Creating Cultures of Health

Judd Allen present Creating Cultures of Health

Judd Allen, PhD, MA

President, Human Resources Institute

Richard Safeer, MD, FACLM, FAAFP, FACPM

Chief Medical Director, Employee Health and Well-being, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Health, Behavior and Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University


MCHES® – 14.0 | ICHWC – 14.0 | AAFP – 13.5

Cultures of health are webs of social influences that manifest themselves in shared healthy beliefs and behaviors. Among these social influences are shared values, norms, peer support and overall social climate. A culture of health is also embedded in informal and formal policies and practices. A culture of health increases the effectiveness of worksite health promotion activities in lowering population health risk and in helping employees achieve lasting lifestyle improvement goals. This seminar will teach field-tested strategies for creating cultures of health at your workplace. We examine how to measure the current culture and how to prioritize culture change goals. We will learn how to mobilize leadership, peer and household support. We will also learn how to incorporate our health promotion work into a systematic culture change process.

Presenter Bio(s):

Judd Allen, PhD, MA
Dr. Allen 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. He also directs the Healthy Culture Research and Education Foundation.
Dr. Allen has assisted several hundred government, business and community settings to bring about lasting and positive culture change. Dr. Allen has served as 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
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.

Richard Safeer, MD, FACLM, FAAFP, FACPM
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. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore, Maryland. After which, he completed a Faculty Development felllowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He is also Board Certified in Clinical Lipidology.
Prior to arriving at Hopkins, Dr. Safeer practiced family medicine in Northern Virginia and was on the Family Medicine faculty at the George Washington University. 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.
Amongst his responsibilities at Hopkins, includes addressing the employee health initiative, Healthy at Hopkins. He also sees patients in the Hopkins Hospital Lipidology clinic. He has published several papers in the cholesterol and wellness arena, as well as spoken nationally on these topics.