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Current Projects

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.


Bipartisan Policy Center - Value Proposition White Paper for the Collaboration Between Businesses and Public Health Departments to Improve Community Health

IHPS is supporting the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) on catalyzing collaborations between local public health departments and local businesses or chambers of commerce to improve community health. To develop a value proposition paper for the collaboration between public and private entities – specifically businesses and local level government agencies – IHPS is working with BPC to conduct a literature review on the history of collaborations, interview thought leaders on what makes for “true” partnerships, hold roundtable discussions with those “on the ground” working on improving community health to understand challenges and best practices, and identify case studies of successful collaborations.


Bipartisan Policy Center – Evaluation of The CEO Council on Health and Innovation Physical Activity Challenge Pilot

On September 16, 2014, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) CEO Council on Health and Innovation (CEO Council) announced its intention to conduct pilots that are designed to gauge the scalability of innovative workplace wellness strategies shown to be successful in their individual companies. The first pilot is focused on a Physical Activity Challenge. The primary purpose of the Physical Activity Challenge pilot is to both raise awareness of and encourage all employers to promote health and well-being through all levels of physical activity and to identify effective employer strategies for employee engagement and sustained behavior change. IHPS is supporting BPC’s CEO Council in evaluating the effectiveness of the pilot by measuring the increase in physical activity (steps taken) and sustainability of the behavior change at 6- and 12-months after the end of the pilot. The results were recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and discussed during a webcast.


CDC - CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard Evidence Review and Update

In 2009 IHPS, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health departments and worksite experts, developed the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC). The purpose of this tool is to help employers assess their health promotion programs, identify gaps, and prioritize high-impact interventions to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions.

IHPS assisted the CDC in reviewing the literature in order to update the evidence base for 18 modules in the current HSC (revising, adding or eliminating items as appropriate). We added modules with topic-specific programs, policies, and organizational and environmental structural supports that have high potential to improve the health and well-being of employees. The topics selected for addition to the HSC were informed by customer demand (primarily employers), strength of the evidence base supporting specific employer actions, and expertise available within and outside CDC to design a finite number of relevant questions. The 2019 edition of the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard is available here.


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.


WebMD – Validity, Reliability, and Scoring of the Senior and Adult Health Assessments

Along with an adult health risk assessment that is due for review and update, WebMD has recently developed a senior version of a health assessment (Senior HA), which has yet been tested for validity and reliability. IHPS is assisting WebMD in conducting the validity and reliability testing for the Senior HA, and examining the scoring methodology for both instruments, which includes review and update of the content of the instruments, risk definitions, and scoring algorithms.