2021 Virtual Training Program

MPELRA has scheduled three FREE virtual training sessions on Fridays during the month of March 2021 for members and non-members. Although there is no charge to attend, registration is required.  Session dates, titles, speakers, a brief synopsis of the presentation, and the registration link for each session are listed below.

SAVE THE DATE: Additional virtual training sessions will be offered on June 11th, 18th, and 25th.  Check back here for more information. The event topic and registration information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.


March 12, 2021, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Mental Health/Substances Abuse Issues Presented by COVID
Dave Pankotai, Chief Executive Officer, Macomb County Community Mental Health
Traci Smith, Chief of Staff, Macomb County Community Mental Health

This session will explore how COVID has impacted employee mental health and affected substance abuse in our communities.  Speakers will share their perspectives and provide the information human resources professionals should know to help address these emerging issues.
Presentation Link:  Mental Health & Substance Abuse Resources Video
Presentation Slides: Mental Health Substances Abuse Presentation

March 19, 2021, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Panel Discussion on Remote Work Today and Tomorrow
Brandon Fournier, Attorney, Shifman Fournier
Ursula Taylor-Holland, Deputy Director of Human Resources and Chief of Employee Services, City of Detroit
Moderator: Valerie Colbert-Osamuede, Deputy Director – Labor Relations

This panel discussion will look at emerging issues surrounding remote work during the COVID pandemic and when a “new normal” emerges after the pandemic subsides.  Panelists will identify challenges facing public sector human resources and labor relations professions in Michigan and will suggest methods to address those challenges and offer insight on how to build and sustain employee engagement.
Presentation Link:  https://drive.google.com/drive 
Presentation Slides: Remote Work in the Public Sector3.15notes

March 26, 2021, 12 Noon to 1:15 PM
Medical Update/Health Benefit Review
Dr. B. Keith English, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
Chadd Hodkinson, Area Vice President, Gallagher Benefit Services

Dr. English will describe the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current understanding of the virus and its variants. Mr. Hodkinson will continue the focus on health with a discussion of health care benefits trends emerging in response to the pandemic and more broadly.
Presentation Slides1 Link:  Medical Update
Presentation Slides 2 Link: MPELRA Gallagher Health Trends Presentation_Final
Presentation links – 2 Videos:          Part 1          Part 2


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  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our members, in-person meeting have been canceled until further notice.
  • The 2021 Virtual Training Program is a great way to stay informed on current topics! See the 'meetings' page for more information.