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The Mark Dundon Research Award

The Mark Dundon Research Award honors the courage, vision and leadership in the area of research that Mark Dundon provided to the field of EHM management for the decades that he spent working in the healthcare industry. Best known within the ranks of the HERO membership as the co-founder and former Chairman of the Board of HERO, Mark’s contributions to the field of EHM research and the healthcare field in general include running a health care system in Tennessee, and providing the seed money for ground-breaking research. Each year at the Annual HERO Forum.

Award Criteria

The individual who receives The Mark Dundon Research Award must have demonstrated sustained leadership in enhancing research in the practice of EHM. Applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership in the creation and dissemination of research to advance the principle science and practice of EHM or a comparable field.

  • Held at a position in EHM or at an organization that has met the criteria for a healthy workplace (as defined by one of the benchmarking tools recognized by HERO).

  • Demonstrated impact in the field of employee health management through one or more of the following:

    • Published author in a peer reviewed article or study.

    •  Lead or authored research that has helped to shape the field of prevention.

    • Provided leadership in the facilitation of important research in the field.

Specific Areas Used to Measure Each Candidate:

  • The various research projects the candidate has been involved with over his or her career. Please include paid as well as volunteer positions, the dates of service, a description of the organization/committee or subcommittee and the contributions provided by the candidate.

  • The relevance to EHM and impact of the work conducted as a member of a research team or organization contributing to the advancement of EHM. Was he or she involved in landmark research? Is the research often quoted? Place an extra weight on measurable results.

  • The overall body of work contributed during the candidate’s career, to include (but not limited to) written and oral presentations delivered. For consideration by the Awards Committee, please provide the title of any books, book chapters, op-ed articles, paid or unpaid presentations and the dates published or presented and the publisher or the forum for the oral presentation.

  • Other awards and/or recognition for achievement, excellence and research in the field of EHM.

* See the Definition page for definitions of terms.

Submission Instructions

Applications should include relevant written testimonials. The Awards Committee requires a minimum of one recommendation and will review up to three recommendations. Written testimonials should be approximately one page in length. Applicants must be nominated by a peer. Submit the completed nomination form to:

Electronically to: marlene.abels@hero-health.org
FAX to: 952-831-0848
Mail to:

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Suite 270
Edina, MN 55439

Submissions  should be post-marked by July 31, 2014.

The following information is helpful but not required. Describe factors perceived as unique or outstanding. These may include business, environmental, geographical or other factors that may influence the design, delivery or measurement. Summary of program achievements (may include professionally published or peer reviewed articles, awards, outstanding results, or local influence/recognition). You are also encourage to submit the nominee’s vitae.

Honorees receive complimentary airfare, hotel accommodations and Forum registration fee for themselves to the HERO Forum. 

Important Dates

July 31, 2014 Deadline for awards submissions
August 5, 2014 Awardees selected and notified
September 30, 2014 Awards presentation at the HERO Forum

About Mark Dundon

Mark Dundon is best known within the ranks of the HERO membership as the co-founder and former Chairman of the Board of HERO, Mark’s contributions to the field of EHM research and the healthcare field include running a three state health care system in Kentucky, and providing the seed money for ground-breaking research.

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