Leading the transition to whole-health care in a value-based world

Garry Welch, PhD | Cynthia Wicks | Bernadette Johnson

February 26, 2021

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During this webinar, representatives from Silver Fern Healthcare, Garry Welch, Ph.D., and Cynthia Wicks, will explore the challenges and opportunities of implementing lifestyle medicine and behavior medicine at scale in the ever-evolving healthcare system. This webinar will give you a framework for how the six pillars of lifestyle medicine can be realized and become actionable in healthcare settings, including an opportunity to hear clinical insights from Bernadette Johnson, Head of Population Health at WellSpark Health, about how WellSpark has successfully integrated a whole-health approach to care into their chronic care management organization using Silver Fern’s clinician-facing tool to unlock key self-management and psychosocial issues. The presenters will share never-seen-before population health insights that will illuminate the expansive opportunity of whole-health care at scale. The presenters will discuss ways that individuals like you can begin to influence your organization to move toward a whole-health care approach by leveraging digital technologies. We will end the webinar with a live Q&A. 

Speakers Bios:

Garry Welch, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer @Silver Fern Healthcare

Garry Has more than thirty years of scientific research in chronic disease management. He is an expert in the area of behavior medicine for chronic disease care and has extensive experience leading clinical research on behavior change strategies for people with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Dr. Welch’s 30+ years of clinical research led to co-founding Silver Fern Healthcare where he oversees the company’s scientific activities, including management of the clinical teams, research compliance, data analyses, and research dissemination.

Cynthia Wicks
Chief Client Officer @Silver Fern Healthcare

Cindy has more than three decades of healthcare industry experience within national managed care organizations, health insurance companies, ACOs, physician IPAs, and hospital system organizations. She is a subject-matter expert in payor/provider relationships; negotiations and alliances; provider risk and incentive reimbursement models; and alignment of provider reimbursement models with benefit designs, incentives, metrics, and fund flow models for commercial, self-insured, Medicare Advantage, and managed Medicaid products. Cynthia has worked with hundreds of physicians improving quality and total cost of care metrics to assure maximum success with value-based contracts.

Bernadette Johnson
Senior Director of Population Health @WellSpark Health

Bernadette oversees health programming at WellSpark. She has more than 30 years of senior leadership experience in the healthcare and insurance industries. Leading a team of registered nurses and health coaches, Bernadette’s focus is to ensure the best clinical care for our WellSpark participants. She is a certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches and a certified Exercise Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine.