2019 Annual Meeting

November 20, 2019 | 8:00-10:00 A.M.
Kent State University at Stark Conference Center

Learn from a leader in employee wellness and engagement at the 2019 Employers Health Annual Member Meeting. Keynote speaker, Seth Serxner, chief health officer at Optum will share best practices and lessons learned in getting employees to engage in healthy behavior.

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Getting Employees to Engage in Healthy Behavior: Best Practices & Lessons Learned


  • How to define and measure program engagement
  • A model of behavior change based on the research
  • How to use the five pillars of engagement to drive results
  • Employer successes

Seth Serxner, Ph.D., MPH

Chief Health Officer and SVP Population Health at Optum

Seth Serxner brings the breadth of his experience in academia, industry and consulting to his role as chief health officer and senior vice president of population health for Optum. His versatile skill set ensures processes and outcomes that improve health for clients in all markets.

Seth’s deep knowledge of behavior change, population health and measurement allow him to visualize and deliver on program innovation. He has more than 25 years of experience in health and productivity management and has published more than 40 articles and chapters.

Seth came to Optum from Mercer’s Total Health Management specialty, where he served as partner and senior consultant for nine years.  During his tenure there he established himself as a national expert on behavior change, program design and measurement.

He spent a decade each in academia and private industry before becoming a consultant. He was vice president of research at StayWell, where he established the industry-leading market research program for developing and marketing consumer health materials and programs. Seth earned a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, where his research focused on health promotion and disease prevention in social ecology.

He is currently the chairman for HERO as well as the lead for the organization’s research strategy. He is a board member of the NBGH Institute of Innovation and Workforce Wellbeing, executive committee member and vice president of the C. Everett Koop Health Project and research committee member with Integrated Benefits Institute.  He is a reviewer for peer review journals such as the American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Health Affairs.

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