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Wellness Champions: Developing a Network of Liaisons To Promote and Expand Your Wellness Program
Wellness Champions: Developing a Network of Liaisons To Promote and Expand Your Wellness Program
Wellness Champions: Developing a Network of Liaisons To Promote and Expand Your Wellness Program
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Wellness Champions: Developing a Network of Liaisons To Promote and Expand Your Wellness Program, a July 12, 2006 audio conference on CD-ROM, examines how wellness professionals recruit, engage and motivate wellness champions to improve wellness program results.

Click here to listen to some pre-conference comments from our audio conference presenters.

Many wellness programs are funding their programs through limited budgets. Wellness champions, employee volunteers who promote the idea of wellness to management and other employees, are one tool that successful wellness programs use to increase the number of participants in wellness programs and improve results without spending additional budget money.

During this 60-minute audio conference on CD-ROM, your expert panel of speakers, William Baun, manager, wellness programs, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Michele Nelson-Housley, wellness program coordinator, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Robin Foust, health management specialist and principal, Zoe Consulting, Inc., will provide inside details on how workplace wellness programs are utilizing champions to extend the reach of wellness programs and improve results.

You will get details on:

  • How to effectively use wellness champions as a key component in building a wellness foundation and shifting work culture;
  • How to develop wellness champion ownership that helps maintain program momentum;
  • The core wellness champion engagement tactics that move volunteers to become wellness change agents;
  • The importance of designing a flexible champion structure that encourages participation at many different levels;
  • How to create management buy-in and support through a "wellness in your face" communications strategy;
  • What qualities to look for when selecting champions;
  • How to reward a champion's work; and
  • Results from wellness champion programs.

You can "attend" this program right in your office and enjoy significant savings Ė no travel time or hassle; no hotel expenses. Itís so convenient! Invite your staff members listen in.

Listen to some pre-conference comments from our expert presenters:

Bill Baun, manager of the human resources and wellness department at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, describes his organization's typical wellness champ:

Health Management Specialist Robin Foust explains the benefits of having a good mix of wellness champions, from senior executives on down:


CEOs, medical directors, wellness professionals, human resources professionals, disease management directors, managers and coordinators, health plan executives, care management nurses, business development executives and strategic planning directors.


William Boyd Baun, EPD, FAAWHP

William B. Baun is the manager of the human resources and wellness department at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has more than 28 years experience in worksite health promotion management and programming. He worked as a health & productivity consultant and provided strategic and evaluation services for many large and small companies between 1996 and 1999.

Baun was a member of the startup wellness team at Tenneco (1981) and managed the program until 1996. While at Tenneco he planned and initiated more than 25 health promotion/fitness programs in a variety of white and blue-collar settings. In the early 90's he teamed up with Dr. Nell Gottlieb, University of Texas at Austin, to develop a remote site health promotion model. This model was used by Tenneco to implement the Pipeline to Health program at 110 gas compressor sites and by the American Cancer Societyís Worksite Team to implement more than 1,500 health promotion programs in Texas.

While under Baunís leadership, the Tenneco program received national recognition. In 1984, the Association of Fitness in Business (AFB) honored the program as the Best Corporate Program and the Washington Business Group on Health honored them with the Worksite Wellness Award. In 1985 Tenneco was on the Club Industry Top Ten Programs list, and received the Kelly Communications Health Action Leadership Award in 1990. In 1992 Tenneco was one of the first worksite programs to receive the C. Everett Koop Health Project Award, and in 1995 Tenneco was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the Healthiest Companies in America. In February 1996 the American Productivity & Quality Center completed a health promotion bench marking study and recognized Tenneco for its program adaptability and success in remote site programming.

Baun has held adjunct professor positions at both the University of Texas Public Health School and the University of Houston where he has taught and served on thesis and dissertation committees. William has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Wellness Institute since 1996.

Baun received the Association for Worksite Health Promotion (AWHP) Exceptional Leadership Award in 1988, Regional AWHP Leadership Award 1996, is a Fellow of both AWHP and the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Research Consortium, and was certified by American College of Sports Medicine at the Health/Fitness Director level in 1986.

Baun has a Bachelor of Science in Economics/Government from Louisiana State University, a Master's degree from the University of North Texas in Exercise Science, and doctoral work in Human Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute.

Robin F. Foust, BS, PAHM

Robin Foust is a health management specialist and president with Zoe Consulting. In this capacity, she has developed successful health management programs implemented across the country.

Foust works with health plans, disease and health management organizations, employers, Medicare, and Medicaid populations; to both manage the health and human performance (productivity) of their covered populations and to seek solutions to rising healthcare costs. Her work includes the design of promising reward healthcare, or pay for performance reimbursement models that are considered a viable solution to our nationís healthcare dilemma.

She has worked with a variety of organizations including: Princeton University, The University of South Carolina, Medical College of Georgia, Vanguard Health Systems, MediCorp Health System, HealthEast, Palmetto Health System, Washoe Health System, Spartanburg Regional Hospital System, GHS, and so forth; DC Consortium, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Boddie-Noell Enterprises, State of Delaware, City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, CenterPoint Energy, Sara Lee Corporation, Lyondell Equistar, etc.; various disease management and wellness organizations, The P4P Forum, WebMD (WellMed), Matria, FutureHealth, ActivHealth, HMC, Gordian, Healthgram, MITA, InterxVent, Click4Care, CareContinuum, etc.; various health plans - WellPoint, UHC (Senior Ovations), etc.; physician practices Ė United Physicians, Mary Black Hospital Physician Network, etc.; and others.

In addition to national recognition for successful healthcare outcomes, Foust is a published author, a thought leader in healthcare; and a well-known, highly rated speaker on various healthcare topics. National recognition includes a C. Everett Koop Award for maternity management, a C. Everett Koop Award for disease management, a leadership award for her work in wellness, and a leadership award in the field of health and human performance. She is also well-known for her work in womenís health and pediatrics and pay for performance.

With a background in behavior change and health education, Foust is a faculty member of the Institute for HealthCare Communication. The Institute trains clinicians to use communication techniques or integration of these techniques into systems of care to facilitate desired behavior change for optimal outcomes in patient satisfaction, and health status. Foust also co-chairs the business and industry committee for the SC statewide initiative on obesity management referred to as SCCOPE.

Foust has a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and a professional degree from the Academy of Healthcare Management (PAHM).

Michele Nelson-Housley

Michele Nelson-Housley is the wellness program coordinator at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

In this capacity, Housley serves as a wellness coach providing one-on-one coach counseling. She also teaches stress management and Women's Health courses. She is the program coordinator of the Wellness Champs, which serve as departmental liaisons for health and wellness activities offered across the institution.

Housley graduated from Stephan F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health.

Publication Date: July 12, 2006
Number of Pages: 60 minutes of audio on CD-ROM
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