TBGH 2019 Regional Benefits Forum - Houston

August 15, 2019
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria
2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056
(713) 961-9300

Don't miss the exceptional opportunity to tackle your critical benefits challenges with information, guidance, and examples from leading employers and industry experts. Network and learn with your peers and colleagues. Walk away with actionable ideas and insights to meet these challenges.


7:30 AM – 8:15 AM Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks

Marianne Fazen, TBGH President & CEO

Chris Skisak, Executive Director, Houston Business Coalition on Health

8:15 AM - 9:10 PM Session 1      


Working Women's Benefits Strategies- A Focus on Women's Health & Family Friendly Benefits

Speaker: Jessica Shepherd, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Baylor Scott & White Women’s Health Group

Employer: Sue Prochazka, Director of Benefits, Rice University

9:15 AM – 10:10 AM Session 2


Employer Opportunities in Obesity and Diabetes Management

eValue8 Health Plan Quality Improvement Opportunities, Chris Skisak, PhD, Executive Director, HBCH National Diabetes Prevention Program – Value & Houston Update

Speaker Panel: Toni Rittenhouse, MS, LPC, CCM, Cigna Clinical Operations Supervisor, Susan Kirst, RN, Clinical Science Liasion, Omada Health, Michele Hunnicutt MSHP, CHES, CWWPC, Director, Employee Wellness & EAP, HarrisHealth System, Sarah Acosta MPH, RD, LD, Wellness Manager, Harris County

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM Networking Break

 10:30 AM - 11:25 AM Session 3              


The Skinny on Tackling Obesity to Prevent Diabetes

Moderator: Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, ConscienHealth

Employer Panel: Jonathan Markert, Health & Welfare BenefitsConsultant, BP America, Inc, Abigail Ammerman, HR Benefits Health & Wellness, H-E-B, Rita White-Ross, Health Advocate, City of Garland

11:30 AM – 12:25 PM Session 4

Pacesetting Strategies to Manage Specialty Pharmacy Cost & Quality and How Biosimilars Fit Into the Mix

Speaker: Mike Adams, Vice President, Benefits & HR Systems, Dean Foods Company

Employer Panel: Jon Martin, Executive Director, US Marketing- Hospital/ Specialty Pharmacy, Merck, Inc.

12:25 PM – 12:40 PM Closing Remarks & Take-Away Box Lunches

Marianne Fazen, TBGH President & CEO

Chris Skisak, Executive Director, Houston Business Coalition on Health




TBGH 2019 Regional Benefits Forum - Houston, August 15, 2019


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