Convening Communities Around a Bold Goal

Panel Discussion

Anne Wallace leads discussion on Humana's Bold Goal

Anne Wallace , PhD

Strategic Consultant-Behavior Change, Humana, Inc.

Andrew Renda, MD, MPH

Director, Bold Goal, Humana, Inc.

Waleed Bahouth, JD

Director, Associate Health and Well-being, Humana, Inc.

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Humana’s Bold Goal aims to improve the health of communities we serve 20 percent by 2020. This population health strategy has become core to the way we do business – inside and outside the company. Using a collective impact model, addressing social determinants of health, and measuring progress through CDC Healthy Days, we are co-creating solutions to address today’s toughest health problems. In communities, we are working with clinicians and community partners to increase access to behavioral health services, improve medication adherence, and screen and refer patients with food insecurity to resources. Within Humana, programming has helped improve our own health and well-being, and engaged our associates around Humana’s shared value of improving the lives of the people we serve. This session will provide an inside look at how Humana’s Bold Goal has changed the way we do business and why it matters, describing the business case for employers and communities.

Presenter Bio(s):

With over 20 years of experience in the health care industry, Anne Wallace has been at the forefront of the movement to integrate behavior change into the health and wellness field.  Having started her career at Ohio State University, where she concentrated on understanding and addressing the psychosocial impact of chronic illness on individuals and families, Anne shifted focus to helping people not only prevent illness but maintain optimal health. In the wellness field, she served first as Director of Coaching at Hummingbird Coaching Services and later as the head of design and development for coaching and other wellness services at Humana. In these capacities, Anne incorporated psychological theory and science with best coaching practices and consumer design principles to create programs that are engaging, easy to use, and maximize people’s ability to create their best health. In her current role as Principal Researcher at Humana, Anne conducts research that expands our knowledge of the wellness field and enables rapid innovation of wellness programs in the service of positive behavior change. In addition to her research activity, Anne consults across Humana Wellness programs and services as well as outside Humana to support others in understanding the underpinnings of human thought and emotion as they connect to motivation and behavior change within individuals and across organizations.


Dr. Andrew Renda is Humana’s Director of Bold Goal (Population Health). His work includes leading strategy, pilots, metrics, research, knowledge management tools and communications related to making progress towards Humana’s Bold Goal of improving community health by 20% by 2020.  CDC’s Healthy Days survey instrument is used as the primary means of assessing population health.  This is supported by clinical leading indicators, business performance metrics and a robust research agenda that drives insights on how best to improve community health.  He is a published author and speaker in the fields of population health and chronic disease.

Previous roles have included advancing clinical models of care through development, implementation and evaluation of population health initiatives aimed at preventing and delaying progression of chronic disease.  This included product and benefit design, as well as health projects ranging from messaging campaigns and self-care interventions to clinician-led disease management programs. Significant initiatives include: Chronic Condition Special Needs Plans (C-SNP), Metabolic Syndrome Support Service, Asthma and COPD disease management and self-care programs, Sleep Apnea diagnostics and management strategy, Flu and pneumonia campaign, Tobacco cessation service integration and outreach.

He also serves on several Humana clinical and research committees, including: Humana’s Clinical Leadership Network, Clinical Quality Metrics Alignment Governance Committee, Comprehensive Health Insights Joint Research Governance Committees, and Humana Publication Committee.  Dr. Renda has a B.S. in psychology and biology from the University of Kentucky where he was a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Fellow.  He received his medical degree and a diploma in clinical psychiatry from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, followed by a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.

Waleed Bahouth is Director of Associate Health and Wellbeing at Humana.  He and his team strive to care for the 50,000 employees and their families that are part of Humana.  Their approach is to improve wellbeing by focusing on people holistically, recognizing that a powerful sense of purpose and a feeling of belonging to a greater community are key to improving health.  He has a BA in Economics from Trinity University and a JD from the University of Louisville.  He loves spending time with his 3 young children and playing tennis and basketball when he isn’t injured, which seems to be most of the time.