From the C-Suite to the Shop Floor: Well-being for All

October 2-4, 2018

Sawgrass Marriot Resort

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

HERO is seeking industry experts, leaders of best-in-class employer programs, and innovative solutions to explore how organizations can achieve the optimal balance between dual strategies, like reducing risks and strengthening assets, love and accountability, paternalism and autonomy. We’ll examine how to satisfy the business objectives of the C-Suite while co-creating employee-centered health and well-being initiatives that soar in popularity and impact.

This call for presenters includes six track categories for Breakout sessions:

  1. Skills, motivation, autonomy;
  2. Parity in health promotion;
  3. Engaging leaders and champions;
  4. Measures for the C-Suite and the Shop Floor;
  5. New ideas and new uses for old ideas; and
  6. Happiness and well-being

Deadline: March 1, 2018

For more details and to begin a submission, click here: Call for Presenters.



2018 Winter Think Tank: Overdosed. Are We Taking In Too Much?

March 1 – 2, 2018  |  Austin, TX

It’s not too late to join us at this Members Only event where we will examine how employers can effectively respond to one of the most disturbing health, well-being, and productivity threats of our time.  Learn more.


Workplace Health Science and Practice: Translating Research into Solutions to Improve Workforce Health and Well-being

March 22, 2018  |  New Orleans, LA

The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation hosts the first session dedicated to workplace health at its annual EPI Lifestyle Scientific Sessions conference. The 1-day program will blend the latest research with case studies and expert panels showcasing how occupational research is applied and put into practice by employers. Paul Terry is a keynote speaker who will present why Corporate Engagement in Community Health is Good Business.  View Agenda and Register.


Work, Health, And Well-Being: Frameworks, Evidence, and Applications

April 18-20, 2018  |  Boston, MA

Learn from the industry’s leading experts on how to integrate siloed occupational health, health promotion, and health protection programs in order to enhance employee health, minimize work-related injuries and illnesses, and reduce employee health care-related costs. This is the program to attend if you want to improve employee health through integrated approaches to workplace health and safety. Learn more.



The HERO Learning Series

Universal Access to Health Promotion: A Sustainable Strategy to Reduce Health Disparities, Improve Health of an Entire State and Accelerate the Evolution of Health Promotion

February 26, 2018  | 12pm Central

A white paper released by Dr. Michael O’Donnell two months ago describes a strategy that has potential to provide universal access to health promotion in a cost effective and sustainable way, and create thousands of new health promotion jobs in the process…but, it is very much a work in process. We need your help identifying and filling gaps in the approach.

HERO’s Paul Terry will moderate this webinar, organized by Health Promotion Advocates and the Art & Science of Health Promotion Institute. Register now.


Companies That Care About Community Health: What’s Their Advantage?

March 14, 2018  |  12pm Central

As the movement from wellness to well-being gains momentum, more companies are looking beyond the workplace walls to the communities around them to build and encourage a 24/7 culture of health. Recently published research helps to distill business priorities related to corporate engagement in community health improvement partnerships. Findings also point to the importance of the role of the convener in bringing multisector stakeholders together for community health improvement. National organizations are becoming involved from every angle to achieve employer engagement in community culture of health.

Please join us to hear from two national leaders on what they’re seeing in community health improvement initiatives. As always in HERO webinars, we will poll the audience for your views and encourage questions and interactions with our experts.  Register now.



Resources and Readings

Reading list for HERO’s 2018 Winter Think Tank: Overdosed. Are We Taking In Too Much?

Trading Shoes for a Machete’: Why Cultural Context Matters when trying to do Good. Paul Terry shares a personal story in learning the difference between Justice, Equity and Parity.  Read on.

The “Best of 2017 List” of Health Promotion Researchers. Paul Terry and the American Journal of Health Promotion recognize last year’s top scientist papers that “spark a fire for achieving health and well-being for all.” And the winners are…

Why Health Promotion really needs to Change. Paul Terry explores the idea that only by stepping back and examining our processes can we see the time and motion required to make what’s working now work better and be more accessible to more people next time. Read on.

Employee Participation in Wellness Programs is Linked to Healthy Business. Michael Gilbert, Hartford City News, explores how the HERO Scorecard helps companies learn about best practices for promoting health and well-being. Read on.



Research & Scorecard updates

New HERO Scorecard Commentary

We all know organizational support is critical for the success of any workplace wellness initiative. A recent analysis of the benchmark database from the HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer confirms the importance of leadership support. Check out the HERO Blog for the latest analysis on “Organizational Support for Well-being: Senior Leadership and Managerial Support Required”, authored by HERO member Dr. Laura Hamill, Chief People Officer & Managing Director of Limeade Institute.

HERO Launches New Research Study

In January HERO launched a new research study to investigate the association between employer health and well-being practices, workforce turnover, and employee perception of organizational support. This will be accomplished by leveraging data from the HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer. For more information, see the HERO news release.



Brad Shuck

During 2018, each monthly Brief will include a member profile where we ask our guest to answer three questions we believe other members would be interested in learning more about. 

Our first member profile features Dr. Brad Shuck who is Associate Professor and Program Director of the Organizational Leadership and Learning program in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville.

Q. Can you share a story about a grassroots leader who is helping you advance well-being in your organization?

A. I am fortunate to serve and lead a team of faculty who do research and teach in the human resource space. Two years ago, we started a grassroots effort to use a ‘people first strategy’ at the center of every decision that we make, which means that we consider how each decision will impact our faculty and staff’s personal and professional lives.

Q. Can you share a story about an executive leader who is helping you advance well-being in your organization?

A. I work at the University of Louisville, and well-being is at the center of our University mission. Instead of one person, there is a team of people who help me advance well-being each day. Patricia Benson, Assistant Vice President for Health, Wellness and Disease Management has been a constant supporter and fellow colleague, in her initiatives around risk profile analysis development (a predictive analytic tool that sniffs out pockets of organizational dysfunction) as well as the physical and mental programs available through the Get Healthy Now Program that she leads. These programs support my physical and mental well-being and ensure that I have a space where I can be healthy each day. Dr. Jerry Rabalais, CEO of University of Louisville Physicians, has been a person who grounds the work that I do both at the School of Medicine and through the College of Education and Human Development, which supports my professional well-being beyond the classroom. More, my friend Dr. Kevin Rose, a close colleague and writing partner, keeps me accountable to my physical and professional goals which helps drive my professional identity and overall wellbeing every day.

Q. What’s on your professional reading list that you’d recommend to fellow HERO members?

A. On my reading list are two books. The first is The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath. This books details how and why certain experiences that engender pride and connection elevate our life and can have an extraordinary impact. The second is a book entitled Grace is Greater, by Kyle Idleman. This book looks at the role of grace in our lives and challenges us to live a life that is transformational and full of grace for ourselves and those around us. The center of this message is that grace is greater than my past and grace can help define my future. For me, the book has been powerful.








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