August 2023 Briefs

David Ballard Shares HERO Forum23 Insight in New Video Interviews

HERO Forum23 is less than a month away and few are more excited than our very own Senior Fellow, David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA. Dr. Ballard recently gave two brief video interviews where he provides helpful insight on what attendees can expect at HERO Forum23, which will be held September 27-29 in Salt Lake City, with a theme of “Doing Well by Doing Good: How Responsible Organizations are Addressing Societal Challenges.” Dr. Ballard also shares how HERO Forum23 will be different from past HERO Forums and why this year’s theme is particularly relevant and resonant.

General Session Interview

According to Dr. Ballard, the HERO Forum23 General Session will feature fewer talking heads and sequential presentations with more facilitated, fast-paced panels that address a range of topics aligned with this year’s theme and how we can work together to advance it. Dr. Ballard even gleefully hints at an “element of danger” in the updated format.

Watch the General Session Interview

ESG and Well-being Interview

In this interview, Dr. Ballard shares why he believes this year’s theme is particularly relevant and resonant, noting how workplace health and well-being efforts align with critical issues such as conserving natural resources and renewable energy as well as topics like promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and engaging in fair labor practices. “These are not political issues,” says Ballard. “They are real issues that every organization is dealing with, and the health and well-being elements in these organizations are critical to success. It’s time for us to step up and take a bigger role and be at the table.”

Watch the ESG and Well-being Interview

Register Now for HERO Forum23

We have a packed agenda of expert speakers from leading organizations plus plenty of opportunities for networking, fun, fitness, and exploration in Salt Lake City.

Register for Forum23

Don’t delay! Get your hotel room at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek before our discount expires on September 8th!

HERO Forum News

People come to the HERO Forum for our great speakers, myriad learning opportunities, and excellent networking, but don’t forget we also have fun!

We are kicking off Forum23 with an opening reception on Tuesday, September 26th. All Forum attendees are invited to join us to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones!

On Wednesday, September 27th, come to the HERO Workplace Health and Well-Being Awards reception, sponsored by WorkPartners. Meet the 2023 honorees and enjoy sounds from Spanish guitarist, Antonio Garcia.

After two full days of learning, it is time to loosen up! On Thursday, September 28th, we will hold our annual HERO playground. Try your hand at giant Jenga or enter the cornhole competition. It’s all fun and games!

For more information on HERO Forum23 special events, visit our website.


Full Agenda

Don’t delay! Get your hotel room at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek before our discount expires on September 8th!

Changing the Way We Work: Well-Being in Healthcare Workplaces, Policies, and Practices

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 8:00 am – 1:30 pm MDT

Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek 

5 CHES/MCHES Credits Available

The circumstances of the last several years have exacerbated ongoing challenges of stress, fatigue, burnout, and mental strain among healthcare workers, leading to significant turnover and decreased employee engagement. There is a need to innovate and change how we work by addressing the environments, policies, programs, and practices we use to support healthcare workforce well-being. During this year’s Healthcare Summit, we will connect the dots between employee health and well-being obstacles that healthcare organizations are facing, with potential system-level solutions found in the Total Worker Health® Model; Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) strategy alignment; and the new Workforce Mental Health and Well-being models.

Guest speakers will be sharing research and real-world examples from Stanford Medicine Healthcare, OhioHealth, Intermountain Healthcare, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the South Carolina Hospital Association. 



Full Agenda

If you would like to register for the 2023 Healthcare Summit but do not intend to register for Forum23, please contact Ariane Mistral at

Power Shift: How Employers are Responding to Changing Needs and Preferences of their WorkForce

A HERO Members-Only Event

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm MDT

Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek

3 CHES/MCHES Credits Available 

This HERO “power shift” Think Tank seeks to identify those methods and tools that assess the needs and values of today’s changing workforce. We will discuss changes in employee preferences related to demographics and changes in work arrangements and identify key factors related to employees’ sense of belongingness in organizations. In discussing drivers of disengagement and discontent, we intend to surface those strategies and approaches that increase employee satisfaction and commitment to organizations. We will explore how employee health and well-being initiatives can be organized in support of sustainable cultures of caring and trust that attract and retain a robust workforce.

Register for Think Tank + Forum23

Full Agenda

If you would like to register for the 2023 Fall Think Tank but do not intend to register for Forum23, please contact Ariane Mistral at

Fourth Annual HERO FitVent Invitational Team Steps Challenge

Have you ever been part of an athlete’s “signing day”? It’s the culmination of a lot of planning and preparation. The athlete has trained physically and mentally for peak performance. Then there are the scouts and discussions about team dynamics and determining a good fit. All leading to the day when the final decision is made and publicized.

You’ll have your own “signing day” opportunity in a few weeks with the opening of registration for the 4th Annual FitVent Invitational Team Steps Challenge. And you can start preparing now for all of the decisions you’ll need to make when you register:

  • Which company will you support in the corporate competition for “Most Members Participating” and “Highest Average Steps”?
  • Will you form your own team of 5 individuals or join another? Or will you be a free agent and wait to be “picked up” by another team?
  • If forming your own team, have you decided on a team color and mascot?
  • If joining another team, do you know what the team color and mascot are?

Now you’re prepared to register! Watch for detailed sign-up instructions in September.



July’s webinars have been added to the site and an update on how many organizations have signed on to the CEO Pledge.

This month’s featured topic is “Evaluation/Measurement/Metrics”. Here are just two of the 26 (and growing) resources available in the HERO Hub on this topic.

Would other members of your organization be interested in viewing these resources? Remember: member organizations receive an unlimited number of log-ins, so pass it along.

Click on any item to see the full piece. Log-in required to view these resources. Need a log-in? Contact Pat Rohner at

Upcoming Events

Well-Being and Mental Health on Your Campus – Measures That Tell the Story and Inspire Impact

A Virtual Event on Faculty and Staff Health and Well-Being

Monday, October 30, 2023

11:00 am – 2:30 pm CT | 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET

Learning Objectives (3 CHES/MCHES Credits Available)

Following this Summit, participants will be able to:

  • Use qualitative and quantitative data effectively to drive the well-being and mental health narrative on your campus
  • Identify valid and reliable tools to measure mental health and well-being that are free and in the public domain
  • Apply practices from other institutions to support your current or planned efforts around workplace health and well-being data collection and reporting
  • Build connections with other faculty/staff well-being professionals to secure a network of colleagues who have similar goals on their campuses


Full Agenda

Pre-summit workshop: The HERO Scorecard – Leveraging Data to Improve the Well-Being on Your Campus

Tuesday, October 10th, 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Registration coming soon!

HERO Learning Series

Shifting Perspective Using National and Natural Resources to Enhance Well-Being

A Forum Preview Webinar

Thursday, September 7, 2023

12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

1 CHES/MCHES Credit Available

When we see things differently, we think differently, feel differently, and behave differently. The pandemic has impacted our lives in a multitude of ways including the dynamics of our relationships with co-workers, friends, and family and requires social “undistancing” to re-establish relationships and meaningful connection. One positive impact has been a rekindled appreciation of nature for many who had an opportunity to rediscover why the great outdoors are so great in the first place. This webinar will share the impact of well-being challenges with a hybrid approach to creating virtual experiences that inspire real life adventures and connection to meet employees’ ever-changing needs in today’s constantly evolving landscape.

More Information


The Power of Habits Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

While popular culture and research often tout “habit formation” as a winning behavior-change strategy, there is little support showing that it can cultivate sustainable changes in complex lifestyle behaviors. Yet, without sustained change, our initiatives can’t help employees increase their health and well-being, nor can they achieve a ROI on health promotion investments. It’s time for our field to go beyond conventional thinking and examine whether the assumptions underlying habit formation hold up under scrutiny.

More Information


Please check our webinar page for upcoming Learning Series webinars, as well as HERO Forum23 preview webinars open to all.


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