Key Themes

“Every company has a culture. Not every company has a culture of health and well-being.”
– Nico Pronk, President, Health Partners Institute1

Table of Contents for Key Themes

The Role of Leaders in Mental Health Promotion

There is growing literature on the important role that leaders play in advancing cultures of health in the workplace across different organizational settings.2

The Role of Federal Funding

Panelists pointed to low levels of dedicated federal research funding for high-quality workplace health research in the United States.

The Role of Innovation

Panelists discussed the merits and limitations of looking at peer-reviewed evidence to inform decisions about which program and policies to implement.

The Rising Toll of Caregiving

Factors including the aging American population, the increased prevalence of chronic health conditions, shorter hospital stays and preferences for receiving care at home are resulting in an increased degree of reliance on families to provide informal, unpaid care to family members3 with a range of disease conditions, including heart disease, stroke and heart diseases that co-occur with mental and behavioral disorders.


  1. Pronk N. P. (2018). Building Cultures of Health and Well-Being: Creating and Sustaining Supportive Organizational Environments. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, 22(3), 40-42. doi: 10.1249/fit.0000000000000384. Retrieved from
  2. Brownson R.C., Colditz G. A., & Proctor E. K. (2018). Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice: Oxford Scholarship Online.
  3. Family Caregiver Alliance: National Center on Caregiving. (2009). Caregiving. Retrieved from