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10 Best Practices in Negotiating Wellness Program Funding

About this event

Overview:

Never in history has employee health been so top of mind for most organizations. Employees have gone through a lot over the past two years, and many employers are now actively seeking additional ways to support the well-being of their staff. Despite the spotlight Covid-19 placed on this growing need, companies are still struggling to secure the funding required to offer meaningful programming and benefits. After nearly a decade in the industry and negotiating hundreds of benefit renewals for Texas-based employers, Wellness Consultant Patrick Mercer has seen first-hand what works, what doesn’t, and will share his blueprint for securing wellness program funds from key insurance partners.

Session Speaker:

Patrick Mercer – Wellness Director

Patrick currently works as a Wellness Consultant for Frost Insurance Agency and lives, works, and plays in the amazing city of Austin Texas.  With over fifteen years of experience in health promotion, he has worked with hundreds of employers across all industries to plan, design, and implement award winning worksite wellness and employee engagement programs.

While studying Kinesiology at Concordia University Texas (Go Tornados!) he got to live out his childhood dream of playing college baseball while learning a thing or two about health promotion along the way.  He has earned the Certified Wellness Practitioner designation through the National Wellness Institute, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and obtained his Level 1 Certification through Precision Nutrition.

A corporate advocate for employee health, Patrick guides Frost Insurance’s involvement and partnership with the Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council in Austin, and the Texas Business Group on Health.  Patrick also serves on United Way’s Emerging Leaders Executive Committee, Co-founded the Austin Worksite Wellness Networking Group, and is a regular contributor in Austin Fit Magazine.

Outside of his 9:00 to 5:00, you’ll likely find him living out a country song, looking for any excuse to get sweaty, or working on his next big Shark Tank idea.  Patrick is currently trying his hand at learning Spanish, and hopes to one day have a son named William to honor the life of his grandfather.

Agenda:

11:30 AM to 12PM: Login/Troubleshooting (if needed)

12:00 to 1:00 PM: Presentation

Please note: Registration will remain open thru COB Wednesday, 10/27/2021. Late registration requests will not be accepted. Please contact Cristina Garcia, cristina.garcia@austintexas.gov, for additional information or assistance.