Delve into the public sector risk management domain with PRIMA's Risk Management Podcast Series. This innovative, time-efficient, educational resource is designed to afford risk management professionals the opportunity to learn-on-the-go! Listen to PRIMA podcasts to remain cognizant of important issues affecting the public risk management community!
Lessons Learned For K - 12 Education
This week we’re joined by Kaylee Sorenson; to share the lessons learned from COVID-19 on K-12 Education.
Kaylee is an Emergency Management Consultant at Ashton Tiffany LLC. This discussion includes the initial challenges of the pandemic; such as transitioning learning to online, supply chain strain, community partnerships and pressure; the shift of priorities after handling the initial obstacles and the communication, preparation and the role that the school districts within the community.
School districts became a central location of information, and communication for the community. Website Traffic significantly increased, new partnerships for PPE and additional essential supplies were created and Sufficient Emergency operations plans and Continuity of Operations Plans were established.
Navigating The Generational Gap with Karen Caterino And Mark Pew
This week we have Karen Caterino, Public Entity Education Center of Excellence Leader-West, for Willis Towers Watson and Mark Pew, SVP of Product Development and Marketing for Preferred Medical, explaining how to navigate the professional generation gap.
Karen and Mark share the cause for the talent gap, and the risks and information loss as a product of baby boomers’ retirement. They also provide several effective solutions through mentoring and The Transitions Movement. They share many benefits of being a mentor and/or mentee and how to create a successful relationship that garners professional and personal growth.
Diversity, Equity And Inclusion - Practices In The Workplace
This week our speaker, James Curbeam, CPCU, ARM, AIC, is the director of risk management for the Las Vegas Valley Water District. He holds a B.S. in finance from Creighton University and an executive MBA from the University of Nebraska Omaha.
James shares how to make greater progress as a society and individually for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Witnessing firsthand the lack of diversity on panels, he illustrates that progress cannot be made; rather having discussions that tackle solutions require uncomfortable and honest conversations between company leaders and disenfranchised individuals.
Addressing minority advancement within the workplace, specifically in the insurance industry he shares the two key components are networking and opportunity. In order for minorities to advance they need to be in a position to network in order to build key relationships and be considered for opportunities. The second factor, opportunities are most readily available in attending conferences, which are typically available to senior level positions within companies. This obstructs junior level employees, more commonly filled by minority individuals, from advancing within the industry.
He also shares the foundational policies to be implemented in the workplace, and elaborates on what needs to happen to create lasting change.
Ergonomics And Working From Home with Lisa Orr
Ergonomics And Working From Home with Lisa Orr
For this week’s episode, Lisa Orr, certified professional ergonomist and Human Factors Professional at Sedgwick CMS, provides a wide range of solutions for working from home. She explains specific tactics in achieving efficiency within this new normal, such as:
Dedicating a specific space
What to do with limited space and funds
The ideal ergonomic setup
How to coordinate with children and their schedule
Supporting from a managerial role
Lisa brings to light some of the office tendencies that have been lost and what aspects are valuable to incorporate into your schedule.
The True Cost Of Pharmacy
This week we’re joined by Mark Morgan, President of Sherrill Morgan. He explains in-detail Pharmacy Costs - why they cost what they do and how Pharmacy Programs work today.
There is a space between the Average Wholesale Price (AWP) and the Maximum Allowable Cost. This gap allows for arbitrary costs to be determined by a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM). Mark shares how to address or avert the PBM situation. He also provides insight into four ways to save costs Acquisition Cost Indexing, Own Use Acquisition, Rebates, and 340B
Social Inflation - Emerging Tactics And Best Practices For Public Agency Liability
For this week’s episode, Kristen Smolek and Will Portello discuss social inflation, emerging tactics and best practices for public agency liability. Kristen is the Vice President of Pooling at Sedgwick and Will is the director of litigation claims at Sedgwick.
They share the six main factors that contribute to social inflation, and further expand on the impact of public distrust and negative public sentiment and the generational influence of Millennial jurors.
The areas of public entity practice that pose the greatest risk.
The best tactics in mitigating an inflamed jury.
How to be proactive in taking risk control measures.
As a public entity, Kristen and Will emphasize the best means of protection is creating and reinforcing a culture of safety, locating the cause of an issue, sharing data from claims, and providing hands on training in order to curb the social inflation impact.