HERO is a member-driven coalition of employers, providers, consultants, academic institutions and associations who share a belief that Workplace Health and Well-Being (HWB) is a scientifically sound, evidence-based approach to achieving health improvements for their employees.

Further, through the creation and dissemination of evidence-based HWB research, education and best practices, HERO actively and continually provides leadership critical to advancing the well-being and performance of the nation’s workforce. Much of the good work that HERO does is achieved through the efforts of its volunteer committees. Many of the members of the Think Tank and others in their organizations are involved in committee work. Some members are participating in more than one committee. Three types of HERO committees are active today, HERO Standing Committees, HERO Study Committees, and HERO Ad Hoc Committees.

Attention Student Members!   Are you interested in serving as a student representative on a HERO Study Committee? Volunteering to serve is a great way to network with professionals in our field, contribute to HERO research, and share your unique perspective. To learn more, please email Emily Wolfe and include your resume, which Study Committee you’d like to join, and a brief explanation of your interest.

Interested in joining a committee?

Please contact Emily Wolfe at HERO to discuss joining a HERO committee.

HERO Standing Committees: In co-op fashion, volunteer members provide direction and support to HERO operations via standing committees for Education, Leadership and Research. Our Standing Committees include:

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The Education Committee is a group of Think Tank members who have interests and expertise in workplace health and well-being (HWB) education, communication and shared learning. Over the past few years, several factors have converged, which require renewed efforts in the areas of both member and public education. The number of HERO projects and interests has increased significantly, requiring enhanced internal communication with Think Tank Members. At the same time, systems-level changes, including policy efforts that emphasize wellness, increased public awareness of workplace health promotion and corresponding growth in the industry, provide many opportunities for HERO to position itself in an expert role and demonstrate value to employers and the general public. Additionally, new communication technologies have evolved that can facilitate the dissemination of high-level information, enhancing HERO’s already-successful education efforts and extending the shared learning to provide even greater value to both internal and external stakeholders.

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The Leadership Committee is comprised of Think Tank members who have special interests and skills in analyzing future workplace health and well-being (HWB) needs and opportunities and suggesting projects that will keep HERO on the cutting edge of the workplace HWB world. This Committee will have a major influence on the future of HERO and the success we will have.

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The HERO Research Committee sets the HERO Research Agenda and provides guidance and expertise in making HERO a respected contributor and major player in the creation, publication, and dissemination of unbiased and meaningful workplace health and well-being research and best practices.

HERO Study Committees: Based on member interest surveys, study committees discuss, analyze and research topics to produce reports, presentations and, often, peer reviewed journal articles. With HERO members as authors, they are focused on providing understanding and guidance to employers. Our active Study Committees include:


Update: As of January 2020, the Engagement Committee is completing its charter and refreshing under the Employee Experience Committee.

This committee is charged with the long-term goal of understanding the correlative and causal interrelationships between:

  1. Engagement in health and well-being: understanding the science supporting initial and sustained engagement in and ownership of personal health status. The committee will first define or adopt an existing definition of “employee engagement” and will then focus on understanding and promulgating knowledge about this concept related to electronic, telephonic and other engagement modalities and techniques. A material aspect of the committee’s work will focus on the use of existing tools such as the HERO Scorecard and previously measured, recognized best practices such as organizational culture and leadership as well as emerging behavioral economics concepts related to incentive design, consumer marketing techniques, and the assessment and methods to measure engagement.
  2. Employee engagement in organizational success: exploring the relationship between employee engagement in health and well-being, individual and team performance, and engagement (broadly defined) in organizational success. It is expected that this will principally involve the following key component parts:
    a. Baseline understanding: Understanding the current state of research on the topic of employee engagement (in general) and the related role of health and well-being as well as the impact on team and individual performance.
    b. Correlation vs. Causality: Assess evidence for correlative or causal relationships between health and well-being, engagement and performance.
    c. Research Recommendations: In the event that research and empirical evidence is insufficient to draw meaningful conclusions, the Engagement Committee will make recommendations to the HERO Research Committee for research projects that will advance the industry knowledge base related to this topic.
  3. Organizational success and organizational engagement in employee health and well-being: understanding the role that organizational success and outcomes play in employee engagement, specifically related to health and well-being. The committee will consider the extent to which causal or correlative relationships exist between organizational or business outcomes and engagement in employee health and improved personal engagement in health and well-being.

The HERO Healthy Workplaces Healthy Communities Committee (HWHC) continues to build on the work of the original Employer Community Collaboration Committee. At the intersection of workplace well-being and community health, population health improvement and disease prevention may be considered factors of considerable importance. This intersection of workplace and community health promotion and improvement represents a two-way street that has the potential to operate in a synergistic manner. There is bidirectional value in the collaboration between employers and communities to advance population health outcomes. Effective corporate health and wellbeing efforts are essential to the achievement of public health objectives. A vibrant community culture with high levels of population health dedicated to optimizing quality of life brings significant benefits to businesses operating within them.

HWHC will continue to leverage the important work already begun while strengthening the business case and value proposition for involving- through discussion and action- more businesses in the critical role of population health improvement. Additionally, HWHC will take ownership in understanding the employer’s responsibilities and roles in community health projects, how to actively facilitate dialogue between workplace-community groups, and share successful collaborations through case studies on the website.


The Workplace Performance Study Committee seeks to understand the relationship between workforce health strategies and employee and organizational well-being, performance, and productivity. This includes research demonstrating how workforce health and well-being efforts advance strategic business performance objectives as well as individual employee performance. The committee also focuses on understanding the factors and practices that characterize high-performing health and well-being initiatives.

The Employee Experience Committee (EEC) is new beginning 2020. EEC will focus on the role of leadership in developing healthy workplace cultures and driving employee engagement. Join EEC, bringing your voice and expertise to the table! With the guidance of commtitee co-chairs, committee volunteers will work collaboratively to develop a charter and identify deliverables.

HERO Ad Hoc Committees: Based on current issues and needs, HERO’s ad hoc committees convene and respond accordingly. Our current Ad Hoc Committees include:

Newly formed in 2017, this committee will provide counsel on HERO PR dissemination strategies and external messaging; support the dissemination of HERO research, news and positive well-being stories via social channels; and respond to current issues of the profession.

This committee builds on the consensus work of HERO, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, American Heart Association, Population Health Alliance, and other organizations concerned about equity and effectiveness in employee wellness. You can find the 2015 consensus response white paper and published paper by following the hyperlinks.

Committee Publications


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Archived HERO Workplace Performance Study Committee Charter 2018-2020 Nov 2020 pdf
Archived HERO Healthy Workplaces Healthy Communities Committee Charter 2018-2020 Nov 2020 pdf
Archived HERO Engagement Committee Charter 2018-2020 Nov 2020 pdf
Archived HERO Culture of Health Committee Charter 2018-2020 Nov 2020 pdf
Employee Mental Health and Well-being: Emerging Best Practices and Case Study Examples Sep 2020 pdf
Five Important Elements for Building a Culture of Health: What, Why & How Jul 2020 pdf
Healthy Workplaces Healthy Communities Case Study Template Jun 2020 docx
Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Employers: Awareness, Accountability, and Action Mar 2020 pdf
Social Determinants of Health – an Employer Priority Mar 2020 pdf
HWHC Intermountain Healthcare: Alliance for the Determinants of Health Case Study Jan 2020 pdf
HWHC Get Healthy Utah Case Study Jan 2020 pdf
Abstract: Condensed Article on Social Determinants of Health Jan 2020 pdf
Healthy Workplaces Healthy Communities Case Studies: Purpose of Project Letter Oct 2019 pdf
Employee Engagement in Work and Health: Definition and Measurement Insights — Opportunities for Industry Sep 2019 pdf
Recommendations Regarding the Voluntariness Standard in Employer Wellness Programs Regulated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Jul 2019 pdf
Culture of Health Case Study: Shell Oil Company Mar 2019 pdf
HERO Research Strategy and Agenda – 2018 update Jan 2019 pdf
Culture of Health Case Study: Partners in Learning Dec 2018 pdf
Culture of Health Case Study: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company May 2018 pdf
Culture of Health Case Study: Centers for Disease Control Apr 2018 pdf
Culture of Health Case Study: Maui Jim Feb 2018 pdf
The Next Frontier in Meaningful Use of Wearables Nov 2017 pdf
Case Studies Demonstrate Effective Use of Wearables as Part of a Broader Health and Well-being Initiative Nov 2017 pdf
Meaningful Use of Wearables as Part of Employer-Sponsored Health and Well-being Initiatives Nov 2017 pdf
Case Studies Illustrate Culture of Health Elements Nov 2017 pdf
Culture of Health Within the Workplace Nov 2017 pdf
Collaborative Approach to Defining a Culture of Health Nov 2017 pdf
Business Priorities Related to Corporate Engagement in Community Health Improvement Partnerships Nov 2017 pdf
Culture of Health Case Study: Stanford University Sep 2017 pdf
Culture of Health Case Study: Hennepin County Sep 2017 pdf
Culture of Health Case Study: University of Michigan Sep 2017 pdf
Culture of Health Case Study: Interactive Health Sep 2017 pdf
HERO Vision Goals and Research Agenda Jul 2017 pdf
Program Measurement & Evaluation Guide: Overview May 2017 pdf
Program Measurement & Evaluation Guide: Full Report May 2017 pdf
Program Measurement & Evaluation Guide: Executive Summary May 2017 pdf
Outcomes-Based Incentives: Joint Consensus Statement May 2017 pdf
HERO Wearables Infographic May 2017 pdf
Wearables in Wellness Report – Full Final Report May 2017 pdf
Wearables in Wellness Report – Executive Summary May 2017 pdf
HPP Business Leader Survey Report – Full Final Report May 2017 pdf
HERO Business Leaders Infographic May 2017 pdf
Developing Culture of Health Metrics That Really Matter to Companies and Communities: Final Report May 2017 pdf
HPP Business Leader Survey Report – Executive Summary with Case Studies May 2017 pdf
Culture of Health Measures Phase II Report: Identifying Measures May 2017 pdf
Phase II: Developing the Business Case – World Café Results – Role of Corporate America in Community Health and Wellness May 2017 pdf
Environmental Scan: Role of Corporate America in Community Health & Wellness May 2017 pdf
Environmental Scan Measuring a Culture of Health May 2017 pdf
Biometric Health Screening for Employers May 2017 pdf
HERO Wearables Case Study Report Feb 2017 pdf
Defining a Culture of Health: Key Elements that Influence Employee Health and Well-Being  Aug 2016 pdf
Corporate America and Community Health May 2015 pdf
Environmental Scan: Role of Corporate America in Community Health & Wellness Jun 2014 pdf
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