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Institute for Health and Productivity Studies

Institute for Health and Productivity Studies

The mission of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world by bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions, and bringing health and productivity management issues into academia.

Situated in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, IHPS conducts empirical research on the relationship between employee health and well-being, healthcare utilization and costs, and work-related productivity. Studies performed by IHPS help inform decision-makers in both private and public health sectors on issues related to the health and productivity cost burden of certain health risk factors and common disease conditions, and the impact that innovative health, safety and productivity management programs have on medical, safety, and productivity-related outcomes.

News & Events

JULY 2022

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the CDC Foundation announces the release of a new report: Building a Foundation for a Business and Health Accountability Dashboard – Inspiring Collaboration and Action Between Businesses and Public Health.

The report is an immediate response to the business community’s dictum that “what gets measured gets managed.” The report highlight 23 existing business and health dashboards designed to spur action and establish accountability economic and population health improvements in a community.  Three of the dashboards are highlighted in the report as especially useful in tracking progress on metrics important to business and public health leaders.


Applications for the 2022 C. Everett Koop National Health Awards are now being accepted

Press Release: Applications Open to Organizations Demonstrating Best Practices in Workplace Mental Health


New NIOSH Center of Excellence will Focus on Workforce Mental Health

Press Release: University of Michigan Receives C. Everett Koop National Health Award for Efforts to Promote a Culture of Health

Congratulations to the University of Michigan on receiving the 2021 C. Everett Koop National Health Award.

FEBRUARY 25, 2021

COVID-19 has exposed the lack of investment in the nation’s public health infrastructure—from chronic underfunding to long-standing inequities. Join Dr. Goetzel and other leaders in business and health in a Washington Post Live conversation about the critical role businesses can play in filling gaps that our systems struggle to address. Register for the program here.

APRIL 20-24, 2020

Join Dr. Goetzel at the Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference, where he will offer an intensive training seminar on "Evaluating Workplace Health Promotion Programs."

JUNE 28, 2019

Good Health is Good Business event/webcast in Washington, DC. U.S. Please join IHPS, Bipartisan Policy Center, and the de Beaumont Foundation for the release of a new report on the value of building partnerships between businesses and local public health departments. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams will keynote this event. An expert panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges for cross-sector partnerships between public health departments and businesses.

JUNE 26-27, 2019

Ignite Wellness Summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. This event brings together the business community, nonprofit partners, and government representatives to advance progress, partnerships, and the economy through health. Dr. Goetzel will be a panelist for "Getting on Board: Business Involvement in Community Health." 

JUNE 24, 2019

AcademyHealth Study Snapshot: Employer Investments in Internal Culture of Health Improve Stock Performance outlines IHPS research (funded by RWJF) on the link between internal & external cultures of health, company performance, & employee health.

APRIL 6, 2019

Workplace Mental Wellness Conference at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ.

APRIL 1-5, 2019

29th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference. Dr. Goetzel will be presenting at the main conference on the latest research and also running a 2-day intensive training seminar on program evaluation. (Intensive Training Seminars: April 1 & 2 | Core Conference: April 3-5).


The application for the 2019 C. Everett Koop Award is now available online.


Press Release: Three Companies Recognized with C. Everett Koop National Health Award Honorable Mentions for their Efforts to Improve Employee Health and Achieve Business Results

Congratulations to Kaiser Permanente, LG&E and KU Energy, and MaineGeneral Health on being recognized as Honorable Mentions in the 2018 C. Everett Koop National Health Award.


Press Release: Five Experts Join The Health Project Board of Directors

Resister now to join Dr. Roemer for her panel discussion and breakout session at the The Global Workplace Wellness Summit (Nov 7-8, 2018, San Mateo, CA) on the benefits and “how-to’s” of measuring and evaluating your wellness initiatives.

MAY 2018

The deadline for the C. Everett National Koop Awards has been extended to June 15th, 2018. Read about the award and find the application here.

Article: What have companies done to improve our quality of life? Ron Goetzel was invited by the Brazilian Association of Quality of Life to participate in a national congress on the theme and the Scientific Meeting of the Coalition Health Institute.

APRIL 2018

IHPS mentioned in Google's FoodLab Magazine

Press release: 'Call to Action' on Mental Health and Well-Being in the Workplace 


JHU is working with the CDC to update their Worksite Health ScoreCard, and is looking for organizations interested in participating in a pilot test of the new tool. Participants will receive a comprehensive benchmarking report at the end of the study. If you or a colleague may be interested, please click here for more information.


The C. Everett Koop Award application for 2018 is now available here.

NOVEMBER 6, 2017

Parade Magazine's article, Wellness at Work: The New Healthy Epidemic features Dr. Ron Goetzel's research and addresses why business is now onboard with workplace wellness programs. Also featured is the C. Everett Koop National Health Award.

OCTOBER 5, 2017

Improving Mental Health and Well Being Makes $en$e for States (Webcast, 1:00-2:30pm EST). The forum will be a discussion among some of the key thought leaders on the state of mental health both on the federal level and in the states and care models, policy changes and opportunities as well as resources available for advocates working for change.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

Dr. Ron Goetzel interviewed Dr. Vivek Murthy, former Surgeon General of the United States. This video was viewed during the Koop Awards Ceremony at the 2017 HERO Forum.

AUGUST 29, 2017

The Health Project announced three companies were selected by a panel of judges for Honorable Mention recognition for the C. Everett Koop National Health Award in 2017. The winners will be presented with their awards at the 2017 Annual HERO Forum in Phoenix, AZ held September 12 – September 14, 2017.

AUGUST 15, 2017

ChangeLab has released its Walk This Way resource, which outlines state and local policies that support physical activity and wellness in and around the workplace. IHPS provided subject matter expertise in support of this CDC funded project.

AUGUST 15, 2017

CDC's "New Frontiers in Workplace Health" Grand Rounds Presentation: Recording featuring Casey Chosewood, Laura Linnan, Jason Lang, and our own Ron Goetzel.

JULY 25 - 26, 2017

2nd Annual National Employee Well-being Conference and Exhibition. Dr. Enid Chung Roemer served as the conference chairperson and discussed “Stakeholders View on Building a Well-being Ecosystem."

MARCH 27 - 31, 2017

Intensive 2-day training seminar: How to Evaluate Workplace Health Promotion Programs, Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference

FEB, 2017

IHPS (in partnership with IBM Watson Health) receives one of eight grants from RWJF to build the evidence base for how private-sector investment can help build a Culture of Health

FEB 7, 2017

Health Affairs Issue Briefing: The Work/Health Relationship

JAN 23, 2017

Building A Culture Of Workplace Health: More Complicated Than Offering Workers Money To Be Healthy

DEC 9, 2016

Bipartisan Policy Center's webcast on Exploring the Role of the Business Community in Improving Health

NOV 15, 2016

Maryland State Council on Cancer Control Annual Cancer Conference

OCT 20, 2016

Mental Health in the Workplace: A Public Health Summit

SEPT 30, 2016

Wellness programs carry value for employees, bottom line

SEPT 27-29, 2016

HERO Forum on Leading in Well-Being: Workplaces Influencing the Health of Employees, Families and Communities, Atlanta, GA

SEPT 13, 2016

Press Release: Boise School District Receives C. Everett Koop National Health Award for Efforts to Improve Employee Health and Reduce Costs

SEPT 2, 2016

How Can The Government Improve Prevention Programs In The Workplace?

MAR 31, 2016

How to Design a Corporate Wellness Plan That Actually Works

MAR 7, 2016

Money stress is a productivity killer at work

FEB 9, 2016

Press Release: New publication by Dr. Goetzel and colleagues on promoting healthy workplaces by building cultures of health and applying strategic communications

JAN 6, 2016

Press Release: The Health Project publishes a new study on the stock performances of companies that have won the C. Everett Koop Award

OCT 6, 2015

News Release: New Workplace Wellness Guide from Transamerica Center for Health Studies and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

FEB 9, 2015

CDC’s Workplace Health Research Network launched at UNC

JAN 21, 2015

Obesity Prevention and Control in Worksite Settings

NOV 6, 2014

Employee Health Management Programs - Do they work?

NOV 1, 2014
Debunking the myths about workplace wellness

SEPT 17, 2014
The Health Project announces the 2014 C. Everett Koop Award Winners

AUG 26, 2014
New journal publication: Do workplace health promotion (wellness) programs work?

APR 3, 2014
Press Release: Truven Health Analytics and JHSPH launch IHPS

What Does It Take to Build a Healthy Workplace?