Building a Workplace Where it’s Easy to Make the Healthiest Choice

Culture and Environment

Richard Safeer presents Building the Infrastructure to Move Large Organizations to a Healthier State

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 and Assistant Professor of Health, Behavior and Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University


MCHES® – 1.0 | ICHWC – 1.0 | AAFP – 1.08


Changing behavior is difficult. Even when an individual has plenty of support and lots of resources available, the chances of succeeding are slim when s/he works in an unsupportive environment. The chances of succeeding in building a healthy workplace aren’t great if you don’t put an infrastructure in place that makes employee health part of the normal business and operations. Strategies to improve the workplace can be measured and these tools can in turn make it easier to make more changes! Participants will learn how to leverage all levels of employees from the front line, to middle manager and executive to drive the agenda forward. You will also learn how to use measurement tools to gain the attention of leaders and keep them engaged. Along the way, the audience will be entertained by stories of how Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) developed a strategic plan to improve the work environment and measure our progress.


Presenter Bio(s):

Dr. Safeer is the Chief Medical Director of Employee Health and Well-being for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this role, he leads the Healthy at Hopkins employee health and well-being strategy. He also currently sees patients in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Cardiology department. In addition, he teaches in the Department of Healthy, Behavior and Society in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Richard completed his Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Biochemistry 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 Fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also certified in Clinical Lipidology by the National Lipid Association. Prior to arriving at Hopkins, Dr. Safeer practiced family medicine in Northern Virginia. He was then on faculty at the George Washington University, where he served as the Associate Residency Director of the Family Medicine training program. 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. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He has achieved Fellowship status in the American Academy of Family Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.