Webinar Archives

The HERO Learning Series provides industry professionals with educational opportunities to enhance their performance in the workplace.

HERO offers select archived webinars for public viewing (see below). The complete webinar archive is available to HERO members.

Thriving & Flourishing – Successful Aging (At Any Age)!

Original air date: October 30, 2019

Guest Panelists:

Don Ardell

Don Ardell, PhD


Susan Bradley-Cox


While we can’t change genetics, we can promote the odds for effective adaptations that allow extended enjoyments in later life. How? By attitude adjustments based upon worthy insights, and wiser lifestyle choices made before, during and after age changes commence. Successful aging is something that should appeal to all age groups.

Not Dead Yet is a book inspired by the attitudes held and choices made by a selection of elder triathlon world champions. The eighteen women and men profiled share two salient characteristics:

  1. The benefit of good fortune (the single most vital ingredient for successful aging); and
  2. Lifestyle qualities known to promote successful aging.

All are currently experiencing the culminating phase of their lives, and doing so in a manner that seems worthy of note. Without exception, their lives appear to model a hopeful set of positive, optimistic expectations for what’s possible.

Join the author, Don Ardell and Ironman, Susan Bradley-Cox, one of the athletes profiled in Don’s book, for a webinar that explores aging and wellness as something we should all address, no matter what our age or lifestyle.

 

Don Ardell, PhD is an outspoken freethinker who promotes a philosophy of REAL wellness. REAL is an acronym for Reason, Exuberance, Athleticism and Liberty – the four dimensions of a philosophy and lifestyle conducive to well-being and happiness.

In presentations since 1977, Don has integrated the highlights of his 15 books and nearly 1000 Wellness Reports with three favorite topics related to current events, namely, politics, sex and religion. He also offers a REAL wellness perspective with 56 tips on thriving and flourishing while aging. His latest is entitled Not Dead Yet.

Don’s presentations address principles and possibilities for finding added meaning and purpose, humor and joy amidst the challenges of weight gain/stress, political correctness, religion and obstacles to vigorous daily exercise. His focus is always on positive, enjoyable ways to live better, not the usual emphasis on reducing risks, giving up bad habits or otherwise addressing matters medical and boring.

 

Susan Bradley-Cox grew up in a wonderfully supportive small town, Paducah, Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky where she practiced gymnastics. In Susan’s post-college career, she coached UK Cheerleaders for 10 years, taught water aerobics and competed in tennis. She was also the director of state tennis tournaments. Susan now coaches USMS Masters Swim Team at the University of Kentucky, as well as Team-in-Training Triathletes who raise funds for Leukemia/Lymphoma research.

Susan did her first triathlon in 1982 and qualified for her first Ironman in 1986. An annual triathlon is held in Susan’s name (Tri for Sight – a fund raiser for eye research at UK). Susan was named to the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2010 and to Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. Susan’s motto is: No one flourishes alone – be grateful to all for encouragement and for opening doors.

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Not By My Selfie – A joint webinar between HERO and the UnLonely Project

Original air date: August 29, 2019

Guest Panelists:

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

Keith Winick

Keith Winick


The UnLonely Project logoThere is growing concern that social isolation and loneliness are a growing epidemic and employer leadership will be vital to curb this trend. This webinar features the work of The UnLonely Project and we will share exemplary results from initiatives underway for employees at Prudential. HERO members should consider this a “teaser” to our September 9th Think Tank in Portland on “Loneliness in an Era of Hyperconnectivity: The Employer’s Role in Addressing Social Isolation.” The need to find solutions to this problem has never been more acute given that loneliness affects more than one-third of American adults, with particular likelihood among individuals facing challenging life circumstances like loss of a loved one and chronic or catastrophic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, mental illness or cancer. Research shows that loneliness has negative effects on mental health, worsening depression, anxiety, mood disorders and cognitive decline, and on physical health, leading to higher rates of cardiovascular impairment, chronic pain and fatigue. We will discuss the many factors that may be accelerating the crisis, such as how internet and social media engagement exacerbate feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety. First, because the problem of loneliness is worrisome and growing, with an urgent need to move past the silence and stigma that prevents us from fully acknowledging its significance, our focus as always will be on finding solutions. For example, we will discuss how creative arts expression, with its ability to engage us and connect us, shows great promise in reducing isolation and fostering improvement in health outcomes.

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, is founder of the UnLonely Project and faculty of the Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. He is Board Certified in both internal medicine and preventive medicine, with master’s degrees in epidemiology and health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also a poet, a photographer, and a teacher—a practitioner of the humanities. With the unique background and training required to bridge scientific and humanistic disciplines, he has contributed to significant explorations into how creative expression mitigates illness and enhances well-being. He has become a prominent advocate for creative engagement, ancillary to and integrated with traditional medical care, as a pathway to healing.

Keith Winick is the director of health & wellness and analytics for Prudential Financial’s award-winning health and wellness program. He has over 25 years’ experience in the health and wellness industry. His focus is creating a culture of health, reducing health risks and improving and measuring performance and productivity within his organization. Under Keith’s guidance, Prudential has won many prestigious awards, including the C. Everett Koop National Health Award, American Heart Association’s Fit Friendly Platinum Award and The National Business Group on Health’s Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Platinum Award. Keith holds a master’s degree in physical education from Montclair State University.

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Forgiveness and Collective Well-Being: The Science Behind Pro-social Experiences and Health Behavior Change

Original air date: July 11, 2019

Guest Panelists:

Loren Toussaint

Loren Toussaint, PhD

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS

Carley Riley

Carley Riley, MD, MPP, MHS

This HERO webinar is based on two 2018 “Papers of the Year” published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Integrative work building from psychological, medical, theological, philosophical and sociological theory and research supports the utility of forgiveness for the enhancement of health, well-being and longevity. Loren Toussaint will focus on three areas that improve an individual’s ability to incorporate forgiveness into their lives. First, he will define forgiveness and understanding of the ultimate goal that we strive for in living a forgiving life. Second, he will connect forgiveness to its primary health benefits to understand how forgiveness can confer health advantages. Third, he will review leading approaches to forgiveness education and promotion. This presentation should give a clear sense of what forgiveness is, how it can be healing in multiple settings and specific techniques for how to encourage and promote forgiveness for health. Forgiveness IS healing at biological, psychological and social levels.

We are also featuring an encore presentation on “collective well-being” a conceptual model based on a comprehensive literature review showing the interrelationships between community health and individual health practices. In this session, Brita Roy and Carley Riley will present a literature-based model called “Collective well-being” which can serve as a holistic measure of the overall “health” of a community. “Collective well-being” is a group-level construct measured across five domains: vitality, opportunity, connectedness, contribution and inspiration. They will discuss how the five domains contribute to collective well-being through actionable examples and opportunities for demonstrating how community characteristics effect well-being and how worksite wellness can play a role in improving community health.

Dr. Loren Toussaint is a professor of psychology at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is a consultant to Mayo Clinic, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Boise State University, and the associate director of the Sierra Leone Forgiveness Project. Dr. Toussaint’s research examines virtues, especially forgiveness, and how they are related to health and well-being. He and colleagues recently published a compendium of research titled: Forgiveness and Health: Scientific Evidence and Theories Relating Forgiveness to Better Health (Springer). Dr. Toussaint directs the Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit at Luther College (https://www.luther.edu/touslo01/). He encourages “everyday forgiveness” to build resilience and minimize stress in families, schools, healthcare, workplaces, and communities.

Brita Roy is an Assistant Professor in General Internal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and the Director of Population Health for Yale Medicine. Her scholarly work focuses on assessing the relative contribution of positive social and psychosocial factors at the individual and community level to health outcomes and health disparities, as well as the interdependence of these determinants and interactions with the environment. Dr. Roy is also interested in the development of multi-disciplinary community-healthcare collaborations to support population health and well-being. Dr. Roy received a Bachelors in Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Engineering from Wayne State University. She then completed a combined MD/MPH at the University of Michigan before completing residency and Chief Residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Roy was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University from 2013-2015.

Carley Riley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and an Attending Physician in the Division of Critical Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is a clinician-investigator with the mission of cultivating populations of thriving individuals and communities across all demographics from childhood through adulthood by building positive health assets through research, policy, and activism. Her research focuses on generating actionable knowledge to inform efforts to achieve this mission. Dr. Riley received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Medical Doctorate from Northwestern University, a Master of Public Policy from UCLA, and a Master of Health Science from Yale University. She completed General Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Riley was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University from 2013-2015 and is currently a Fellow with The Institute for Integrative Health.

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Beyond Incentives: Harnessing the Power of Purpose to Transform Programs and Lives

Original air date: June 18, 2019

Guest Panelists:

Vic Strecher

Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH

Eric Zimmerman

Eric Zimmerman, MPH, MBA


Join this science and story-packed session to gain timely insights on ways to transform your approach to engagement and change. Companies are increasingly harnessing the power of purpose to create a more authentic connection with their people and to unify their health and talent strategies. While we know incentives can work to boost initial participation, we also know they have unintended consequences and add significant cost. In contrast, the main side-effects of a stronger sense of purpose are lower resistance to change, increased openness to diversity and reduced risk of a whole host of diseases. Join us to learn practical steps to infuse a stronger purpose focus into your emotional and total well-being initiatives and the benefits in doing so, and start on your path toward creating a Culture of Purpose at your organization.

Both Eric and Vic will be joining HERO this September in Portland, Oregon. Eric will be hosting a deep dive on this topic at Forum19 on Thursday, September 12th. Vic will be a keynote speaker at the Healthcare Summit on September 9th. For more information please visit the Forum website.

Vic Strecher is a leader and visionary in the fields of purpose and well-being, creating new solutions that operate at the intersection of the science of behavior change and advanced technology. In 1998, Vic created Health Media pioneering Web-based “digital health coaching.” Since January 2014, Vic has given keynote presentations about the role of purpose in life, energy and willpower to over 1,500 organizations, providing him the opportunity to not only respond to the growing interests of the market, but to also continue to help shape it.

Eric Zimmerman brings global experience in design, launch and commercialization of breakthrough digital health solutions focused on population health, connectivity, community and collaboration. Before joining Kumanu, Eric led strategic marketing, product management, business development and behavior design as Chief Marketing Officer at RedBrick Health. He previously held leadership roles at RelayHealth, Mirixa, Medscape and StayWell. Eric earned his B.A. in Ecology Behavior and Evolution at UCSD’s Revelle College, his MPH in Behavior Science and Health Education from UCLA and his MBA from Pepperdine University.

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The Recent JAMA Study: A Balanced Discussion of Workplace Wellness Research

Original air date: May 15, 2019

Guest Panelists:

Ron Goetzel

Ron Goetzel, PhD

Zirui Song, MD, PhD

Zirui Song, MD, PhD

Jean Abraham, PhD

Jean Abraham, PhD

Hundreds of research studies published in scientific journals conclude that well designed, evidence based, comprehensive health and well-being initiatives work. We know this, yet occasionally, a new study is published that is inconsistent with the overall body of research. So we’ve asked Dr. Ron Goetzel to facilitate a conversation with Dr. Zirui Song, lead study author, and Dr. Jean Abraham who wrote the editorial commentary. Join us for a balanced discussion of the research and get answers to your questions on the design, implementation and evaluation methods.

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 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. He is the Immediate Past Chair 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 MA in Applied Social Psychology from New York University (NYU).

Zirui Song, MD, PhD, is a physician and health economist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. His work examines policy options to slow health care spending and improve the value of care, including alternative payment models, changes in provider prices, the economics of Medicare Advantage and workplace wellness programs. Dr. Song teaches health policy and economics at Harvard and co-directs the Harvard Medical School external education course on employee health benefits purchasing. His work has been recognized by AcademyHealth, the American College of Physicians, Society of General Internal Medicine and Forbes Magazine. Dr. Song received his MD, magna cum laude, and PhD in Health Policy (Economics) from Harvard University and completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Jean Abraham, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management and is the director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Abraham received her PhD in public policy analysis and management from Carnegie Mellon University with specialization in the areas of health economics and policy. She is particularly interested in employer and employee decision-making with respect to health insurance, employer wellness program evaluation and competition in provider and insurance markets. She won the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program’s teaching award three times and the Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Public Health in 2011.

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Is there more to food than calories, taste, and nutrition?

Original air date: May 9, 2019

Guest Panelists:

Kevin D. Walker

Kevin D. Walker, PhD, Michigan State University



Two full lifetimes ago consuming more calories was always welcome, taste was secondary and having enough food defined everyday life. Nowadays, the opposite holds true: our society is awash in calories and individuals expect their food to satisfy personal tastes and lifestyle preferences. Finding ways to turn out more food created new possibilities and made living easier. Yet, while we have been busy changing food, food has been changing us in unexpected and unforeseen ways.

The modern food system relies on an illusion. It depends on endless abundance, but the planet has its limits. So too does a healthcare system that must absorb rising rates of diabetes and obesity. Shifting our mindset is essential, and It starts with remembering that what we eat affects the wider world. If each of us decides that bigger isn’t always better, we can renegotiate the grand food bargain, one individual decision at a time.

Kevin D. Walker grew up farming and has seen almost every facet of agriculture firsthand: working in agribusiness at the US Department of Agriculture, overseas with international nonprofits, and as a professor at Michigan State University. He has served on committees with the National Academies Institute of Medicine and National Research Council and as a consultant to foreign governments and the World Trade Organization. Dr. Walker’s book, The Grand Food Bargain: and the Mindless Drive for More, was released in March 2019.

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Mental Health: A Workforce Crisis

Original air date: April 30, 2019

Guest Panelists:

Chris Calitz, MPP

Chris Calitz, MPP

Drew Mills

Drew Mills, MPH


Given the high prevalence of chronic stress, burnout and mental health disorders reported by US employees and the associated costs borne by employers, the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable commissioned the Center for Workplace Health to report on effective strategies to address mental health disorders in the workplace. This webinar shares insights and implications of the published report including:

  • The business case for investing in the mental health of employees;
  • What current research tells us about the effectiveness of mental health interventions in the workplace;
  • Employee perceptions of these programs, and their interests in mental health related topics; and
  • Implications for research and practice.

Chris Calitz is Director of the Center for Workplace Health. Chris has expertise in policy analysis, workplace health research and evaluation, program development, implementation science, and cardiovascular disease prevention. 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.

Drew Mills is a Health Programs Analyst in the AHA’s Center for Workplace Health. Drew is a recent graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center- Houston, where his graduate work focused on health promotion and behavioral science. Before joining AHA in his current role, Drew completed multiple internships at the AHA. In addition to working with the Center for Workplace Health’s white paper on mental health, he worked with the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the NFL PLAY 60 and Back to Sports programs.

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A Masterclass on Engagement: Exploring What We Mean and How To Drive a Culture of Value

Original air date: April 16, 2019

Guest Panelists:

Brad Shuck

Dr. Brad Shuck



Few ideas have generated more excitement with leaders than employee engagement. Everyone wants more of it, yet application, measurement, and practice—not to mention results—vary widely across our industry. What seems to be missing from the conversation is a fundamental understanding of the science behind the engagement phenomenon, as well as a deeper understanding around how the practice of engagement is deeply connected to outcomes that matter every day, including our personal and work lives. Using the latest decision-science, learn to focus on uncovering the psychology of employee engagement to build toward workplace conditions that promote happier, committed, and healthier employees at all levels. This evidence-based, yet informal and relaxed Webinar is designed for professionals at all levels who hope to build a better place of work through sustainable, principle-based strategies – rather than prescribed, one-size fits all practices – that drive possibility and opportunity.

Dr. Brad Shuck uses evidenced-based, story-driven, and visually inspiring presentations show how leaders at all levels can build positive and inspiring places of work that improve performance, increase employee wellbeing, and influence peak motivation. His evidenced-based work on engagement and the employee value proposition has been featured in Forbes, The Washington Post, and TIME, as well as Business World Online, India’s Economic Times, and the Hindu Times. Dr. Shuck is an Associate Professor in the Human Resource and Organizational Development program at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Shuck holds faculty affiliate status with the Department of Counseling and Human Development (UofL) and has worked with the United States Army, Defense Language Institute, United States Navy, and The United States Air Force.

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Promoting Physical Activity in the Workplace

Original air date: April 11, 2019

Guest Panelists:

Laurie Whitsel

Laurie Whitsel, Ph.D.

Nico Pronk

Nico Pronk, Ph.D.

Russell R. Pate

Russell R. Pate, Ph.D.

The US Department of Health and Human Services released its second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in November 2018, highlighting the importance of moving more and sitting less. Physical inactivity continues to be a significant health and business issue with implications for mental health, mortality and morbidity associated with chronic conditions, health care costs, and workforce productivity.

This webinar will focus on the actions employers can take to support the Physical Activity Guidelines with a special focus on the influence of employers to support consistent physical activity assessment, incorporation of physical activity into health care, leadership role modeling, worksite culture and policy.

Laurie Whitsel, Ph.D., is currently the Vice President of Policy Research and Translation for the American Heart Association (AHA), helping to translate science into policy at a national level in the areas of cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention and health promotion. The association’s policy research department provides policy development and the foundation for the American Heart Association’s advocacy work at the global, national, state, and local levels.  Guided by volunteer leadership, the AHA policy research team has worked with leading experts around the world to develop policy statements that position the organization on issues that will impact cardiovascular health and reduce mortality, guide the association’s advocacy work, and inform policy makers, practitioners, health care professionals, researchers, the media, and the public.  Whitsel serves on the Board of Directors for the Health Enhancement Research Organization and the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.  She has served on expert advisory groups with RAND, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her Ph.D. is from Syracuse University and she is a Fellow and member of the AHA’s National Scientific Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health.

Nico Pronk, Ph.D., is President of the HealthPartners Institute and Chief Science Officer at HealthPartners, Inc. and holds a faculty appointment as Adjunct Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Pronk’s work is focused on connecting evidence of effectiveness with practical applications of programs and practices, policies and systems that measurably improve population health and well-being. His work applies to the workplace, the care delivery setting, and the community and involves development of new models to improve health and well-being at the research, practice and policy levels. Dr. Pronk was confirmed by the White House to serve as co-chair of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for the year 2030 (aka “Healthy People 2030”). He is a current member of the Food and Nutrition Board at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and is the founding and past president of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion. Dr. Pronk received his doctorate degree in exercise physiology at Texas A&M University and completed his post-doctoral studies in behavioral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Pate is an exercise physiologist with interests in physical activity and physical fitness in children and the health implications of physical activity. He has published more than 350 scholarly papers and has authored or edited eight books. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Heart Association, and several private foundations and corporations. He heads a research team that is currently supported by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health and from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  He served on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (2003-04), the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee (2007-08), and an Institute of Medicine panel that developed guidelines on prevention of childhood obesity. He currently serves as Chair of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, and was a member of the 2017-2018 U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee.

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What is the Business Case for Employers’ Investment in Healthy Communities: Improved Worker Health, Lower Medical Costs, and Higher Stock Performance?

Original 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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Broadening our View of Financial Well-Being

Original air date: February 26, 2019

Guest Panelists:

photo of Sara Johnson

Sara Johnson, PhD

Susan Morgan Bailey

Susan Morgan Bailey, MS, CIC, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Bruce Sherman

Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM

Increasingly aware of the toll financial distress is taking on employees, employers are taking steps to address financial well-being as a key component of their overall wellness strategy. This webinar will challenge our field to adopt a more comprehensive approach to addressing financial well-being. Please join Sara Johnson, Bruce Sherman, and Susan Morgan Bailey as they explore the limitations on “bandwidth” that scarcity can create; the role financial well-being initiatives can play in improving social determinants of health; and opportunities for employers to address financial well-being along a continuum from financial concerns that impact ability to afford necessities of living to financial planning skills and preparing effectively for retirement.


Sara Johnson, PhD, is the Co-President & CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., a behavior change science consulting and solution provider whose mission is to disseminate evidence-based behavior change solutions to maximize health and well-being. In her 20 years at Pro-Change, she has been responsible for generating and leading the implementation of innovative research and development opportunities as well as creating and expanding strategic business alliances. She has been the principal investigator on over $6 million in National Institutes of Health grants to examine the effectiveness of evidence-based health and well-being interventions and has more than 40 publications. In addition, she has applied best practices in behavior change to novel areas such as promoting financially responsible use of health services and continuing medical education. She is currently leading new research initiatives to integrate individual- and culture-level interventions to enhance well-being; increase engagement with evidence-based mobile apps that promote behavior change; and develop interventions for pain self-management and sleep. She is also the Co-Editor of The Art of Health Promotion. Sara received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and is currently an adjunct faculty member to the Psychology Department.

Susan Morgan Bailey, MS, CIC, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is director of total health & wellbeing at Marsh & McLennan Agency, where she calls upon her experience to help organizations build supportive cultures that empower individuals to live healthy, engaged lives. She has been instrumental in the success of a number of best-in-class health management strategies, including initiatives at DTE Energy, Beaumont Health System and Chrysler. Prior to joining MMA, Susan led the health and well-being strategy team at RedBrick Health. She has also worked in the public health sector as a health promotion coordinator for the Gaston County Health Department in NC, where she developed a countywide fitness and nutrition program for residents. She continues her commitment to community health improvement through active involvement in the Michigan Wellness Council. She has presented at conferences for HERO, National Business Group on Health, and Truven Health Analytics, and she serves on the faculty of the National Wellness Institute as a trainer for the Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager certificate. Susan is a Certified Intrinsic Coach and is SHRM-SCP and SPHR certified. She has a BS in education from Central Michigan University and a master of science degree in health promotion from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Susan integrates her passion for wellbeing into her own life through time with her husband and two boys at her cottage in northern Michigan and conquering various outdoor pursuits, including paddleboarding, hiking, swimming, soccer, and occasional 10K and traveling to warm, sunny places.

Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM, is the Chief Medical Officer for the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, where he provides guidance for clinically-related organizational activities. He also serves as Medical Director, Population Health Management for the RightOpt private exchange offering at Conduent HR Services. His primary area of responsibility is health/well-being strategy, with the goal of implementing integrated, data-driven approaches to optimize workforce health, and performance for employer clients. Dr. Sherman has research interests in the areas of employer health benefits strategies and the business value of workforce health. Previously, he served as the consulting corporate medical director for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Whirlpool Corporation, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He received his MD from NYU School of Medicine, his MA from Harvard and his ScB from Brown, and is a member of the clinical faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth

Original air date: January 16, 2019

Guest Panelists:

Amy Edmondson

Amy Edmondson, PhD



With so much riding on innovation, creativity, and spark, it is essential to attract and retain quality talent—but what good does this talent do if no one is able to speak their mind? The traditional culture of “fitting in” and “going along” spells doom in the knowledge economy. Success requires a continuous influx of new ideas, new challenges, and critical thought, and the interpersonal climate must not suppress, silence, ridicule or intimidate. Not every idea is good, and yes there are stupid questions, and yes dissent can slow things down, but talking through these things is an essential part of the creative process. People must be allowed to voice half-finished thoughts, ask questions from left field, and brainstorm out loud; it creates a culture in which a minor flub or momentary lapse is no big deal, and where actual mistakes are owned and corrected, and where the next left-field idea could be the next big thing. The road is sometimes bumpy, but succinct and informative scenario-based explanations provide a clear path forward to constant learning and healthy innovation.

 

Amy C. Edmondson, PhD, is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society.

Edmondson has been recognized by the biannual Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 and was honored with the Talent Award in 2017. She studies teaming, psychological safety, and leadership, and her articles have been published numerous academic and management outlets. She has published several books, including her latest “The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth.”

Before her academic career, she was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked on transformational change in large companies. In the early 1980s, she worked as Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller. Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, MA in psychology, and BA in engineering and design from Harvard University.

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Workplace Health and Well-Being: Perceptions and the Employee Experience

Original air date: December 6, 2018

Guest Panelists:

Michelle Soto

Michelle Soto, MS

Lynn Clement

Lynn Clement


Employee awareness of health and well-being offerings and perceptions about their value are just a couple of factors that might influence the effectiveness of employer-sponsored health and well-being initiatives. This session will feature findings from a recently conducted survey of 589 employed adults regarding employer-sponsored wellness programs, including awareness, participation, and perceptions about physical, mental, and financial well-being programs. The presentation will be followed by an employer reactor panel, which will discuss the implications of the findings as well as insights from their organizations’ efforts to understand their employee health and well-being experience.

Michelle Soto, MS, is senior vice president of research for KJT Group, where she provides overall leadership, direction and support for her team to ensure client satisfaction. She has been consulting in healthcare market research for almost 20 years, with business objectives spanning the product life cycle, including new project development, positioning and messaging, satisfaction and loyalty, forecasting, segmentation, and customer experience. Michelle is a RIVA-trained focus group moderator and has conducted extensive international in-person and online qualitative research across a variety of issues and therapeutic areas. Previous employment at an academic hospital, as well as at a county health department, contribute to her overall understanding of the healthcare industry. Michelle has an MS in management from Rochester Institute of Technology and earned her BA magna cum laude from the University of Rochester.

Lynn Clement has been the President of Global Research at KJT Group, Inc. since its inception in 2007. Her extensive background in the healthcare market research industry coupled with her passion for healthcare delivery and life sciences has led her to manage a dynamic team of researchers in the design and management of thousands of qualitative and quantitative research projects in the US and abroad, providing clients with strategic insights and research guidance throughout the product life cycle. In addition, Lynn is a RIVA trained focus group moderator with significant experience conducting groups and IDIs among clinicians, payers, administrators, consumers and many other stakeholders in the healthcare industry.  Lynn earned her MPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Health and Society from the University of Rochester.

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Improving Population Health and Well-Being in the Central Southern Tier

Original air date: November 14, 2018

Guest Panelists:

Melissa Wendland

Melissa Wendland, Director of Strategic Initiatives with Common Ground Health



The Central Southern Tier Health Alliance is a multi-stakeholder planning group that formed to address the complex issues affecting the health and well-being of residents in the Southern Tier of the Finger Lakes region (Steuben, Schuyler and Chemung counties). Building on lessons learned from previous health improvement efforts and with facilitation and analytic support from Common Ground Health, the Alliance utilized a systems dynamic approach to coalesce around a value proposition of improving overall health and well-being in the region. Using dynamic modeling, the Alliance found that top two priorities for improving health and well-being are jobs and wealth, and pathways to success for children.

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Shared Responsibility for Resilience: Uncovering the Factors

Original air date: September 27, 2018

Guest Panelists:

Dr. Siddharth Shah, M.D.

Siddharth Ashvin Shah, MD, MPH; CEO of Greenleaf Integrative



Washington, DC-based Greenleaf Integrative completed a study for the globally-dispersed governmental agency, USAID, to assess the psychosocial difficulties and contextual stressors faced by the agency’s humanitarian relief workers and the supports available to them. The key insights from the study fueled recommendations for structural changes within the agency, as well as Greenleaf’s continued philosophy of shared responsibility for resilience in organizations operating in highly demanding environments. Webinar participants are invited to download a research summary prior to the webinar.

Siddharth Ashvin Shah, M.D., M.P.H., is a physician and public health scientist who seeks to change the way we regard our society’s helpers, protectors, and healers—people and organizations who operate in demanding and traumatic environments. Siddharth’s interdisciplinary expertise spans the humanities, social sciences, common sense preventive
medicine, cross-cultural resilience and spiritual practices, trauma-informed care, disaster public mental health, and real-world applications of cutting-edge neuroscientific thinking.

He serves as CEO of Greenleaf Integrative, collaborating with his expert staff on the development of integrative wellbeing solutions. Greenleaf grew out of Siddharth’s international consulting to governments, health care organizations, NGOs, and the private sector in the areas of chronic high stress, brain health, trauma resiliency, strategic communications, and leadership effectiveness.

Before founding Greenleaf, Siddharth conducted a private practice at the GW Center for Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC. Previously, he headed the Preventive Medicine Residency Program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Siddharth received his BA in religious studies from Rice University and completed his MD at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, training in preventive and behavioral medicine, and a Masters in Public Health.

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From Wellness to Well-being to “Collective Well-being”: Our field’s growing ambitions in research and practice

Original air date: September 19, 2018

Guest Panelists:

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS

Patty Purpur de Vries, MS

Patty Purpur de Vries


In this session, Yale’s Brita Roy will unveil a new, literature based model called “Collective well-being” which can serve as a holistic measure of the overall “health” of a community. Patty Purpur de Vries will review Stanford’s “Well-being Framework” and we will compare these models and discuss how each offers actionable examples and opportunities for demonstrating how community characteristics effect well-being and how worksite wellness can play a role in improving community health. “Collective well-being” is a group-level construct measured across five domains: vitality, opportunity, connectedness, contribution, and inspiration. Related to these domains, professional development and resiliency building examples from Stanford will be featured. As always, we will poll our webinar audience to learn about current applications from the field that are advancing these concepts.

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS, is an Assistant Professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and the Director of Population Health for Yale Medicine. Her scholarly work focuses on assessing the relative contribution of positive social and psychosocial factors (i.e., health assets) at the individual and community level to health outcomes and health disparities, as well as the interdependence of these determinants and interactions with the environment. Dr. Roy is also interested in the development of multi-disciplinary community-healthcare collaborations to support population health and well-being. Finally, Dr. Roy enjoys caring for patients and teaching medical students and residents as an academic hospitalist. Dr. Roy received a Bachelors in Engineering from Vanderbilt University, followed by a Masters in Engineering from Wayne State University. She then completed a combined MD/MPH at the University of Michigan before completing residency and Chief Residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Roy was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University from 2013-2015.

Patty Sue Purpur de Vries is the associate director of faculty and staff wellness at Stanford University. Born and raised in North Dakota, Patty earned a full-athletic track scholarship to attend Stanford University, where she was a 9-time NCAA All-American and competed at the 1988 Olympic Trials. In 1992, Patty purchased $40 worth of business cards and began her career as a personal fitness trainer. By 2008, she grew her fitness & wellness company, TimeOut Services, to employ over 100 employees with annual revenues of over $5 million. In January, 2009, Patty sold all corporate fitness & wellness contracts, including those with Cisco, Yahoo! and Safeway, and the rights to her trademark Community BootCamp program to Plus One Holdings of New York (now Optum). Since 2013, Patty has been with Stanford; her previous roles included wellness manager of the HealthySteps wellness program for the 14,000+ non-physician employees of Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health, and the director of strategic projects for the Stanford WellMD Center. Patty holds an MS in health promotion management.

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What’s Your Mountain?

Original air date: August 15, 2018

Guest Panelists:

Jennifer Bruno

Jennifer Bruno


Jack Groppel, PhD


Jennifer Bruno, Vice President of Global Health Services, Johnson & Johnson, and Jack Groppel, PhD, Co-founder of Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, were tested when climbing the largest mountain on the African continent. From the known challenges they planned for to the unknown events they could never have imagined, their human spirit was tested. The goal was to summit Mount  Kilimanjaro and return safely. But with any goal in life, what lies in the purpose is what really makes the journey. This webinar shares insights they learned while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, offering applications to overcoming life’s challenges.

Jack Groppel, PhD, is an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance and co-chair of the newly formed Global Alliance for Health & Performance. He currently serves on an academic appointment as Professor of Kinesiology & Community Health at the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, and served as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University for several years. Jack has addressed the issue of worksite wellness and performance at such policy events as the United Nations Side Event for Physical Activity and Non-Communicable Disease, a US Congressional Briefing on Worksite Health Promotion, and represented the worksite wellness industry at the historic Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities. He is the co-chair of HERO’s Workplace Performance Study Committee, as well as the national spokesperson for the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity. Jack co-authored the books, “The Corporate Athlete” and “The Corporate Athlete Advantage,” and developed a training program around the concept. He has been featured in the New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Shape, Fast Company and Huffington Post, among others. Jack is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Nutrition, as well as a Board certified nutritionist.

Jennifer Bruno is the Vice President of Global Health Services for Johnson & Johnson.  In this role, Jennifer is part of the Total Reward Leadership Team and leads J&J’s employee health and wellness strategies, policies, guidelines and service delivery for the 134,000 employees in more than 260 companies worldwide.  She is responsible for driving innovative approaches and operational excellence across Occupational & Executive Health, Mental Well-being, Energy Management, Wellness & Health Promotion and Work-Life Services to achieve the enterprise aligned goal of the healthiest workforce.

Jennifer has been published in several industry publications including the Journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Baseline Magazine and Incentive Magazine.  She is a member of the Global Business Group on Health, National Business Group on Health, Health Enhancement Research Organization, American Heart Association CEO Roundtable Lieutenant Group and the Healthcare Business Women’s Association.  Jennifer is also an Advisory Council Member to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Business School Culture of Health Advisory Committee.  She is on the Board of Directors of The Health Project, which helps determine which organizations have earned the prestigious title of “Winner” of the annual C. Everett Koop National Health Award.

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Leveraging the Power of Your Brand to Unleash Engagement in Wellbeing

Original air date: June 28, 2018

Guest Panelists:

Tina M. Marshall

Tina M. Marshall, Sr. Director, Total Rewards, T-Mobile USA, Inc.



T-Mobile sought to find a better way to connect employees in a simple and efficient manner to expert resources, ultimately helping them to be their best self.  In their desire to stay true to their culture and engage their millennial population, T-Mobile wanted a solution that was mobile, socially driven and fun!  From these objectives, LiveMagenta! was born as a means to drive engagement through organic adoption and simple yet engaging sourcing of resources.

Join us as we learn from Tina M. Marshall and gain a better understanding on how an organization can use their brand to enhance engagement in well-being practices of their employees.

Tina M. Marshall joined the T-Mobile HR Leadership team in 2003. As the Sr. Director of Total Rewards, she is responsible for the overall strategy and management of U.S. employee benefits, compensation and enterprise recognition programs. Tina and her team are committed to continuously finding ways to deliver exceptional programs and processes that align with T-Mobile’s vision and “Un-carrier” strategy.

Tina has held a variety of leadership roles over the past 30 years in employee benefits, healthcare insurance services, and the consulting field as well as operations and general manager positions in Seattle-based employee benefits and third party administration firms. She earned the Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) designation through World at Work in 2006 and is an active member of the IFEBP and Recognition Professionals International. She is currently Corporate Sector Representative on the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans’ Executive Committee, Executive Committee Liaison on its Corporate Board and a member of the Strategic Initiative Steering Committee and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Expert Panel. Tina is past Chair of the Corporate Board of the International Foundation and was a voting member of its Board of Directors.

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Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opioid Epidemic

Original air date: May 23, 2018

Guest Panelists:

Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones



Following on the HERO Winter Think Tank, “Overdosed: Are we taking in too much?”, the HERO team is proud to bring you a unique opportunity to join us in a book club discussion with journalist and author, Sam Quinones. Not only did Quinones win the National Book Critics Circle Award for “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opioid Epidemic,” his book also was recognized as a “Best Book in 2015” in over a dozen literary and journalistic venues. Laura Miller from Slate.com summarized “Dreamland” superbly when she wrote:

“You won’t find this story told better anywhere else, from the economic hollowing-out of the middle class to the greedy and reckless marketing of pharmaceutical opiates to the remarkable entrepreneurial industry of the residents of the obscure Mexican state of Nayarit. All of these factors combined to create an opiate-addicted population in small American cities like Portsmouth, Ohio, where residents, priced out of pill mills, turned to a new, and newly cheap, high. Dreamland — true crime, sociology, and exposé — illuminates a catastrophe unfolding all around us, right now.”

We look forward to continuing our learnings and discussions about how employers can play a larger role in preventing and managing what many consider one of the most serious epidemics of modern times.

Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former L.A. Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction. His most recent book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Bloomsbury Press.

His career as a journalist has spanned almost 30 years. He lived for 10 years as a freelance writer in Mexico, where he wrote his first two books. In 2004, he returned to the United States to work for the L.A. Times, covering immigration, drug trafficking, neighborhood stories, and gangs.

In 2014, he resigned from the paper to return to freelancing, working for National Geographic, Pacific Standard Magazine, the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and other publications.

Columbia Journalism School selected him as a 2008 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot prize, for a career of excellence in covering Latin America. He is also a 1998 recipient of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, one of the most prestigious fellowships given to print journalists.

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Building Resilience in the Workplace

Original 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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Companies That Care About Community Health: What’s their advantage?

Original air date: March 14, 2018

Guest Panelists:


Cathy Baase, MD


Somava Stout, MD, MS


As the movement from wellness to well-being gains momentum, more companies are looking beyond the workplace walls to the communities around them to build and encourage a 24/7 culture of health. Recently published research helps to distill business priorities related to corporate engagement in community health improvement partnerships. Findings also point to the importance of the role of the convener in bringing multisector stakeholders together for community health improvement. National organizations are becoming involved from every angle to achieve employer engagement in community culture of health.
Please join us to hear from two national leaders on what they’re seeing in community health improvement initiatives. As always in HERO webinars, we will poll the audience for your views and encourage questions and interactions with our experts.

Dr. Cathy Baase, MD recently retired from her role as Chief Health Officer and Global Director of Health Services for The Dow Chemical Company, a position she held for 20 of her 32 years with Dow. Dr. Baase was the key driver of the Dow Health Strategy. She serves as the Board Chairperson of the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MIHIA), a multi-stakeholder collaborative dedicated to improving the health of people in 14 counties of central Michigan. She is a member of the Population Health Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and additionally chairs their Business Collaborative. Dr. Baase serves on the Stakeholder Engagement Subcommittee of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. She serves as Co-Chair of the HERO Employer-Community Collaboration Study Committee.

Previous leadership positions have included: board member of the Partnership for Prevention, the Board of Directors of The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative Board. the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Advisory Board, The National Quality Forum’s advisory group for the Multi-stakeholder Input on a National Priority: Improving Population Health by Working with Communities project, many committee and advisory positions with the CDC, the Public Health – Health Care Collaboration Workgroup (PHHCC) of the Advisory Committee to the Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Clinical Research Roundtable of the Institute of Medicine, The National Academies. She is a Fellow in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Baase graduated from the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in primary care faculty development. She graduated summa cum laude from Saginaw Valley State University with degrees in chemistry and secondary education.
Somava Stout, MD, MS (Soma) has dedicated her career to improving health, well-being and equity through the development of thriving people, organizations and communities.  She has worked as a primary care internist and pediatrician in the safety net and a global public health practitioner for over 20 years.  She currently serves as Vice President at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and as Executive Lead of 100 Million Healthier Lives, which brings together 1000+ partners in 28 countries to achieve transformation in health, well-being and equity, with an audacious aim: 100 million people thriving globally by 2020.  She serves as the co-Principal Innovator for the SCALE initiative, which supports communities around the country to accelerate their journey toward a Culture of Health through the development of Community of Solutions skills, behaviors and systems.
Previously, Dr. Stout served as Vice President for Patient Centered Medical Home Development at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), where she led a whole system transformation of leadership, care delivery, workforce, and finances that garnered numerous national awards and achieved breakthrough results in health outcomes and cost for a safety net population.  She founded and led the development of the CHA Revere and Everett Family Health Centers as national models for community-integrated primary care and helped to found the Everett Community Health Partnership.  She served as Co-Director of Leadership Development at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Center for Primary Care, developing a cadre of change leaders across the system.  She continues as faculty at both CHA and HMS.  In 2012, Dr. Stout was recognized as one of ten inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leaders for her contributions to improving the health of the nation.  In 2016 she was elected as a Leading Causes of Life Global Fellow.  She has consulted with leaders from across the world, including Guyana, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, Tunisia, Denmark and Brazil.

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How Should We Define “Voluntariness” in Worksite Wellness?

Original air date: February 22, 2018

Guest Panelists:


David Molitor, PhD



The HERO Policy Committee, co-chaired by Laurie Whitsel of the American Heart Association and Jim Pshock of Bravo Wellness, is pleased to invite all HERO members to join the committee’s next meeting, which we will conduct as a webinar.

We are hosting Dr. David Molitor who is one of the investigators in the recently released Illinois Workplace Wellness Study. This research is based on a large, randomized controlled trial of a comprehensive wellness program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study reports on first year data relating to participation, behavior change and health care utilization.

Relating to the work of our Policy Committee, we will be particularly focused on the effects of financial incentives on participation and examine demographic differences and peer effects on participation. We will discuss how the Illinois study findings may help to inform guidance to EEOC, AARP and others seeking clarification on the impact of the ACA wellness provisions on effectiveness and equity in worksite wellness.

Dr. David Molitor is the Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Other appointments include Research Associate, Center for Business and Public Policy and Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research. David earned his PhD in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 and a BS in Math and Economics from the University of Minnesota in 2007.

David’s research explores factors that shape health and health care delivery in the United States, with a focus on physician behavior, technology adoption, and environmental adaptation. He is a Principal Investigator of the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study, a large-scale field experiment of workplace wellness conducted at the University of Illinois. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, J-PAL North America, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Great States of Health: How well are states doing in supporting worksite health promotion?

Original 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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Meeting the Needs of Sub-Population Cultures

Original air date: January 17, 2018

Guest Panelists:


Judd Allen, PhD


Mary Marzec, PhD


Richard Safeer, MD

Addressing the needs of sub-cultures is essential to fostering a culture of health. For example, something that may work great on the day shift may have little traction on the night shift. The norms and needs of machine operators may be very different from those in sales.

  • How do you identify sub-cultures?
  • How do you empower managers and champions to align programs and practices with diverse sub-cultures?
  • How will you address the needs of sub-cultures without undermining the brand and core themes of your program?

Explore these fundamental challenges and other related topics with culture experts Judd Allen, PhD, Mary Marzec, PhD, and Richard Safeer, MD.

Dr. Judd Allen, PhD is President of the Human Resources Institute, LLC, a research, publishing and consulting firm that focuses on the creation of supportive cultural environments. He earned his PhD in Community Psychology from New York University and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Dr. Allen supports over 200 health and wellness professionals in their Wellness Culture Coaching work. Dr. Allen has assisted several hundred government, business and community settings to bring about lasting and positive culture change. Dr. Allen has served on the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute, as a Senior Research Analyst at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the Vermont Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. Dr. Allen has authored more than 50 books, journal articles, training manuals and software titles. His most recent books are Leading for Purpose, Culture Change Planner, The Social Climate Toolkit, The Cultural Analysis Toolkit, A Family Guide to Wellness, Kitchen Table Talks for Wellness, Bringing Wellness Home, Wellness Leadership and Healthy Habits, Helpful Friends. Further information about Judd’s work is available at www.healthyculture.com. Judd has completed more than 30 New York City Marathons, multiple Ironman distance triathlons and long distance cross-country ski races. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Dr. Mary Marzec, PhD is a Senior Researcher and Consultant with RedBrick Health. She leads the workplace culture group and contributes to outcomes research as part of RedBrick’s health strategy team. Dr. Marzec has over 12 years’ experience working with employers on population health and health risk reduction strategies. Her areas of focus are stress, and leveraging culture to improve well-being program engagement and health. Previously at the University of Michigan, Mary led the development of the Workplace Culture of Health survey, which quantifies health-contributing factors in the environment and culture. This is the core component of RedBrick’s Culture Check™. By identifying strengths and opportunities, organizations can leverage cultural factors to more effectively support the health of their populations. More information about her work and Culture Check can be found at https://home.redbrickhealth.com/health-innovation-blog/. Mary has a master’s degree in Biostatistics and a PhD in Kinesiology, both from the University of Michigan. She has received multiple awards for outstanding research and frequently presents at national conferences.

Dr. Richard Safeer, MD, FAAFP is Medical Director of Employee Health & Wellness at Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC. Dr. Safeer completed his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Cornell University before graduating from medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo (magna cum laude).  He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Franklin Square Hospital Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. After which, he completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia.  He is also certified in Clinical Lipidology. Prior to arriving at Hopkins, Dr. Safeer practiced family medicine in Northern Virginia. He was then on the faculty at the George Washington University, serving as the Residency Director of Family Medicine in his last year at the institution.  He was the Medical Director of an Occupational Health Center in Baltimore and Wellness Director for the Mid-Atlantic region of the parent company, just before starting at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Baltimore, Maryland as the Medical Director of Preventive Medicine. One of his responsibilities at Hopkins includes addressing the employee health initiative, Healthy at Hopkins.  He is also the clinical lead for the Employee Health Plan. He sees patients in the Hopkins Hospital Lipidology clinic.

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Tailored Outreach and Employee Engagement: How Big Data Analytics can Transform Health and Business Outcomes

Original air date: December 7, 2017

Guest Panelists:


Dr. Michael Parkinson


Dr. Wendy Lynch


Dr. Marleece Barber

Join HERO in hosting a brilliant trio of experts for a webinar, Q and A, and audience polls that examine how the UPMC health system has been able to demonstrate a ten-fold improvement in prediction accuracy and a five-fold increase in program engagement for their employees.  This unique (but replicable) project combines 1) a comprehensive, integrated data platform, 2) a sophisticated, big-data analytics engine and 3) a sophisticated system of coordinated interventions.  Key differentiators include the combination of all benefits, workplace factors, health risks, job performance, and community metrics into a unique, integrated platform where the latest analytic techniques were used.  Lastly, they leveraged dozens of existing member touch points through an intelligent, real-time referral system to improve effective programs and timing.  Presenters will describe the unique, integrated approach they are taking to support a large workforce and how the newest Big Data capabilities are revolutionizing the ability to tailor outreach to individual needs.

Dr. Marleece Barber is Director of Health, Wellness and Employee Health and Life Insurance Benefits. She also serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for designing, developing, and executing a health and productivity strategy that includes wellness and preventive care for over 100,000 employees. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, she was employed by Deere & Company where she created wellness programs and initiatives that emphasized the importance of risk factor reduction in the prevention of chronic disease. She was also the Director of Global Safety, ensuring that appropriate standards were met and programs deployed to prevent workplace injuries.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Dillard University; a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; and a Master of Science from Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Barber serves on the Board of Directors of the National Business Group on Health and is an inaugural member of the Institute of Medicine’s Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Leapfrog Group.  The wife and mother of two children is also a talented singer and songwriter of inspirational music.

Dr. Wendy Lynch has been making the connection between human and business performance for over 30 years.  Her career has included roles as faculty at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Vice President of Strategic Development at HCMS Group, Principal at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and on the Board of Directors for two publicly-traded companies. Now Dr. Lynch runs her own consulting firm and holds an adjunct position of Associate Professor at IUPUI. Dr. Lynch has applied her skills in research design and evaluation to several pivotal studies in the fields of health measurement, consumer engagement, and productivity assessment. Her current efforts focus on the application of Big Data solutions in Human Capital Management.  She has consulted to dozens of Fortune 100 companies during her career. A frequent speaker, and author of over 100 articles and reports, Dr. Lynch has also published three books. Most recently, she co-authored Get to What Matters, highlighting effective listening tools and questions for business professionals.

Dr. Michael Parkinson is the Senior Medical Director overseeing employer health and productivity strategies for UPMC Health Plan and WorkPartners.  Mike is a Past President of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the national medical specialty society of physicians trained in and committed to disease prevention and systems-based approaches to improving health and healthcare.  He formerly was EVP, Chief Health and Medical Officer of Lumenos, a pioneer of consumer-directed health plans and  a subsidiary of Wellpoint.  A retired Air Force colonel, he served as associate director of medical programs and resources in the Office of the Surgeon General where he was responsible for policy and planning for over 2 million beneficiaries, 70 facilities and a $4 billion budget. While assigned to the US Public Health Service, he provided oversight of federal programs in public health, geriatrics and preventive medicine training.  He served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on NASA employee health programs, and as faculty for the 14-cities Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Aligning Forces for Quality” project.  He is a board member of the American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate, University of Iowa NIOSH Total Worker Health Center and the Defense Health Board Healthcare Delivery Subcommittee.  Mike serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the American Journal of Medical Quality.  He obtained his AB from Cornell, MD from George Washington, family practice training at the UCLA and his MPH, preventive medicine residency and chief residency at Johns Hopkins.

 

 

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The Association of Employee Engagement at Work With Health Risks and Presenteeism

Original air date: November 15, 2017

Guest Panelists:


Wayne N. Burton, MD


Alyssa B. Schultz, PhD


Research clearly demonstrates a link between employee engagement in their work and business outcomes that leaders care about; and many employers are keenly interested in strategies to increase levels of engagement.

An emerging question for the wellness profession is how employee engagement is linked to health and how to leverage such data to support a broader value proposition for wellness initiatives.

Join us as Drs. Wayne Burton and Alyssa Schultz share their recently published research study that examines the relationships between health, engagement, and presenteeism and discuss the practical implications of their findings.

 

Wayne N. Burton, MD was the Corporate Medical Director for American Express from 2009 to 2017. Previously he was the Corporate Medical Director for JPMorgan Chase and its legacy banks from 1982 to 2009. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara and attended the University of Oregon Medical School. He completed his residency in internal medicine and was chief medical resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Since 1978, Dr. Burton has been an associate professor of clinical medicine at Northwestern University Medical School. He is also an adjunct professor of Environmental & Occupational Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is on the editorial boards of Population Health Management and the Journal of Health and Productivity and has authored or co-authored almost 100 articles on various aspects of employee health and productivity, pharmacoeconomics and disease management.

Alyssa B. Schultz, PhD has more than twenty years of experience researching various aspects of employee health and economic outcomes such as absenteeism, health care costs and on-the-job productivity loss. Her work has been focused on the relationship between health and health behaviors on a variety of outcome measures related to vitality, productivity, and cost. Her academic background includes degrees in exercise physiology, kinesiology, and health promotion. This combination of experience and interest has served her well when analyzing the impact of health promotion initiatives at a variety of organizations during her tenure at the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center in Ann Arbor, MI. She has been the recipient of several awards including excellence in publishing, a graduate fellowship award and a presidential scholarship.

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Making Healthy Eating Policy Practice

Original air date: September 26, 2017

Guest Panelists:

Michael W Beets

Michael W. Beets, MEd, MPH, PhD

R Glenn Weaver

R. Glenn Weaver, PhD


What Can Workplace Health Promoters Learn from Food Policy and Practices in Schools?

If “building a culture of health” is to become more than a bromide in workplace health promotion, examples of policies that transform a culture and become commonly accepted are essential.  Research into the health benefits of food policy changes in schools offers some of the most compelling evidence that cultures can be changed in real life systems. But schools are systems where paternalism and choice architecture is commonly accepted, some would say even expected. Can what we’ve learned from school-based food policy be applied at workplaces where libertarianism and paternalism sometimes coexist but other times cause conflict?  To examine such questions, we have invited an encore webinar presentation from authors of one of the American Journal of Health Promotion’s Papers of the Year from 2016. Our guests Dr. Michael Beets and Dr. Glenn Weaver led a randomized controlled trial on how changes in food quality and costs affected food consumption. They will summarize their findings and offer us an update on their latest studies.  Dr. Beets refers to himself as a “public health commonsense’ist” working to harness “real life” systems and help shape the direction of the field of public health interventions targeting childhood obesity.  Dr. Weaver conducts research in schools and out of school time programs to address unhealthy weight gain in youth. As always, we will leave plenty of time for your questions and poll you on your views about whether school-based food policies have takeaway lessons ready for primetime in worksite settings.

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Workplace Performance Committee Guest Presentation

Original air date: August 17, 2017

Guest Panelists:

Mark Poindexter, Shell Oil

Mark Poindexter, Shell Oil

Krystal Sexton, Shell Oil

Krystal Sexton, Shell Oil


Shell’s Human Performance and Care (HP&C) initiative places an intentional lens of care on all its programs aimed at improving human performance. Covering physical, psychological, and emotional well-being, HP&C contains a number of programs, initiatives, and tool kits to help teams and individuals perform at their best. In this talk, two programs, Resilience and Care for People, will be highlighted, along with their impacts on engagement and safety throughout Shell.

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Building Cultures of Resilience, One Manager at a Time

Original air date: August 10, 2017

Guest Panelists:

Sara Johnson

Dr. Sara Johnson, Pro-Change Behavior Systems

Megan Hammes

Megan Hammes, Director for University of Iowa


  • The University of Iowa Story – How “Building Resilience at UIowa” is a health and well-being initiative that is weaving its way into larger University strategies
  • Managers as Multipliers – Data from “Manager on the Move” program and case-building for how managers are a critical component in a culture that supports well-being
  • Program Sustainability – Sharing outcomes with leadership, fostering an environment where manager supported efforts can be offered

 

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Awakening Compassion at Work: New Avenues for Linking Well-Being and Performance

Original air date: July 20, 2017

Guest Panelists:

Monica Worline

Monica Worline, PhD



Addressing and alleviating suffering doesn’t rise to the top of most resilience initiatives, leadership training programs, or organizational development initiatives, and yet the evidence is growing that it should! Compassion is an overlooked, undervalued aspect of today’s workplaces. This webinar will introduce you to the new science of compassion and marshal evidence from two decades of research, much of it based in real organizations, to show you how to open up new avenues that link human well-being at work with organizational innovation, collaboration, service quality, care delivery, adaptability to change, and retention of talented people. Incorporating yet going beyond interpersonal skills, Monica Worline will share four keys to awakening compassion in your organizations at the systems level. You’ll take away inspiring and practical ideas for organizational change that highlight steps anyone can take – no matter their role – to alleviate suffering and awaken compassion.

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A Randomized Trial of Social Comparison Feedback and Financial Incentives to Increase Physical Activity

Original air date: July 12, 2017

Guest Panelists:

Dr. Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS

Dr. Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

HERO and the American Journal of Health Promotion are delighted to host Drs. Mitesh Patel and Kevin Volpp, leaders in the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE).  The Center conducts behavioral economics research aimed at reducing the disease burden from major U.S. public health problems. Volpp and Patel are two of the most prolific researchers in the nation when it comes to examining the effectiveness of workplace and health systems based financial incentives. Originally founded within the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the CHIBE mission is to inform health policy, improve health care delivery and increase healthy behavior.  This webinar was hosted by Dr. Paul Terry. Our expert panel will summarize their current research and allow ample time for participant questions. We also react to your opinions from our webinar polls relating to the use of incentives and discuss the effectiveness of other of your engagement strategies.

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Employee Wellness Provisions, Privacy and Protections: Keeping up with the EEOC/ADA Rules

Original air date: June 27, 2017

Guest Panelists:

Jim Pshock

Jim Pshock, Bravo Wellness

Barbar Zabawa

Barbara Zabawa, Center for Health and Wellness Law


Though there has yet been a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that Congress would pass, there have been many indications concerning what is and is not likely to change. Join our panel to learn about current trends in the use of incentives and how they fit in an employer’s overall engagement strategy. One of the most telling indicators that changes to wellness provisions will be closely scrutinized has been surrounding the “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act” (H.R. 1313). Our panel will review how the bill recognizes employee protections that are already in place and includes specific language relating to non-discrimination based on illness.

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Advancing Well-being Through a Model for Professional Fulfillment

Original air date: June 8, 2017

Guest Panelists:

Patty Purpur de Vries, MS

Patty Purpur de Vries, MS



Employee stress is a significant concern for employers and is especially critical in health care settings. Many employers have responded by offering employee stress management programs or launching resiliency initiatives which focus predominantly on individualistic approaches. Stanford Medicine identified drivers of burnout in their employees, and leveraged the data to demonstrate business impacts as well as inform development of an initiative to address the issue. Stanford’s model of professional fulfillment integrates individualistic and systemic approaches to building a culture of wellness, efficiency of practice, and personal resilience. Patty will share how they developed the conceptual framework and describe some of the specific initiatives Stanford is using to address physician burnout. We will poll for your reaction to the conceptual framework and discuss how the model can be applied to other industry sectors.

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What Human Capital Measures Matter Most to the C-Suite?

Original air date: April 26, 2017

Guest Panelists:

Dr. Derek Yach

Dr. Derek Yach



What are companies doing to cultivate environments and cultures that create a workforce that leads in well-being? How would we respond if we knew that the C-Suite was more interested in sustainability and people development and less interested in body mass index metrics and cholesterol levels? Instead, what role might measures play that examine how governance, culture, management, and business success all interrelate and contribute to the health of both the company and employees? Dr. Yach will share ideas, trends and recommendations about C-Suite level metrics and discuss report cards and emerging metrics such as sustainability, value on investment and emotional and mental well-being

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Is there a single most beneficial well-being intervention?

Original air date: April 4, 2017

Guest Panelists:

Stephen G. Post, Ph.D.

Stephen G. Post, Ph.D.

Tracy Hoover

Tracy Hoover, Points of Light Institute’s Giving, Health, and Happiness


What is the most powerful well-being intervention known to mankind? If, as our speakers for this webinar propose, it is 100 hours per year of volunteer work, how should this finding be applied to the work of health promotion? How integrated are your corporate volunteerism policies and programs with your health and well-being initiatives? Many offer incentives for being fit, should we do the same for being happy and good to others? Is there a business case for practicing loving-kindness? Join Dr. Stephen Post and Points of Light Institute’s CEO Tracy Hoover as we explore whether those who give of their time and talent receive more well-being in return than available via any other intervention.

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What Causes Well-being and Where does Health Fit in?

Original air date: March 1, 2017

Guest Panelists:

Kottke and Kakacek

Thomas E. Kottke, MD, MSPH, HealthPartners & Ginger Kakacek, MD, HealthPartners



We have long understood the impact of lifestyle choices such as how tobacco use, inactivity or inadequate sleep affect our health. But how do these decisions compare to others that predict or advance well-being? How does tobacco use, for example, compare to not belonging to groups? What’s more impactful for well-being, healthy eating or healthy thinking? If we are to flourish, should we schedule more fitness club visits or “gratitude visits”? Join Drs. Tom Kottke and Ginger Kakacek, from HealthPartners, for a webinar that explores whether “well-being in all policies” could have greater impact than our more usual advocacy for “health in all policies.” Related to this, what percent of U.S. adults are flourishing? Where we’ve long held that the absence of illness is not health, we’ll explore positive psychology principles and ask whether the absence of mental illness assures the presence of mental health.

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Reaching the Disaffected: Strategic Approaches to Employer Health and Well-Being Metrics

Original air date: January 11, 2017

Guest Panelists:

Bruce Sherman

Bruce Sherman, MD, Conduent HR Services (formally Xerox)



Many employers are faced with the dilemma of understanding how their health and well-being programs are performing, and whether their programs are responsive to the needs of everyone, not just the readily engaged. Collecting the right data is critical for this effort to measure as well as maximize the value of employer investments in workforce health. This session describes the unique challenges related to lower income workers, many of whom may be the “disaffected” we heard so much about in the recent election. Dr. Sherman provides pragmatic considerations for employers to use available data sources in order to maximize the value of their greatest asset: their human capital. These approaches are based on an analysis of the relationship of employee wage data with healthcare consumerism engagement, revealing how the findings can provide important insights to help reach the hard to reach.

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Wednesday Webinar – The Healthy Workplace

Original air date: September 7, 2016

Guest Panelists:

Leigh Stringer, EYP

Phil Williams, Webcor Builders

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Wearables in Wellness: How Employers are Incorporating Wearable Fitness Tracking Devices into the Workplace

Original air date: July 14, 2015

Guest Panelists:

Jack Bastable, National Practice Leader, Health & Productivity Management
CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services

Jessica Grossmeier, VP of Research, HERO

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EEOC Proposed Regulations: What employers need to know

Original air date: June 4, 2015

Guest Panelists:

Jim Pshock
Founder, CEO and President
Bravo Wellness

Tami Simon
Managing Director
Career Practice and Knowledge Resource Center
Buck Consultants

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Don’t Throw Out the Baby with the Bathwater – A Measured Response to Critics of Workplace Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs

Original air date: April 22, 2015

Guest Panelists:

Ron Goetzel, PhD
Vice President of Consulting & Applied Research
Truven Health Analytics and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Vice Chair, HERO Board of Directors

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Connecting the Dots: What Business Leaders Think about Employee Health, Productivity, and Performance

Original air date: March 18, 2015

Guest Panelists:

Jessica Grossmeier, PhD, MPH, VP of Research, HERO

Nikki Hudsmith, MBA, VP, Consulting Services, Performance pH

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HERO EHM Best Practices Scorecard in collaboration with Mercer©. The move from Version 3 to Version 4

Original air date: January 29, 2015

Guest Panelists:

Steven Noeldner, Partner, Mercer

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Developing Highly Engaged Organizations that Improve the Quality of Human Life

Original air date: August 8, 2013

Guest Panelists:

Jack Groppel, PhD
Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute
Vice President of Applied Science and Performance Training
Wellness & Prevention, Inc.

Julia Brandon, PhD
Director of Environment, Health & Safety Excellence
GlaxoSmithKline

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HERO EHM Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer: Findings and Functions

Original air date: June 19, 2013

Guest Panelists:

Beth Umland, Research Director, Mercer

Steven Noeldner, PhD, Partner, Mercer

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A Community Based Proactive Health Care Model for Small Businesses

Original air date: January 23, 2013

Guest Panelists:

William E Primmerman – Project Director, Greater Somerset Public Health Collaborative

Kala Ladenheim, PhD, MSPH – Senior Researcher, Medical Care Development, Inc.

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Organizational Energy: A Primer on Improving Health

Original air date: July 11, 2012

Guest Panelists:

Jack Groppel, PhD, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, Vice President of Applied Science and Performance Training, Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company

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A Strategic Approach to Employee Well-Being and Organizational Performance

Original air date: March 21, 2012

Guest Panelists:

David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA – Assistant Executive Director, American Psychological Association

Connie Roy-Czyzowski, SPHR, CCP – Vice President, Human Resources, Northeast Delta Dental

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Obesity in America: Putting Strategies into Practice in the Worksite

Original air date: April 1, 2011

Guest Panelists:

John White, PhD, Global Health Services Prevention and Health Culture Leader, Dow Chemical Company

Anne C. Haddix, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor, CDC

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Obesity in America: Consequences and Strategies

Original air date: November 9, 2010

Guest Panelists:

William Dietz, MD, PhD, Director of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, CDC

Note: Due to a technical difficulty during recording, you will not see the first slide until approximately 30 seconds into the presentation.

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