Online Program

Workplace Wellness & the Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Jammie Hopkins, DrPH, MS, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

In recent years rising health care costs, health insurance premium inflation, productivity losses, and the proliferation of obesity-related health maladies have prompted employers to invest in implementing cost-effective, sustainable worksite wellness programs. Programs designed to encourage the use of preventive health services, improve healthy eating behaviors and promote physical activity among the workforce have gained considerable traction. New provisions under The Affordable Care Act (ACA) have presented viable opportunities and salient incentives for organizations to invest in cultural norm changes to reintegrate healthy eating and physical activity into the workplace. However, the uptake of evidence-based, rigorously evaluated worksite wellness programming has lagged. Further, there is concern over the effectiveness of prevalent worksite wellness models in eliciting measurable, sustainable impacts on individual health behaviors and health outcomes.


The purpose of this session is to elucidate and contextualize the most salient worksite wellness-related provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Results from a brief systematic literature review and policy scan will be presented to assist participants in leveraging the most relevant opportunities to promote worksite wellness under the ACA.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Define 5 worksite wellness provisions present in the Affordable Care Act. Discuss the relevance of sound, feasible policy in promoting sustainable organizational-level wellness strategies. Identify gaps in the existing ACA policy in regards to worksite based wellness.

Keyword(s): Workplace, Wellness

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a public obesity prevention research and practitioner with over 10 years of experience in facilitating physical activity and health eating research and programs in organizational settings. To date, I have delivered over 40 professional presentations and trained over 300 worksite wellness leaders in a variety of setting
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.