Learn about the innovative work being done by Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH President and Chief Medical Officer, Webility
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH President and Chief Medical Officer, Webility
Disability is the minority group that anyone can join at any time due to accident, illness or injury. The life experience of acquiring a disability can result in serious disruptions to a person’s life, health and employment. The road to recovery or adapting to a new reality can be a complex and confusing process. Yet there is a critical gap at the center of that process. Assuring a good “big picture” outcome for a working person with a health-related life and employment disruption is not in any professional’s job description today.
Instead, this important task typically defaults to the person who acquires a disability and their family. Together or alone, they face the challenge of navigating complex systems of health, disability and workers’ compensation. As a result, some people fall through this gap in the social fabric and end up with avoidable outcomes.
Jennifer Christian, MD’s life work has been about bridging that gap. From founding Webility to draw attention to this hole in the social fabric to helping doctors, employers, benefits payers and other stakeholders establish better communications, Dr. Christian has been an innovator and thought leader. Dr. Christian has dedicated her life to get people the support they need to remain functional, independent, and able to participate fully in human life, including work.
About Our Speaker:
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH is a physician thought leader committed to minimizing the destructive impact of health conditions on working people’s quality of life and livelihoods — across all benefits systems. A key highlight of her Federal work has been as a member of the Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative sponsored by US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy from 2014-2017. She served as lead author of a proposal for development of nationwide Community-Focused Health & Work Centers to provide SAW/RTW services and prevent job loss among workers with new medical conditions.
Christian is President of Webility Corporation which provides consulting and training services to clients in the healthcare delivery, employment, insurance, and governmental sectors. She has won several awards for her efforts to bring the work disability prevention model to the fore. In 2001, she founded the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable, an e-group of 1200 diverse professionals. Dr. Christian is board-certified in occupational and environmental medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She has also been a longtime leader in the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). She earned both her medical and public health degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle.