the standardization of surveillance of associates handling hazardous drugs in a national healthcare system model.
3. Discuss engineering and environmental controls used to decrease the risk of hazardous drug exposures.
4. Outline the implementation of a surveillance program to proactively identify risks associated with handling hazardous drugs.

Shanda Price is a Registered Nurse with 27 years' experience who currently serves as the Vice President of Associate Occupational Health for Ascension Healthcare. Her nursing experience includes critical care, emergency medicine, stroke program management, case management, quality and regulatory, acute and ambulatory clinical operations, and associate occupational health. She led the COVID-19 vaccine campaign for patients and associates across the largest Catholic healthcare organization in the United States. She completed her BSN and MSN at the University of Alabama and is a doctoral candidate with Capella University. She has a passion for improving the quality of care and safety for patients through an interdisciplinary approach.

Mandy Klipa is an experienced nurse practitioner and healthcare executive with a passion for operations and process improvement. She began her nursing career over 20 years ago and has experience in surgical intensive care, transplant medicine, pulmonary and sleep medicine, and palliative care. Her management and operations experience includes service line director, physician practice management, and quality. Her current role is Senior Director of Clinic Operations of Associate Occupational Health for Ascension Health, in which she is focused on standardization of care and ensuring all practices are evidence-based.

B025 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 2:35:00 PM - 3:20:00 PM
Topic: Influenza Declinations - Pre-Pandemic vs Post-Pandemic Basic

By Surujdai Singh, BSN, RN and Jenny Qu, BSN, RN-BC

Topic Overview:

Mount Sinai South Nassau (MSSN) Employee Health Services (EHS) implements many interventions and programs to improve the health and well-being of employees to make sure they are fit for duty. Every year, EHS conducts three to four flu pods, providing onsite and offsite visits at various locations to help increase influenza compliance. As we navigated through the recent influenza season, we noticed a significant increase in employees who declined the influenza vaccine. In researching the impact that COVID-19 mandates had on healthcare workers and influenza vaccine compliance, we discovered the percentage of employees that declined the influenza vaccine was three times greater than pre-pandemic, mainly because of personal reasons, religious reasons, and medical exemptions. EHS interactions with employees revealed that many employees have concerns about the side effects and long-term effects of COVID-19 vaccines, affecting their decision to receive the influenza vaccine. These concerns were fueled by how quicky the COVID-19 vaccines were created, the new technology used to create the vaccines, and the limited studies on their long-term impact. EHS created a fact sheet outlining waysinfluenza vaccine can help save lives, information associated with the signs and symptoms of influenza, simple ways to prevent the spread of influenza, and recent statistics on the number of individuals who lose their lives every year from influenza. The information will help healthcare workers and families, patients, colleagues, and the public avoid contracting influenza and prevent another pandemic by bringing more awareness to the influenza vaccine through education, thus increasing compliance rates in the years ahead.

Objectives:

1. Compare influenza declinations pre-pandemic vs post-pandemic.
2. Identify the prevalent reasons why healthcare workers decline the influenza vaccine post-pandemic.
3. Increase awareness of influenza vaccine/virus via vaccine sheet.
4. Increase influenza vaccine compliance rates.

Surujdai Singh is a Registered Nurse for Employee Health Services at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital. She migrated from Guyana to Canada, where she worked as a Practical Nurse. She later moved to the United States and landed her first job in Manhattan as an Accounting Manager for a recruitment agency. When the company closed, she stayed home to take care of her two children. Staying at home was not her cup of tea, so she started working as a real estate salesperson on weekends. Nursing was always her passion, so she returned to college to pursue a Bachelor of Nursing at Adelphi University in New York. After an internship at Mount Sinai South Nassau (MSSN), she started her first job there as a Respiratory Care Nurse and then moved to Employee Health Services. EHS has been Singh's home for approximately six years. She welcomes any challenges that come her way and will always strive to make it a better place. She recently became an AOHP member and is looking forward to becoming more involved with the association in the future.

Jenny Qu grew up in Queens, NY and went to nursing school in the city at Hunter College. She and her family moved to Nassau County three years ago. She has been a practicing nurse for more than two years, with experience in telemetry, med-surg, and employee health services. She is planning to begin studies toward her master's degree this year. In her spare time, you can find Qu reading a book, watching a movie/show, or trying out new recipes.

B026 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 2:35:00 PM - 3:20:00 PM
Topic: Care Redesign in the Face of Crisis Advanced

By Sarah Gilmore, BSN, RN and Brian Konowalchuk, MD, MPH

Topic Overview:

Traditional employee healthcare models are often decentralized, leading to a shortsighted approach in identifying trends and implementing problem-solving solutions. Decentralization tends to result in varying care standards and processes across distinct locations especially in large, multi-site health systems. This complicates the aggregation of data necessary for directional insights, leading to inconsistent experiences for healthcare workers when interacting with the employee health team. Historically, employee health is available only during business hours, and this is problematic considering 40% of bloodborne exposures (BBEs) occurred outside of regular business hours. Without 24/7 expert support from employee health experts, the initial management phase of BBEs often falls to clinical leaders who may have many competing priorities or may not be familiar with current standards and exposure processes. Designing a new care model that provides round-the-clock support ensures consistent management of BBEs, as well as accessible and equitable support from employee health experts for all employees, regardless of the shift worked. A 24/7 model, while initially appearing costly, offers significant, long-term cost-saving opportunities. For instance, treatment costs of BBEs associated with Emergency Department visits can often be avoided through rapid exposure source testing managed by employee health, regardless of the time of day. When all BBEs are managed consistently and centrally, variation can be avoided, minimizing risk and improving the healthcare worker experience. Having reliable, consistent practices within the healthcare system reduces the administrative and cognitive burden for operational leaders, especially those with responsibilities across multiple locations.

Objectives:

1. Identify key risk factors for negative impact to the care of healthcare workers.
2. Assess a healthcare organization's vulnerability to decline in adequate care of healthcare workers.
3. Assess an employee healthcare model for the ability to care for healthcare workers in the face of a crisis.

Sarah Gilmore is an innovative and strategic healthcare leader with a passion for driving operational and clinical changes in healthcare settings. Currently serving as the Director of Teammate Health & Safety for the Midwest Region at Advocate Health in Downers Grove, IL, she has implemented a region-wide remote care model, resulting in $2 million in cost savings, and directs teammate health efforts for over 75,000 teammates in two states. Prior to this role, she was a Senior Strategy & Operations Consultant at Advocate Health, where she led the conceptualization and implementation of a population health program that reduced readmissions and emergency department visits by over 40% for select populations. She also developed operational strategies for Advocate Medical Group clinical leaders and spearheaded operational readiness for pandemic response; implementing testing centers, emergency overflow strategies, and mass vaccination events. With a background that includes roles at Northwestern Medicine and Atrium Health, Gilmore has proven ability in operational integration, program management, and workforce development. She is currently pursuing a Master of Nursing - Executive Track at Chamberlain University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College.

Dr. Brian Konowalchuk is a distinguished healthcare leader specializing in occupational health. He currently serves as the Vice President and Medical Director for Teammate Health & Safety at Advocate Health. Dr. Konowalchuk brings nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare operations and clinical practice. His expertise extends to strategic program management, workforce development, and regulatory compliance. He is renowned for implementing innovative solutions, including a region-wide remote care model that resulted in substantial cost savings at Advocate Health. Prior to his role at Advocate Health, Dr. Konowalchuk led the opioid governance program at Essentia Health, demonstrating his commitment to addressing critical healthcare challenges. He also served as Chief of Medical Specialties and Division Chair of Neuroscience at Essentia Health. He holds a Master of Public Health, augmenting his medical qualifications and enhancing his strategic approach to healthcare management.

B027 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 2:35:00 PM - 3:20:00 PM
Topic: Maintaining Workforce from Hire to Retire Basic

By Vince Benedetto, PT, DPT

Topic Overview:

In this session, attendees will discover the options for early intervention and stay at work programs. After discussion of effective early intervention and stay at work programs, attendees will have clear expectations of program results and standard procedure. Attendees will also be enlightened to explore internal processes and find opportunities for improvement. Through collaboration there is an opportunity to maintain a healthy and productive workforce from hire to retire.

Objectives:

1. Select options for early intervention and stay at work programs that are appropriate based on company internal trends and needs.
2. Execute and summarize early intervention and stay at work program results, expectations, and standard operation procedures.
3. Recognize process gaps in which early intervention and stay at work programs may have mitigated risk exposure.

Vince Benedetto, a Functional Evaluator at Paragon Safety Group, is the director of Paragon's work conditioning program, which is designed to prepare injured workers to return to work. The program emphasizes physical conditioning, including strengthening, endurance, flexibility, motor control, and cardiovascular function. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from D'Youville University in Buffalo, NY.

B028 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 3:30:00 PM - 4:15:00 PM
Topic: The Leadership Two Step in Occupational Health: Dancing the Dance for Success Intermediate

By Deb Kiker, RN, MSN, COHN-S

Topic Overview:

In this engaging breakout session, participants will embark on a unique exploration of the parallels between dancing and leadership. Through an interactive and enjoyable approach, attendees will discover valuable insights into how the art of dancing can illuminate essential leadership principles. The presentation will kick off with a captivating journey through the history of the Two Step, the official dance of Texas, setting the stage for a deeper exploration. Drawing from personal anecdotes and experiences, the presenter will seamlessly weave together the fundamentals of dance with basic leadership skills. Participants will delve into key concepts such as "Getting in Position," "the Pace of the Dance," and "Moving around the Room," uncovering the intricate connections between these elements and effective leadership practices. Through lively discussions and interactive exercises, attendees will gain practical strategies for enhancing their own leadership abilities. By the end of the session, participants will emerge with the ability to assess their current role, implement strategies for personal and team improvement, and adapt dynamically to their ever-changing environment. This session promises to be both enlightening and empowering, equipping attendees with valuable tools to lead with confidence and grace in any situation.

Objectives:

1. Assess current leadership roles within your occupational health practice. (Get in position.)
2. Implement one strategy to improve your Two Step with your team. (Pay attention to the Pace.)
3. Repeat and build on your strategy, adding new moves and music as you learn and grow. (Move as you dance, adding turns and new steps.)

Deb Kiker has been the System Director of Occupational Health at Central Maine Medical Center since May 2016. A nurse for over 42 years, she has experience in med/surg, emergency department, oncology, rehabilitation, administration, education, and occupational health. She leads a great team that provides pre-placement physicals, injury management, and all aspects of regulatory compliance across three hospitals and over 60 practices in central Maine.

B029 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 3:30:00 PM - 4:15:00 PM
Topic: Sweetness Overload: Type 2 Diabetes Update for the Occupational Health Provider Basic/Intermediate

By Kim Olszewski, DNP, CRNP, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN, FAANP, FAAN and Sheila Quinn, PhD, RN

Topic Overview:

According to the American Diabetes Association, over 38 million Americans, or 11.6% of the population, have diabetes and approximately 1.2 million Americans are diagnosed each year. The cost of diabetes in the United States in 2022 was more than $412.9 billion dollars ($306.6 billion in direct medical costs, and $106.3 billion in indirect costs such as reduced productivity, unemployment from disability, and premature mortality). Although diabetes prevalence remains stable, the direct medical costs attributed to diabetes increased by 7% between 2017 and 2022. Occupational health professionals are in a unique position to have a positive impact on employees' and their families' health choices. By staying current on the treatment and educational resources, occupational health professionals can assist workers in understanding how to manage diabetes to minimize long-term health problems and remain productive at work. This presentation will focus primarily on Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), current treatment trends in managing T2D diabetes, and resources available to employees for remaining productive at work.

Objectives:

1. Identify current evidence-based treatment regimens for the patient with T2D.
2. Review the use of technology in managing and treating diabetes.
3. Discuss effective strategies to support diabetic self-management behaviors.
4. Describe educational resources available to occupational health professionals for educating employees on diagnosis, treatment, and education.

Kim Olszewski is an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board-Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and Case Manager from the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses. She received her Fellowship distinction from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) in 2007, American Academy of Nursing in 2020 (FAAN), and American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2023. Olszewski is immediate past President of AAOHN and is past President of the Northeast Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She has presented at the local, state, regional, and national levels of the association over the past 20 years on various topics, including DOT certification, Marketing OHNs, Fatigue Management, Healthy People 2020, Social Media Integration, and Diagnostic Updates. Olszewski is Director of Client and Medical Provider Services at DISA Global Solutions Inc. and is Senior Associate Dean for Commonwealth University's Breiner School of Nursing.

Dr. Sheila Quinn is the Associate Dean for Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. She has over 35 years of experience in public, community, home, occupational, and school health. She has published numerous articles and has presented to international, national, and regional audiences on public health and education topics such as chronic disease, e-cigarettes and vaping, screening programs, nurse managers' communication practices, and political advocacy in undergraduate students. Dr. Quinn is a member of the American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau International, and others.

B030 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 3:30:00 PM - 4:15:00 PM
Topic: Meaningful DEI: Emotional and Physical Safety Associated with the Employee Who is Obese Advanced

By Susan Gallagher, PhD, MSN, RN, CBN

Topic Overview:

Employees of size are often unknowingly excluded from everyday activities in the workplace. Sixty-six percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Employees report barriers in parking, toileting, waiting areas, office settings, the cafeteria, seating, and more. These barriers lead to misunderstanding, insensitivities, and ultimately exclusion. The purpose of this presentation is to explore steps for the occupational health professional to put in place for a workplace where employees of all sizes can move throughout without the threat of emotional, health, or physical barriers.

Objectives:

1. Identify the impact frequency and severity of obesity have on disability, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.
2. Discuss commonly-accepted employee health and wellness strategies.
3. Describe elements of the lived experience of obesity in the workplace.

Susan Gallagher holds a PhD in Policy Ethics from the University of Southern California. She is certified in Bariatric Nursing and is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional. She is formerly a Bariatric Surgery Senior Risk Analyst for Stevens and Lee Lawyers and Consultants. Dr. Gallagher has served as Associate Editor for Workplace Health and Safety (AAOHN) since 2018. She is the 2023-2024 President for the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals and has served as Program Director for the ASPHP National SPHM Educational Event since 2020. Dr. Gallagher is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters. She is currently Executive Program Director for the National Bariatric Solutions Conference, an interactive, immersive, and interdisciplinary conference held each year in the Fall.

B031 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 3:30:00 PM - 4:15:00 PM
Topic: A Bridge from Lagging to Leading Indicators: Using Surveillance to Bolster an Employee Injury Program Intermediate/Advanced

By Christopher Blank, MPH, CIC and Sarah Osdieck, MSN, FNP-BC, COHN-S

Topic Overview:

Effective use of injury data is critical to the design of comprehensive employee injury management programs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration emphasizes the importance of predictive data measures called leading indicators to steer proactivity and avoid injuries. These data can be paired with data measures tied to past injuries called lagging indicators to help identify injury program gaps. Establishing a comprehensive injury data management strategy requires intentional decisions that consider how to use leading and lagging indicators, the resources available to collect and analyze data, and the rationale for identifying data to be collected, analyzed and acted upon. This presentation will describe the process used by a large healthcare organization in the Midwest to develop and implement an employee injury surveillance program and its sustainability through multiple years that overlapped with the acute response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, this presentation will explain how employee injury surveillance work has supplemented other employee safety initiatives and functioned as a bridge to assist with developing more proactive prevention efforts. Methodology for determining what data to collect and how to gather it from organizational managers will be described, along with the analytical strategy used to evaluate historical trends and patterns, and the steps used to communicate important findings and opportunities for additional investigation or action. Examples will be provided to demonstrate how the surveillance system has been used to inform workplace violence injury prevention initiatives, assisted with measuring the effectiveness of an injury training program, and guided the creation of a structured occupational health injury rounding tool.

Objectives:

1. Define leading indicators, lagging indicators, and epidemiological surveillance, and describe the benefits of incorporating them into an employee injury prevention program.
2. Explain the methods used to develop an employee injury surveillance system rooted in the principles of leading and lagging indicators.
3. Describe the data analysis and communication strategies used to help guide operational decision-making and injury prevention initiatives.
4. Identify multiple examples of how an employee injury surveillance program directly contributes to workplace injury programs.

Christopher Blank is an Infection Preventionist for Occupational Health and Emergency Preparedness at BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, MO. He is certified in infection control and received his master's degree in Public Health from Saint Louis University, where his concentration was biosecurity, disaster preparedness, and epidemiology. At BJC, Blank helped develop a tool for collecting additional information from managers about employee injuries. He is responsible for analyzing injury data and assisting the organization's occupational health, safety, and leadership teams with understanding emerging trends.

Sarah Osdieck is the System Director for Occupational Health and Workers' Compensation at BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, MO. She is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist. Osdieck has been leading occupational health teams since 2016 and has integrated operations for BJC's occupational health and workers' compensation to develop a standard approach in managing the safety and well-being of all BJC HealthCare's employees.

B032 45 min BO
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 3:30:00 PM - 4:15:00 PM
Topic: Unlocking Comfort and Productivity: Effective Ergonomics at Your Office and Home Workstation Basic/Intermediate

By Ruth Neuman, PT, MBA/HA, CEAS II, REAS, CSPHP

Topic Overview:

In this session, participants will embark on a journey to optimize their workstation ergonomics and enhance their overall well-being during the workday. Through interactive discussions and practical exercises, attendees will learn to analyze their current workstations for ergonomic risks, identifying potential areas for improvement. Armed with this knowledge, participants will implement two adjustments aimed at enhancing comfort and promoting better posture. Additionally, the session will provide valuable insights into practical tips and techniques to incorporate healthy movement habits into daily work routines, mitigating discomfort and supporting overall health. Attendees will develop strategies to break up prolonged sitting periods and encourage regular movement throughout the day, understanding the profound benefits of good ergonomics for both productivity and well-being. By the end of the session, participants will be equipped with actionable strategies to create a more ergonomic and health-conscious work environment, fostering improved comfort, productivity, and overall wellness.

Objectives:

1. Analyze a current workstation for ergonomic risks by identifying and describing at least three potential hazards.
2. Implement ergonomic principles by adjusting at least two workstation components (e.g., chair height, monitor position) to improve comfort and posture.
3. Apply at least two practical tips or techniques (e.g., stretching routines, micro breaks) to promote healthy movement and prevent discomfort throughout the workday.

Ruth Neuman is a Physical Therapist with over 40 years of experience in patient care, as well as education and training in areas such as acute care, skilled nursing, pediatrics, rehabilitation, outpatient, and home care, including higher education within the university system. She is currently the Senior Ergonomist at Northwell Health, servicing over 85,000 employees, and is part of the core team for development and implementation of safe patient handling education and training for over 28,000 team members. She obtained her Bachelor of Science and Certificate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College and Master of Business Administration/ Health Administration from the University of Miami. She holds certifications in CEAS II, REAS (Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist), and CSPHP. Neuman has taken extensive post graduate studies in education and statistics and is presently focusing on ergonomics and safe patient handling continuing education. In higher education, she has been an instructor and Adjunct Professor for courses in Kinesiology, Physical Therapy Agents, and Special Topics. She has also been the Academic Coordinator for Clinical Education. Since 2015, Neuman has developed and implemented online classes, hands-on training, webinars, and podium presentations on topics including ergonomics, as well as safe patient handling and mobility.

B033 30 min GS
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 4:25:00 PM - 4:55:00 PM
Topic: "Fill the Gap" Mini-EXPO-STOP Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Survey Results Basic

By Terry Grimmond, FASM, BAgrSc, GrDpAdEd and Julie Nicholas, BSN, RN, COHN-S, COEE

Topic Overview:

Results of the "Fill the Gap" mini-EXPO-STOP 2019-2023 Blood and Body Fluid Exposure survey will be presented and discussed using PowerPoint. Incidence benchmarking by hospital size and teaching status will be presented, and EXPO-STOP results will be compared with those from EPINet and Massachusetts Department of Health annual surveys. The presentation may include interviews with participants from hospitals identified as having the lowest sharps injury incidence, with emphasis on what reduction strategies were deemed most effective.

Objectives:

1. Describe trends in sharps injury incidence between 2011 and 2023.
2. Discuss sharps injury incidence by hospital size and teaching status.
3. Identify at least two practices that hallmark "sharps safe" institutions.

Terry Grimmond has 57 years' experience in disease transmission between patients and healthcare personnel. His particular interest is sharps injury incidence, causes, and prevention. He has over 100 publications and has spoken at 250 conferences in 23 countries. With Linda Good, he commenced EXPO-STOP surveys in 2011 and is now assisting Julie Nicholas in continuing them.

Julie Nicholas is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist at the University of Washington, with over 15 years of experience in occupational health nursing. Additional certifications include Office Ergonomics and Occupational Hearing Conservation. She is a published author in AORN and served as lead investigator for this study that looked at underreporting of exposures by operating room staff - http://doi.org/10.1002/aorn.13502. Prior to occupational health nursing, she worked as a Study Coordinator for several research projects, including the Shingles Prevention Study which led to FDA approval of the first shingles vaccine, Zostavax. Nicholas received a BSN from Johns Hopkins University after earning a BA in Sociology and minor in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University. She is an active AOHP member and serves as the National Continuing Education Committee Chairperson. She has been a member of this committee since 2012. She has served as her local AOHP Chapter Vice President and Chapter Treasurer. Additional career highlights include: appointment to the Nurse Practice Advisory Group under the Nursing Commission, Washington State, from July 2013 to June 2015; recipient of the AOHP National Extraordinary Member Award in 2014; and poster presentations at the Seattle Nursing Research Conference and AOHP National Conference in 2020.

B034 Closing Presentation
Friday, Sept 6, 2024 4:55:00 PM - 5:40:00 PM
Topic: Cultivating Relationships in an Ever-Changing Workforce Basic

By Kathy Espinoza, MBA, MS, CPE

Topic Overview:

Your mental health is based on healthy relationships, both at work and at home. Good relationships are based on respect, positive intent, and good communication. What derails these? Lack of sleep, stereotyping, silent treatment? What does your workforce look like? Do they all value the same things, and have the same motivation and rewards? Different generations in the workforce have different attitudes, opinions, and expectations. We don't all think and act the same. This session looks at these relationships in the workforce. With 56% of the workforce now being comprised of younger/older millennials (those under age 40), it is important to understand what their motivations are, how they communicate, and how they build relationships.

Objectives:

1. Learn what motivates each generation in the workplace.
2. Learn the importance of 'checking their own baggage' before carrying it into the workplace as preconceived ideas and stereotypes.
3. Understand how to include and work with an ever-changing workforce.

Kathy Espinoza has just retired from a 20-year career with Keenan, where she presented at state and national conferences on motivational topics in Human Resources Management, Risk Management and Safety, and Ergonomics. She consults through kathyespinoza.com with hospitals, schools, and county organizations. She is a Board-Certified Professional Ergonomist with 35 years of experience. She has dual master's degrees, one in Work Science/Physiology and an MBA. She has a two-year, post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from UC, Riverside. She has 90 published articles.