Propagating the new work disability paradigm for disability benefits & workers' comp systems

60 Summits Project Time Line

2005

December

  • The American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) committee of 21 physicians, led by Dr. Jennifer Christian, releases "Preventing Needless Work Disability by Helping People Stay Employed" strategy white paper. The white paper lays out the new work disability prevention model and addresses all stakeholders in disability benefits and workers' compensation systems.
  • Jennifer Christian of Webility Corporation announces "The 60 Summits Project" to promote the adoption of the new work disability prevention model across North America.

2006

May

  • Oregon SAW / RTW Summit takes place in Portland, sponsored by the Disability Management Employer Coalition's Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter. Dr. Christian keynotes the day-long workshop.

June

  • An official guideline - "Preventing Needless Work Disability by Helping People Stay Employed" - is formally adopted by ACOEM.

September

  • New Mexico RTW Summit takes place in Albuquerque co-sponsored by the New Mexico Workers Compensation Administration and the Food Industry Self-Insurance Fund. Dr. Christian keynotes and facilitates the day-long session.
  • Minnesota conducts Summit Feasibility meeting. Led by Peggy Rinehart from the University of Minnesota, 31 people from 20 organizations participate. The Minnesota Summit Group is formed.

December

  • Three California Summit Feasibility meetings take place in Oakland (hosted by Kaiser Permanente), Long Beach (hosted by the local chapter of the Disability Management Employer Coalition) and San Diego (hosted by the Interwork Institute at San Diego University). Dr. Christian leads the 3 meetings in which 72 people from more than 50 organizations participate. A Northern California Summit group is formed.

2007

January

  • An Arizona Summit Feasibility meeting, hosted by the Mayo Clinic, takes place in Phoenix, AZ. Led by Dr. Christian, 15 people from 11 organizations participate. The Arizona Summit Group is formed.

March

  • Two Ohio Summit Feasibility meetings are held in Cleveland (hosted by the Cleveland Clinic) and Columbus (hosted by Ohio State University) led by Dr. Christian, with more than 50 participants. Two Ohio Summits groups are formed.

April

  • Two Summit Feasibility meetings are held in Tampa and Orlando (hosted by Coventry Health Services) and led by Dr. Christian. The Tampa meeting is hosted by Lakeside Occupational Health Centers. More than 40 people participate and a mid-Florida Summit group is formed.

May

  • The 60 Summits Project is incorporated as a non-profit organization.
  • 2nd Annual Oregon Summit meeting occurs May 30. Dr. Christian keynotes and facilitates the day-long event.

June

  • Prudential Financial becomes the first Charter North American sponsor of The 60 Summits Project.
  • Northern California Summit occurs June 21. Dr. Christian keynotes the event.

August

  • Feasibility meeting held in Quebec. Decision made to postpone formation of a Summit Planning group.

September

  • Four North Dakota Summit meetings, hosted by Workforce Safety and Insurance, the state workers' compensation fund, occur Sept. 10-14.
  • Feasibility meetings held in Massachusetts and Michigan. Summit plannning groups formed in both states.

December

  • The 60 Summit's Project's independent website is launched.

2008

January

  • Feasibility meeting planned and led by local stakeholders is held in Vancouver, British Columbia. A Summit planning group is formed.
  • Minnesota Summit held 1/31-2/1 in Minneapolis. Dr. Christian keynotes and moderates the day and a half event. First meeting of follow-up action group scheduled for 2/29.

February

  • Feasibility meeting held in Madison, Wisconsin. 20 people brave deep snow and bad roads to attend. A Summit planning group is formed

March

  • Ohio Summit held 3/14 in Columbus. Dr. Christian keynotes and moderates the day-long event. The first meeting of the follow-up action group is scheduled for May 1.

April

  • Feasibility meeting held in Carmel, Indiana. A Summit planning group is formed.
  • Three Summits held the week of April 20-25 in Bozeman, Great Falls and Missoula, Montana. The lieutenant governor kicks off each event by videotape, and Dr. Christian keynotes and moderates the workshops.

May

  • Arizona Summit held 5/8 in Phoenix. After introductory remarks by Donna Martin who has been successfully rehabilitated and re-employed following a severe work-related injury, Dr. Christian keynotes and moderates the day-long event. The first meeting of the Arizona Work Disability Prevention Association is scheduled for June 11.

June

  • Florida Summit held 6/1-2 in Orlando. After a welcome reception, the Summit opened with remarks by the Honorable David Langham, Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims, and an address by Jerry Fogel, healthcare consultant to the state of Florida and president of Imagine Clinical. The next day, Dr. Christian keynoted and facilitated the workshop portion of the Summit.

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