Jessica Grossmeier, PhD, MPH
Vice President, Research, Health Enhancement Research Organization
AAOHN 1.05 | AAFP 1.0 | ACSM 1.0 | CDR 1.0 | NCHEC 1.0 (advanced)
Problem Statement: Evidence shows that the most effective health promotion initiatives employ the use of strategic planning, a supportive organization, and ongoing program evaluation, yet many organizations focus more on programs and tactics than these stalwart tenets for success.
Intervention: Numerous ongoing analyses of HERO Scorecard data identify specific practices in the areas of strategic planning, organizational support, and program evaluation that are associated with health, productivity, participation, and employee engagement outcomes.
Measures Utilized: The HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard, v4 is used to identify current industry use of specific recommended practices and organizationally-reported outcomes.
Study Design: A cross-sectional analysis compares organizations implementing specific practices on the HERO Scorecard against organizations that do not implement them to assess differences in self-reported outcomes.
Analysis Method: Descriptive data comparisons are supported with Chi Square (for cross-tabulated comparisons) and T-test procedures (for mean/median comparisons).
Results: Organizations that implement strategic planning, supportive health policies, supportive built environments, supportive leadership practices, and comprehensive program evaluation strategies report better participation, employee engagement, health, and productivity outcomes.
Conclusion: Practitioners can use free tools like the HERO Scorecard to identify specific practices linked to better outcomes.
As vice president of research at HERO, Dr. Jessica Grossmeier oversees the direction and execution of the HERO research agenda. This includes providing research expertise and consultation to HERO study committees, serving as HERO’s research liaison to external contractors and study collaborators, and serving as Principal Investigator for HERO-sponsored research studies. Her role also includes oversight of ongoing development and research associated with the HERO Health and Wellbeing Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer© (HERO Scorecard).
Prior to joining HERO, Grossmeier served a variety of research roles at StayWell Health Management for 13 years. Her most recent role was vice president, research which included oversight of all internal and external research activities as well as providing consultation to clients regarding the value proposition for population health management programs. During her StayWell tenure she was also deeply involved in HERO research as a volunteer committee member.
During her 20-year career in the employee health management field, Grossmeier has published over 30 research articles and presented at numerous national industry conferences. She also has served in academic research and teaching roles at the University of Minnesota and the University of Phoenix.