Celebrate Women’s History Month!

screenshot of HERO team on a Zoom call

Last week at our regular HERO team Zoom meeting, we had a celebration. As each person logged in to the meeting the screen filled with the faces of our team members, culminating in a perfect 3×3 “Brady Bunch” grid of women’s faces, and we took the opportunity to wish each other Happy International Women’s Day (March 8). We were missing one important team member, as Paul Terry was enjoying a rare day off, but we celebrated him in that moment also. It’s no coincidence that the HERO team is brimming with strong women, for we have an equally strong male ally in Paul Terry. At the Winter Think Tank, with Paul’s leadership we dug deep into the construct of allyship, more specifically allies of employees who experience discrimination due to the color of their skin. Paul is a fervent ally of BIPOC, but he’s not stingy with his allyship support, and the female leaders within HERO have benefited from his unselfish mentorship and commitment to “make space” so that others can “take space.” So as we celebrate women leaders this month, let’s also appreciate those who’ve made space for us.


Here are some resources to help you celebrate Women’s History Month.
https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/womens-history-month (includes a “2021 Women’s History Month Resource Toolkit, filled with links to biographies, events, and programming to celebrate this important month”)


HERO Members, Save the Date!

Rabbit exploring inside a hole2021 Summer Think Tank

The War on Truth: The employer’s role in plugging the disinformation rabbit hole.

June 7, 2021

As a leader in translating evidence to inform practice, HERO adheres to a basic science tenet: conclusions should be based in facts. Though the most recent anti-vaxxer movement is perhaps the most pernicious example today of disinformation run amok, threats to employee health literacy have been commonplace in the health promotion field for years. Quackery about nutrition, myths about drugs, unproven remedies for fitness and weight loss, hucksters peddling alternative medicine, and conspiracy theories about healthcare practices all pose costly setbacks to the nation’s workforce. This think tank challenges HERO members to consider their roles as guardians against the growing assaults on science. In an era where the majority of Americans get health information via social media, our profession must systematically develop and advance initiatives where facts matter.

Visit the Think Tank website for more information.

Members, you can find links to the recordings of the Winter Think Tank in the member Think Tank General Library. Open the 2021 Winter Think Tank agenda and scroll down to resources to find the links.

Save the Date!

2021 Healthcare Summit

October 12, 2021
Renaissance Austin Hotel, Austin, TX

HERO’s Healthcare Summit Planning Committee is hard at work finalizing the theme and preparing content for our 2021 Annual Healthcare Summit meeting. In case you missed the 2020 Healthcare Summit virtual meeting, check out the infographic with highlights, key takeaways and a link to the full 2020 Healthcare Summit recording.

Registration Opens in April!

HERO Forum 2021

Our Forum21 theme explores how resilient organizations are reshaping their health and well-being initiatives to boost employee mental health, dismantle systemic racism, and cultivate community partnerships that will rebuild trust in institutions.

This HERO conference will be held as our nation rides the “second wave,” that is, we will be paying the mental health toll from the pandemic at a time when we have barely recovered from the physical, economic and social tolls that have already left us spent. Still, our optimistic “bouncing back” imagery for this Forum’s theme is a nod to the imagination and positivity that has always been a strength of the worksite health promotion professional community.

Check the Forum website for updates on registration and more!

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 Due April 30th!

HERO Workplace Health & Well-being Leadership Awards

For the 12th 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). To be considered for an award in 2021, materials must be received by April 30, 2021. 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.

Please visit the HERO website to learn more and access the appropriate nomination forms. Questions? Email ariane.mistral@hero-health.org


Call for Committee Volunteers!

HERO Study Committees entered 2021 developing refreshed charters and new opportunities to get involved! As a HERO member, one of the best ways to contribute and network is through volunteer committee work. Based on member interest and industry needs, study committees discuss, analyze and investigate topics aligned with HERO’s research priorities to produce reports, case studies, presentations and, often, peer-reviewed journal articles. Focused on providing understanding and guidance to employers, these deliverables are authored by HERO members.

For more information on the 2021 HERO Study Committees, view the HERO blog.

For questions about joining a committee, please contact Emily.wolfe@hero-health.org.

HERO HWB for SMBHERO Health & Well-Being for Small and Midsize Business (HWB for SMB)

Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 1:00 PM CT

The HWB for SMB group met earlier this month to hear the results of the short-term and long-term priority survey and identify which to tackle first. The results included these short-term priorities: organize a subcommittee to assess opportunities, programs and services for SMBs; leverage the work of other HERO committees and study groups and adapt for SMBs. Long-term priorities focused on tools to support SMBs, including the HERO Scorecard and a curated toolbox of practical tools. Both sets of priorities suggested leveraging HERO educational events for this target audience. This group will take a pause in April for the Spring Break “season” and reconvene May 6th at 1:00 PM CT to determine how to access SMBs directly to incorporate the voice of the customer. Contact Karen Moseley if you’re interested in joining this group.


Resources and Readings

Proceedings from the Roundtable on Health Literacy

The Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a public workshop on July 29 to explore the challenges resulting from the spread of health and medical misinformation and disinformation, particularly as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshop explored the role of fact-checking organizations (FCOs) and the technology industry in:

  • addressing misinformation and disinformation,
  • the social psychology behind their spread, and
  • health literacy strategies to support this ongoing multidisciplinary work.

The proceedings summarizes key points made during the workshop on addressing health misinformation with health literacy strategies.

Wellness & the Workplace: A Winning Partnership

Karen Moseley, HERO’s President and CEO, and Mary Imboden, HERO’s Director of Research, spoke at the February 2021 meeting of the Workplace Wellness Partnership. Karen and Mary discussed the HERO Scorecard and HERO research, giving examples of best practices and case studies. View the slides from this meeting.

Applications open on April 1 for the 9th Global Healthy Workplace Awards

Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces logo

The Global Awards, hosted by the Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces (GCHW), enable employers to benchmark their programs to the global standard and, if successful, to celebrate their outstanding achievement in promoting a safe and healthy work environment enhancing the business performance of the organization.

Applications are open to ALL employer organizations (for profit and not-for-profit, local and international, large and small) and are assessed by a panel of global experts. Finalists will be invited to the Global Healthy Workplace Summit in the fall of 2021. Application Deadline: June 14, 2021. Application forms will become available via the GCHW website on April 1st.


The Learning Series

What’s new in V5.0 of the HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer© (HERO Scorecard)!

March 23, 2021 | 12:00 pm Central

V5.0 incorporates new learnings from industry research, adding practices related to employer involvement in their communities; mental and emotional well-being; social determinants of health; integration with diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a broader value proposition for investment in employee health and well-being. Join Steven Noeldner, Senior Consultant of Total Health Management at Mercer, and Mary Imboden, Director of Research at HERO, as they discuss what is new in version 5 of the HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer©.

Scorecard Internacional:Saúde e bem-estar no trabalho: Use dados para tomar decisões fundamentadas.

30 mar. 2021 | 09:00 da manhã Horário Central

Saúde e bem-estar são essenciais para o sucesso sustentável de uma organização e a Pandemia tornou isso (mais) evidente. Por isso, encorajamo-lo a não ficar inerte. Contudo, não queremos apenas que aja, mas que o faça com base em evidências. Faça parte desta iniciativa e aproveite esta oportunidade para compreender a relevância da saúde e bem-estar no contexto laboral, a razão pela qual são considerados um investimento (não um custo), como estes podem estar relacionados aos resultados da sua organização e o que pode fazer sobre isso.
Registrar agora!

Turning Crisis into Opportunity: Seven Ways Businesses Can Align with Public Health for Bold Action and Innovation

April 8, 2021 | 12:00 pm Central

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with support from the de Beaumont Foundation, brought together 40 business and public health leaders, including executives from Disney, USAA, IBM, Goodyear, and more for a series of focus group interviews to share how their businesses can effectively respond to COVID-19 and improve the health and well-being of workers and their communities over time (read the full report). Join Ron Goetzel of Johns Hopkins and IBM Watson Health and Emily Yu from the de Beaumont Foundation as they present a series of “solutions,” based on the discussions, that businesses can adopt immediately, on their own, or as part of coalitions.
Registration – 1 CHES/MCHES CEU Available

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


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