November 2014  
In This Issue
Industry Voices
Program Spotlight
HERO Scorecard
Scorecard Tools
Committee Report
Research Update
Global Column
HERO Happenings
Award Winners
Dear HERO Members,


It was an exciting week at the 2014 HERO Forum as 500 professionals came together in San Diego September 30th - October 2nd, setting a new Forum attendance record for the third year in a row. Our thanks go to the many who made the conference a success- the presenters who formed a world class faculty, the staff who managed the event so smoothly, our interns from American University, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Michigan and Stanford University, and the great group of sponsors who so generously supported the conference. For those who attended the Forum, you can access the presentation slides from the HERO website home page. These slides will be available there for 90 days, and then will be moved to the HERO Member Resource Center.  

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 Good Health,

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Industry Voices - 

Employee Health Management Programs - Do They Work?
By Ron Z. Goetzel, Ph.D.

Recently, a series of blog posts, newspaper articles, webinars and conference presentations have asked, "Do workplace wellness programs work?" By the way, when people refer to workplace wellness, they alternatively use a variety of terms, including health promotion, population health, health and productivity and employee health management (the preferred HERO term).
Program Spotlight
HERO Interview with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

For this issue of Hero on Health, we interviewed Brad Awalt and Mary Yarbrough, M.D., M.P.H. of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Brad is manager of the Health Plus program at Vanderbilt and Dr. Yarbrough is the executive director of Vanderbilt's faculty/staff health and wellness programs, which includes the Occupational Health Clinic; Work/Life Connections-EAP (including the faculty/physician wellness and nurse wellness programs; and Health Plus, Vanderbilt University's health promotion program.  
HERO Scorecard
New and improved Version 4.0 Scorecard V4 

The data in this report was collected using Version 3 of the HERO Scorecard.  More than 1,200 employers have completed the Scorecard, and many have completed it more than once to track progress over time.  We've published 18 commentaries using Scorecard data, examining such questions as whether including spouses in key elements of the program improves participation and outcomes (it does) and how small employer programs might produce results comparable to those of large employers. 
Scorecard Supporting Tools

You may have already heard that The HERO EHM Best Practice Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercerę Version 4.0 has launched. I wanted to take a moment to tell you about the tools available on the HERO website that supports the new version of the Scorecard. Here is a list of helpful tools and references and where to find them: 

HERO Committees Report


HERO committees are grouped into two categories: standing committees and study committees. The standing committees-Education, Leadership and Research-work on important initiatives throughout each year.



Research Update


As HERO continues to expand and add new members, we are increasingly asked how we should determine the focus of our research efforts and how the work gets done. The short answer is that HERO's research agenda and projects are primarily volunteer-led and membership driven through the infrastructure of its study committees and the research committee. 



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Global column Announcing the 2015 Global Healthy Workplace Awards


The 2015 Global Healthy Workplace Awards will begin accepting applications on January 6, 2015 and close on February 23. Held for the third year awards will be given out by the Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces in three categories:


1. Small and medium-sized enterprises

2. Large enterprises

3. Multi-national enterprises 


HERO Happenings

Award Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 HERO EHM Awards and the C. Everett Koop National Health Awards. The 2014 HERO Awards recipients are Dr. James Ramsey, President of the University of Louisville (HERO Executive Health Champion Award), David Hunnicutt, President of WELCOA (Bill Whitmer Leadership Award), Dr. Dee Edington, Founder & Chairman of Edington and Associates (Mark Dundon Research Award) and Dr. Rebecca Kelly, Director of the Office of Health Promotion & Wellness at the University of Alabama (Heart of HERO Award). Our congratulations also go to the winners and honorable mention organizations of the 2014 C. Everett Koop National Health Awards. The winners were American Cast Iron Company and BP America. Honorable mention went to Lockton Companies.

We hope to see you at the 2015 HERO Forum in Chicago, September 29 - October 1.

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