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Current Projects

Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS) – Employer’s Guide to Value on Investment

IHPS is partnering with TCHS to develop an Employer’s Guide to Value on Investment to help employers determine which organizational initiatives they should invest in to improve worker health and well-being. This “proof of concept” project will first tackle the topics of diabetes and hypertension by identifying evidence-based workplace interventions and developing a rating and ranking system to help employers understand and compare initiatives on their relative health impact, cost, and cost-effectiveness, so that they can make informed decisions on how to direct their resources.


International Monetary Fund (IMF) – Analysis of the 2019 Health and Wellness Survey

IHPS is supporting IMF its efforts to address medical, travel, health, and wellness needs of its approximately 5,000 employees. IHPS is examining the results of the 2019 Employee Health and Wellness Survey, as well as comparing to the 2013 survey findings, to develop recommendations to inform the health and well-being initiatives moving forward based on the survey findings.


New York City Office of Labor Relations (NYC OLR) – WorkWell NYC Annual Survey

WorkWell NYC, New York City’s workplace wellness program, serves more than 380,000 City of New York employees to live healthy, active lifestyles at work, at home and beyond, as they work to maintain a vibrant, safe and thriving city. IHPS is assisting NYC OLR to create a standard WorkWell NYC Program Evaluation Annual Participant Survey to inform future program offerings and help to justify, show impact, and build credibility for the program.


BP – Consulting to Support BP's Global Well-being Charter

BP is currently piloting its Global Well-being Charter (Charter) with a few of its business sites before rolling it out globally. The Charter is a combination of an agenda/dashboard/scorecard approach to engaging its businesses in health and well-being efforts, and aims to award each participating site or region with bronze, silver, or gold status. IHPS is assisting BP in developing a measurement and evaluation plan to track improvements in employee health and well-being, and how they impact business objectives and outcomes of interest such as engagement, productivity/performance, absenteeism, attrition, recordable injury rates, and other safety-related metrics. The long range goal is to help BP document the return on investment (ROI) and value on investment (VOI) associated with building and sustaining a culture of health and well-being.


Chevron – Consulting to Support the Development of Enterprise-Wide Health Metrics

IHPS is providing consulting and technical assistance to Chevron to support the development of enterprise-wide health metrics. This work involves stakeholder interviews, establishment of health-related “heat maps,” landscape assessment of corporate health metric initiatives, benchmarking studies, and measures development.


The Health Project

The mission of The Health Project is to seek out, evaluate, promote and distribute quality health promotion/disease prevention programs with the objectives of (1) providing appropriate quality care, and (2) sharply reducing the rate of healthcare inflation by holding down unnecessary expenditures. In recent years, The Health Project has primarily focused on awarding and disseminating high-impact, outcomes-driven employer health promotion initiatives. It stores information about those proven programs on its public website so that corporations and community agencies may access them according to their needs. The database is improved and enlarged annually with each granting of the C. Everett Koop Awards. The Institute for Health and Productivity Studies serves as the administrative home for The Health Project. Currently, Dr. Ron Goetzel serves as The Health Project’s President and CEO.

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The Luv u Project

On October 20-21, 2016, the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with support from The Luv u Project, hosted the “Mental Health in the Workplace: A Public Health Summit” (Summit). The Summit gathered researchers, industry and government leaders, and practitioners in public mental health to identify workplace health promotion practices that are effective, where the evidence is insufficient. A key aim of the Summit was to highlight practical next steps that lead to action with the aim of improving mental health in the workplace. An Advisory Council was formed to brainstorm on several action priorities to move the needle forward in such areas as applied research, dissemination of best practices, and establishment of policy priorities for the nation. IHPS and DMH are building upon the call-to-action momentum gained from the Summit to identify 2-3 viable projects to pursue, and seek resources to fund and implement those projects.

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Northwell Health

Northwell Health contracted with Johns Hopkins University to develop a measurement and evaluation (M&E) framework to guide the Northwell Health Employee Wellness (NWH EW) program design and enhancement over the next 1-3 years. Right now, we are beginning the second step of a multi-phase process that involves: 1) providing consultation on how to evaluate the NWH EW Program (preparing the M&E framework); 2) collecting baseline data related to program structure, process, and outcome measures (establishing a baseline); 3) evaluating the program’s impacts at critical milestones (evaluating progress); and 4) establishing an ongoing M&E infrastructure (building a feedback loop and quality improvement process). Under the current contract, Hopkins will spend six months collecting and analyzing baseline data related to structure process, and outcome measures, and establishing procedures to collect future data.


Social Service of Industry (SESI)

The SESI Innovation Institute for Health Metrics is charged with developing two products and services in 2017 that have scale potential and yield positive measurable impacts in industrial environments and among Brazilian workers leading to improved worker health, safety and productivity. Specifically, one project is focused on the development of an economic model that supports a business case for health and safety programs offered by SESI (i.e., return-on-investment [ROI] Calculator).

IHPS is assisting SESI in collecting the necessary data to develop an ROI Calculator. The potential outputs for the ROI Calculator include identifying opportunities for improving employee health and safety, evaluating the effectiveness of health promotion programs, and documenting the relationship between changes in workers’ health and safety, industry actions, and cost savings.