2018 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit

September 6-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana


Employers who take aggressive action toward implementing wellness programs will see decreased health care costs, increased awareness for both low- and high-risk employees, and reduced absenteeism, which can save the company thousands of dollars. This Summit will show you how to implement effective wellness programs, how to collect and analyze data to find out what’s working, how to measure your return on investment and so much more. No matter what your organization’s size or industry, you can benefit from attending this event.

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Register for Pre-Conference Mental Health First Aid Training


Date: September 5, 2018 8:00am-5:00pm
Indiana Chamber of Commerce offices

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.

Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:
– Assess for risk of suicide or harm
– Listen non-judgmentally
– Give reassurance and information
– Encourage appropriate professional help
– Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help. First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals — they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy. Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions, like “what do I do?” and “where can someone find help?” Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addictions treatment and support. All trainees receive a program manual to compliment the course material.


Seeking Qualified Speakers for 2018 Wellness Summit

The Indiana Chamber and Wellness Council of Indiana are now seeking qualified speakers for the 2018 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit. The 2018 Summit will be held September 6-7, at the Westin Indianapolis. This year’s theme is “Sharing Your Wellness Story.”

Please note: We are not seeking keynote speakers for the Summit.

Topic Content

The committee is particularly interested in case studies, and we would like to encourage any wellness consultants, attorneys or “experts” to invite clients/employers to co-present, regardless of topic. This gives an element of practicality to each session, giving the attendees actual “best practices” to take away from the Summit.

We are also seeking advanced, strategically-oriented and practical presentations and speakers.

Turning in a presentation abstract does not guarantee you a spot on the agenda. The Summit agenda committee will decide from the submitted presentations which are appropriate for the 2018 agenda.

You are welcome to submit multiple presentations.

ACTION ITEM: Access the CFP form here. The due date for the CFP form to be returned is March 5, 2018. Due to promotional and continuing education deadlines, late entries will not be considered.

Notification of Selection

Our goal is to notify you whether your session was selected by May 11, 2018.

Benefits of Speaking at the 2018 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit

  • Exposure to 400+ total attendees
  • Opportunity to showcase your expertise/knowledge in the wellness field
  • List of attendee contact information (mail and phone number) in advance of the Summit and final list after the Summit
  • Opportunity to network with potential new clients
  • Complimentary full Summit registration, including all networking and meal functions
  • One night complimentary hotel stay at the official Summit hotel (Westin Indianapolis)
  • Contact information featured on Summit web site

Speaker Payment Policy

No speaker honorarium or fees will be paid to any breakout session speaker for this Summit. We do not cover meals outside of those provided at the Summit, nor provide a per diem.

Speaker Travel Policy

We will provide up to one night (one room per speaker) at the Summit hotel only (Westin Indianapolis) for speakers traveling from outside of central Indiana. All other travel costs incurred are the responsibility of the speaker (subject to change).


Sponsorships and exhibit spaces are available for the Summit. View benefits here. You may also contact Jennifer Pferrer at JPferrer@indianachamber.com or (317) 264-2165 for more info.

Keynote Presentations

We are not seeking keynote speakers for the Summit.

If you have any questions regarding the speaker presentation form, please contact Jennifer George jgeorge@indianachamber.com.

What do Summit attendees have to say?

This [was] my first time attending the conference. I was able to learn, and make connections through out the Summit. If given the chance, I will certainly attend again. Jeran Lantz-Robbins

Strong content, humanizing and knowledgeable presenters, well thought through presentations, and an unexpected lift for one’s spirits — lots of adult problem solving and conversation! Bill Ghormley

I got a lot of great information from this Summit. The keynote speakers were fantastic as were many of the other speakers. The conference was very well planned. Thank you! 2017 Summit Attendee

This event did a great job of incorporating all types of wellness. I’m already excited for the 2018 Summit! 2017 Summit Attendee