Air date: February 16, 2023

Guest Panelists:


Jeffrey Harris, MD, MPH, MBA, University of Washington School of Public Health


Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH, University of Washington School of Public Health


Marie Kava, PhD, MA, University of Washington School of Public Health

The University of Washington Health Promotion Center completed a cluster-randomized, controlled trial of HealthLinks, which promotes implementation of 12 evidence-based interventions (EBIs) aimed at increasing cancer screening, healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco cessation. The three-armed trial in 78 workplaces compared HealthLinks alone, HealthLinks with workplace wellness committees, and a control. Compared to control, workplaces in both intervention arms significantly increased EBI implementation, our primary outcome.

This presentation will describe an analysis of the effect of HealthLinks on seven employee outcomes: the four health-related behaviors above, as well as perceived stress, depression risk, and presenteeism. The analysis tested bivariate associations along potential paths from EBI implementation to these outcomes. Associations were significant for 4 of the 6 indicators of physical activity and healthy eating, as well as for perceived stress, depression risk, and presenteeism.

Join us to learn more about this innovative analytic approach to answering whether “workplace wellness programs work.”

 

Guest Speakers:

Jeffrey Harris, MD, MPH, MBA, is Professor of Health Systems and Population Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington (UW). A board-certified internist and preventive medicine specialist, Jeff’s career combines public health practice and a population health approach within clinical systems. He is an active researcher who focuses on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based approaches to chronic disease prevention and healthy aging. Much of his research focuses on health promotion in workplaces. Jeff served for 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He was the first AIDS Coordinator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, leading that program as it grew globally to span more than 70 countries. While at CDC, he also served for 6 years on the National Committee for Quality Assurance that develops HEDIS quality-of-care measures, shepherding through several prevention measures still in use.

Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH, is a professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and director of the Health Promotion Research Center, a CDC Prevention Research Center. She also co-leads the Optimizing Implementation in Cancer Control (OPTICC) Center, a NCI Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control. She completed her training in public health and social psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. Peggy’s research focuses on dissemination and implementation research, with an emphasis on cancer screening, workplace health promotion, and communities experiencing health disparities.

Marie Kava, PhD, MA, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her research interests include workplace health promotion, tobacco control, cancer prevention and control, implementation science, and health equity. Marie recently led a supplemental grant focused on increasing implementation of tobacco control evidence-based interventions at small worksites. She has published several research papers on employee health, including examinations of how organizational characteristics like culture are associated with employees’ health outcomes. Marie holds a Master of Arts degree in industrial-organizational psychology from Elmhurst College and a PhD in community and behavioral health from the University of Iowa.


Air date: January 23, 2023

Guest Panelists:

Ron Goetzel, PhD

Ron Goetzel, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Brandy Cooper, CPSP, DENSO International America Inc.


Jan Gaskell, DENSO International America, Inc.

The C. Everett Koop National Health Awards recognizes exemplary programs shown to improve employee health and well-being (HWB) while at the same time achieving positive business outcomes by documenting value-on-investment (VOI). In this session, you will learn about the challenges and key learnings from Denso International America, the 2022 C. Everett Koop award winner, about their approach and design, as well as valuable tips on the application process, evaluation criteria, and the type of data required to demonstrate program impacts.

 

Guest Speakers:

Ron Goetzel, PhD, is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world – bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions and bringing worker health and productivity management concerns to academia.

Brandy Cooper, CPSP, is the North American Human Resources Benefits Manager for DENSO International America Inc. She is responsible for strategy, design, financial planning, and management of health, welfare, and retirement benefits for 11,600 associates and their family members in the U.S. Brandy has over 13 years of experience working in the employee benefits space. Prior to working in employee benefits, she began her career in quality control before moving to education & development, then communications. This work experiences established a foundation in data analysis, process control, continuous improvement, and human behavior which lends well to the current role managing employee benefits.

Jan Gaskell is the Benefits Project Manager for DENSO International America, Inc. She is responsible for wellness and oversight of onsite health center operations. Jan has 41 years of experience in employee benefits. She worked as a site benefits administrator for DENSO for 30 years prior to moving to her current role supporting benefits and benefit projects for all DENSO associates in the U.S. Jan has passion for people and well-being, and this enthusiasm pairs positively with facilitation of the wellness program, including onsite health centers, wellness coaching, and disease management programs.



Air date: January 19, 2023

Guest Panelists:


Richard Safeer, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine



The health and wellness industry has historically focused on individual health behaviors as the fastest path to change, but what if it isn’t? What if we need a supportive workplace and the collective effort of the workforce to help us stay on a healthy and well path?

Too often our job and our workplaces seem to conspire against an individual’s best attempts at health, even with well-being programs! Why is that, and how can we get it right? In this session, Dr. Richard Safeer will share a well-being prescription for a happier, healthier, and more resilient workforce. Learn the ingredients to become a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. You will learn:

  • The meaning of a well-being culture and why it’s important for both employees and leaders.
  • The 6 well-being culture building blocks needed for a healthier, happier, and more resilient workforce.
  • Specific steps to take that will make the workplace work for your health and not against it.

 

Richard Safeer, MD, is Chief Medical Director of Employee Health and Wellbeing at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the author of A Cure for the Common Company: A Well-Being Prescription for a Happier, Healthier and More Resilient Workforce. His responsibilities at Hopkins include leading the employee health and well-being initiative, Healthy at Hopkins. Richard also advises the institution on matters related to health plan benefits, occupational health, and the employee assistance program. He has published journal articles and is featured in many books. He regularly speaks to national audiences in the employee health and well-being space, focusing on how to create healthy workplace cultures. Richard completed his BS in nutrition at Cornell University before graduating from medical school at the S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo (magna cum laude). He’s a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and the American College of Preventive Medicine.



Air date: December 1, 2022

Guest Panelists:

Steven Noeldner, PhD, MS, Mercer

Steven Noeldner, PhD, MS, Mercer

Katie Scott, MS, Mercer

Katie Scott, MS, Mercer

Mary Imboden, PhD, HERO

Mary Imboden, PhD, HERO

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated many mental health issues and further revealed health inequities that may be influenced by social determinants of health (SDOH) and the lack of belonging felt by some employees. HERO and Mercer collaborated to develop best practice scores for these three key areas: mental health and well-being, social determinants of health (SDOH), and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). These special best practice scores were derived from the current set of questions in the HERO Scorecard (v5) and are now available to all HERO Scorecard completers. This webinar will explain how the mental health and well-being, SDOH, and DEI best practice scores were developed and scored. The webinar will also educate participants on how they can use these scores to identify and prioritize opportunities within their organizations and use best practices to address them.

 

Guest Speakers:

Steven Noeldner, PhD, MS, is a senior consultant in Mercer’s Total Health Management practice and serves as the lead of the well-being vertical. He has more than 30 years of experience in the well-being and health management fields. Steven has worked with many of Mercer’s largest clients, helping them design strategies for comprehensive health and well-being initiatives, vendor selection, vendor monitoring, measurement and evaluation of the impact and outcomes of their efforts. Steven serves on HERO’s Board of Directors and is Chair of the Research Committee. He is a co-author of the HERO Health & Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer©. Steven has published research papers in peer-reviewed journals, written book chapters and presented at national and international conferences. Steven holds a Master of Science degree in clinical exercise physiology and a PhD in exercise science with concentrations in exercise physiology, biomechanics and sport psychology.

Katie Scott, MS, is a senior associate consultant on Mercer’s Total Health Management specialty team and has experience consulting on the topics of diversity and inclusion, behavioral health, employee engagement, leadership involvement, and company culture to help address challenges of population health in organizations. Katie previously worked in human resources and operations in both the technology and healthcare industries. Katie’s experience and passion includes behavioral health, diversity and inclusion, and addressing employee total well-being. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from University of San Francisco and a Master of Science degree in organizational psychology from University of Southern California.

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 14, 2022

Guest Panelists:


Kristi Rahrig Jenkins, PhD, MPH, University of Michigan


Maren Fragala, PhD, Quest Diagnostics

Ron Goetzel, PhD

Ron Goetzel, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The C. Everett Koop National Health Award recognizes exemplary programs shown to improve employee health and well-being (HWB) while at the same time achieving positive business outcomes by documenting value-on-investment (VOI). In this session, you will learn about the challenges and key learnings from two award-winning organizations about their approach and design, as well as valuable tips on the application process, evaluation criteria, and the type of data required to demonstrate program impacts.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1.  Explain insights from former Koop Award Winners about the key learnings which enabled their programs’ successes, including overcoming challenges.
  2. Identify the metrics of program success including health impact and business outcomes.
  3. List details and benefits of completing the C. Everett Koop National Health application process, including the minimum requirements that must be met for a winning application and the tools and resources available to Koop award applicants.

 

Kristi Rahrig Jenkins, PhD, MPH, is the Research Program Manager for MHealthy, the health and well-being initiative for the University of Michigan’s faculty, staff, and dependents. She leads the development and execution of the evaluation and scientific research activities of MHealthy, including data collection, management, and analysis; developing and sustaining scientific partnerships; and serving as the point person for all internal and external data-related inquiries and processes. Kristi has over twenty years of experience in research units at the University. Before joining MHealthy in 2009, Kristi worked for the University’s Addiction Research Center and the Institute for Social Research exploring research questions related to health behavior across the life course, particularly issues related to chronic disease, family relationships, social and psychological aspects of health, and population health. Kristi holds an MPH in community health education from the University of South Florida and a PhD in Sociology from Wayne State University.

Maren Fragala, PhD, is currently the Director of Scientific Affairs for Quest Diagnostics where she advances measurable health outcomes for the company’s 50,000 employees. She earned the company distinction as a Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles and received the C. Everett Koop Award for exemplary work in health and disease prevention. Maren held academic positions at Harvard School of Public Health, University of Connecticut Health Center, and University of Central Florida (UCF), publishing 125+ scientific manuscripts and serving on the Biomarkers Consortium of the Foundations of the NIH. She was recognized as one of the women to chart the course of UCF’s history, Ragan’s top women in Wellness, and earned JSCR’s award for Editorial Excellence. Maren holds a certification with distinction from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, an MS in exercise physiology from the University of Massachusetts, and a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut.

Ron Goetzel, PhD, is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world – bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions and bringing worker health and productivity management concerns to academia.

 

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: October 27, 2022

Guest Panelists:


Meg Lovejoy, PhD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Krystal Sexton, Shell Oil

Reactor: Krystal Sexton, PhD, Shell Oil Company


This webinar will introduce viewers to an evidence-based framework and toolkit for improving worker well-being. The “Work Design for Health” framework updates work redesign principles for the realities of work in the 21st century and maps how to create work environments that foster worker well-being and organizational resilience. The approach shifts the traditional focus from changing individual health behaviors to creating workplace conditions that support employee health and well-being. The audience will also learn about the accompanying Work Design for Health employer toolkit and website that highlights a wide range of promising management practices, tested through research, that illustrate the principles of this approach.

 

Learning Objectives

After viewing this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the “Work Design for Health” framework and how it differs from traditional approaches, including the three principles at the heart of the “Work Design for Health” framework.
  2. Create a preliminary plan for designing and implementing a “Work Design for Health” approach.
  3. Identify research that supports this evidence-based framework.

 

Guest Speaker:

Meg Lovejoy, PhD, is the Research Program Director for the Work and Well-Being Initiative (WWBI) at the Center for Population and Development Studies within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The WWBI is a research and policy program designed to develop, implement, and test evidence-based workplace change for worker well-being. At the center, Meg has overseen several studies funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation concerning the well-being of low- to moderate-wage workers. She is currently leading the process evaluation for a randomized control trial of an intervention to improve the well-being of fulfilment center workers. As a sociologist, her recent research has centered on work-life integration, and workplace and organizational change with a focus on worker well-being and equity.

Reactor:

Krystal Sexton, PhD, is the global health analytics manager at Shell. Krystal began her career at Shell as an epidemiologist and helped develop the holistic approach to health that covers physical, mental, and social health. She wrote the scientific evidence base for the new approach to health that went to the CEO and C-suite leaders, and she led the well-being team for North and South Americas for several years. Krystal now leads a global team of epidemiologists and health analysts who support cross-discipline and cross-functional work across Shell. She obtained an MS in biostatistics and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral fellowships at both MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine. She was faculty at Baylor College of Medicine with a research focus on breast cancer disparities in diagnosis and survival of minority women.

 

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: October 12, 2022

Guest Panelists:


Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, PhD, Jagiellonian University and Harvard University.



The ability to promote good for oneself and others has been linked to higher levels of life satisfaction and increased mental and physical health. A study, first published in October 2020, of workers in the US and Mexico showed altruistic behaviors positively impacted emotional well-being and physical health outcomes. The study also suggested that this character strength correlated with better social-connectedness and purpose.

So, how can employers promote this orientation to increase the health of their populations and protect them against work related stress? Join study author Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, PhD, as she discusses her findings and their applicability in the workplace. This paper won “Paper of the Year” in 2021 from the American Journal of Health Promotion.

 

Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, PhD, is an associate professor at the Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland) and research affiliate at the Human Flourishing Program, Harvard University. Previously, she held positions as a research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a post-doctoral researcher and a research fellow for the European Commission Joint Research Centre (Italy), assistant professor at the Educational Research Institute (Poland), and an assistant professor and research and teaching assistant at the Warsaw School of Economics (Poland).

In her career, Dorota has had an opportunity to work with policy makers, international organizations, foundations and non-profit international organizations on multiple interdisciplinary projects. She also served as a scientific advisor for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in the “Quality of life in major European cities” project. To date, she has published more than 80 papers in peer reviewed journals, 7 book chapters, and 2 books. Dorota received her master’s degree in quantitative methods, her doctoral degree in economics, and post-doctoral degree in sociology.



Air date: September 8, 2022

Guest Panelists:


Jennifer Posa, PhD, MS, Johnson & Johnson


David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, HERO/GhostNote Consulting

Emily Wolfe

Emily Wolfe, MSW, LCSW, HERO

Evidence-based best practices for worksite health and well-being (WWB) have been widely established for more than two decades. Although these practices are embraced by many leading organizations with best-in-class WWB programs, research led by HERO award-winning researcher Dr. Laura Linnan shows that progress toward broader implementation has been glacial. The findings from this nationally representative sample of 2,843 companies show that comprehensive programs increased only slightly between 2004 and 2017 and just 11.8% met all five of the comprehensiveness criteria.

With workforce mental health (WMH) coming to the forefront during the pandemic, employers are grappling with recent and emerging WMH guidance, including standards and guidelines, certification and recognition programs, measurement strategies, and best practice case examples. A number of countries including Canada and the UK have implemented WMH standards and ISO recently released new guidelines on psychological health and safety at work – the first global standard on managing psychosocial risks. But will the abundance of resources and guidance lead to significant, sustainable change?

This webinar will explore the current WMH landscape and how we can drive adoption of best practices and move the conversation from a reactive response to a global crisis to a sustained national movement.

This webinar will serve as a primer and preview of the HERO’s Fall Think Tank, September 20th, in Amelia Island, Florida, where we will explore: “Will new and emerging guidance improve employer efforts to advance workforce mental health?”

 

Speakers:

Jennifer Posa, PhD, MS, is the Global Head for Employee Mental Wellbeing & Workplace Effectiveness within Global Health Services at Johnson & Johnson (J&J). In this role, she is responsible for the development of the mental health & well-being strategy and workplace effectiveness programs for J&J employees worldwide.

Jennifer is a seasoned health care executive, author, and speaker, with extensive experience in mental health & well-being, population health, and the development of value-based measures and standards.  Throughout her tenure at J&J, Jennifer has supported the development and execution of Janssen’s healthcare quality strategy for Neuroscience and Infectious Disease and provided strategic market leadership within key US markets. Jennifer has also led numerous successful industry research initiatives and is a well-known subject matter expert and thought leader in the areas of organizational support, psychological well-being at the workplace, and building cultures of health within organizations.

Jennifer holds a BA in psychology from Denison University, an MS in health fitness management from American University, and a PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from Capella University. She has served as an advisor for the HERO Scorecard, including recent updates to both the US and International versions.

David Ballard, PsyD, MBA, is the founder and principal of GhostNote Consulting. He is an organizational consultant with more than 15 years of prior experience as a non-profit executive. His emphasis is on promoting employee well-being and organizational performance through the integration of psychology and business. David’s work focuses on organizational effectiveness, occupational health promotion, workplace mental health, program design and evaluation, and systems-level workplace interventions. He has provided research, consultation, and training services to government agencies, industry groups, corporations, private equity firms, medical schools, and universities.

David is the Scientific Advisor for Workforce Mental Health at the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO). He currently serves on the boards of directors for The Health Project and Sound Mind. He chairs the Society for Occupational Health Psychology’s Practitioner Committee, co-chairs the Advisory Committee for The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace, and is a member of NIOSH’s Cross-Sector Council on Healthy Work Design and Well-being, and the External Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins P.O.E. Total Worker Health Center in Mental Health.

He received his doctorate in psychology and his MBA in health services administration from Widener University.

Moderator: Emily Wolfe, MSW, LCSW, is HERO’s Director of Learning Experience, providing leadership and project management for HERO Committees and the various projects that the committees produce. In addition to committee project management, Emily supports HERO’s Senior Fellow in planning HERO Think Tank meetings. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her master’s degree in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill with a concentration in adult mental health. She has experience working in hospital settings, including oncology and clinical care management, employee work-site wellness programming, transitional community housing, and private mental health practice. Emily has a strong interest in the intersection of workplace culture and employee mental health, and the unique health and well-being needs of lower-wage earners.



Air date: July 27, 2022

Guest Panelists:


Leslie Hammer, PhD, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU; Oregon Healthy Workforce Center; Portland State University



Research evidence indicates that psychosocial stressors such as low supervisor support and high work-life stress are negative occupational exposures related to poor psychological and physical health, negative work outcomes, and adverse effects on families. These associations suggest that Occupational Health Psychology and Total Worker Health® interventions such as leadership support trainings may be helpful in mitigating effects of workplace psychosocial stressors on health and well-being. This presentation will review workplace psychosocial stressors and leadership training approaches to reduce stress and improve psychological and physical health, highlighting several examples from randomized controlled trials conducted by the research team that crosses over between Oregon Heath & Science University and Portland State University.

 

Leslie Hammer, PhD, is the Associate Director for Applied Research in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at Oregon Health & Science University and Co-Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, Total Worker Health® center funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. She is also a Professor Emeritus at Portland State University. Leslie is a leading expert on work and family, occupational stress, and workplace mental health and specializes in the mental and physical health effects of supportive supervision at work, occupational stress, and work-family conflict. She has extensive experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating worksite interventions and supervisor training.


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Air date: July 12, 2022

Guest Panelists:


Ray Fabius, MD, HealthNEXT


Michele Bildner, MPH, MCHES®, CDC Foundation


Neil Goldfarb, Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health

A HEROForum22 Preview!

This webinar will describe a unique partnership between the CDC Foundation, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition on Health (GPBCH) and their members, and HealthNEXT, a health and well-being management company. Leveraging funding and support from the CDC Foundation, the GPBCH has organized several employer members to participate in a learning collaborative driven by the digital HealthNEXT platform and their physician executive “NEXTperts.” The Hallmark of this endeavor is for a collection of employers in the same community to learn from each other as they all pursue a benchmark workforce culture of health and well-being.

The audience will first hear from leaders of the CDC Foundation, the GPBCH, and HealthNEXT as they delineate their roles of this mutually shared project. They will highlight the goals of the project, the demographics of the participating enterprises, the proposed timeline and methodology. Perhaps, most importantly, the audience will also hear the early impressions of employers in the collaboration.

 

Speakers:

Throughout his career, Ray Fabius, MD, has garnered medical and business leadership experience in healthcare management areas including informatics, strategy, operations, network development and oversight, patient management, quality management, disease management, national accounts, occupational medicine, emergency preparedness, worker productivity, wellness and health promotion, travel medicine, web-based health content delivery, data warehousing, and analytics. He has served as a physician executive in academics, private practice, managed care, the health insurance industry, e-health, corporate and workplace health, the pharmaceutical industry, and health informatics and analytics. He served as Global Medical Leader for General Electric, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Thomson Reuters, Population Health Strategist for Walgreens, and CMO for Truven Health Analytics. He was also the CMO and president of I-trax, Inc. He is the author of many articles, chapters, and books. In 2021, Ray received the Bill Whitmer Award for lifetime leadership in the health and well-being space.

Michele Bildner, MPH, MCHES®, is a Project Manager for Non-Infectious Disease Programs at the CDC Foundation where she is responsible for public-private partnerships for chronic disease health promotion. She has worked in public health and health education for a dozen years, researching and evaluating childhood obesity policies, systems, and environments; assessing, planning, and implementing community health initiatives; and achieving health department accreditation and organizational strategic management. Michele began her DrPH in Leadership at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health with the 2019 cohort and has a deep interest in identifying, diagnosing, and addressing adaptive public health and organizational challenges. She has organizational leadership experience ranging from the governmental sector, private industry, higher education, community health, and research and evaluation consulting. Her practice is rooted in collaborative approaches for convening key partners to lead change that achieves racially equitable and improved population health outcomes.

Neil Goldfarb is President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health, an employer-led non-profit organization established in 2012 with the mission of developing best practices for maintaining a healthy workforce and ensuring that when healthcare is needed it is high-quality, accessible, affordable, and safe. He brings over 30 years of healthcare research and management experience to his Coalition leadership position. Neil has authored over 60 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, focused on his interests in health and disease management, quality measurement and improvement, care for the under-served, and health economics and outcomes research. He has served as adjunct faculty for the Jefferson College of Pharmacy and University of the Sciences. Neil is a member of the Board of Governors of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions and founding co-Director of the National Alliance College for Value-based Purchasing of Health Benefits.

Marsha Greene-Jones, MA, is Deputy Director, Human Resources with the City of Philadelphia. In her role, she is responsible for leading the benefits strategy, design, and administration for both active and retiree health and welfare benefit programs. She currently serves as an Alternate Trustee on the Board of Pensions for the City of Philadelphia (Retirement Fund) and is a Trustee on the Health and Welfare Boards for the Police and Fire Unions as well as District Council 47 and District Council 33. Marsha also serves as the Board Chair for the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health and is a member of the Client Advisory Board for Active Health Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennett College and a Master of Arts degree from Ohio University.

Lynne Pierce serves as the Chief of Real Estate and Office Operations for Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm with over 600 lawyers. Her primary responsibilities include oversight of the operation of the firm’s fifteen offices, including direct support, outsourcing, procurement, firm events, sustainability, travel services and, most recently, the firm’s return to on-site operations. In addition, she founded the Firm’s Well-Being Committee in 2018. The Committee focuses on programing surrounding mental, emotional, social, financial, and physical well-being. Ballard Spahr was one of the first law firms to sign the American Bar Association’s Well-Being Pledge. Lynne is a founding member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrator’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, and serves on the firm’s Diversity Council, Staff Strategy Group, and DE&I Education Curriculum Group.


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