Changing the Work Environment to Make the Healthiest Choice the Easiest Choice

Opportunity - Environment

Richard Safeer session about changing the work environment to help employees make the healthy choice

Richard Safeer, MD, FAAFP, FACPM

Medical Director, Employee Health & Wellness, Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC / Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University

AAOHN 1.08 | AAFP 1.0 | ACSM 1.0 | CDR 1.0 | NCHEC 1.0

Changing behaviors 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 environment not supportive of health. Strategies to improve the workplace can be measured and these tools can in turn make it easier to make more changes! Participants will learn the power of environmental changes and how to develop or adopt measurement tools to quantify these environmental changes. This breakout session will also help participants learn how to put an infrastructure in place to assist large and / or complicated organizations in their effort to measure the progress so they don’t have to do it alone! 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):

Richard 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. He’s achieved fellowship status in both the American Academy of Family Practice and the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Prior to arriving at Hopkins, Dr. Safeer practiced family medicine in Northern Virginia. He was then on 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. He has been credited by some for bringing ‘wellness’ in to the realm of responsibilities of the managed care industry. He also led CareFirst BCBS to be among the first cohort of health plans to be accredited for Wellness by NCQA.
Amongst his responsibilities at Hopkins, includes addressing the employee health initiative, Healthy At Hopkins. He is the clinical lead for the Employee Health Plan. He also sees patients in the Hopkins Hospital Lipidology clinic. He has published several papers in the cholesterol and wellness arena and has spoken nationally numerous times, including at the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Maryland Academy of Family Physicians annual meetings.