AAOHN 2014 National Conference Speakers 

Registration is now open for the AAOHN 2014 National Conference! Join us in Dallas May 5-8 to hear from these speakers and many other leaders in occupational health.

Dan Buettner, author, The Blue Zones

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Opening Speaker Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best selling author. His New York Times Sunday Magazine article, “The Island Where People Forget to Die” was the second most popular article of 2012. He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives.  Buettner’s National Geographic cover story on longevity, “The Secrets of Living Longer” was one of the publication's top-selling issues in history and a made him a finalist for a National Magazine Award. His books The Blue Zones:  Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest (2008) and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way (2010) appeared on many best seller lists and were featured on Oprah.

In 2009, Dan Buettner and his partner, AARP, applied principles of The Blue Zones to Albert Lea, Minnesota, and successfully raised life expectancy and lowered health care costs by some 40 percent. He’s currently working with Healthways to implement the program in four states, multiple communities and dozens of workplaces. Their strategy focuses on optimizing the health environment instead of individual behavior change. Writing in Newsweek, Harvard University’s Walter Willet called the results “stunning.”

Dan also holds three world records in distance cycling and has won an Emmy Award for television production.

Linda McCauley

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Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN is currently the Dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. A member of the Academy of Nursing and Institute of medicine, Dr. McCauley speaks frequently on the roles that nurses play in the healthcare crisis facing our nation. With more than 25 years of occupational and environmental health nursing experience, she is particularly knowledgeable about the challenges and opportunities available for nurses in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Mary Salazar

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Mary Salazar, EdD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN, will deliver the Catherine Dempsey lecture. Dr. Salazar is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, Washington.  She served as the Program Director for the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing program for more than 15 years. She has consulted and presented papers nationally and internationally on issues and topics related to occupational health nursing. Her extensive publications include more than 60 journal articles, 10 book chapters and multiple newsletter articles and professional reports. She also served as editor for three editions of the Core Curriculum for Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing.  Dr. Salazar is an AAOHN Fellow as well as a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing.

Steve Wojcik

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Steven Wojcik is vice president of Public Policy for the National Business Group on Health. He is responsible for developing and coordinating the Business Group's position and strategy on federal legislative and regulatory issues impacting health benefits for large employers, providing information and analysis on best practices, conveying concerns of large employers as purchasers of health care to Capitol Hill, the Administration other policymakers and the media, and keeping members informed of policy developments in Washington. He has over 25 years of experience in health policy development, analysis and research, government relations, and public affairs. Prior to joining the Business Group, he held similar positions for two large insurers in California and has an extensive background in health care financing policy.

Dee Edington

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Dee Edington, Ph.D., is the founder and Chairman of Edington Associates, LLC. He is the founder and professor of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center and was the director of the Center until June 2011. In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Edington spent 25 years in academic administration. Trained in mathematics, kinesiology, and biochemistry, Dr. Edington received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University and completed his M.S. at Florida State University. He did post doctoral work at the University of Toronto and taught at the University of Massachusetts before coming to Michigan in 1976.

Dr. Edington's research focuses on the precursors of disease and vitality. His interest is in the relationships between healthy lifestyles, vitality, and quality of life, as they benefit both individuals and organizations. He is specifically interested in how individual health management, worksite wellness activities, and programs within organizations impact health care cost containment, productivity, and human resource development.

He is the author or co-author of over 800 articles, presentations, and several books, including: Biology of Physical Activity, Biological Awareness, Frontiers of Exercise Biology, The One Minute Manager Balances Work and Life, Integrating Employee Health: A Model Program for NASA, Employer Health Asset Management, and Zero Trends: Health as a Serious Economic Strategy.

Jordon A. Barab
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Jordon A. Barab, MA, is deputy assistant secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He will present
"An Update on OSHA Priorities and its New Resources to Protect Hospital Workers and Enhance Patient Safety."

More informtion about the AAOHN 2014 National Conference will be available soon in the complere conference brochure. In the meantime, you can register and book your stay at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. Please visit the AAOHN website at aaohn.org often for the latest conference news and information.