Social Determinants of Health & Community
Jessica Grossmeier, PhD, MPH
Vice President, Research, Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)
Many employers are investing in programs and resources to improve employee health but fail to produce the desired level of health and business outcomes because they are not creating an organizational culture of health. Part of the challenge is identifying specific actions that employers can take to create a culture that supports employee health and well-being. Industry best practice scorecards are one way to identify the broader contextual practices required to develop a culture of health. This presentation shares findings from a recently completed study using the HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer to identify 10 Organizational & Leadership Support practices that predicted program participation, health impact, healthcare cost impact, and employee perceptions of organizational support. Employer case studies will be featured to exemplify how organizations from a variety of industries are incorporating the identified practices into the way work gets done.
Dr. Jessica Grossmeier is a worksite wellness thought leader with more than 25 years of experience advancing individual and population health. Serving the past 18 years as an outcomes researcher, Dr. Grossmeier has executed research studies demonstrating health and financial outcomes for wellness programs sponsored by numerous large, national employers. More recently, her research has focused on identifying best practice approaches to workplace wellness initiatives that are associated with superior health and business outcomes. Dr. Grossmeier has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed and industry professional journals and presented at more than 75 industry events and webinars.
Dr. Grossmeier currently serves as Vice President, Research at the Health Enhancement Research Organization and is co-editor of The Art of Health Promotion section of the American Journal of Health Promotion. She also serves on several industry advisory boards.