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Saturday, September 13 • 7:45am - 8:45am
C001 Should You Be Jazzed about Incentives as the Instrument of Worksite Health Promotion? (Intermediate)

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Topic Overview:

As part of the societal push to improve worker well-being through worksite health promotion, increasing attention is being given to the use of incentives. For example, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) incents employers to pursue a comprehensive worksite health promotion strategy, with intention of driving high levels of participation and demonstrated health outcomes. But, what do we really know about the use of positive and negative incentives in getting workers to improve their health? Do incentives improve participation? Do they lead to long-term gains in worker health?


This presentation will focus on one of the most vexing aspects of worksite health promotion - how to effectively use incentives to promote sustainable engagement. The presenters will review case studies and benchmark data on how organizations have applied knowledge of health behavior change in the workplace. Discussion will include a review of the incentives built into the ACA, provide information on what organizations across the country are doing with incentives, and provide insights, tools and resources to help new and seasoned professionals design and implement worker health promotion programs that meet the needs and interests of every worker.



  1. Explain the principles that motivate workers to change health behaviors.
  2. Identify incentives in the Affordable Care Act to encourage organizations to adopt comprehensive workplace health promotion programs.
  3. Discuss case studies that illustrate the promise and pitfalls in the use of incentives to promote worksite wellness.
  1. Review current practices in the business community regarding the use of incentives.

avatar for Lee S. Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM, FCCP

Lee S. Newman, MD, MA, FACOEM, FCCP

Professor, Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Colorado; CMIO Axion Health, Inc.
Dr. Lee Newman is a professor, lecturer, physician, entrepreneur and irrational optimist. He is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health and in the School of Medicine, University of Colorado. Dr. Newman directs the Center for Worker Health and Environment at the university, which has been recognized by NIOSH as an Affiliate Total Worker Health™ Center of Excellence. He is the... Read More →
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Lili Tenney Starr, MPH

Instructor, Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Colorado; Deputy Director, Center for Health, Work & Environment
Lili Tenney Starr is the Deputy Director at the Center for Worker Health and Environment and an instructor at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is Co-founder and Director of Health Links™, an initiative to promote worksite wellness by providing businesses with expert advising, certification, direct support and connection to local health and wellness services. She conducts research on workplace health promotion and health... Read More →

Saturday September 13, 2014 7:45am - 8:45am
Napoleon Ballroom 3/F

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