Air date: March 21, 2019

Guest Panelists:

Ron Goetzel

Ron Goetzel, PhD



Dr. Ron Goetzel will address the ongoing controversy over whether workplace wellness programs work by sharing new and emerging research on the role culture of health (COH) plays. He will also address the shift from a return-on-investment (ROI) rationale for these programs to one that emphasizes value-on-investment (VOI). Dr. Goetzel will also review his “top 10” list of best and promising practices revealed from research projects supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Session Take-Aways:

  • Learn about three major studies conducted in the last 12 months that have strongly influenced workplace health promotion
  • Understand what it takes to achieve a world-class and effective workplace wellness program
  • Gather new information to make a compelling business case for investing in workers’ health and well-being
  • Identify key factors needed to develop or expand an effective and credible workplace health promotion program

Ron Goetzel, PhD, wears two hats.  He is Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for IBM Watson Health. Dr. Goetzel is responsible for leading innovative projects for healthcare purchaser, managed care, government, and pharmaceutical clients interested in conducting cutting-edge research focused on the relationship between health and well-being, medical costs, and work-related productivity. He is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management (HPM), return-on-investment (ROI), program evaluation, and outcomes research. Dr. Goetzel has published well over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and frequently presents at international business and scientific forums.

Dr. Goetzel is a Task Force Member for the Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide) housed at the CDC, and President and CEO of The Health Project, which annually awards the prestigious C. Everett Koop Prize to organizations with demonstrable health improvement and cost savings data. He is the Chairperson for HERO and Vice-Chair for The Fries Foundation housed at the CDC Foundation.  He has also served on several committees organized by the National Academies of Science (NAS).

Dr. Goetzel earned his doctorate in Organizational and Administrative Studies and his M.A. in Applied Social Psychology from New York University (NYU), and his B.S. degree in Psychology from the City College of New York (CCNY).  He is based in Bethesda, MD.


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