Air date: February 21, 2018

Guest Panelists:


Siobahn Gilchrist, JD, MPH


Dyann Matson Koffman, DrPH, MPH


Jennifer VanderVeur, JD

Most states have laws encouraging the adoption of Worksite Health Promotion programs. How does your state’s health promotion efforts compare to others and what can we be doing to advocate for state policies that support a vision of healthy workplaces throughout America? This webinar, hosted jointly by HERO and the American Journal of Health Promotion shares results from the study: An Overview of State Policies Supporting Worksite Health Promotion Programs. This paper was recognized by the Journal’s editors as one of our 2017 “Papers of the Year.” Authors Siobhan Gilchrist, Jennifer VanderVeur, and Dyann Matson Koffman will join host Paul Terry to describe and discuss how state laws can encourage employers and employer-provided insurance companies to offer comprehensive WHP programs.

Please join us to learn more about how state laws are enabling greater success in worksite health promotion and what the future holds for awareness and advocacy in advancing healthy workplaces and great states of health. As always in HERO webinars, we will poll the audience for your views and encourage questions and interactions with our experts.

Siobahn Gilchrist has been working to expand the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention’s policy research capacity since 2009 through researching policies and laws supported by scientific and practice-based evidence, implementing policy surveillance efforts to analyze and report the extent to which states adopt such laws, and conducting policy implementation and outcome studies for the effective control and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

She earned a law degree in 2006 after leading projects as an epidemiologist in local, state, national and international public health agencies to advance science-based programs and policies that lead to positive public health outcomes She became interested in health policy while working with ministries of health in several countries to institutionalize evidence-based decision-making through health information systems projects sponsored by CDC and WHO. Her experience as the DeKalb County, Georgia, district epidemiologist working with neighborhood communities, law-enforcement, city planners and policy makers spurred her interest in using the legal system to improve health outcomes.

Before returning to CDC, Ms. Gilchrist practiced law in a small law firm focusing on zoning and property issues and provided legal representation to clients through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and other nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Matson Koffman is a Senior Health Scientist and Certified Health Education Specialist.  Since 2013, she has worked in the CDC Office of the Associate Director for Science on the Guidelines and Recommendations Activity Team.  She completed her doctorate in public health promotion from Loma Linda University and master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Matson Koffman coordinated a number of health promotion initiatives, including one for a large private company, General Dynamics, before coming to the CDC in 1992.  She has held a variety of health scientist positions at the CDC.  She promotes health in the U.S. by providing scientific clearance and consultation for CDC guideline development, conducting and translating “what works” evidence-based science into practice, and providing technical assistance to business leaders, state health departments, scientists, and other partners in the U.S.  She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and developed numerous tools and products, primarily related to health promotion in worksite and healthcare settings. For example, she led the development of The CDC Worksite HealthScoreCard, and co-authored A Purchaser’s Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Moving Science into Coverage.  She currently serves on the steering committee of the National Healthy Worksite Program and contributes to various projects focusing on building cultures of health in worksites, led by the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO).

She is married and lives in Tucker, Georgia.  She enjoys running, swimming, dancing, skiing,  traveling, and watching her two children perform in theatre, dance, and ice skating.

Jennifer VanderVeur received her Juris Doctor from New England School of Law in May 2011. She worked as an ORISE Fellow, then as an IHRC contractor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2012, with a primary focus on analyzing health law policy. She has worked on worksite health promotion program research and legal policy analysis for over three years.






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