2017 WWCMA Annual Conference Speaker Bob Espindola Town of Fairhaven
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2017 WWCMA Annual Conference Speaker Bob Espindola
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Bob Espindola, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen
Town of Fairhaven

Bob Espindola is the Chairmen of the Board of Selectmen in the Town of Fairhaven.  He worked to establish a new Wellness program in the Town and now serves the role of Sponsor. In his role, Bob worked closely with a Wellness Program Champion and Wellness Committee to roll out the program.  This group of volunteers started with no budget and was still able to garner a respectable level of employee participation.  Since then, the team has  applied for and received grants for special programs like diabetes prevention,  a “Working on Wellness” grant from the Mass Department of Health and worked with the Town Health Insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue shield to create an on line web portal and to create several health challenges for Town Employees and their families.

The team advocated for the Town to re-establish a Town Employee EAP program (that had been eliminated years ago), for the Town to set a budget for Wellness initiatives for Town Employees and for the Town to include a Wellness responsibility in the job description of a new Human Resources Position being created under the Town Administrator.

Bob is very proud of the accomplishments of the Fairhaven Team but feels that growth and sustainability of the program will hinge on providing meaningful incentives for employees and their families to encourage participation. 

Conference Session:

Employer Panel: Role of Incentives in Employee Engagement

Moderated By: Melanie Rocha, BCBS MA

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
NorthEast Lounge


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