Paul Terry
President and CEO, HERO

 A few days ago, I went to the “Poke-stop” in my small town of Waconia, Minnesota, (population 11,490) to learn why I was losing my Pokémon “gym battles” and, more importantly, to survey the growing numbers of twentysomethings exploring my community’s parks and landmarks. I met a group of 15 Waconians for the first time, and they were excited about describing how Pokémon Go had increased their activity levels, their awareness of our community’s history, and their engagement with others.

Paul Terry

With the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 35 of us visited the Lincoln Cottage, a hilltop retreat overlooking D.C. where Lincoln found solace, but also connected more closely with people, during the Civil War. Our group was there to inaugurate a national dialogue on health equity. Later dubbed the “Lincoln Cottage Assembly,” we were welcomed by health futurist Jonathan Peck at the staircase Lincoln climbed every day to write about the most vexing issue of his time.

Jonathan Gavras, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Prime Therapeutics

Our country is in crisis. We have an epidemic on our hands that crosses geographic boundaries, socio-economic status, gender, and many other categories. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdoses kill nearly 50,000 Americans each year. The media is certainly putting a microscope on it. Legislators are acting on it. Every stakeholder in the medical delivery chain is analyzing it–and I encourage physicians and other prescribers to take a look at their role in the problem.

Aiden Spencer
CureMD

Paper or plastic? Debit or credit? Netflix or Amazon? These are the kind of choices we are asked to make everyday. They are not, though, the type of decisions that keep us up at night.

Paul Terry
President and CEO, HERO
Lessons we’re learning from both companies and communities show that it takes a revolutionary mindset to advance a culture of health. Looking at the color of the food in your cafeteria just might be the best place to start.
Anand Natampalli and Daniel A. Schulte
What does the new marketplace look like? A critical aspect of engaging members and patients is delivering a unified, seamless experience across the channels or devices of the members’ choice, be it via smartphone, laptop, landline, email, or online chat.
Jan Greene
HIMSSWith the exception of Kaiser, health insurers sent relatively small contingents to this year's annual HIMSS annual meeting, which is being held in Las Vegas this week
Paul Terry, CEO, Heath Enhancement Research Organization
Paul Terry, CEO, Health Enhancement Research Organization

There are two transformations occurring in workplace based health promotion in America. The first is the movement from wellness to “well-being” and, related to this, a shift from a focus on a return on investment (ROI) to the use of value on investment (VOI) measures. These VOI measures are well documented and publicly available, but are we thinking broadly enough?

This month, my organization, the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) hosted a contingent from Tokyo University and the Mitsubishi Research Institute. HERO is a not-for-profit research organization that has collaborated with Mercer to create a national employee health and well-being scorecard about which our Japanese guests were eager to learn. 

Paul E. Terry, PhD

Limiting access to any pleasures: tobacco, foods that are bad for you, the after-party of a Prince concert—you name it, you’re going to be unpopular with many people.  To quash what some see as their right and none of your business is to invite endless arguments that as often as not have little to do with the facts of the matter.  As someone who has weighed in on my share of health policy debates, I’ve long observed that the “greatest good for the greatest number” bromide calms my nerves, but it seldom holds sway with those who don’t see what good the policy is doing them.  

I recently had the pleasure of teaming up with Dr. Laurie Whitsel, her colleagues at the American Heart Association, and top tobacco control and prevention experts in drafting “Guidance to Employers on Integrating E-Cigarettes/Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems into Tobacco Worksite Policy.”  Developing the policy proved to be a tour de force review of the facts on the matter as well as a thorough immersion into discussions about private choices versus public policies.  

The paper was recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. You can get a full-text PDF of it here.

Richard Mark Kirkner

In their decision to uphold tax subsidies for policies sold on the federal health insurance exchange established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Supreme Court Justices showed a keen understanding of the history of various state health reform measures and how insurance markets operate in general, invoking terms like community rating, adverse selection and death spiral.

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