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2022 Mental Health In The Workplace Fall Summit

October 6-7, 2022

Hybrid Conference 



    • From Precarious Work to “The Great Resignation”: An International Perspective on Workplace Mental Health presented by Georgia Michlig, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 


    • Wellbeing and Work-Related Productivity presented by Ron Goetzel, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

    • Communication and mental health in the workplace presented by Taylor Adams, Mental Health America

    • Clinician Mental Health: addressing stigma in the workplace presented by Lee Daugherty-Biddison, Johns Hopkins Medicine


    • Ron Goetzel, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

    • Taylor Adams, Mental Health America

    • Lee Daugherty-Biddison, Johns Hopkins Medicine


    • Preventing Clinician Burnout: Making Healthcare Workplaces Healthier for Healthcare Workers presented by Paul DeChant, Physician Executive

    • Mental Health in Vulnerable Worker Populations presented by Michelle Eakin, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

    • Building a Listening Culture: Why, What and How? presented by Carolyn Cumpsty-Fowler, Johns Hopkins Health System


    • Paul DeChant, Physician Executive

    • Michelle Eakin, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

    • Carolyn Cumpsty-Fowler, Johns Hopkins Health System


    • Using Peer Support for Mental Health Support presented by Rich Safeer, Johns Hopkins Medicine

    • Workforce Mental Health in the COVID Era and Beyond presented by David Ballard, Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)

    • Best Practices in Mental Health in the Workplace presented by Enid Chung Roemer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


    • Rich Safeer, Johns Hopkins Medicine

    • David Ballard, Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)

    • Enid Chung Roemer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health



In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center (ERC) for Occupational Safety and Health, we, the John Hopkins P.O.E Total Worker Health® Center in Mental Health, will be hosting an interactive, Hybrid (in person and virtual) Fall Summit, the Mental Health in the Workplace Summit. This is a regional summit oriented to local stakeholders and will focus on workplace culture, peer support, communication about mental health, and burnout, among other topics. We welcome those interested in workforce mental health to join.

The goal of this free, regionally focused Summit is to engage with local stakeholders through lectures on relevant workplace mental health topics while also offering worker populations of various industry sectors an opportunity to provide information on the barriers and facilitators to occupational mental health and well-being through interactive sessions. The information gathered during the Summit will be used to help direct future P.O.E. center projects, educational material development, and other resources on key areas identified to address the mental health needs of essential worker populations in the region.


Thursday, October 6, 2022

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, October 7, 2022

8:30 am - 2:00 pm

In-person Location

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N Wolfe St.
Baltimore MD 21205

  • Room Location: Feinstone Hall
  • Directions can be found here

Zoom information

  • Will be emailed closer to the date of the conference.


FREE to attend. In person seating is limited. 

  • Registration is now closed. Walk in registration will be available in person in Feinstone Hall. 


October 6, 2022

8:00 - 8:30 am

Sign in / coffee / snacks

8:30 - 8:40 am


Introduction for Keynote Speaker

8:40 - 9:25 am

Keynote Address

From Precarious Work to “The Great Resignation”: An International
Perspective on Workplace Mental Health

Georgia Michlig
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 


With precarious work on the rise and “quiet quitting” trending on TikTok, furthering our understanding of workplace mental health is as timely as it comes. This presentation aims to reflect on several global and national phenomena related to workplace mental health. It will explore stressors for poor mental health in the workplace, outcomes related to diminished worker wellbeing, and interventions to support workplace mental health in both formal and informal worker populations globally.

9:25 - 9:30 am


9:30 - 10:15 am

Interactive Session #1 

10:15 - 10:25 am


10:25 - 10:30 am


Speaker Introductions

10:30 - 10:50 am

Wellbeing and Work-Related Productivity

Ron Goetzel
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 


  • Participants will articulate 3-5 stressors and their behavioural outcomes that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Participants will articulate 3-5 evidence-based initiatives employers can offer at the workplace to address individual, organizational, and environmental stressors.
  • Participants will describe structure, process, and outcome measures useful in evaluating workplace health and wellbeing programs.
  • Participants will describe the criteria for best practice as defined by the Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace.

10:50 - 11:10 am

Communication and Mental Health in the Workplace

Taylor Adams
Mental Health America


  • Discuss effective practices to educate workers on mental health and available support
  • Present employer examples of practical application
  • Share resources that support employers’ communication efforts

11:10 - 11:30 am

Clinician Mental Health: Addressing stigma in the workplace

Lee Daugherty-Biddison
Johns Hopkins Medicine


  • Discuss drivers of stigma around seeking help for mental health related issues for individuals working in health care
  • Summarize efforts to address these drivers
  • Describe promising future efforts in addressing mental health stigma for clinicians

11:30 - 11:40 am

Panel Discussion

11:40 am - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 1:45 pm

Interactive Session #2

1:45 - 1:55 pm


1:55 - 2:00 pm


Speaker Introductions

2:00 - 2:20 pm

Preventing Clinician Burnout: Making Healthcare Workplaces
Healthier for Healthcare Workers

Paul DeChant
Physician Executive


  • Explain the manifestations of burnout, the drivers, and the link between the two
  • Review a model for enhancing professional fulfillment for clinicians along three domains:
    • personal resilience,
    • workflow efficiency, and
    • management system and leadership practices

2:20 - 2:40 pm

Mental Health in Vulnerable Worker Populations

Michelle Eakin
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


  • Identify mental health challenges in vulnerable (including migrant) worker populations
  • Discuss evidence-based treatments for addressing mental health challenges
  • Describe the impact of federal policies on the mental wellbeing in vulnerable populations

2:40 - 3:00 pm

Building a Listening Culture: Why, What and How?

Carolyn Cumpsty-Fowler
Johns Hopkins Health System


  • Illustrate the relationship between being heard and well-being.
  • Describe a listening culture
  • Introduce strategies to promote inclusive and non-judgmental listening

3:00 - 3:10 pm

Panel Discussion

3:10 - 3:20 pm


3:20 - 4:45 pm

Interactive Session #3

4:45 - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

5:00 pm



October 7, 2022

8:30 - 8:45 am

Sign in / coffee / snacks

8:45- 9:25 am

Recap of activities


9:25 - 9:30 am


9:30 - 9:35 am


Speaker Introductions

9:35 - 9:55 am

Using Peer Support for Mental Health Support

Rich Safeer
Johns Hopkins Medicine


  • List three ways peer support can support mental health
  • Cite three strategies employers can implement to promote peer support

9:55 - 10:15 am

Workforce Mental Health in the COVID Era and Beyond 

David Ballard
Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)


  • At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to…
  • describe common issues that have affected workers’ psychological well-being during the pandemic and return to work
  • list three types of psychosocial hazards that can affect worker mental health
  • discuss changing worker needs and expectations and the implications for employers

10:15 - 10:35 am

Best Practices in Mental Health in the Workplace

Enid Chung Roemer
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


  • To provide an overview of the eight categories of best practices in workplace mental health identified through our literature review.
  • To highlight examples of best practice interventions in addressing POE-related stressors and their expected outcomes.
  • To illustrate the measurement and evaluation framework in understanding the psychosocial, organizational, and environmental (POE) dimensions of workplace stressors that impact mental health and wellbeing.

10:35 - 10:45 am

Panel Discussion

10:45 - 10:55 am


10:55 - 11:40 am

Interactive Session #4

11:40 am - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 1:40 pm

Closing Keynote Address

First, Do No Harm: Workplace Response to Suicide

Marie Holowaychuk 
Veterinary Professional

Session Description 

The suicide of a colleague or co-worker can lead to significant grief and distress for those left in the workplace. Recently developed resources have been created to help leaders and team members navigate the aftermath of a suicide. During this session, tools and strategies will be shared for helping the workplace community grieve, cope, and memorialize employees, while reducing the risk to vulnerable team members. Attendees will come away knowing best practices for a workplace response to the suicide of a team member.


  • Recognize the harm that can occur with workplace mishandlings of suicide.
  • Know best practices for how workplace leaders and members should respond after a suicide.
  • Understand strategies for allowing workplace communities to grieve, cope, and memorialize members in the short and long term.
  • Reduce the risk of suicide contagion by identifying and supporting vulnerable workplace members

1:40 - 2:00 pm


Closing Remarks

2:00 pm



KEYNOTE - Day one

Georgia Michlig, PhD, is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work has included understanding the experiences of healthcare workers in humanitarian settings, including those providing care during the ISIS occupation of Mosul, Iraq. Most recently Dr. Michlig consulted with the World Health Organization gathering evidence in support of their upcoming guidelines on interventions to support workplace mental health. This work focused on implementation considerations for workplace mental health interventions, understanding the values and preferences in the global workforce for such interventions, and formative work to explore the experiences of workers in the informal global economy and potential routes to promote wellbeing in this vast, but understudied, worker population.


KEYNOTE - Day two

Marie Holowaychuk DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYTis a board-certified veterinary specialist who passionately advocates for veterinarian mental health and wellbeing. A researcher, writer, and speaker for more than 15 years, she champions topics related to burnout, workplace wellness, and stigma. Dr. Holowaychuk is the host of the Reviving Vet Med podcast and, as a certified yoga and meditation teacher, facilitates workshops and retreats for veterinary team members. She also volunteers as a member of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Wellness Advisory Committee.


Taylor Adams Taylor Adams (she/her), Mental Health America’s (MHA’s) Director of Workplace Mental Health, developed and spearheads the Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health national employer recognition program and MHA’s annual Mind the Workplace research reports. Her previous work was focused on suicide prevention, and she brings this experience to support companies in evaluating and refining policies to support staff in their mental health journeys. Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.


David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, is an organizational consultant with more than 15 years of prior experience as a non-profit executive. His emphasis is on promoting employee well-being and organizational performance through the integration of psychology and business. Dr. Ballard’s work focuses on organizational effectiveness, occupational health promotion, workforce mental health, program design and evaluation, and systems-level workplace interventions. He is the Scientific Advisor for Workforce Mental Health at the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), serves on the boards of directors for The Health Project and Sound Mind, co-chairs the Advisory Committee for The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace, and is a member of NIOSH’s Cross-Sector Council on Healthy Work Design and Well-being.


Lee Daugherty-Biddison, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Johns Hopkins Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Chief Wellness Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She is Associate Faculty in the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and a Contributing Scholar in the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Dr. Daugherty Biddison’s research interests include hospital operations, patient safety, critical care disaster response, and physician well-being.


Paul DeChant, MD, MBA, FAAFP, is a thought leader to C-level executives pursuing organizational well-being. He is an authority on reducing physician burnout by fixing dysfunction in the clinical workplace. He is co-author of the book, “Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine”, speaks internationally, and blogs regularly at Paul is an experienced physician executive with more than 25 years of clinical and management experience in all aspects of medical group leadership, including quality improvement, strategic planning, financial growth, acquisitions, and Lean transformation.


Michelle Eakin, PhD, MA, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is a clinical psychologist who focuses on developing, evaluating and implementing evidence based behavioral interventions to improve mental and physical well-being. She has multiple NIH grants to develop and implement programs to reduce health disparities and improve well-being in Baltimore.


Ron Goetzel, PhD, is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world – bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions and bringing worker health and productivity management concerns to academia. He is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management (HPM), return-on-investment (ROI), program evaluation, and outcomes research. Dr. Goetzel has published well over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and frequently presents at international business and scientific forums.


Enid Chung Roemer, PhD, is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, and Deputy Director at the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has 20 years of experience conducting measurement and research examining the impact of workplace health promotion and protection programs on both individual and organizational health and productivity outcomes. Dr. Roemer is among the core research faculty of the John Hopkins POE Center, and is currently engaged in two of the studies focused on the mental health of essential workers. She is also a founding Co-chair member of the Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace.


Rich Safeer, MD, Richard Safeer is the chief medical director of employee health and well-being for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this role, he leads the Healthy at Hopkins employee health and well-being strategy. He currently sees patients in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Division of Pediatric Cardiology. In addition, he teaches in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Carolyn Cumpsty-Fowler, PhD, MPH is Senior Director for Nursing Well-being for the Johns Hopkins Health System. In this role she is responsible for programs, partnerships, and capacity development to support well-being and well-being focused leadership. Dr Cumpsty Fowler holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She is a credentialed positive psychology and well-being coach.