Air date: April 20, 2023

Guest Panelists:

Kimm Isgar, Akin

David Hines, Metro Nashville Public Schools

David Ballard, PsyD, MBA, HERO

The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace recognizes exemplary organizations that advance the mental health and well-being of their workforce, while also serving as examples for other employers. This webinar will highlight best practices and key success factors from two of the inaugural award winners – Akin and Metro Nashville Public Schools.

With more than 1,700 lawyers, advisors, and support staff in 20 offices worldwide, Akin provides employees with resources, tools, information, and coaching that focus on mental health and psychological well-being. While easily accessible, high-quality mental health benefits and resources play a critical role, for Akin, the keys to success lie in an incremental approach that involves employees, tailors the program to their unique needs, and meets people where they are.

Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the U.S., with 159 schools and 6,500 certificated teachers and staff who serve over 80,000 students. The district’s robust mental health offerings include coverage for behavioral health and substance abuse services, an Employee Assistance Program, onsite medical clinics, and more. MNPS knows that providing comprehensive benefits and resources alone does not guarantee results and bolsters its efforts by increasing access, removing barriers, and leveraging strong leadership support.

In addition to the award winners’ strategies, implementation processes, results, and lessons learned, you will also hear about the award criteria and tips for applying.


Guest Speakers:

Kimm Isgar is the Director of Benefits and Well-Being for Akin. Kimm designs and delivers strategic, compliant, and cost-effective programs by aligning benefits development with an organization’s goals and culture. She increases awareness and appreciation among employees through effective marketing strategies promoting the value of these programs. Prior to Akin, Kimm was the Benefits Manager for Howrey and a Senior Analyst, Health and Welfare for Goldman Sachs. Kimm received a BS in Political Science from SUNY Brockport. She is Work-Life Certified Professional and Yellow Belt in Legal Lean Sigma & Project Management.

David Hines is the Executive Director of Benefits for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). Having led benefits operations in county and state governments and private industry, David has a track record of making the healthy choice the easiest choice. David opened MNPS’s first integrated health and wellness facility, which has expanded to satellites and virtual health programs. Before the pandemic David recognized the need for accessible and affordable behavioral health services. He sourced innovative programs and negotiated health plan designs to eliminate financial burden on educators, which were a lifeline for many educators and staff during the pandemic. He also oversaw COVID testing, vaccinations, and return-to-school initiatives, optimizing the health and safety of the employees he serves. David regularly presents and consults across the country on designing full-scale programs to achieve the best health and well-being outcomes for employers.

David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, is a Senior Fellow and Scientific Advisor for Workforce Mental Health at HERO. His work focuses on organizational effectiveness, occupational health promotion, workforce mental health, program design and evaluation, and systems-level workplace interventions. David has provided research, consultation, and training services to government agencies, industry groups, corporations, private equity firms, medical schools, and universities. He currently serves on the boards of directors for The Health Project, which presents the C. Everett Koop National Health Awards, and Sound Mind, co-chairs the Advisory Committee for The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace, and is a member of NIOSH’s Cross-Sector Council on Healthy Work Design and Well-being.

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