Creating Healthy Cultures Takes Work: Case Studies, Evidence & Real-World Implications for the Workplace


Emily Wolfe moderates discussion on workplace healthy culture

Emily Wolfe, MSW, LCSW

Committee Project Manager, Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)

Jennifer Flynn, MS

Healthcare Quality Director, Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems, Inc.

Dan Krick, MA, SPHR

VP Organizational Development, Hexagon Lincoln

Kathy Meacham Webb, MBA

Sr. Director, Consulting Practice, Limeade

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For quite some time, there has been growing interest from researchers and practitioners to better understand how to build, measure, and evaluate a workplace Culture of Health (CoH). This has been fueled by recent evidence demonstrating that there is a positive correlation between organizations that support employee health and business performance,as well as national organizations recognizing the importance of building cultures of health within our communities and workplaces. Despite this level of interest, there have been limited efforts to define workplace CoH. The Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) launched the Culture of Health (CoH) Study Committee in 2013 to study and establish a definition for a CoH as well as key elements that influence and shape a CoH. This presentation features the work of this collaborative group to define a healthy workplace culture, identify research support for the definition, and develop case studies that illustrate the features and attributes of a healthy culture in real world settings.

Presenter Bio(s):

Emily Wolfe is the Committee Project Manager for the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO). HERO is a national non-profit dedicated to identifying and sharing best practices in the field of
workplace health and wellbeing. Emily is in charge of coordinating and moderating study committee calls with HERO volunteers, co-facilitating webinars with thought leaders and assists with moderating discussions during HERO Think Tank meetings multiple times per year.
Emily received her master’s degree in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill with a concentration in adult mental health. She has experience working in hospital settings including oncology and clinical care management, employee work-site wellness programming and both community and private mental health practice. Emily has a keen interest in exploring the intersection of community and workplace wellbeing as it pertains to employee wellbeing and social determinants of health.
On a personal note, Emily lives in North Carolina and enjoys spending time outdoors, listening to music and keeping fit attending classes at her local YMCA. She and her husband, Jon, have been married for nine years and have two little boys ages one and seven.

Jennifer Flynn is a Healthcare Quality Director for Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems, Inc. In this role, she develops the quality strategy vision for neuroscience and infectious disease therapeutic areas. Focused on ensuring the evolving value-based care landscape in the US is a core component of innovative strategies, Jennifer provides subject matter expertise to internal and external partners in this role. Prior to her current role, Jennifer served as a Strategy Consultant for Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions. In this role she provided strategic consultation to companies on health management best practices and trends, building cultures of health, and population health management programs. In addition to her consulting role, she represented Mayo Clinic on multiple boards and workgroups to drive population health research to advance the field. These organizations included: Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), Population Health Alliance (PHA), and American Council on Exercise.
Some key initiatives were serving as a member of the HERO steering committee commissioned by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to identify Culture of Health metrics for our nation; leading HERO’s
Culture of Health research committee; and serving as the Vice Chair of the HERO research subcommittee focused on advancing employee health management research. Her past accomplishments include publishing a comprehensive literature review of the evidence that supports CoH elements; leading the identification of measures and standards for the domain of organizational support included within the PHA/HERO Evaluation & Measurement Guide published in 2014; being a member of the core development team for the HERO EHM Best Practice Scorecard V4. Finally, Jennifer is a recognized thought leader, award-winning speaker and author in the area of cultural and organizational support for health management. Jennifer graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, received her Masters degree in health management from American University, and is working towards a PhD in industrial/organizational psychology at Capella University.

Dan Krick is the Vice President of Organizational Development for Hexagon Lincoln, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Hexagon Lincoln is the world’s leader in developing and supplying composite cylinders for use with
compressed natural gas, hydrogen and other industrial gases. Prior to joining Hexagon Lincoln, in 2015, Dan held human resources leadership positions with Lincoln Industries, Procter and Gamble, The Iams Company and BP (Amoco Corporation). He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resources management from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska and a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from the University of Illinois, in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
Dan and his wife, Susan, have been married 29 years and have four children. Dan and Susan have been Life Planners through their entire married life. Dan is involved with a variety of boards including HERO (Health Enhancement Research Organization) and frequently talks on the power of culture, wellness and living life with purpose.

Kathy Meacham Webb brings extensive experience helping companies be more strategic with their most important asset–their people. She is the senior director at Limeade, an engagement company that inspires commitment, by elevating culture. In her role, Kathy leads the Consulting Practice, collaborating with benefits and HR consulting firms and businesses in architecting employee engagement strategies.
Kathy is the co-chair of the Health Enhancement Research Organization ( Culture of Health Committee. The group explores the role of employee health and wellbeing (HWB) to influence a workplace culture that drives business success, including assessing associations between organizational culture, HWB, and business performance. Prior to Limeade, Kathy was responsible for client management with HealthFitness, a division of Trustmark Insurance. Her background includes leading the design and development of health management strategies for more than 100 organizations including multi-national Fortune 50 companies, government, health care organizations, and communities. Previously, Kathy spent 15 years with Johnson & Johnson in its original health management business leading marketing and sales and beginning early initiatives with GE, GM, IBM, Cisco Systems, and AT&T. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management, certificate in gerontology, and a master’s in business administration with emphasis in marketing and organizational development.
She enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg, a competitive water skier, and traveling with him as a sports photographer.