March Breakfast Meeting
Friday, March 11, 2016 7:30am-9:00am
The MSIA breakfast meeting in St. Louis is scheduled for Friday, March 11, 2016. The featured speakers will be Amy J. Klueter-Thomas, MPA, CHES and Jennifer Markee, LMSW, CDE. Both will give a thirty minute presentation.
"Thriving In The Workplace With A Progressive Neurological Disease"
An estimated 2.3 million people worldwide live and work with Multiple Sclerosis. Ms. Thomas, will explain the disease, its manifestation and how she and thousands of others like her can thrive in the workplace. Risk factors for injury and recovery can be challenging but modern research and developments have made great progress. Ms. Thomas will describe how she and others cope with the everyday rigors of work and life in general.
"Prevalence, Effect Of Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes On Workplace Injuries & How To Manage Them As A Co-Morbidity"
Diabetes is estimated to affect almost 24 million or 8% of the U.S. population. Another 57 million people have pre-diabetes. It is estimated that almost 1/3 of people who have diabetes may be undiagnosed. Diabetes in all its forms is costly in the working population. The total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 is $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity. As a co-morbidity in an injury, an employee who suffers a lost-time injury will increase their days away from work by 20-25% if they have diabetes. Ms. Markee will discuss what diabetes is and how to manage it to improve health, productivity and reduce absenteeism.