Air date: May 11, 2022

Guest Panelists:

Heather Kitzman, PhD & Leilani Dodgen, MPH, Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center

Is faith the new prescription for disease prevention? Heather Kitzman, PhD, Director of Research at the Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center and Professor at Baylor University, and Leilani Dodgen, MPH, Research Manager at the Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center, think so. Their research into diabetes prevention programs using randomized trials in African American churches provides support for this new ally. The trial evaluated a community-based participatory research developed faith-based diabetes prevention program to improve weight loss in African American women where lay health leaders facilitated interventions at church sites with pastor involvement. Join us for this HERO webinar as Heather and Leilani present the outcomes of their research and lessons learned to help others get the most out of using faith in prevention. This research won Paper of the Year from the American Journal of Health Promotion.


Heather Kitzman, PhD, is the Director of Research at the Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center and a Clinical Associate Professor of Health Services Research at the Robbins Institute for Health Policy & Leadership at Baylor University. Her area of expertise is the implementation of large randomized trials in community-based settings including schools, clinics, churches, and other community sites to test novel approaches to improve chronic disease risk. In her role as Research Director, she manages all programmatic healthcare data within the center. She oversees data analysts and data managers to integrate data sources including wellness services, primary care electronic health records, and other clinical services such as medical nutrition therapy, diabetes prevention programs, and many others. This aggregated data is used to evaluate value-based care models, publish innovations to influence healthcare policy, and strengthen the center’s programmatic funded research initiatives.

Leilani Dodgen, MPH, is a Research Manager at the Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center and a PhD candidate in public health from University of North Texas Health Science Center. For the last decade, she has applied community based participatory research (CBPR) to improve the health of underserved communities, particularly women. Through building relationships with and partnering to build various community advisory boards or groups she has helped in the design, implementation, and evaluation of multiple theory-based, CBPR, lifestyle interventions. In her current role at Baylor Scott and White Health, Leilani continues to utilize CBPR as a way to address health inequities within the southern sector of Dallas. She is currently a Co-Investigator on the I-POP trial evaluating the role of community health workers as navigators for social and medical needs in a randomized trial.

Air date: April 27, 2022

Guest Panelists:

Mark Attridge, PhD

This presentation features research-based trends in the employee assistance program (EAP) industry in the United States. Recent data on market size, outcomes of counseling, and the boom in new technology-based mental health support provider companies are examined. Recommendations are given for how employers can better understand and evaluate the wide range of EAP and other workplace mental health support service offerings now available as employee benefits. Open discussion and Q&A is encouraged. Background source documents included for further reading.


Recommended Reading:

Attridge, M. (2022, March 24). Techno Trends in Workplace Mental Health: Industry Survey Reveals Challenges and Opportunities. [Conference Presentation] Employee Assistance Professionals Association Virtual Conference.

SLIDES here:

Parmenter, E., & Attridge, M. (2021). Can robots improve the mental health of the workforce? Benefits Magazine, 58(5), 38-45.

PAPER here:

London, E. (2020). Employee mental health: Landscape overview, employer experiences, & best practices.  [White paper]. Pacific Business Group on Health.



Mark Attridge, PhD, is President of Attridge Consulting, Inc., an applied research and business advisory firm. He has 25 years of experience in workplace mental health and employee assistance program (EAP) services. As an independent scholar, Mark has worked on projects with many of the leading EAP providers. He is an expert on measuring outcomes, ROI, and best practices in integrating employee assistance, work/life, and wellness programs. Previously, Mark was a National Director at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, where he led the research and consulting team supporting employer members of the National Data Cooperative. Mark is the author of over 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters and over 200 trade articles, conference presentations, and industry trainings. He earned a doctorate degree in psychology (social) from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

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Air date: April 21, 2022

Guest Panelists:

Mark Wilson, HSD, University of Georgia

Heather M. Padilla, PhD, RDN, LD, University of Georgia

The presentation will highlight the challenges of translating and implementing an evidence-based program in a rural workforce. Results from the Live Healthy Work Healthy program evaluation will be presented to show the potential impact of a translated program on a diverse workforce.

*Chronic Disease Self-Management Program



Mark Wilson, HSD, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health Promotion & Behavior in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. He has been conducting research, teaching, and consulting in the workplace health promotion arena for over 35 years. At the University of Georgia Mark co-founded the Workplace Health Group (WHG), a multi-disciplinary research group focused on workplace health issues. The WHG has been a national leader in workplace health promotion by expanding the horizon of worksite health promotion, developing and testing a comprehensive model of organizational health, examining the efficacy of organizational and environmental interventions to reduce obesity, encompassing both the physical and social environment, and translating clinical and community interventions to worksite practice. Mark has served on a variety of advisory panels and editorial boards at the national level including Associate Editor-in-Chief for the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Heather M. Padilla, PhD, RDN, LD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Georgia College of Public Health. Heather enjoys teaching and mentoring public health students at all stages of their education. She particularly enjoys mentoring students in undergraduate and graduate research projects. In her own research, she has focused on understanding the dynamic relationship between work and health. Heather has experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating public health interventions for working adults in a variety of worksites. She began working with the Workplace Health Group in 2006 and currently serves as Director. Heather earned her PhD in health promotion and behavior in 2017 at the University of Georgia. She also holds an MS degree in Nutrition (2002) and a BSFCS in Dietetics (2000). Heather has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since 2003.

Air date: March 23, 2022

Guest Panelists:

Rob Lennon, MD, JD, Penn State College of Medicine

Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, MD, Penn State

At the beginning of the pandemic, we completed one of the largest global surveys of COVID-19 knowledge, intended behaviors, trust, and preferred information sources. It also included a rich set of qualitative answers to help inform quantitative analysis. In this talk, we’ll share a series of interesting findings that came out of this project, including insights into how COVID-19 has changed information consumption, correlations between information sources and both knowledge and perceived risk, correlations between intended behavior and actual infection, how poor information dissemination has led to increased anxiety, racial differences in COVID-19, cross-cultural differences in COVID-19 response, and finally, the use of artificial intelligence to augment mixed methods research.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how COVID-19 has changed how we get information and how different sources of information affect our perception and behavior.
  • Understand how lack of good information has led to racial and cultural differences in COVID-19 and the response to the pandemic.
  • Discover the benefits of using artificial intelligence in mixed methods research.

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Rob Lennon, MD, JD, is an Associate Professor and Director of Resident Scholarly Activity for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. He served in the US Navy Medical Corps for 14 years in numerous executive positions and leading humanitarian missions to Central and South America, transitioning to Penn State in 2019 to focus on research. His funded research includes: osteopathic manipulation techniques for the treatment of chronic migraines; developing topical reducing agents to reduce reactive oxygen species on skin; comparing mindfulness meditation versus cognitive behavioral therapy for opioid-treated low back pain; COVID-19 research projects on global perspectives, understanding, and intent to comply with public health recommendations; and osteopathic manipulation techniques to improve outcomes in COVID-19 patients with respiratory distress. He also collaborates with colleagues at the University of São Paulo, Brazil to facilitate global health engagement with Amazon Riverine populations.

Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences, co-founding Director of the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core, and practicing pulmonary and critical care physician at Penn State. She recently received the Jo Rae Wright Award for scientific excellence from the Parker B. Francis Foundation. Lauren is PI of an NIH funded R-01 mixed methods project involving a 75-site cluster randomized controlled trial examining efficacy of advance care planning tools in underserved communities. Her research program includes theory-based approaches to the assessment of communication quality and behaviors related to end-of-life conversation. She also serves as a methodology consultant for a wide variety of mixed-method projects and topics, including large, randomized controlled trials, pharmacological drug trials, and education projects. She directs the graduate course in mixed methods and has an extensive track record of mentoring medical and graduate students, as well as junior faculty.


Sponsored by Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I contact education contact hours. Provider ID#101039

Air date: March 16, 2022

Guest Panelists:

Octavio N Martinez, Jr, MD, MPH, MBA, FAPA

Drew Mills, MPH, CHES

This webinar will share insights from the American Heart Association’s new report, Driving Health Equity in the Workplace, which is the results of a collaboration with the AHA’s CEO Roundtable and includes guiding principles and actionable strategies that can help guide organizations wherever they are on their health equity journey.

Structural inequity, discrimination and bias have been shown to take a heavy toll on the health and well-being of employees, organizations and their communities. The American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of nearly 50 CEOs, is dedicated to helping employers further understand, identify and eliminate workplace policies, practices and programs that lead to inequities. Evidence shows that promoting health equity can benefit employee health and productivity and reduce health care costs.


Octavio N Martinez, Jr, MD, MPH, MBA, FAPA, is Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds the appointments of Senior Associate Vice President within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement where he heads up the Community Integrated Health Initiatives program, and the Associate Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is a professor of psychiatry at the Dell Medical School, Clinical Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Faculty Affiliate of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice in the School of Law, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio. Octavio currently serves on the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Division’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity.

Drew Mills, MPH, CHES, is a Health Programs Analyst in the office of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Chief Medical Officer for Prevention where he provides scientific advisory and technical support to the organization, primarily in the areas of hypertension control, health equity, and workplace health and well-being. Drew also provides scientific support to the AHA’s CEO Roundtable. and served as project manager and coauthor of Driving Health Equity in the Workplace. He is based in Dallas, Texas and holds a master’s in public health from the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health.

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Air date: January 20, 2022

Guest Panelists:

Dr. Antonis Kousoulis, Mental Health Foundation

Could it be that “fundamentals of life” are also fundamental to maintaining mental health? This webinar features findings from a Delphi research methodology that sought expert and public input into effective mental health messaging. In particular, study authors aimed to highlight those behaviors that were most actionable and highly likely to prevent mental illness. Published in September 2021 in the American Journal of Health Promotion, the study is already one of the most cited and downloaded studies of the year, and study findings been featured extensively in the popular press in America and abroad.

Our webinar guest, Dr. Antonis Kousoulis, is a Director at the Mental Health Foundation where he leads the public mental health research, programs, and policy functions in England and Wales. Dr. Kousoulis emphasizes that instead of buying into “miracle cures,” people should use “preventative self-management actions” such as improving sleep habits, helping others, and being open to new experiences to prevent poor mental health. In this webinar, we will discuss how the study’s findings can be used to encourage business and community leaders to “take action that empowers people to better look after their own mental health,” including making the means to practice these behaviors available to all.


Dr. Antonis Kousoulis is leading the research, policy, and programs functions of the Mental Health Foundation, a UK-wide public mental health charity of over 70 years. He is a doctor with an academic background in public health and executive experience in academia, third sector (non-profit), and the government. He is a leading thinker in public mental health and has been made Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts for his commitment to improving mental health & fostering a new generation of public health leaders, both in the UK and internationally.

Air date: December 9, 2021

Guest Panelists:

Andrea Gielen, ScD, ScM, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Mary Imboden

Mary Imboden, PhD, Director of Research, Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)

It did not come as a surprise when HERO research found strategic planning was associated with better health improvement outcomes. What does surprise us is that HERO studies continue to show that too few organizations have detailed written plans related to their employee health promotion initiatives. We will discuss community and workplace applications of the PRECEDE-PROCEED model, a planning framework that has been employed in over 1,000 health improvement studies and program implementations. This webinar coincides with the soon to be released new edition of one of the most seminal books in the health promotion profession: “Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation: Creating Behavioral, Environmental, and Policy Change.” In particular, this new edition recognizes fresh methods for reaching a greater diversity of communities and addresses the complex factors that influence population inequities, from biology to social and structural determinants.

We are proud to host Professor Andrea Gielen, a Senior Editor of this new edition. Dr. Gielen is an expert in injury research and policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on using mobile apps to communicate effective injury prevention messages as part of a comprehensive program, identifying effective sexual assault prevention programming and informed decision making about opioid prescribing.

Dr. Gielen will be joined by Dr. Mary Imboden, HERO’s Director of Research, who will explain how the HERO Scorecard fits into a strategic planning framework. Dr. Paul Terry, HERO Senior Fellow, will host this webinar. Dr. Terry co-authored the chapter on “Applications in Occupational Settings” for this Health Program Planning book’s new edition.



Andrea Gielen, ScD, ScM, is a professor and expert in injury research and policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research has spanned from the development and evaluation of community and clinic-based health promotion programs for women and children to the application of behavioral sciences to preventing childhood injury and violence against women. Her current research focuses on using mobile apps to communicate effective injury prevention messages as part of a comprehensive program, identifying effective sexual assault prevention programming and informed decision making about opioid prescribing. Dr. Gielen has won numerous public health honors including the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award, CDC Foundation Distinguished Career Award, the American Public Health Association Award for Excellence, and she was named one of the “20 for 20” Distinguished Leaders in Injury Prevention by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mary Imboden, PhD, is the Director of Research for HERO where she oversees the execution of the HERO research agenda. This includes providing oversight of the HERO Research Committee and consultation to HERO study committees. She also oversees the ongoing development and research of the HERO Health and Well-Being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer © (HERO Scorecard), along with growth and management of the HERO Preferred Provider Network.

Air date: November 4, 2021

Guest Panelists:

Megan Flanagan, MPH
Workforce Health Consultant @Kaiser Permanente

Dana Miller
Workforce Health Consultant @Kaiser Permanente

Mary Imboden

Mary Imboden, PhD
Director of Research @Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)

Health equity has been brought to the forefront recently, as more employers begin to address factors that affect our collective well-being. Version 5 of the HERO Scorecard contains recent updates including new and emerging practices related to mental and emotional well-being, social determinants of health, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more about the latest Scorecard updates from two Kaiser Permanente Workforce Health Consultants, including examples of how organizations are incorporating these practices into their health and well-being initiatives, along with actionable strategies one can incorporate into their well-being program.


Megan Flanagan is a Workforce Health Consultant at Kaiser Permanente based in Denver, Colorado. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with her Masters of Public Health and has worked with various employers to implement workforce health strategies, including school districts, municipalities, and healthcare organizations. She has served on the Utah Worksite Wellness Council, Portland Wellbeing Think Tank, and has spoken at national conferences on social drivers of health, employee engagement, and best practices in worksite wellness with a passion for helping employers find innovative ways to engage employees in their well-being.


Dana Miller works as a Workforce Health Consultant at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. She consults with a variety of organizations to create and implement well-being strategies to elevate the employee experience and promote overall well-being. Prior to joining Kaiser in 2018, Dana enjoyed a long career with Aetna, most recently serving in the role of Director of Workplace Wellbeing for the West Region. Dana earned her BS in human development from Bowling Green State University. She is a Certified Wellness Practitioner and Wellness Program Manager from the National Wellness Institute as well as a Wellness Culture Coach from Human Resources Institute.


Dr. Mary Imboden is the Director of Research for HERO where she oversees the execution of the HERO research agenda. This includes providing oversight of the HERO Research Committee and consultation to HERO study committees. She also oversees the ongoing development and research of the HERO Health and Well-Being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer © (HERO Scorecard), along with growth and management of the HERO Preferred Provider Network.

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Air date: September 28, 2021

Guest Panelists:

Karen Moseley

Karen Moseley, HERO

Mary Imboden

Mary Imboden, PhD, HERO

This year, HERO celebrates 25 years of leadership for workplace health and well-being. That we have been able to sustain and evolve our mission is due to the strength of the HERO Board of Directors, the expertise and insights of our members, and the support of our research funders. In April, the HERO Board approved the new strategic plan for 2021-2026, and the HERO team has developed a first-year implementation plan. Please join us for this members-only webinar to hear firsthand how we plan to connect science and practice to demonstrate value of a health and well-being employer ecosystem.


Karen Moseley is President & CEO of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO). In collaboration with HERO members, Karen and the HERO team provide leadership in research and education on issues such as the impact of wellness program best practices on health outcomes and the impact of healthy cultures on employee performance.

Prior to being appointed President & CEO of HERO, Karen served as the organization’s Vice President of Education and Director of Operations. In these positions, she was instrumental in growing HERO membership, increasing member engagement, and continuously improving educational programming and supporting HERO’s robust research agenda.

Karen received her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To stay healthy, Karen enjoys yoga, testing new healthy recipes, and being in nature. Karen and her husband, T.J., reside in Wake Forest, NC, with their dog Jill.

Mary Imboden, PhD, is the director of research for HERO, where she oversees the execution of the HERO research agenda. This includes providing oversight of the HERO Research Committee and consultation to HERO study committees. She also oversees the ongoing development and research of the HERO Health and Well-Being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer © (HERO Scorecard), along with growth and management of the HERO Preferred Provider Network.

Mary joined HERO in 2018 after receiving her PhD in human bioenergetics from Ball State University with a primary focus in clinical exercise physiology. She has been fortunate to author and co-author several peer-reviewed publications in this area, as well as present her research findings at the national level. She is an assistance professor of exercise science at George Fox University.

She is an advocate for exercise as medicine, and does trail running in Portland, Oregon.

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Air date: September 14, 2021

Guest Panelists:

Lindsey Leininger, PhD, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth

The all-female team of “Nerdy Girl” scientists has steadfastly delivered trustworthy, timely, and evidence-based advice to social media audiences via the @DearPandemic platform since March 2020. 150k+ followers, one thousand Facebook posts, hundreds of media appearances, and dozens of invited lectures later, they’ve built their way towards a communication framework broadly applicable to a variety of health promotion initiatives. Their hope is that this framework and associated lessons learned can empower fellow health promotion professionals to steward efforts improving equitable access to credible, relatable health information in their specific settings.


Lindsey Leininger is a public health scientist who specializes in data-driven health policy. She is on faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where she teaches current and future health care leaders how to make sense of medical data. As part of an all-female team of “Nerdy Girl” scientists, she runs the science communication campaign @Dear Pandemic on social media. Prior to joining Dartmouth, she spent a decade leading research and technical assistance projects for public health insurance programs, both in academic and think-tank settings. Lindsey earned her PhD in health policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

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