Missouri Health & Wellness Summit

April 18 | St. Louis

Most of us operate in a high-stress world and could use more well-being at work. The Missouri Health and Wellness Summit is designed to provide business leaders, human resource professionals and health and wellness professionals with the tools they need to create a healthier and more productive workforce. Learn best practices from employers and wellness trainers and providers.

8:00-9:30am QPR Training

10am-3:30pm Summit Keynote Sessions (lunch included)

Member rate: $175 | Non-member rate: $245
QPR (suicide prevention) training: additional $50

Venue & Accommodations

The summit will be held at Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Brentwood (8700 Eager Road).

We have a block of rooms reserved at a discounted rate of $148/night.

Drury Hotels offer the below amenities to guests:

  • complimentary hot breakfast
  • complimentary evening drinks and snacks
  • complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


8-9:30am | QPR training (optional add-on)

9:30-10am | Networking and check-in

10am | Summit kickoff

10:10am | Fostering a Culture of Well-being

10:55am | Break

11:05am | Mindfulness at Work

12:35pm | Lunch

1pm | Championing Mental Wellness: Implementing Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace

1:45pm | Caregiver Support

2:30pm | Break

2:40pm | Building a Health Missouri Workforce

3:30pm | Closing

Professional Development Credits

The summit has been approved for the following professional development credits: 

Missouri Bar MCLEs 

QPR Training | 1.8 Hours including 1.8 Ethics Hours

Summit | 5.4 Hours including 5.4 Ethics Hours

Society for Human Resource Management

QPR Training | 1.5 PDCs

Summit | 4.5 PDCs


QPR Training | Anne Chambers

QPR is the most widely taught suicide prevention gatekeeper training in the world. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Participants will become more comfortable and confident in broaching the sensitive subject of suicide, receive support resources, and have the opportunity to practice and discuss skills learned. This training will prepare you for incidents that arise in the workplace.

Fostering a Culture of Well-being | Andrea Neal, Marsh McLennan Agency

A growing number of small and midsize organizations want to support employee well-being, but they are challenged in finding affordable ways to do so that are not a major administrative burden and measuring the impacts of these efforts to justify their organization’s continued investment. This session will explore how a municipality facing these challenges designed a wellness program that leverages the right resources, incentives and promotional strategies to create a well-workforce, and how they leverage data to demonstrate the impacts of their program on the overall health of their population.

Mindfulness at Work | Dr. Lynn Rossy, Tasting Mindfulness

Creating a culture of wellness using mindfulness techniques is a cutting-edge method for transforming the workplace. Benefits can result in better employee engagement and productivity. Mindfulness training has been used for over two decades in organizations such as Google, Aetna, Apple, Mayo Clinic and the United States Marine Corps to improve workplace functioning. Find out how you can use seven mindfulness strategies to decrease stress, improve attention and focus, work smarter, not harder, improve interpersonal relationships through better communication, eat better and improve health and well-being.

Championing Mental Wellness: Implementing Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace | Rachel Taube, Missouri Institute of Mental Health

Fostering a workplace culture that prioritizes mental wellness is not just beneficial – it’s imperative. Explore the significance of mental wellness in the workplace. Gain insights into the transformative Mental Health First Aid training program and hear how employers in Missouri have been using this powerful tool to break down stigma and foster open dialogue. Gain practical insights for implementation in your workplace and leave with a toolkit of actionable strategies to immediately support mental wellness. Join us in shaping a workplace where well-being is a priority, creating a healthier, happier and more productive future.

Caring for Caregivers | Sara Correnti, Anthem

In addition to their paid jobs, many employees have an important unpaid role – taking care of a child or aiding a loved one who is aging, ill or disabled. According to a report from Harvard Business School, 73% of all employees have some type of caregiving responsibility. Sara Correnti, health promotion manager for Anthem’s Missouri market, will discuss how employers can better support this large segment of their workforce. Learn how to create an environment that both acknowledges and accommodates caregivers and their essential work.

Building a Healthy Missouri Workforce | Director Paula Nickelson, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

What role do employers play in improving the overall health of Missourians? Join us at the Health & Wellness Summit on April 18 to hear from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Paula Nickelson. She will sit down for a fireside chat to discuss the business case for worksite wellness programs and share resources for developing a program at your organization.


Anne Chambers is a licensed clinical social worker with 31 years of experience. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1987 and her Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University in 1990. Anne has worked in outpatient, inpatient, community mental health, home health, and professional organization settings. Anne’s professional achievements have included being chosen in the past as an employee of the year at Fulton State Hospital, serving as a president of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work, as former chair of the National Association of Social Workers Legal Defense Fund Service Board, and completing service for the NASW-Missouri board as member at large. Anne lives in Columbia, and enjoys crocheting, gardening, water aerobics and tending to her backyard chickens. She currently works as a therapist for Rural Psychiatry Associates.

Sara Correnti currently serves as the Health Promotion Manager for Anthem’s Missouri market.  Sara has been a registered dietitian for 15 years. She began her career in the clinical setting, working at the bedside and in clinics in various specialties of nutrition and behavior change. For the last near 10 years, Sara has worked with employers to develop wellness strategies and build robust fully-integrate wellness ecosystems, producing significant clinical outcomes, positive ROI’s and award-winning impact. She has been the guest speaker at many leading industry conferences and vendor summits around the US and internationally, highlighting her approaches to growing wellness engagement and the resulting health outcomes. Sara holds a Master’s in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama and is Mental Health First Aid certified.

Andrea is a population health management professional and East Carolina University graduate with over 10 years of experience in hospital, health plan, university, and employee benefit consultant settings. As a part of MMA’s Planning and Analytics for Total Health team, Andrea provides strategic population health and well-being insights and solutions based on the unique profile and needs of the organizations she works with. She also provides expert evaluation of well-being and health management platforms, point solutions, and programs.

Paula F. Nickelson serves as the Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, functioning in that role or as Acting Director since March 2022.

Nickelson is responsible for the oversight and management of the department and the administration of its programs and services which protect the health and safety of Missourians. The divisions of Administration, Community and Public Health, Regulation and Licensure, Senior and Disability Services, Cannabis Regulation, State Public Health Laboratory and the Offices of Public Information, General Counsel, Governmental Policy and Legislation report to the Director.

Serving the agency for more than 24 years, Nickelson has a distinguished career in public health and healthcare management. For most of her time with the Department, she has been a leader in several program areas, including maternal-child health, chronic disease prevention, and emergency preparedness and response. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Nickelson put her vast experience to work as a reliable, calming, and realistic leader to implement game-changing solutions. Additionally, Nickelson serves as the Region VII director for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) since March 2022. Region VII includes representation from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, as well as serving as ASTHO’s Past President.

Dr. Lynn Rossy is a health psychologist and an expert in mindfulness-based interventions for the workplace, stress, and eating. Her books, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution and Savor Every Bite: Mindful Ways to Eat, Love Your Body, and Live with Joy, were both highlighted as the best mindfulness books the year they were published. She teaches Kripalu and Energy Medicine Yoga in Columbia, MO. She leads retreats and workshops around the world in mindfulness, mindful eating, and yoga. She spent much of her career at the University of Missouri and now works for herself as the Executive Director of Tasting Mindfulness, LLC.

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Rachel Taube is a dedicated professional with a heart for mental health education. Currently serving as the Project Director for Mental Health First Aid in Missouri at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, Rachel is on a mission to implement strategic initiatives, connect with communities, and drive positive change. As a seasoned National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid USA, Rachel takes her expertise nationwide, connecting with audiences at institutions such as Harvard Medical School, the St. Louis Cardinals and PBS Las Vegas.

Rachel’s journey began with earning her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Valparaiso University and a Master’s from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Beyond her professional endeavors, Rachel and her husband find joy in the giggles and constant activity of their two toddlers.


Interested in becoming more involved with this inaugural event?
Check out opportunities below and contact Chris Burruss at cburruss@mochamber.com or call 573-634-3511.

Sponsorship benefits include:
• Networking opportunities with HR professionals
• Brand exposure in front of decision-makers and decision-influencers
• Opportunity to collaborate on summit agenda content








Reach out to Ashley Schwab with any conference questions!

Ashley Schwab

Director of Conference Development