Ron Goetzel


Dr. Ron Goetzel

Dr. Ron Z. Goetzel is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for IBM Watson Health. The IHPS bridges the gap between academia, business and healthcare policy, bringing academic resources into policy debates and daily business decisions as well as raising health and productivity management concerns to academics.

Dr. Goetzel is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management (HPM), return-on-investment (ROI), program evaluation, and outcomes research. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles/book chapters and frequently presents at international business and scientific forums.


Turning Crisis into Opportunity

The pandemic (COVID-19) has revealed that the U.S. is woefully unprepared to deal with a major public health emergency. This crisis exposed the weakness of our public health infrastructure with severe consequences to our economy and social fabric.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health along with the de Beaumont Foundation brought together 40 business and public health leaders for a series of focus group interviews, asking them to tackle the multiple threats faced by Americans. Most threats are immediate (how businesses can respond effectively to COVID-19) while others are longer term (how to improve the health and well-being of workers and their communities over time). The key question was, “Tell us how you would best address the COVID-19 pandemic today and how would you prepare for future public health crises?”

After attending this session, you will be able to describe how the pandemic threatens the lives and livelihoods of Americans. You also will be able to identify ways your organizations can adapt immediately. Lastly, you will learn longer-term actions you can take to improve the health and well-being of employees and communities in addition to rebuilding a robust public health infrastructure.

Session Overview

  • Discover how the current crisis presents a unique opportunity to introduce innovative solutions that will positively impact the health and well-being of workers and the larger community
  • Learn “solutions” that businesses can adopt immediately on their own or as part of a collaboration
  • Recognize when to step outside your comfort zone and advocate for broader societal initiatives aimed at rebuilding America’s crumbling public health infrastructure