Air date: April 11, 2018

Guest Panelists:

Chris Calitz, MPP

Chris Calitz, MPP


Adela Santana, MPH, MSEd, CHES


Given the high prevalence of stress and mental health issues reported by US employees and the associated costs borne by employers, the CEO Roundtable commissioned the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation to report on workplace initiatives to build workforce resilience. This webinar shares insights and implications of the published report including:
  • How resilience is defined and measured;
  • What current research tells us about the effectiveness of resilience training programs;
  • Employee perceptions of these programs, and their interests in resilience related topics; and
  • Implications for research and practice.

Chris Calitz is Director of the Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation. Before joining AHA, Chris was a health policy analyst for the Vitality Group and he co-founded the MEND Program, one of the largest community-based childhood obesity programs in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Chris has published original research, commentaries, and statement articles on disease prevention and workplace health promotion in Circulation, Health Affairs, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has served as an expert panelist on workplace wellness for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the national advisory board for the Corporate Health Leadership Program convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Chris has expertise in policy analysis, workplace health research and evaluation, program development, implementation science, and cardiovascular disease prevention.

Adela Santana is a Program Evaluation Analyst for the American Heart Association’s Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation. In this role, she contributes to workplace health research-related activities for the Association. She also manages the continuous quality improvement of the Workplace Health Achievement Index, an onlinetool used to help employers assess the comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs and the heart health of their workforce,resulting in annual enhancements to the tool’s functionality, utility and distribution. Prior to joining the Association, Adela was a Health Scientist for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Public Health Information Dissemination, where she worked closely with leadership staff in policy, communication and science to coordinate strategic planning efforts and develop an evaluation infrastructure. As a training and technical assistance provider for the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, a federally contracted agency responsible for supporting designated state agencies to reduce and prevent substance abuse, Adela was Lead of the Service to Science Initiative in the Southeast region, where she managed multiple evaluation projects and provided evaluation-related technical assistance to community-level sub-grantees working to prevent substance abuse.


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