Spring 2013 Labor and Management Conference


Health, Well-Being, and Work

The 8th Annual Labor and Management Conference

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Coffee and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Labor Education Center
School of Management and Employment Relations
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ

Registration Fee: $65
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*Rutgers Students are eligible for a registration fee waiver, please email Judy Lugo at JudyLugo@work.rutgers.edu

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The purpose of the conference is to facilitate a discussion on the deteriorating health and well-being status of workers and its relationship to work. According to a new report by the National Academies Press, American workers today face numerous health challenges. Americans have shorter lives and more illness and injury than citizens of 16 other wealthy nations. The nation's poor ranking can be attributed to problems with its $2.6 trillion-a-year health care system (the world's most expensive by far). The report also places more stress on nonmedical shortcomings, including an environment that favors auto travel at the expense of exercise, and dietary habits. In addition, many of our nation's workers are overworked and overstressed. Our nation is currently in the midst of a health crisis, now the question is - how will labor and management respond?

Topics covered will include how workplace health and wellness initiatives will be affected by the Affordable Care Act, how labor and management can negotiate initiatives to produce real results and employee support and what the model cases are.




Keynote - Michael O'Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH

Labor and Management 2013 Speaker O'Donnell"A Framework to Develop Effective Organization and Individual Health Behavior Change Programs"

Dr. O'Donnell is the Director of University of Michigan Health Management Research Center. He is editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Dr. O'Donnell has helped more than one-hundred employers, health care organizations, government agencies, foundations and health promotion providers develop and refine health promotion programs. He was also a leader in helping develop six provisions that became law as part of the Affordable Care Act. To learn more about Dr. O'Donnell, visit his bio.

Discussants: Vince Giordano, Executive Director, NJEA and

William Dwyer, Manager of Labor Relations, PSEG


Ron Goetzel, PhD, MA

2013 Labor and Management Conference Goetzel"Ten Modifiable Health Risks Associated with Employer-Employee Health Care Cost"
Dr. Goetzel is the Director of the Emory University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for Thomson Reuters. The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world. He is a nationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management (HPM), return-on-investment (ROI), program evaluation, and outcomes research. To learn more about Dr. Goetzel, visit his bio.

Moderator: Adrienne Eaton, Professor and Chair, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers.
Discussant: Becky Givan, Professor, Rutgers 


Paul A. Landsbergis, PhD, EdD, MPH

2013 Labor and Management Conference Landsbergis"The Impact of Work Organization and Job Design on Health and Health Behavior and Collective Bargaining Approaches"

Dr. Landsbergis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at SUNY Downstate's School of Public Health. He is Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Dr. Landsbergis was also a member of the National Research Council's Committee on the Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Intervention Effectiveness Research Team, and co-chair of the 4th International Conference on Work Environment and Cardiovascular Disease (in 2005). To learn more about Dr. Landsbergis, visit his bio .

Moderator: Adrienne Eaton
Discussant: Michele Ochsner, Co-Director, Occupational Training and Education Consortium (OTEC) 


Best Practices Panel


Amy E. Whelton, MBA, GBA

Ms. Whelton is a member of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey's Marketing and Product Development team.  Ms. Whelton is responsible for the development and implementation of a number of health and wellness initiatives including worksite wellness and EAP programming. Her current product development role enables her to act as a business liaison to Horizon BCBSNJ's Healthcare Management team and the Office of Health Care Reform. 


Kathleen B. Kostecki, MBA

Ms. Kostecki is the Health & Welfare Manager for Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG). Ms. Kostecki has nearly thirty years of expertise in benefits design and management, health and productivity strategy, health/wellness, absence management, workforce planning, cost containment, work/life/voluntary program design, labor negotiations, vendor/contract management/negotiation and communications.


Mary Horbelt

Ms. Horbelt is the Secretary of Central Division Council, OPEIU Local 153. She is the Markout Hub Specialist for PSEG. She is the Chair of the PSEG Health & Safety Council and Immediate Past Chair of the PSEG Wellness Council.


Joanne Kinsey, MS, CFCS

 Ms. Kinsey is the Family and Community Health Sciences Educator of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Atlantic and Ocean Counties funded through the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Her specialization areas are:  nutrition, wellness & healthy lifestyle; human development; and technology in education. She is a member of the Get Moving-Get Healthy New Jersey Family & Community Health Sciences Department initiative. She developed the Healthy on the Job: Workplace Wellness program, and is currently on a team developing the Working Well in NJ Toolkit.  Ms. Kinsey also developed the Healthy Teen Expo and Sustainable Me programs to supplement school wellness initiatives.


Moderator: Padma Arvind, Director, New Jersey Healthcare Talent Network, Rutgers  


Innovation Session


Siobhan Gibbons, EdD

"A Powerful and Cost Effective Approach to Stress Reduction"

Ms. Gibbons is a Staff Psychologist at Rutgers University. She is an

expert in mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) which is an alternative to traditional medicine and has been successful in improving people's physical health and emotional well-being. She has extensive experience in workplace application of MBSR.