Press Pause

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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~ Viktor Frankl

At this point in the year, it seems appropriate to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished and what lies ahead. For most of us, the summer months provide an opportunity to slow down, maybe even pause, and initiate a period of recovery so that we are prepared to re-engage as our best selves. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to ponder with us in HERO Recommends — including Jessica Grossmeier’s reflection on the Summer Think Tank — and then join us in September for the members-only Fall Think Tank and HEROForum19 in Portland, Oregon.

But you shouldn’t pause too long before registering for Forum19, as early bird pricing ends on August 9th! See Upcoming Events for more information.

We look forward to sharing the next six months with you through energizing HERO events and webinars, balanced with quiet contemplation.


HEROForum19 – Early Bird Pricing Ends August 9th!


Thriving Organizations: Achieving Well-Being through Collaboration
September 10-12, 2019  | Portland, Oregon

HERO Forum19 Thriving Organizations Sept 10-12 2019

For more information and to register, visit the Forum website.

Pre-Forum Events

Please come early and join us in Portland for these Pre-Forum events!

2019 Healthcare Summit

Healthcare Leadership in Addressing Social Determinants of Health
Monday, September 9, 2019 | 7:00 am – 1:30 pm PT

2019 University Summit

Inspiring Well-Being Through Community, Social Connections and Environmental Supports
Monday, September 9, 2019 | 7:00 am – 1:30 pm PT

Get to What Matters: Tools for Powerful Conversations

Workshops with Wendy Lynch, PhD
Monday, September 9, 2019 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm or 2:00 – 5:30 pm PT

For more information visit the Forum Website.


Resources and Readings

2019 Summer Think Tank Focuses on Strategic Planning

Jessica Grossmeier, HERO’s VP of Research, presents findings from the Summer Think Tank. View her post on the HERO Blog.

Loneliness in the United States: A 2018 National Panel Survey of Demographic, Structural, Cognitive, and Behavioral Characteristics

As a companion piece to our Fall Think Tank on September 9th, “Loneliness in an Era of Hyper-connectivity: The Employer’s Role in Addressing Social Isolation,” read this study found in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Good Health Is Good Business Report

HERO Board Immediate Past Chair Ron Goetzel, PhD and his team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health consulted on a recent report sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center and de Beaumont Foundation, “The Value Proposition of Partnerships Between Businesses and Governmental Public Health Agencies to Improve Community.” Read the report or watch the press conference.

Here’s why meaningful and healthy work matters to good health.

It’s common to come home from a difficult day at the office, collapse into a chair, and declare that “Work is killing me.” But more and more, we’re realizing that our jobs can actually be a key part of what keeps us alive and healthy. HERO Senior Fellow Paul Terry, PhD, was featured in a recent article sponsored by Well Being Trust. Read about it online.

Public health, business and the shared value of workforce health and well-being

The Lancet recently published correspondence from HERO Board Member Nico Pronk, PhD, in which he succinctly writes about the value of investments in workplace health and well-being and the visionary leadership and partnerships required to reach shared value. Read the full text in the Lancet online.


Ryan SledgeRyan Sledge
Vice President, Health Transformation

Ryan Sledge has a passion for improving the health of individuals and populations. He currently serves as director of onsite services and wellness for OhioHealth Employer Services, a division of OhioHealth, the largest healthcare system in Central Ohio. In this capacity, Ryan is responsible for providing operational leadership and strategic direction of employer-facing wellness offerings, worksite clinic practices, campus student health centers and other services in Columbus, Ohio and surrounding regions. During his tenure at OhioHealth, Ryan has also been responsible for creating a sustainable culture of health for OhioHealth’s own 30,000 associates, physicians and volunteers.

To read more about Ryan, visit the HERO blog.

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