Healthy Workplaces Healthy Communities: Shared Values Matter

Panel Discussion

Emily Wolfe presents Healthy Workplaces

Moderator: Emily Wolfe, MSW, LCSW

Committee Project Manager, Health Enhancement Research Organization

Susan Johnson, PhD

Director of Health Promotion, Medical University of South Carolina

Stewart Sill, MS

Senior Health Advisor Health Promotion & Consumer Engagement Strategic Solutions & HOPE Team, IBM Watson Health

Kathy Webb, MBA

Senior Director, Partnerships & Business Development, Hinge Health

Jennifer Wright

Director, Working Well, South Carolina Hospital Association

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

For some time, there has been growing interest among employers in understanding how to build and support healthy cultures in the workplace and the significant role of shared values. Presently, there is also an increased awareness in the importance of collaboration, values, and integration as essential elements in the creation of a culture of health in both workplace and community settings. To that end, employers are developing partnerships and intersecting workplace well-being with community health while working to further understand key elements associated with health improvement. In this panel discussion, audience members will hear from two HERO Committee’s and two employers regarding research and real-world examples of shared values and elements associated with good health both within and outside company walls.

Presenter Bio(s):

Susan Johnson, PhD
She received her undergraduate degree from UNC Charlotte, master’s degree from The Citadel and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining MUSC, Dr. Johnson held faculty appointments at Duke University and Charleston Southern, and served as an adjunct professor at the Citadel. In her current position as a member of the Human Capital Executive Team, she directs and manages system-wide initiatives related to organizational wellness and provides leadership in the development of a comprehensive and collaborative approach to promoting health to students, employees, patients and the external community.

Dr. Johnson has conducted numerous presentations and speaking engagements at the local, state and national level and also dedicates her time and talents to numerous community organizations and projects. She is active in supporting health-promoting charities such as East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Communities in Schools and Charleston Parks Conservancy. She is also currently serving as board chair for the Bee Cause, a non-profit extension of the Savannah Bee Company and as an appointed member of Building Healthy Academic Communities Advisory Board, Trident Technical College Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Advisory Committee, Citadel School of Science and Mathematics Advisory Council, and the Lowcountry Land Trust Business Leadership Council. Her work at MUSC has also been recognized through multiple prevention awards and publications, both locally and nationally.

Susan currently resides in Mount Pleasant with her two daughters and in her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, and camping in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry.

Stewart Sill
Stewart is a recognized leader in health promotion, consumer engagement, and behavior change having spent over 20 years applying technology and analytics in these areas. He has led various successful population solutions and partnerships across employer, medical, and community settings. He currently serves as Senior Health Advisor for Consumer Health in IBM Watson Health with focus on industry innovation in the use of AI and advanced analytics to improve lives and give hope. In this role, he consults with key industry clients and partners, provides direction for consumer health strategy and solutions leveraging IBM technologies, ensures evidence-based approaches and research in health promotion and behavior change, and drives collaboration and alignment across business markets and functions.

Previously, Stewart led IBM’s internal HR health promotion strategy and international team devoted to the health and well-being of its 380,000 employees and their families in nearly 100 countries around the world. During this time, IBM earned numerous awards for industry innovations and health technologies, and published various peer-reviewed studies on the impact of interventions related to physical activity, nutrition, smoking cessation, family weight management, and healthcare cost savings. Particular successes included early digital health programs to reach large dispersed populations, creative consumer engagement strategies, innovative interventions with wearable devices and mobile health applications, and new approaches to evaluating health risk and well-being data.

In addition to having held other leadership roles in community and medical settings, Stewart serves on various local, national, and global industry boards, regularly presents at industry conferences, enjoys coaching youth athletics, and co-founded an organization which provides age-appropriate sports performance training and injury prevention services to youth athletes and teams. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and currently lives in the Raleigh NC area with his wife, two sons, and three dogs.

Kathy Meacham Webb
Kathy Meacham Webb is the Senior Director, Partnerships and Business Development for Hinge Health, a company pioneering digital care programs for people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The company on a mission to support individuals in ensuring that health doesn’t get in the way of living life to the fullest. Previously, she developed the Consulting Practice with Limeade, an employee engagement company that builds great places to work by improving well-being and strengthening workplace culture. She is the co-chair of the Health Enhancement Research Organization Culture of Health Committee, which explores the role of employee health and well-being to influence a workplace culture that drives business success. She is a national presenter and speaker discussing topics including the importance of well-being, employee engagement and cultural alignment.

Jennifer Wright, MPH
Jen is the Working Well director for the South Carolina Hospital Association, where she’s engaging and activating multi-sector employers, community partners, and legislators across the state to create cultures of wellbeing that support optional health and a thriving workforce. She works to align corporate values, workforce wellbeing, and community health by also serving as the Board Chair for Eat Smart Move More SC, the Worksite Workgroup Chair for Healthy Palmetto, and the Co-Chair for HERO’s Healthy Workplaces Healthy Communities committee. After beginning her career as a clinical exercise physiologist, then moving into community and workplace wellbeing, Jen joined the SC Hospital Association in 2011. A native of Illinois, she has spent her professional career of nearly 20 years in many facets of healthcare both in Illinois and South Carolina from clinical, community outreach, to corporate health promotion and wellbeing. She earned her BS in exercise science from Truman State University and her Masters of Public Health with a focus in health policy and administration from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Emily Wolfe, MSW, LCSW
HERO is a national non-profit dedicated to identifying and sharing best practices in the field of workplace health and well-being. 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 the emerging economic system, conscious capitalism, and in exploring intersections of community and workplace wellbeing as it pertains to employees and social determinants of health.
On a personal note, Emily lives in Charlotte, 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 ten years and have two little boys, Harper and Henry.