Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs that Work: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

By: Michigan Wellness Council

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July 18, 2018
Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs that Work:
What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

When: Wednesday July 18, 2018, 12pm to 1pm
Certification: This program is pending approval for 1.0 PDCs.*

Program Details: Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs that Work: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

Dr. Ron Goetzel will address the controversy of whether wellness works by sharing new and emerging research on workplace health promotion programs and their impact on employee health, medical costs, and productivity outcomes.  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 review his “top 10” list of best and promising practices revealed from a benchmarking project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation entitled Promoting Healthy Workplaces.

This session will introduce employers to the newly developed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Workplace Health Resource Center (WHRC).  The free online engagement tool is designed to help employers find credible and actionable workplace health resources aimed at enhancing employees’ health and well-being and improve their productivity.

Presentation Objectives 

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

Speaker Biography – Ron Goetzel 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.  The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world – bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions, and bringing worker health and productivity management concerns to academia.  Before moving to Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Goetzel was on the faculty at Emory and Cornell Universities.  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.

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