About Us

The Center for Workforce Health and Performance is a hub of information for research reports, educational resources and a variety of evidence-based information sources on a healthy and high performing workforce. CWHP fosters the use of evidence to promote the value of healthy, engaged and high-performing workers to employers, communities and society at large. By developing knowledge around workforce health and performance improvement and disseminating it widely through scientific and educational forums, CWHP contributes to the adoption of evidence-based policies and practices that support a healthier, happier and high-performing workforce, a healthier economy and, in turn, healthier and more productive communities.

 

Kimberly Jinnett, MSPH, PhD, President/CEO

Dr. Jinnett is President/CEO and co-founder of the Center for Workforce Health and Performance (CWHP) and Affiliate Faculty at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging. CWHP is an independent and objective source for scientific reports and educational resources on healthier, happier and longer working lives. By developing knowledge around workforce health and performance improvement and disseminating it widely through scientific and educational forums, CWHP contributes to the adoption of evidence-based policies and practices that support a healthier, happier and high-performing workforce, a healthier economy and, in turn, healthier and more productive communities. Most recently Dr. Jinnett was Executive Vice President at the Integrated Benefits Institute where she contributed to research and operations since June 2005. Previously, she was a health policy researcher at RAND and at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Jinnett has served as Senior Evaluation Officer, developing and managing research investments for a major national foundation across a variety of substantive areas including leadership, organizational behavior, use of incentives and social change. She has served in senior management positions in a variety of nonprofit organizations, county and federal agencies. Jinnett received her bachelor’s degree in psychobiology and master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in sociology and health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

Debra Lerner, MSc, PhD, Acting Board Chair

Debra Lerner has dedicated her professional career to advancing the science and practice of functional health improvement for working adults with chronic health problems. The Program on Health, Work and Productivity, which she established and currently directs, is a center for research and development staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of experts and funded entirely by grants and contracts. Dr. Lerner’s program is located in Tufts Medical Center, a renowned academic medical institution, where she is both a senior scientist and Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry of Tufts School of Medicine. Her research projects combine expertise in clinical and population-based research. The majority of her projects have been conducted in the workplace and she has a track record of many successful industry collaborations and partnerships. Under her leadership, she and her team developed the first questionnaire to measure the impact of physical and mental health problems on work performance and productivity. The Work Limitations Questionnaire, WLQ, has been extensively validated and is a gold standard of measurement. Dr. Lerner has a strong multidisciplinary perspective. She was trained as a social scientist (she holds a doctoral degree in Medical Sociology) and health administrator (she has a masters of science in Health Administration and Planning).

 

Claire Brockbank, Secretary/Treasurer

Claire Brockbank is a 30-year veteran of the health care industry, with a breadth and depth of perspective that can only come from working across the spectrum of industry segments. Ms. Brockbank is the founder and a principal partner of Segue Consulting, a health care strategy and business development firm. Since 1996, Segue has helped international, national, and local clients revamp their business strategies to help shape or better align with the rapidly changing health care marketplace. Ms. Brockbank’s clients include public and private sector entities, employers, physician and hospital organizations, manufacturing organizations and several technology firms with an interest in the health care sector. Ms. Brockbank has a longstanding relationship with the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (formerly National Business Coalition on Health) and its eValue8 RFI which is responded to by over 100 health plans nationally on behalf of employers representing approximately 100 million lives. The eValue8 data provides a robust foundation for much of her work with health plans and employers. Ms. Brockbank has been a featured speaker at a number of national conferences and her published research can be found in publications including Health Affairs, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Benefits Magazine. Ms. Brockbank received her undergraduate degree from Stanford and her Masters from Harvard. She has three children and enjoys traveling, hiking, pottery, baking, and rare moments in her garden.

 

Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP, Board Member

Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey is an Associate Professor at The University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Dr. Frey chairs the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) sub-specialization and the Financial Social Work Initiative. Her MSW and PhD degrees were earned from the University of Maryland. Dr. Frey’s research focuses on workplace behavioral health, including the impact of employee health and wellbeing on productivity and safety. She studies the effectiveness of employee assistance, work/life, and financial capability programs for working families and has dedicated a significant portion of her research agenda to the prevention of suicide and crisis response in the workplace. Dr. Frey has published over 35 articles in journals including the American Journal of Addictions, Social Work, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Journal of Social Work Education, Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, Research on Social Work Practice, and Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Dr. Frey regularly presents her research at national and international professional conferences. She is also the Co-Editor- in-Chief for the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health.

 

Thomas Parry, PhD, Board Member

Dr. Parry is President Emeritus of the Integrated Benefits Institute, a membership organization that he co-founded in 1995 to help employers and their supplier partners demonstrate the business value of employee health. Before co-founding IBI, he served 11 years as Research Director at the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. His research at CWCI encompassed a wide variety of topics in workers’ compensation, including medical treatment patterns, vocational rehabilitation costs and effectiveness, legal costs and trends, medical utilization, mental stress claims, and physical therapy patterns of care. While at CWCI, Parry was engaged in some of the earliest research and analysis on 24-hour coverage and integrated benefits. Parry speaks on integrated benefits and health and productivity issues at conferences and symposia in the United States and internationally. He served for five years as research advisor to the Roadway Express Inc. Medical Board. Parry received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Wayne Burton, MD, Board Member

N. Burton, M.D. has over 40 years of experience in healthcare and corporate occupational medicine services including healthcare data integration, wellness and disease management programs, and integrated disability management. He was Chief Medical Officer for American Express from 2009 to 2017. Prior to that he was Corporate Medical Director for JPMorgan Chase and its legacy banks for more than 25 years starting the company’s first wellness program in 1982 and integrated health data management system in 1987. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Since 1978, Dr. Burton has been an associate professor of clinical medicine at Northwestern University Medical School. He’s also an adjunct professor of Environmental & Occupational Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Burton completed his B.A. at the University of California/Santa Barbara, and his medical training at the University of Oregon in Portland. He did his internal medicine residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois where he was Chief Medical Resident and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He is on the editorial boards of Population Health Management and the Journal of Health and Productivity and has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals on various aspects of employee health and productivity.

 

Kevin Mead, Board Member

Kevin Mead is responsible for overseeing Novo Nordisk’s strategic employer/consultant/labor union business unit. He has worked within the managed healthcare industry for over 29 years and has held a variety of senior level positions in market access. Kevin has over 17 years of experience working with employers and influencers. Previous market access organizations have included, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, Schering Plough, Novartis Pharmaceuticals & Allergan. Kevin has been an invited speaker with AMCP, World Health Congress, IMS, Zitter, Q1 Productions, IBI, other on various topics including, specialty pharmacy, market access contracting, Rx marketing, other. In addition to serving on CWHP’s Board, Kevin holds the current position of Chairman of the Board for the Integrated Benefits Institute in SF, CA. Kevin resides in Sisters, OR with his wife Katherine. He has two daughters, Kelsey who lives and works in San Francisco and Siobhan, founder of BluPrint Solutions in Eugene, OR.