Web Forum

Workplace Wellness: A Discussion of New Findings and Efforts to Advance Healthier Communities
Thursday, December 6, 2012 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

Join us for a lively discussion on how to bring prevention to work through workplace wellness programs. Presenters will share innovative strategies and tried and true approaches to solving community health challenges through workplace wellness--including key partnerships in place to advance these efforts and how to support small businesses.

Please register for this interactive web forum to learn more.

The Web Forum will:

  • Share new workplace wellness survey findings not previously released
  • Highlight workplace wellness efforts happening around the country through the Community Transformation Grant Program
  • Discuss recent innovations from Healthy Worksites Program
  • Feature findings and recommendations on how to implement workplace wellness programs in small businesses, particularly those run by people of color; and
  • Demonstrate how you can apply these findings to your work and efforts and the state and local level.






    Jeff Levi, PhD
    Executive Director
    Trust for America’s Health

    Jeff Levi, PhDJeff Levi leads Trust for America's Health’s (TFAH) advocacy efforts on behalf of a modernized public health system. He oversees TFAH’s work on a range of public health policy issues, including implementation of the public health provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and annual reports assessing the nation’s public health preparedness, investment in public health infrastructure, and response to chronic diseases. TFAH led the public health community’s efforts to enact, and now defend, the prevention provisions of the ACA, including the Prevention and Public Health Fund and the new Community Transformation Grants. In January 2011, President Obama appointed Dr. Levi to serve as a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. (www.tfah.org)

    Tom Mason
    Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota

    Tom MasonTom Mason combines 35 years’ professional experience at the intersection of media, public policy and marketing. He worked 13 years in and around the United States Senate, beginning as communications director for Senator Rudy Boschwitz, and subsequently serving as chief of staff in the Washington, D.C. offices of multiple U.S. senators. For five years Tom was president of Gannon McCarthy Mason, a public affairs consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City. (www.healthiermn.com)

    Rob Autry
    Public Opinion Strategies

    Rob AutryRob Autry, Partner of Public Opinion Strategies, has emerged as one of the Republican Party's top political tacticians. Called by The New York Times, "the leading Republican polling company," Public Opinion Strategies has 19 U.S. Senators, six governors, and 71 Members of Congress as clients. In 2010, Rob was a pollster and political strategist for six new Members of Congress, five of whom defeated Democratic incumbents. Rob also polled for successful legislative efforts in seven states, including three Republican legislative takeovers in Iowa, North Carolina, and Alabama. (www.pos.org)

    Nancy Bennett, MD MS
    Director, Center for Community Health
    Professor, Medicine & Public Health Sciences
    Associate Vice President,
    University of Rochester Medical Center

    Nancy Bennett, MD MSNancy M. Bennett, MD, MS, is Director of the Center for Community Health, Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, and Associate Vice President of the University of Rochester Medical Center. She has directed numerous studies and community interventions related to the prevention of communicable and chronic disease. She is the principal investigator for the Rochester Emerging Infections Program, the Community Transformation Grant, Health Engagement and Action for Rochester’s Transformation (HEART), and the Healthy Living Research Center, and Director of the Community Engagement Key Function in the Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Bennett served for 17 years as the Deputy Director of the Monroe County Department of Public Health and for the last six years as the Director of the Center for Community Health. (www.urmc.rochester.edu)

    Shawn McIntosh
    Project Manager,
    Community Transformation Grants
    Center for Public Health Policy

    Shawn McIntoshShawn McIntosh is the American Public Health Association’s Project Manager, Community Transformation Grant (CTG) in the Center for Public Health Policy Unit. In this position, she is working to increase awareness and use of system and environmental change prevention strategies across various sectors that influence chronic disease risk behaviors. Ms. McIntosh has over eighteen years of experience in the non-profit community, with a focus on poverty issues and health disparities. (www.apha.org)

    Jason Lang, MPH, MS
    Team Lead,
    Workplace Health Programs
    National Center for Chronic Disease
    Prevention and Health Promotion
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Jason Lang, MPH, MSJason is the Team Lead for Workplace Health Programs where he has managed projects and provided leadership for the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Preventionís (NCCDPHP) Workplace Health Initiative since 2007. He is also the CDC project lead for the National Healthy Worksite Program, a two year national demonstration of comprehensive workplace health programs in principally small to mid-size employers. (www.cdc.gov)

    Jeremy Cantor, MPH
    Program Manager
    Prevention Institute

    Jeremy Cantor, MPHJeremy Cantor is a Program Manager at Prevention Institute. His work focuses on advancing an environmental approach to prevention through projects on community health, land-use and health, and health care reform. Jeremy’s recent projects include the statewide Healthy Places, lead consultant on the Eden Area Livability Initiative, lead author on PI’s Community-Centered Health Homes report, and collaborating with California government agencies to design a worksite wellness pilot project. He has provided training and consultation to a variety of groups including developing a primary prevention training series for The California Endowment and training modules on the use of social determinant indicator data in communities for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (www.preventioninstitute.org)

    Carla Saporta, MPH
    Health Policy Director,
    Bridges to Health
    Greenlining Institute

    Carla Saporta, MPHCarla Saporta is the health policy director for the Bridges to Health team at Greenlining, focusing on developing a racially equitable framework for increased health care access and the implementation of the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act. Carla also leads efforts to develop public/private partnerships in the health care sector as a means to mitigate health disparities. Prior to Greenlining, Carla worked as a legislative analyst for Oregon State Senator Laurie Monnes-Anderson, Chair of the Senate Health Committee and was an organizer for the California Nurses Association. Her work at Greenlining is informed by the understanding that every policy is health policy. (www.greenlining.org)


    Matthew Marsom
    Vice President
    Public Health Policy and Advocacy
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Matthew MarsomAs Vice President for Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the public policy goals of the organization’s domestic and global health programs. He is responsible for designing and implementing strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting PHI projects and public health policy relevant to PHI interests. (www.phi.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Dialogue4Health: Workplace Wellness

Bennett/Rochester NY has H.E.A.R.T

McIntosh/APHA's Role as a CTG National Network Dissemination Guide

Lang/National Healthy Worksite Program

Cantor_Saporta/Health, Equity, and the Bottom Line: Workplace Wellness and California Small Business


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