ReEmployAbility Chief Executive Officer, Debra Livingston, will join panelists at The Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference on September 7 at 2 p.m. PST for a discussion on “Considering Social Barriers to an Injured Worker’s Recovery”.

An individual’s health is determined by more than just access to quality medical care. Social factors such as poverty, housing, and education can significantly impact health outcomes. These factors are known as the social determinants of health (SDOH). These can act as barriers to recovery from illness or injury, and they can also contribute to chronic conditions. To address SDOH, it is essential to take a “whole-person” approach, considering each individual’s physical, mental, and social needs. Economic factors such as income and employment are also key drivers of healthcare outcomes.

In this 1-hour session, experts will review these social barriers to recovery and examine how we can help injured workers overcome them. Learn how to take a “whole person” recovery approach that leads to shorter claim durations, decreased indemnity costs, happy and healthy employees, and an overall reduction in total claim payments.

“I am pleased that there is a continued and increased focus on social determinants of health and their role in injury and recovery,” said Debra Livingston.  “The scope of workers’ compensation is focused on managing the work-related injury, and we need to keep in mind that that injury is part of a person, and that person brings inherent and unique complexity that can’t be separated out.” 

This panel will be led by Rafael Gonzalez, Esq., partner in Cattie & Gonzalez, PLLC, a national law firm focusing its practice on Medicare/Medicaid secondary payer compliance issues. He has over 35 years of experience in the liability, no-fault, and workers’ compensation insurance industry. Rafael is passionate about giving back to the community through education and service to others, and speaks throughout the country on topics relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social programs.

Session speakers include:

  • Rafael Gonzalez, Esq., Cattie & Gonzalez, PLLC  
  • Chad Beinschroth, Claims Manager, ABM Industries
  • Debra Livingston, CEO and Founder, ReEmployAbility, Inc.

Conference registration is required, and space is limited.

The annual Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference (WCRC) will be held September 6-9, 2022 at Waldorf Astoria Beach Resort in Dana Point, California.  The WCRC mission is to, “provide a gathering space where ambitious, strong-minded individuals share knowledge, work together and further develop their careers and businesses.” Visit for more information, to register to attend, or to RSVP for this session.