Mental Health: The Other Pandemic

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Mental Health: The Other Pandemic

University Club of Chicago
76 E Monroe St
Michigan Room
Chicago, IL 60603
Dial-in Instructions:
Webinar participants will receive login information via email.
When:  Feb 23, 2022 from 08:30 AM to 03:30 PM (CT)


Join us for this Hybrid Educational Event!

MBGH conducts our hybrid events – available in-person and virtually – in a prudent, COVID-sensitive manner with careful attention to your health and safety. The specific protocols for in-person attendance will be shared with registrants prior to the event.

Event Description

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of today’s workforce. Recent analysis by the Integrated Benefits Institute finds that two in five employed adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression disorder, a four-fold increase from pre-pandemic levels. When stress persists for a long period of time, such as during this pandemic, extreme anxiety, sorrow or pain becomes distress.

For employees, these challenges can disrupt mental, physical and financial health. For employers, access to care, skipped or delayed care and disparities in the delivery of quality care all have an impact on absenteeism and presenteeism and significantly impact the bottom line. This program will examine these key issues, their long-term effects on mental and physical health and how employers can minimize the prevalence of anxiety and depression disorder in their workforce.

Participants will learn:

  • What employers can do to improve access to quality mental health services
  • Importance of comprehensive health plan offerings and what employers should be asking of insurance plans
  • How to integrate benefits that nurture the mental and physical health of employees while supporting diversity and inclusion
  • How to measure ROI for mental health benefits offerings
  • What the signs and symptoms of distress are and tools to minimize them
  • Value of offering benefits and programs that treat the whole person
  • How to reduce stigma and create a safe place for workforce discussions with colleagues and supervisors



  • Hanna Sam Hanna, Ph.D., MBA Fellow & Executive in Residence Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation and American University
  • KustiMohannad “Ned” Kusti, M.D., M.P.H. Regional Medical Director Pivot Onsite Innovations
  • GerbertAmanda Gebert Sr. Benefits Analyst Sargento Foods
  • KatzoffAmy Katzoff Senior Dir. Benefits & Mobility Huron Consulting Group
  • McLaurenWendy McLaurin Deputy Director of Human Resources City of Gary
  • IrtmiterCheryl Irmiter, Ph.D LCSW One Priority, LLC & Meridian Psychiatric Partners LLC
  • PaiselyJen Paisley VP Total Rewards & Operations Valmont Industries
  • FinchRick Finch Industry Consultant/Director of HR (retired) Drummond Company
  • McDevittKelly McDevitt President Integrated Benefits Institute
  • GarateTeresa Garate, Ph.D. Interim Executive Director The Kennedy Forum Illinois
  • PottsCheryl Potts Executive Director Community Mental Health Board

Registration Fees

  • Members $0
  • Employer Non-Members $25
  • Non-Members $100

HRCI Accreditation

This program is expected to be approved for 6 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, visit The use of the official seal confirms that this Program has met HRCI's criteria for re-certification credit pre-approval.


Forum Sponsors

  • BHS
  • BH
  • Vida


  • Eden Health
  • Inspera
  • Newtopia
  • Novo
  • Spring Health

Resource Sponsors

  • Onduo

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