Good, Healthy Life: Worksite Wellness and Community Partnerships

Episode 2: Worksite Wellness and Community Partnerships

Good health contributes a lot to one's quality of life.  It helps keep health care costs down too.  That's something many of us would like to see.  This episode of Good, Healthy Life looks at worksite wellness and community partnerships in Nebraska that are helping employees and community members be proactive so they can be healthy and prevent illness before it happens.

Meet the panelists:

Lisa Henning
Workwell Director, Nebraska Safety Council
Lisa previously served WorkWell for more than 21 years being asked to lead the National Healthy Worksite Program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Following that project, Lisa was a wellness consultant for UNICO Group as well as Executive Director of Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands. Her past accomplishments include co-development of the CDC worksite health training curriculum, founder of the Governor’s Excellence in Wellness Award, co-founder of the National Network of Wellness Councils, and securing designation for Lincoln as a Well City.  Lisa was recognized by the Secretary of Health and Human Services as a finalist for the Healthy Innovation Award. She is thrilled and humbled to once again serve WorkWell member companies.

Michele M. Bever, PhD, MPH
Executive Director, South Heartland District Health Dept.
Dr. Bever works with the South Heartland Board of Health and staff to carry out the ten essential services of public health in the 4-county health district serving Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster counties in south central Nebraska. She started at South Heartland as the first public health risk coordinator for the newly formed health department, conducting school illness surveillance, setting up the department’s disease investigation and outbreak management activities, and leading local public health preparedness planning and exercises. As health director, Dr. Bever provides facilitation and oversight for community needs assessments, leads efforts with community partners to determine public health priority goals, and ensures engagement and coordination with partners to implement and evaluate programs designed to support these goals.  The Department’s 2019-2024 priority areas are: Access to Health Care, Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Obesity and Related Conditions, and Cancer. She leads development and implementation of the Community Health Improvement Plan as well as the Department’s Strategic Plan.  Dr. Bever holds her PhD in Anatomy from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Dr. Bever serves on numerous boards, including Mary Lanning Healthcare Board of Trustees (Vice Chair) and the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (President).

Melanie Dawkins
Series Host
Ms. Dawkins is an experienced television host and anchor.  Her career includes twelve years in the television field, reporting on a wide range of subjects.  She has experience reporting on a number of health topics while working closely with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, which included weekly health stories. Ms. Dawkins has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications/Broadcast Journalism.

More about wellness and partnerships

Jessica Davies, Panhandle Public Health District, comments on why worksite wellness is an effective approach to improving health.
Jessica Davies, Panhandle Public Health District, comments on worksite wellness efforts in the panhandle.
John Mentgen, CEO of Regional West Medical Center comments on Community Needs Assessment conducted by panhandle hospitals and... more››
Kim Engel, Panhandle Public Health District comments on identifying priorities and strategies for public health in the panhandle.
Kim Engel, Panhandle Public Health District comments on the role and objective of public health districts.
Dan Newhoff, Wellness Coordinator at Box Butte General Hospital about the Diabetes Program in place there.
Kim Engel, Panhandle Public Health District comments on what higher level health strategies are and why they are effective.