03/31/14 – Delta Dental of Missouri Set to Host futureFOCUS2014 Targeting Business and Healthcare Leaders

With the dawn of health insurance exchanges and the changes associated with the Affordable Care Act, employers, employees and individuals continue to negotiate a rapidly shifting healthcare environment. Now, more than ever, responsibilities weigh heavily on consumers. Prevention, education and communications take on even greater significance in helping individuals understand the vital importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and making the right choices in their ongoing pursuit of optimum health and wellness. Delta Dental of Missouri is offering business and healthcare leaders a window on the future of healthcare and healthcare benefits from industry experts at its futureFOCUS2014: Effecting Sustainable Behavioral Change event set for Friday, April 11, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. The event is free. To register, visit www.deltadentalmo.com  and click on “futureFOCUS2014” under events.

A host of influential thought leaders in oral health and overall health will be on-hand to share insightful expertise and sound strategies for sustainable change.  The keynote speaker is Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize award winner, New York Times reporter and the bestselling author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business. He will examine how habits work and how lives, companies and communities can be transformed by identifying behavior triggers and making strides to change our reactions and patterns. The opening presentation and panel discussion will provide provocative insights on health literacy and the impact that clear, easy-to-understand information can make in consumer health and healthcare fulfillment to benefit all individuals. Those in attendance will be encouraged to recognize the need and the inherent duty to create environments that can stimulate and support healthy, sustainable change through habit transformation and informational language that enables and educates.

Delta Dental of Missouri’s futureFOCUS seminars have drawn large crowds for more than a decade, addressing the future of healthcare and healthcare benefits through nationally and internationally renowned thought leaders in oral and overall health. This event is targeted at HR executives and managers, employee benefits professionals, strategic planners, CEOs, benefits consultants, agents, brokers, dentists and other healthcare professionals. To register, visit www.deltadentalmo.com and click on “futureFOCUS.” The registration deadline is Friday, April 4.  Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is appreciated. To learn more about Delta Dental of Missouri, find them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter @deltadentalmo or join the conversation at #futureFOCUS2014.

Delta Dental is the dental benefits leader in Missouri and the U.S. Ninety-six percent of Missouri dentists participate in a Delta Dental network and 4 out of 5 dentists participate nationally. Delta Dental of Missouri serves more than 1.5 million members in over 1,800 companies, large and small. Nationally, nearly 1 in 3 families with dental benefits choose Delta Dental – 56 million members from nearly 96,000 companies. Delta Dental is also committed to improving the oral health and overall health of the children in our community and therefore proudly supports the Delta Dental Health Theatre, Give Kids A Smile and Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles educational touring theater program.

For more information, contact:

Kelly Harris, The Hauser Group, (314) 436-9090

Monica Green, Delta Dental of Missouri, (314) 656-2669