Dr. Bernadette Melnyk Presents Importance of Effective Communication at 8th Annual Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress

Dr. Bernadette Melnyk headshot (web)Dr. Bernadette Melnyk will present at the upcoming Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress in Washington D.C. from September 25 – 28. Dr. Melnyk currently serves as Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, and Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State’s College of Medicine. Her topic discuss the importance of communication in a wellness program.

“Helping people be the healthiest they can be has always been a passion of mine,” said Dr. Melnyk. “So it is a pleasure to be able to speak at the EHBC and help employers make their employees healthier. Through effective communication and evidence-based practices, employers will play a crucial role in reversing America’s health crisis.”

Dr. Melnyk earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University, her Master of Science degree with a specialization in nursing care of children and pediatric nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh, and her PhD in clinical research from the University of Rochester – where she also completed her post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Melnyk’s work spans evidence-based practice, intervention research, child and adolescent mental health, and health and wellness. A frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences, she has consulted with hundreds of healthcare systems and colleges worldwide on improving quality of care and patient outcomes by implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice.

Since arriving at Ohio State in 2011, Dr. Melnyk has overseen significant steps toward establishing the nursing program there among the nation’s elite. In 2015, OSU’s master’s program in nursing was named among the nation’s top 25 by U.S. News and World Report – putting it among the top five percent of nursing programs nationwide – and the College of Nursing was designated by USN&WR as one America’s top 10 for both master’s and undergraduate online education.

In 2013, Dr. Melnyk became one of the few nurses elected to the Institute of Medicine, a group whose members counsel government and private sector leaders to help them make informed health decisions. Election to the IOM is among the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Dr. Melnyk also served a four-year term on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, or preventive medications.

Dr. Melnyk is co-editor of five  books, including Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice, Implementing EBP: Real World Success Stories, A Practical Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention, and Health Promotion (2nd Ed), Implementing the Evidence-based Practice Competencies in Healthcare. A Practical Guide for Improving Quality, Safety and Outcomes, and Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing and Funding, an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award winner.

At the EHBC, Dr. Melnyk will present in a session titled “Take Employee Engagement to the Next Level with Wellness Communication” alongside Ralph Lardieri, Wellness Manager, Wawa, Inc. and Amie Hoff, Corporate Fitness Consultant, Fit At Work Solutions. This session will identify communications messages that motivate people to make behavior changes, outline the biggest communication barriers employers currently face and provide insight into ways to avoid and overcome these pitfalls.

Discover more great speakers at the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress by visiting employerhealthcarecongress.com/2016-speakers.

About the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress

With multiple initiatives and platforms to unite the thriving employer healthcare industry, the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHBC) is one of the largest US healthcare and benefits conferences in the country focused on educating employers, agents, brokers & consultants and service providers. With up to 2,500 attendees and up to 130 exhibitors and sponsors the opportunity to network and learn from your industry peers and leading thought leaders is endless!

In addition to hosting its annual Congress, the EHBC is passionate about providing exceptional education to transform industry professionals into leaders. Through Specialist Certifications in Healthcare Reform, Corporate Wellness, Self Funding, and Voluntary Benefits, the EHBC offers robust certification programs with advanced educational requirements, comprehensive exams and continuing education resources.