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HERO is a national leader in the creation of  Employee Health Management: Research, Education, Policy, Strategy, Leadership and Infrastructure.
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Accolade, Inc.
Affinia Group
American Council of Engineering Companies Life/Health Trust 
American Council on Exercise
American Heart Association
American Psychological Association
American Specialty Health
Aon Hewitt Consulting
BAE Systems Inc.
Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc.
Best Doctors
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MA
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MN
Boeing Company
Bravo Wellness, LLC
Central Michigan University
Corning Incorporated
Corporate Health Partners 
DTE Energy
Dow Chemical Company
Eastman Chemical Company
Engaged Health Solutions
Ergotron, Inc.
Findley Davies
Gardant Global Inc.
Goldman Sachs
Health to You
HealthSTAT, Inc.
Healthyroads, Inc.
Hennepin County HealthWorks
Hooper Holmes
Howard County Public School System
HUB International
Humana Vitality
INTEGRIS Health, Inc.
Intermountain Healthcare/Selecthealth
Interactive Health
Johnson & Johnson
Kaiser Permanente
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Life Time Fitness
Lincoln Industries
LL Bean
Lockheed Martin
Lockton Companies
Marsh & McLennan Agency
MasterBrand Cabinets
Mayo Clinic
Medical Mutual of Ohio
MediFit Corporate Services
The MetroHealth System
MHN/Health Net
Michigan State University
National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Security Agency
NextEra Energy
Norton Healthcare
Ohio State University
Onlife Health
Oregon Center for Applied Science
Performance pH
Preventure Inc.
Prudential Financial
Quest Diagnostics
RedBrick Health
Sanofi, US
Schwan Food Company
Shape Up
SeeChange Health Solutions
Spafinder Wellness, Inc.
St. Jospeh Health
State of Nebraska
StayWell Health Management
Target Corporation
Towers Watson
Truven Health Analytics
Tufts Health Plan
Universities Wellness Alliance of Kentucky
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of Iowa
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
US Preventive Medicine
UPMC Health Plan
VAL Health
Vanderbilt University
Virgin Pulse
WebMD Health Services
Wells Fargo
Yale University

About HERO

The Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Download a HERO Profile

HERO began operations on April 1, 1996, as a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 corporation.  The initial objective was to create high quality employee health management (EHM) research, especially that dealing with the impact of modifiable health risks on health care costs.  To implement this effort, HERO, in collaboration with StayWell Health Management and the Medstat Group (now Thomson Reuters), created the HERO Research Database.  The HERO database has been the source for the creation of landmark, frequently referenced peer reviewed and published EHM research.  For more information and details on HERO facilitated research, click on the HERO Research link.  To view the HERO Board of Directors, click on the Board of Directors link.


HERO Think Tank Download a Membership Brochure

In early 2003, HERO made the observation that the acceptance, sophistication, and accountability of EHM was on the increase.  This raised the question about the availability of EHM national policy, strategy, leadership, and infrastructure sufficient to support, monitor, and continue the expansion of the industry.  To answer this question, HERO devoted over two years to conducting focus groups to examine and define what was required to push the EHM industry to new levels of respect and success.  The participants in the focus group meetings were a cross section of the corporate EHM thought leaders, and many of the national provider experts.  The findings from this effort indicated that while there were highly effective EHM programs in operation, there was little in the way of a nationally organized effort to create and disseminate the required EHM policy, strategy, leadership, and infrastructure.  Based on this, HERO made the decision to fill this void through the development of the HERO Think Tank, which was launched in February, 2006.  For more information on the HERO Think Tank, visit the Think Tank link.

HERO Best Practice Scorecard – Version 3.1 in Collaboration with MERCER

We are pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between HERO and MERCER that will enhance the art and science of Employee Health Management (EHM) benchmarking and Best Practice.  Individuals from HERO and MERCER have collaborated to create the new HERO Scorecard Version 3.1 (Scorecard V3.1).  The objective is to elevate the understanding, acceptance, and accountability of EHM best practice, and establish the HERO Scorecard V3.1 as the assessment instrument of choice.
The HERO Scorecard V3.1 is now available.  For more information about the Scorecard V3.1, click on the Scorecard link.  You are invited to use the online Scorecard V3.1 to input your EHM program benchmarking and best practice information.  you will be sent, without charge, an aggregate benchmarking and best practice report based on all of the information submitted to the online Scorecard V3.1.  For more information and to become involved, visit the Scorecard link.
HERO and MERCER also manage an interactive EHM benchmarking and best practice database.  This database will be used to compare your program with best practices and data from other demographically similar programs. As the EHM industry continues to move forward, the determination of benchmarks and the establishment of best practice are essential.  The Scorecard V3.1 is a break through that addresses this need.

HERO Vision Statement

To promote a culture of health and performance through employer leadership
Through bringing together thought leaders to share knowledge, facilitate actionable research and drive innovation
To promote a healthy and high-performing workforce through evidence-based health management as a core business imperative

HERO Core Values
Leadership – A leading proponent in multi-organization, multi-discipline, involvement in effort to enhance the acceptance, sophistication, and accountability of employee health management.
Excellence – Dedicated to the operation of the HERO Think Tank and other important employee health management efforts according to the highest standards of effectiveness and success.
Integrity – Advance the employee health management industry based on ethical interaction among all HERO members and honestly in the dissemination of information and data.

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