Web Forum

Prevention Means Business: Building Healthy Communities and a Strong Economy
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

A business’s most important asset is its employees. And, increasingly, the health of a business depends on the health of its employees. Our country is grappling with a health crisis of astonishing proportions, and 50 percent of company profits go toward health care costs.

Building health in the workplace is critical, but what happens when employees go home can influence their health even more – and can undermine workplace investments in a healthy workforce. Employers, traditionally generous to their local community’s needs, have a stake in the community’s overall health. A healthier community makes for healthier, more productive employees and lowers health care costs.

Prevention Means Business, an infographic produced by the Public Health Institute in partnership with the American Public Health Association, graphically illustrates the connection between healthy places and thriving businesses. View it here: www.phi.org/resources/?resource=prevention-means-business

Join us for this to discuss how businesses benefit by supporting health—in the workplace and in the community.






    Shawn McIntosh
    Project Manager
    Community Transformation Grant
    Center for Public Health Policy
    American Public Health Association
    Washington, DC

    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/Center+for+Public+Health+Policy.htm)

    Caryol Hendricks
    Executive Director
    Employers’ Health Coalition
    Fort Smith, AR

    Caryol Hendricks Caryol Hendricks serves as the Executive Director of Employers’ Health Coalition (EHC). EHC is a non-profit organization of self-insured employers in the Hot Springs and Fort Smith market. Ms. Hendricks has served in that capacity since the foundation of the Coalition in 1994. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Buyers’ Healthcare Co-Operative of Greater Fort Smith

    Caryol’s ability to vision the future and do what is necessary to get people there has resulted in a coalition that consists of employers who are educated in value based plan design and focus not on what they can save today but, on what they will save long term by keeping their employees healthy. Improving the quality of care and access to quality care is the measure to which all of Caryol’s decisions are held.

    Caryol has represented the Employers’ Health Coalition as a speaker at many national conferences through the years. She served on the Arkansas Governor’s Roundtable on Healthcare. Caryol serves on the Board of Governor’s for National Business Coalition on Health, serves as chairperson of the NBCH Direct Contracting Committee, and on the Arkansas Health Policy Board. Caryol is the voice of employers on many other committees and boards that work to improve the quality, while controlling the cost of healthcare in Arkansas and on the National level. (www.ehcark.org)

    Stephanie Carillo, MAS, RD
    Retail, Worksite and Physical Activity Integration Programs Manager
    Network for a Healthy California
    Sacramento, CA

    Stephanie Carillo, MAS, RDStephanie Carillo, M.A.S., R.D. is the Manager of the Worksite, Retail and Physical Activity Programs for the Network for a Healthy California, a public health initiative led by the California Department of Public Health and administered by Public Health Institute.

    She is responsible for managing statewide efforts aimed at improving the nutrition and physical activity levels of low-resource families targeting low-income neighborhoods, particularly in the retail and worksite setting. The Worksite Program works with employers throughout California to improve access to healthy foods and physical activity at workplaces, foster supportive work environments that encourage healthy lifestyle choices and establish public policies that bolster health promotion efforts at worksites.

    Prior to joining the Network for a Healthy California, Stephanie served as WIC Director for a local health department providing county- wide nutrition and health services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children. (www.cdph.ca.gov/PROGRAMS/CPNS/Pages/default.aspx)

    Ann Whidden, MPH
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Ann Whidden, MPH Ann Whidden, Director of Communications at the Public Health Institute, oversees a team responsible for communications strategy, policy advocacy and engagement, messaging and framing, public relations and brand management for PHI’s diverse portfolio of over 200 programs and projects. In her twenty years as a public health professional, she has provided communications leadership and consultation to progressive corporate, governmental and non-profit organizations, including federal legislative staff, the American Public Health Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She holds a master’s degree in public health from San Francisco State University. (www.phi.org)


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

    Matthew MarsomAs Vice President for Public Policy and Programs for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the public policy goals of the organizationís 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.

Whidden/Public Health Institute

McIntosh/American Public Health Association


Hendricks/Employers’ Health Coalition

Carillo/Network for a Healthy California



The following documents provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

Prevention Means Business by the Public Health Institute and the American Public Health Association, 2013


The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:

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National Business Coalition on Health

American Public Health Association

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