StayWell experts guest author health promotion book chapters

StayWell Blog

Our deep bench of experts at StayWell regularly publishes peer-reviewed journal articles sharing our latest population health research and expertise through industry conference presentations, industry articles, blog posts and, more recently, guest authoring book chapters.

At StayWell we conduct original, applied research to inform our clients’ strategies, measure their progress, and continuously improve. We publish our findings and make them public because the knowledge we gain pushes both our clients and StayWell itself toward ever better and smarter solutions to help people live well. From time to time, members of StayWell’s thought leadership team and our Research department are asked to contribute to the field by sharing their voices in news articles, health blogs, or, in this case, newly published books.

The most recent batch of StayWell experts to lend their voices to books on health promotion include Paul Terry, Ph.D., chief science officer; Erin Seaverson, M.P.H., director of research; David Anderson, Ph.D., chief health officer; and Stefan Gingerich, M.S., senior research analyst. Here’s a summary of their work and where you can find it.

Health Promotion in the Workplace, 2014 Fourth Edition

Health Promotion in the Workplace, Fourth Edition.” Michael P. O’Donnell, American Journal of Health Promotion, 2014. This textbook for health promotion and benefits professionals includes a chapter from Anderson, Terry, and Seaverson on the topic of health assessment, as well as a chapter from Terry, Gingerich and Judith Hibbard of the University of Oregon Center for Advancing Health on the topic of health decision support.

Chapter 13 covers the topic of health assessment. The StayWell authors discuss various approaches to assessing the health of individuals and populations, how health assessment has changed over time, and the value it brings to population health management programs. The authors demonstrate that health assessment has proven that there is a connection between a person’s health behaviors and their health care costs, and that a change or improvement in health behaviors correlates to an improvement in health care spending. The authors anticipate that, in the future, employers and wellness providers will begin to also see increasingly real-time, dynamic health assessment playing a role in increasing engagement, as data is integrated from a wide range of sources and is analyzed and used in new ways.

Another topic that is growing in importance, but perhaps is not quite as familiar to many, is health decision support and how these tools are used to help manage acute and chronic conditions. In another chapter of this book, authored by Terry, Gingerich and Hibbard, the authors explore the use of the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) and how an individual’s level of activation or engagement in health care affects their use of health care services. The authors explain what decision support and self-care management are, and outline key features of different self-care programs. In addition, they discuss how decision support can be used in workplace wellness programs, while providing examples of condition-specific decision support programs for asthma, arthritis, and diabetes.

Broadening the Metrics Used to Evaluate Corporate Wellness Programs – The Case for Understanding the Total Value of the Investment

Anderson and Terry make another appearance, along with Jessica Grossmeier, Ph.D., vice president of research, Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), in the book “Broadening the Metrics Used to Evaluate Corporate Wellness Programs—The Case for Understanding the Total Value on Investment”. In chapter 14, Anderson, Terry and Grossmeier make the case for a value on investment (VOI) approach to measuring wellness programs, versus a narrower financial return on investment (ROI) measure. They review the elements of VOI (both the tangible business outcomes and less tangible human capital outcomes) and steps that wellness practitioners and employers can take to move from an ROI-based evaluation to a VOI approach.

To learn more about the work of these StayWell authors, or to secure a copy of these books, please contact