Wage Matters: Health Promotion Engagement and Outcomes Across the Earnings Continuum

Social Determinants of Health & Community

Bruce Sherman presents Wage Matters: Health Promotion Engagement

Bruce Sherman, MD

Chief Medical Officer, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions; Owner, Sherman Consulting


When it comes to employee socioeconomic status, are health promotion programs meeting everyone’s needs? How can organizations ensure that their health promotion programs are relevant and accessible – and effectively aligned with core organizational values? If business leaders intend to claim the mantle of a ‘culture of health’, then they may want to ensure that the needs of low-wage workers, who are generally the least healthy members of the workforce. This session will include an overview of recently published research showing that lower wage status is associated with significantly lower likelihood of engaging in health promotion activities, and provide insights as to how employers can make their health promotion programs more attractive to a broader range of employees and family members.


Presenter Bio(s):

Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM, is the Chief Medical Officer for the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, where he provides guidance for clinically-related organizational activities. He also serves as medical director for the Cone Health System employee health benefits offering. His primary areas of responsibility include health/well-being strategy and data analytics, with the goal of implementing integrated, data-driven approaches to optimize workforce health, productivity, and performance. Dr. Sherman has research interests in the areas of employer health benefits strategies and the business value of workforce health. Previously, he has served as the consulting corporate medical director for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Whirlpool Corporation, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

A frequent speaker, Dr. Sherman has presented on a broad array of workforce health, productivity, and human resources practice-related topics to diverse audiences, and has published numerous related, peer-reviewed articles. He received his MD from NYU School of Medicine, his MA from Harvard and his ScB from Brown, and continues as a member of the clinical faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.