Pay It Forward: A Case Study on the ROI of Health and Wellness Programs

Health and wellness programs have been shown to decrease healthcare spending by 87% and are becoming increasingly popular with American businesses. 


As healthcare costs continue to rise, many employers are looking for ways to reduce their expenses while also improving the health and well-being of their employees. One effective solution to this challenge is to implement health and wellness programs in the workplace. These programs not only help employees take care of their physical and mental health, but they can also save employers money. By investing in the health and wellness of their employees, employers can create a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce while also saving money on healthcare expenses.

Decreasing Healthcare Costs

One of the most significant benefits of health and wellness programs for employers is the ability to reduce healthcare costs. Studies show that health and wellness programs can decrease healthcare spending by 87%. By encouraging employees to take care of their health, employers can help prevent costly medical interventions and reduce the overall cost of healthcare for themselves and their employees.

Educating the Workforce

Educating the workforce on preventing injury and illness is an essential part of health and wellness programs. This can include providing training on proper lifting techniques, preventing musculoskeletal disorders, ergonomics, and other workplace safety measures. By educating employees on how to avoid injury and illness, employers can help reduce the number of workplace accidents and workers’ compensation claims. By empowering employees with knowledge and tools to prevent injury and illness, employers can create a safer and healthier work environment.

Preventative Care

Health screenings and clinics can detect early signs of chronic diseases, allowing employers and employees to take action before they become more serious and costly to treat. For example, if an employee is found to have high blood pressure during a screening, they can be directed toward a physician for treatment before they experience a heart attack or stroke. By catching and addressing health issues early on, employers can save money on medical costs and avoid the need for more expensive interventions down the line.

Encouraging Health Lifestyles

Health and wellness programs can also encourage employees to make healthier lifestyle choices outside of the workplace. By providing resources and seminars on topics such as nutrition, stress management, and smoking cessation, employers can help employees adopt healthy habits that can improve their overall health and well-being. Moreover, employees who adopt healthier lifestyle choices are more likely to experience a higher quality of life both inside and outside the workplace.

Improving Employee Health

Workplace health and wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular, with 52% of American workplaces offering them. By prioritizing the health and wellness of their employees, employers can create a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce.

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Dr. Michael Tenison

A series of notable accomplishments distinguish Dr. Michael Tenison’s career in medical operations and healthcare management:

  • Successfully led medical operations at a national healthcare provider, focusing on optimizing healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.
  • Oversaw the regional medical practices in key markets like Oregon and Northern California, ensuring consistent, quality medical care and service delivery.
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership in building and mentoring a large medical provider team, enhancing team performance and patient care standards.
  • Implemented strategic company policies and protocols, significantly improving center efficiency, clinical quality, and patient experiences.
  • Played a pivotal role in financial planning and identifying growth opportunities for healthcare services, contributing to the organization’s overall success.
  • Served as a primary point of contact for regional employer clients and insurance companies, fostering strong relationships and effective communication.
  • Maintained high medical care and case management standards through diligent supervision, chart audits, and performance metric analysis.

Dr. Matt Feeley

Dr. Matt Feeley is a renowned figure in military aviation medicine, with a robust background in occupational and environmental medicine from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

  • Former Naval Flight Surgeon, exemplifying his expertise in aerospace medicine and commitment to military health.
  • Served with distinction at NSA Bahrain and HSM-37, earning the COMPACFLT Flight Surgeon of the Year award for exceptional medical service.
  • Supported U.S. Marines VMFA-323 aboard the USS Nimitz, MACG-38, and VMU-3, demonstrating versatility and leadership in diverse medical environments.
  • Broad interests and significant contributions in global health, corporate medicine, and aerospace medicine, highlighting his multidisciplinary approach.
  • Proven track record as a dynamic leader, well-equipped to face the challenges in a fractional medical directorship role with innovative solutions.

Dr. Glen Cheng

A physician-attorney with a dedication to healthcare innovation, informatics, and digital health.

  • Currently spearheads employee health protection and promotion within the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System.
  • Trained in residency at Harvard, achieving board certification as a physician; also a licensed patent attorney with experience as FDA regulatory counsel.
  • Co-founded Acceleromics, a consulting firm providing clinical and regulatory guidance to digital health startups.

Erin Davis

 Chief Clinical Officer at Work Health Solutions, certified in Adult-Gerontology (AGNP-C) and Athletic Training (ATC).

  • Oversees clinical operations and ensures high clinical standards across the company’s national field staff.
  • Former Manager of Clinic Operations and Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner at Stanford University Occupational Health Center (SUOHC).
  • Specialized in treating occupational injuries and illnesses, and provided medical surveillance and travel medicine consults at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Lab.
  • Dedicated to sports and occupational injury treatment and prevention.
  • Assistant Clinical Faculty at UCSF, mentoring students in clinical rotations within the Adult Gerontology and Occupational and Environmental Health Program.
  • Holds leadership roles as Treasurer and President Elect of the California El Camino Real Association of Occupational Health Nurses (CECRAOHN), affiliated with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN).

Dr. Robert Goldsmith

Expert in benefits design and onsite innovation with specialization in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Previous role as Executive Director for Employee Health at Novartis Services, Inc., leading health services and clinical support.
  • Instrumental in creating an integrated healthcare system at Novartis.
  • Former private practice in internal medicine in Stamford, Connecticut, and Medical Director consultant for GTE Corporation.
  • Transitioned to GE as a Global Medical Director in 2000.
  • Holds a medical degree from Albert Einstein College, an MPH from the University of Connecticut, and completed training at Greenwich Hospital and Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
  • Assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the Vagelos School of Medicine, Columbia University.
  • Serves as a team physician for high school athletes in Stamford.
  • Published works on occupational health risks, primary prevention, and exercise-induced asthma.