Around the Church
“COVID-19 has sharpened our focus on reaching all clients with reliable and necessary information,” CPG’s Education and Wellness Senior Vice President Kathy Floyd says. “Thanks to an innovative staff, technology, and a committed corps of chaplains to the retired, we’ve been able to deliver timely educational resources to the people we serve.”
She explains that CPG has offered webinars on topics including stock market volatility, managing anxiety, and responding to systemic racism. “And we’ve also reached out to retirees to help them spot and avoid the types of scams that happen in uncertain times like this. It’s been a difficult year but also a fulfilling one,” she notes.
Typically, various CPG teams would be visiting dioceses to offer in-person meetings and conferences. “We miss seeing our clients face-to-face,” Senior Vice President Laurie Kazilionis says. Instead of gathering for annual benefits conferences at Episcopal camps or in New York City, her Integrated Benefits Account Management Services team hosted hundreds of benefits administrators from around the Church—and around the world—via Zoom.
Laurie continues, “We were particularly pleased to host the Most Rev. Michael Curry at our first-ever online Episcopal Business Administration Conference. It’s been hard to be away from the people we serve, but we’re making the most of a challenging situation and learning new ways to connect.”
Webinars such as “Don't Be Deceived: Fraud Prevention in the Era of COVID-19” and “Psychological First Aid” address issues directly related to the pandemic, while eLearning courses, such as “Resilience: Stacking the Odds for Wellness,” offer in-depth lessons on cultivating the ability to bounce back.
Kathy adds, “At CPG, we’re committed to helping clients learn how to improve their well-being, and our work feels even more critical during the pandemic.”
The Reverend Lonnie Lacy of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Tifton, Georgia, known as the Dancing Priest for his viral “Hamilton” take-off video (see link above)
CPG resources have helped me to become a healthy, happy, functioning priest over the years and, now, to get through the pandemic. For instance, I’ve had a fantastic therapist since I went to CREDO a decade ago and realized I needed to do more for my mental and emotional health. The kind of support network that CPG offers is invaluable.
"Our philosophy is to convey that there are things you yourself can do,” CPG’s Senior Health Education Specialist Krishna Dholakia explains. “You can learn and develop skills that not only help you manage difficult times but also help you move forward and grow from them. I’m particularly proud of our new podcast series, Choose Well, that I host. It covers various wellness topics and features insights from experts within and outside of CPG. I’m excited to share it with the Church."
In addition to our robust lineup of resiliency-related resources, the Cigna Employee Assistance Program provides a confidential 24-hour service that can help address behavioral health issues. And Cigna has extended this program to non-members, who can call 866-395-7794.