Superchargers – Best Technologies for Sustained Engagement
David R. Anderson, PhD, LP
AAFP 1.0 | ACSM 1.0 | CDR 1.0 | NCHEC 1.0 *
The worksite health promotion field has learned a lot about how to offer participants greater opportunity to improve their health. This is reflected in the recent proliferation of “best practice” scorecards, literature reviews, and case studies. Despite the conventional wisdom that small employers cannot deploy comprehensive wellness programs, most truly exceptional population health success stories come from small employers that have the least difficulty providing their employees opportunities to engage. The far greater challenge is scaling best practices to realize similar results in larger workforces. Today’s reality is that most proven best practices are still high-touch, low-tech and costly because many recent technology entrants fail the best-practice test. This session focuses on how the right technologies can supercharge best practices like supportive culture, population awareness, unlocking intrinsic motivation, health coaching, and social support. Large-employer examples are provided that demonstrate the impact of successfully scaled best practice technologies on population health.
David Anderson, PhD, LP, is co-founder and former Chief Health Officer of StayWell, a leading
provider of custom solutions for population health, consumer engagement and training, and
patient education – all designed to help people get well, live well and stay well. For over 30
years, he was the primary architect of StayWell’s population health strategies, programs and
tools. David has consulted on client programs honored with nearly 50 major industry awards, and
he continues to work in a consulting role with StayWell and other organizations. He has also
conducted groundbreaking research on the effectiveness and value of wellness programs and has
co-authored several landmark publications.
Prior to joining StayWell in 1985, David held several human resources and benefits positions at
Control Data Corporation. During his ten-year tenure there, he played a key role in creating one
of the first successful corporate wellness programs. David began his career as Assistant Professor
of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.
David is a founding member of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), for
which he served on the Board and chaired the Research Committee for more than 20 years. He
serves on the Board and Executive Committee of The Health Project, which administers the C.
Everett Koop award, and is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Health Promotion.
David has served on expert panels for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for
Disease Control and Prevention, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and other
A licensed psychologist, David has published many peer-reviewed and professional papers and
has spoken widely on health management issues. David earned his PhD in Psychology from the
University of South Dakota, and completed a post-graduate business administration program at
the New York University Graduate School of Business.