Public Forums

The chairs of the Congressional Wellness Caucus – Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Erik Paulsen – have agreed to host eight town meetings across Minnesota that stimulate ongoing public conversations about worksite wellness. Each meeting will promote the larger topic of wellness by emphasizing specific aspects of it. Viable topics will be widely adaptable, will inform Congressional discourse about wellness, and will be produced to attract media coverage. Any member (or groups of members) of the Alliance may suggest a topic. The chairs will reject any topic that is too broad or that suggests commercial self-promotion.

(Note: We cannot obligate the time or interest of any member of Congress or staff on behalf of a specific topic, in any way. Anything we suggest is completely in their discretion.)

Our first Town Meeting, in which Target highlighted its participation in HealthLead™, a nascent wellness certification program, provides a useful prototype. Senator Klobuchar led a one-hour conversation that discussed how HealthLead’s™ rigorous wellness certification process will provide actuarial proof that wellness policies lead to reduced risk for companies of all sizes. More than 200 people attended the meeting at Target’s headquarters, representing employers, providers, insurers, health advocates, academics, public health and elected officials.

Two other aspects of our “convening power” are still being developed. The Alliance intends to support other public events that pursue objective worksite wellness. They don’t have to be at our instigation. In addition, other elected officials (federal, state and local) have volunteered to participate in other programs.