Mobilizing Subcultures to Support Wellbeing

Human Sensitivity

Mobilizing Subcultures to Support Wellbeing Judd Allen

Judd Allen, PhD

President Human Resources Institute


Many employers have multiple worksites, departments and work-at-home employees. Each of these subcultures presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Ideally, there would be a core health promotion brand and approach that would be shared within the entire organization. There would also be program elements that would be adapted to the specific needs of subcultures. For example, a nursing group working 12 hour shifts would have different needs than administrative staff working weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
This breakout session will explore strategies for determining the unique strengths and needs of subcultures. We will examine strategies for empowering members of these subcultures to address their health promotion needs. We will review strategies for training and supporting managers and wellness champions to address the needs of their subcultures. We will also discuss the strategy of training and empowering employees to engage in peer support, create supportive home environments and utilize community wellness resources.


Presenter Bio(s):

Dr. Allen is President of the Human Resources Institute, LLC, a research, publishing and consulting firm that focuses on the creation of supportive cultural environments. He earned his Ph.D. in Community Psychology from New York University and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Dr. Allen supports over 200 health and wellness professionals in their Wellness Culture Coaching work. Dr. Allen has assisted several hundred government, business and community settings to bring about lasting and positive culture change. Dr. Allen has served as on the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute, as a Senior Research Analyst at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the Vermont Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. Dr. Allen has authored more than 50 books, journal articles, training manuals and software titles. His most recent books are Leading for Purpose, Culture Change Planner, The Social Climate Toolkit, The Cultural Analysis Toolkit, A Family Guide to Wellness, Kitchen Table Talks for Wellness, Bringing Wellness Home, Wellness Leadership and Healthy Habits, Helpful Friends. Further information about Judd’s work is available at www.healthyculture.com. Judd has completed more than 30 New York City Marathons, multiple Ironman distance triathlons and long distance cross-country ski races. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.