Health and Well-being Awards

The HERO Workplace Health and Well-Being (HWB) Awards honor dedication and commitment to the field, and acknowledge outstanding achievements in the practice of HWB in the areas of Leadership and Research. Honorees are asked to share their experiences in HWB with their peers at the HERO Forum during the awards presentation. The 2019 HERO Forum on Thriving Organizations: Achieving Well-Being Through Collaboration was held September 10–12, 2019, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. Each year, HERO pays tribute to individuals in the field of health and well-being with our HERO HWB Awards. The HERO HWB Awards honor leaders in five categories.

Awards Nomination Process

  1. Nomination forms are reviewed by HERO.
  2. Eligible candidates may be asked to provide additional information.
  3. All nominations are reviewed by the HERO Awards Committee.
  4. Award winners are notified by June 30, 2020.
  5. Winners are required to accept their award in person at HERO Forum.
  6. Nominees who do not win remain eligible for consideration in the following calendar year.

To nominate someone for this award, please complete a nomination form and submit to:

Important Dates

  • Nominations are received on a rolling basis.
  • April 30, 2020: Deadline for 2020 awards submissions
  • June 30, 2020: Awardees selected and notified
  • September 23 – 24, 2020: Awards presented throughout the HERO Forum

Definition of Terms for the HERO HWB Awards

Workplace Health & Well-being (HWB): A set of organized activities and systematic interventions, offered through corporations/worksites, managed care organizations, and governmental/community agencies, whose primary purposes are to provide health education, identify modifiable health risks, and influence health behavior changes.

Healthy Workplace: HERO acknowledges that currently many tools exist to measure the existence of a healthy workplace. The HERO HWB Awards will accept the HERO Scorecard, the National Business Group on Health’s Wellness Impact Scorecard, WELCOA’s Well Workplace Survey, or the Organizational Risk Assessment by HealthScan Solutions as credible tools for this assessment.

Leadership Position: An elected, appointed or earned role in a recognized organization or committee affiliated with a recognized organization.

Organization contributing to or affiliated with advancement of HWB: Employers that have offered and promoted a robust suite of prevention-oriented health management services for more than five years; providers of prevention-oriented health management solutions for the workplace and beyond; consulting firms that specialize in the design, facilitation, and/or delivery of prevention-oriented health management solutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the nomination process open?
Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis.

When is the nomination deadline?
April 30, 2020

What is the cost to apply?
There is no cost to apply.

When and how are awards distributed?
Award winners are asked to accept their award in person at the HERO Forum. The awards are presented through the course of the Forum.

Are there company size requirements?

HERO Awards Committee Member List

HERO would like to thank the efforts of the HERO Awards Committee.

Awards Committee Chair:

Philip Swayze, MS, CWPM; HUB International New England

Awards Committee Members:

Susan Bailey, MS; Marsh & McLennan Agency

Cindy Ballog, Medical Mutual

Jack Curtis, MS; Corporate Health Partners

Sara Johnson, Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.

Rebecca Kelly, Element Health

Laura Linnan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bridget Neurer, AON Hewitt

Mark Poindexter, Shell Oil

Nico Pronk, HealthPartners

Joni Troester, University of Iowa

Laurie Whitsel, The American Heart Association

2019 HERO Hall of Fame Award Winners

2019 Award Winners

HERO Workplace Health and Well-Being Awards

Bill Whitmer Leadership Award

Bill Whitmer

As the co-founder and former CEO of HERO, Bill (and HERO) issued a loud Wake Up Call for America that our nation was in the midst of a perfect storm of poor health, an aging population and rising health care costs. Bill spent years bringing together leaders in the HWB industry: employers, researchers, providers, payors and consultants and insisting that together, we represented a powerful force with the ability to positively impact the health of our nation. Today, HERO’s membership and its voice and power as an agent for change have more than doubled. The Bill Whitmer Leadership Award is shaped by and honors the decades of hard work and vision in the field of health and well-being (HWB) by Bill Whitmer.

Bill Whitmer Award Criteria

Bill Whitmer Award Nomination Form






Bill Whitmer Leadership Award Hall of Fame

Mark Dundon Research Award

Mark Dundon

Mark Dundon contributed to the advancement of health and well-being (HWB) for the decades he spent working in the healthcare industry. Best known within the ranks of the HERO membership as the co-founder and former Chairman of the Board of HERO, Mark’s contributions to the field of  HWB research and the healthcare field include running a three state health care system in Kentucky, and providing the seed money for ground-breaking research. Each year at the HERO Forum, The Mark Dundon Research Award is presented to the professional who most closely embodies his outstanding work in the area of HWB research.

Mark Dundon Award Criteria

Mark Dundon Award Nomination Form




Mark Dundon Research Award Hall of Fame

Jerry Noyce Executive Health Champion Award

Jerry Noyce

As HERO advances its journey as a premier HWB resource organization, it is important to recognize the corporate leaders who make the meaningful execution of HWB possible. This award is presented annually to a person of senior leadership status (CEO, CFO, VP) who has made an outstanding contribution towards the advancement of HWB within their company. We wish to recognize individuals who have been largely responsible for the success of their company program through professional dedication and a personal commitment to creating a culture of health.

Jerry Noyce Award Criteria

Jerry Noyce Award Nomination Form




Jerry Noyce Executive Health Champion Award Hall of Fame

Heart of HERO Award

herologo_blue-01HERO recognizes health and wellness practitioners that have directly impacted the health of their organization and the associated outcomes. This award will be presented to a person directly involved in the day to day operations of health and well-being  (Wellness Directors, Health Managers, Human Resource) who has made an outstanding contribution towards the advancement of HWB within their company.

Heart of HERO Award Criteria

Heart of HERO Award Nomination Form



Heart of HERO Award Hall of Fame

Healthy HERO Award

2019 Sponsor

HERO is building on a long-standing awards tradition by establishing a national awards program to recognize individuals who are actively engaged in their own well-being through participation in a company-sponsored health and well-being program, have achieved and maintained their health goals for at least two years and who may also be providing leadership as a volunteer wellness champion for their organization. The Healthy HERO Award Program enables sponsoring organizations to highlight the successes of individuals who participate in their health and well-being program.


Healthy HERO Award Sponsor Details

Healthy HERO Award Hall of Fame


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