Managing Obesity Risk: The Weight Epidemic Can’t Wait

PBGH and the Integrated Benefits Institute hosted a webinar series on obesity and weight management.

Presentations addressed the science of obesity and developing a whole person health approach that integrates medical, behavioral and psychosocial aspects of weight management. This series brought together academic, purchaser, patient, health plan and provider perspectives.

Why now: Obesity is a key risk factor not only for diabetes and cardiac disease, and the urgency of a population-based approach has increased due to greater risk for COVID complications. Learn about important implications for benefit design and prescription drug formulary management.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT
What Purchasers Need to Know

  • Understanding the science of obesity
  • Myths and facts about obesity
  • Quantifying the impact of obesity on employee health and our health care system
  • Creating a benefit design to address obesity care


  • Andrew Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Applied Health Sciences, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington
  • Jenny Goins, Kentuckiana Health Collaborative, formerly Kentucky State Employers

Click here for bios of the panelists.


Click here to view the recording from the May 25 session.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT
Creating an Inclusive and Comprehensive Benefit Offering

  • A patient perspective on benefits access and benefits coverage language
  • Designing a patient-centered program
  • Success factors in member engagement and outcomes


  • Ava Zebrick, MSHCM, Patient Experience Supervisor, Oschner Medical Center
  • Bruce Sherman, M.D,, FCCP, FACOEM, Medical Director, North Carolina Business Group on Health
  • Rachel Miegel, Well-being Program Strategist, CSAA Insurance Group

Click here for bios of the panelists.


Click here to view the recording from the June 1 session.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT
Addressing Obesity as Part of a Whole-Person Health Strategy

  • Engaging members to improve total health
  • Weight management support as part of a well-being strategy
  • Addressing health equity and social determinants
  • Providing a comprehensive strategy to support members


  • Rami Bailony, M.D., Co-Founder & CEO, Enara Health
  • Tammy Watts, Clinical Services Program Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Anuruddh Kumar Misra, M.D., FACP, CAQSM, QME, Premise Health/Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Jason Parrot, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Growth and Partnerships, Vida Health
  • Tara Sherman, Well-being Strategy Leader, The Boeing Company

Click here for bios of the panelists.


Click here to view a recording from the June 8 session.



Articles by speakers:

Andrew Brown, Ph.D.

Ava Zebrick


This educational program was developed with a grant from Novo Nordisk and in-kind support from the Integrated Benefits Institute and Purchaser Business Group on Health.


Begins: June 8, 2022
Ends: June 8, 2022


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