‘Tis the season of counting our blessings, and to those who ask, I consistently name three things for which I am ever thankful: (1) to have meaningful work that challenges my thinking and skills on a nearly daily basis; (2) to work alongside such delightful and capable team members; and (3) to contribute to the growth of a profession to which I’ve devoted my entire professional career. Much of our work at HERO comes with its share of what might be considered mundane tasks, but the deep satisfaction we feel at the end of it is celebrated in the release of valuable new tools and resources that we are eager to share with all of you.

Read on for this month’s collection of readings to keep you sharp and HERO events to add to your calendar including:

  • Many new publications from HERO research and study committees
  • Summaries of HEROForum17 Campfire Chats
  • Call for HEROForum18 proposals
  • New added features to HERO website
  • Many publications featuring the good work of our HERO members

And just a reminder to be sure you didn’t miss exciting announcements in October including release of HEROForum17 Proceedings, our new HERO Website, and HERO’s 20th Anniversary. Also, it’s time to register for our 2018 Winter Think Tank in Austin, Texas, March 1st and 2nd.

Culture of Health Study Committee Publications

HERO study committees represent servant leadership in action, as dozens of HERO volunteers log hundreds of hours over several years to introduce new thinking and resources to the field. The November issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion (see The Art of Health Promotion section) features a collection of work by three sub-committees under the broader HERO Culture of Health Study Committee. This special issue of TAHP summarizes efforts by the Definitions Workgroup, the Research Workgroup, and the Values Workgroup including four case studies from Hennepin County, Interactive Health, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan. Please help us spread the word about these practical new resources, which provide guidance on how to intentionally develop a healthy workplace culture.

New HERO YouTube video and HERO Scorecard Commentary

Interesting data represents a researcher’s toy box, and one of my favorite activities is collaborating with others to query the HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer database each quarter. Check out the HERO Blog for the latest analysis investigating “The Influence of Incentives and Incentive Design on Participation and Satisfaction,” authored by HERO member Gretchen Heacock.

You’ll also want to find 3 minutes to check out the new HERO YouTube video highlighting the valuable findings from the HERO Scorecard and learn more about how this free tool can help employers identify best practices in employee health and well-being.

More from HEROForum17: Campfire Chats

Last month we released the HEROForum17 Proceedings. This month we feature additional content from five Campfire Chat sessions including:

Welcome to the Jungle: Keeping Pace with the Amazon-Like Speed of Personalization

Millennials: Waking Up Wellness in the Workforce

Is Your Organization Ready to Support Well-being?

Culturally Responsive Engagement: Applying the Evidence

Inspiring Volunteer Champions to Motivate and Support Employee Well-being

More Content to Keep You Current

HERO members are noteworthy for their ongoing commitment to excellence and leadership, as demonstrated in the following publications:

In case you missed it, we wanted to make you aware of an article in the current issue (November 2017) of JOEM that highlights the work of our Employer-Community Collaboration Committee. Committee co-chairs Nico Pronk and Cathy Baase partnered with Jeanette May and HERO staffers Karen Moseley and Paul Terry to co-author that study, and then Nico and Karen co-authored a byline related to the same work that appeared in a Sept. 11 USA Today insert on employee well-being. This special insert, published by Media Planet, reached an estimated 750,000 readers and appeared online at FutureofBusinessandTech.com.

Wellness at Work: The New Healthy Epidemic highlights the health and well-being efforts of HERO member organizations Google and Target, as well as the thinking of HERO Board of Directors Chair, Ron Goetzel.

2017 Survey on Clergy Well-being shares the results of a survey conducted by the Center for Health of Wespath Benefits and Investments. The survey was sent to 4,000 UMC clergy to explore multiple dimensions of well-being.

Call for HEROForum18 Proposals

Our enthusiasm over the fantastic feedback we’ve received on the quality of HEROForum17 is fueling our energy to curate an exemplary set of sessions when we gather at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida as we tackle the theme, “From the C-Suite to the Shop Floor: Well-Being for All.” Save the October 2-4, 2018 date on your calendars and review our newly released Call for Proposals. And if you want to be eligible to win a free registration, be sure to submit your HERO Legacy Story by December 31!

New Membership Portal on HERO Web Site!

The October Briefs shared news about the exciting release of HERO’s new website but we’ve got something even more exciting to unveil to you this month! We’ve been working behind the scenes all year with a smart, fun and accomplished team of web developers from a Waconia, Minnesota based company called Creature Works Labs to add a Members’ only portal to the website. Think LinkedIn meets Google Drive. We predict you’re going to love how easy it is to access HERO resources, share ideas and network with others who share our passion for getting better and better at what we do. Beginning next week, we will announce a weekly challenge to highlight key new features of the website and give you a chance to win a complimentary HEROForum18 registration. Stay tuned for more information on how to login to the new member only section of the site and begin interacting with the committees you are associated with.

“Overdosed” Think Tank, Hold March 1st and 2nd, 2018

We look forward to seeing you next in Austin, Texas for our next members-only Think Tank: “Overdosed.”  Register now for March 1st and 2nd, at the Westin Austin at The Domain. We will be discussing the connections between the opioid epidemic and other overdoses of media. Can we get too much of a good thing? When it comes to connecting directly with those who share our passion for service, we think not. The HERO team is eager to “keep Austin weird!” You game for same?

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