There’s still time!

The Call for Presenters for HEROForum20 has been extended until March 13! That’s good news for all of us who need just a little extra time.

The HERO Think Tank wrapped this week and was a great success. The topic, Burnout and Banana Cream pie, brought a lively discussion and a full house.

Prior to the Think Tank was the 3rd CMO/CHO Summit, this year on precision personalize medicine and precision medicine. Reading lists from both can be found on the HERO blog.

Click here for 2020 CMO/CHO Summit Reading list.
Click here for HERO Winter Think Tank Reading list.

Finally, the HERO store is now open! Visit the HERO store to buy your HERO swag now!
*Members, save the date for our Spring/Summer Think Tank, May 19th in Minneapolis!



A 20/20 Vision for Collective Well-Being

September 23-25, 2020 | Austin, Texas

The Call for Presenters has been extended until March 13! Submit your abstract now!

A 20/20 Vision for Collective Well-being: How Group Dynamics and Social Connectedness Shape Individual Choices

At Forum20 we will examine “collective well-being” and ask how groups, organizations and our social spheres shape our destiny, fulfillment and life satisfaction. Forum20 carries forward our learnings from Forum19 where we asked how employers can better achieve well-being through collaboration, and we examined tenets of “collective action” and how individuals influence the direction of groups. To be sure, individual and group influences are bi-directional. Still, the worksite wellness movement has been steeped in behavioral psychology and has deployed education programs primarily focused on individual behavior change. This year we examine how well we are employing principles of social psychology to advance well-being and how we are shaping group dynamics to bolster our aims to become the best places to work.

HERO is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Provider ID# 101039


Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 HERO Workplace Health and Well-being Awards!

Debra Lerner

Debra Lerner

For the 11th consecutive year, our industry’s premier individual awards program, the HERO Workplace Health & Well-Being Awards, will recognize outstanding leadership and achievements as well as commitment to the field of workplace health and well-being (HWB). Nominations are received on a rolling basis. To be considered for an award in 2020, materials must be received by April 30, 2020.

We are accepting nominations for: The Bill Whitmer Leadership Award, The Mark Dundon Research Award, The Jerry Noyce Executive Health Champion Award, and The Heart of HERO Award.

Check out the video interview with last year’s Mark Dundon Research Award winner, Debra Lerner.

Please visit the HERO website to learn more and access the appropriate nomination forms. To hear more from our 2019 HERO Award winners, check out their personal interviews on HERO’s YouTube channel! Questions? Email


Call for case study submissions!

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Communities Committee recently published two new case studies on the and HERO websites! We are pleased to share stories from Get Healthy Utah and Intermountain Healthcare: Alliance for Determinants of Health. If you represent a business, corporation, healthcare system or coalition engaged in community health and well-being initiatives, we’d love to hear your story! HERO is currently accepting submissions to be considered for publication. To learn more, check out details here and consider submitting a completed case study template or email

New Committee Opportunity: The Employee Experience Study Committee

The Culture of Health (CoH) and Engagement (ENG) Committees have been hard at work the past couple of years fulfilling their current charters. After many conversations, we’ve decided to disband the CoH and ENG Committees as of 2020, and launch a brand new committee, the Employee Experience Study Committee (EEC). EEC will focus on the role of leadership in developing healthy workplace cultures and driving employee engagement. Join this committee and assist with charter development, identifying valuable deliverables, bringing your voice and expertise to the table!

We are always accepting new volunteers to our active and established Study Committees as well: Workplace Performance and Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Communities (HWHC)Check out previously published Committee deliverables on the Committees page!

For more information contact Emily Wolfe Please note: To join a Committee, you must be an active HERO member. The only Committee accepting non-HERO members is HWHC.


HERO Health & Well-Being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer©

Second HERO Scorecard Study Published in AJHP

Check out the new study published in the “online first” section of the American Journal of Health Promotion website that identifies the specific practices from the HERO Scorecard associated with most effective workplace health and well-being initiatives. This study builds upon the earlier one published in the January issue of JOEM. The study team was led by Jessica Grossmeier and Mary Imboden with thanks to the following HERO research committee members for their collaboration on the publication: Patty Castle, Sara Johnson, Kristi Rahrig Jenkins, Shawn Mason, and Steven Noeldner. Funding for both studies was provided by the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Research Partners, which include contributions by Kaiser Permanente, Prudential Financial, and StayWell.

How are employers in Chile investing in workplace health and well- being?

Check out the new HERO Scorecard International Commentary to learn why and how employers in Chile are investing in the health of their workers.

The State of Informed Decision Making in Health and Well-being

While most organizations understand the value of measuring and evaluating their health and well-being initiatives, they often struggle to identify where to focus their efforts. This HERO Scorecard commentary by former HERO member, Dr. Tatiana Shnaiden, led an analysis of the US HERO Scorecard benchmark database which describes how employer adoption of measurement and evaluation practices has increased over time and identifies the practices deemed most effective by employers.


Resources and Readings

Social Ills Affect Both Public and Workplace Health

Read the article on where HERO’s President Karen Moseley talks about the importance of social determinants of health.

How to Get Published Webinar

Watch this webinar on how to get published in an academic journal on March 3rd at 10:00 am CT. Panelists include HERO’s Senior Fellow, Paul Terry. For more information and for the link to the webinar, visit Sage Publishing.            .

Guidance Offered to Small Businesses on How to Build a Culture of Health

It’s often assumed that taking a comprehensive approach to a successful wellness initiative requires deep pockets. This article in Entrepreneur is an essential read for any organization that wants to better understand how to build a workplace culture that supports employee health and well-being. It’s highly conversational and quotes HERO’s esteemed Mark Dundon Research Award winner, Dr. Ron Goetzel.

Social Determinants of Health: What’s That and What’s the Role of Employers?

Seasoned health promotion practitioners understand that some employee groups are harder to engage in wellness initiatives than others but often struggle to identify ways to address their health and well-being needs. This is especially true for workplaces with lower wage populations facing challenging life circumstances. Check out The Art of Health Promotion section in the February issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion to learn more about social determinants of health and what employers are doing to address them. Special thanks to the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Communities study committee members and HERO member organization, University of Michigan, who contributed articles to this issue, which was thoughtfully edited by HERO member Dr. Sara Johnson.

Empowering Employers to Transform Healthcare

EMPower@WHCC20 Empowering Employers to Transorm Health Care


The Learning Series

READY TO WIN? Applying for the C. Everett Koop National Health Award

Wednesday, March 18th at 12:00 pm CT Registration

The Health Project recognizes exemplary programs shown to improve employee health and well-being (HWB) while achieving positive health and business outcomes. Organizations are invited to apply for the C. Everett Koop National Health Award.  In this session, you will learn valuable tips on the application process, evaluation criteria and what is required to demonstrate the impact of your HWB initiative. Webinar co-panelists include Dr. Ron Goetzel, Chair of The Health Project; Dr. Tre’ McCalister, current Koop Award judge who previously led development of Dell Inc’s 2013 award-winning application; and Sheri Snow, MA, RDN, CDE, who led development of AMERICAN’s 2014 Koop Award application. The session will be moderated by Dr. Jessica Grossmeier, HERO’s vice president of research who is also a Koop Award judge.


Jessica Grossmeier (moderator), PhD, MPH, Vice President of Research, HERO

Ron Goetzel, PhD, Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for IBM Watson Health.

Tre’ McCalister, EdD, MA, Senior Consultant, McCalister and Associates, LLC

Sheri Snow, MA, RDN, CDE, Wellness Manager, AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company

Webinar Registration


Lisa Nichols

Lisa Nichols
Assistant Vice President of Community Health
Intermountain Healthcare

Lisa Nichols has 23 years of experience working in non-profit health care with underserved populations, including extensive experience with federally qualified health centers and Title X programs. She currently serves as the assistant vice president of community health for Intermountain Healthcare where she provides leadership for Intermountain’s collaborative initiatives including initiatives to address the social determinants of health. Lisa has a master’s in social work from the University of Utah and has completed the Health Care Executive Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

To read more about Lisa, visit the HERO Blog.

©2023 Health Enhancement Research Organization ‘HERO’


Send us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.


Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?