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Research-backed Methods to Drive Engagement in Mental Health in the Workplace (passed)

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One of the major challenges facing organizations is the rising rates of depression and anxiety, which can adversely impact workplace culture and work productivity. Kent State University combined diverse mental health programming and turnkey resources from Right Direction to generate high employee engagement and marked increases in outpatient medical utilization and greater prescription drug utilization for mental health conditions.  These findings were subsequently published in the high-impact peer-reviewed scientific journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. This townhall will feature an in-depth discussion of how Kent State University built a mentally-healthy work culture with actionable strategies surrounding employee communication, selection of mental health programming, and other lessons learned.


Kim received her M.Ed from Kent State University. She has worked at Kent State for nearly 25 years in various roles including employee benefits administration, communications, project management, employee engagement, and employee wellness and health promotion. She is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Professional in Human Resources and by the National Wellness Institute as a Certified Wellness Practitioner. Her current responsibilities include the strategic planning and management of Kent State’s health and welfare benefits program and its award-winning “Wellness Your Way” employee wellness and health promotion program.

Sean Godar, Ph.D., MBA

Sean Godar is the Vice President of Strategy and Analytics at Employers Health. Sean leads our analytics team in leveraging data assets to identify pain points and develop innovative strategies and recommendations to address client needs. Sean also works with team members to optimize our portfolio of products and services, strengthen organizational value and enhance the client experience. In addition, Sean serves as the co-director of Right Direction – a collaboration with the American Psychiatric Association Foundation focused on increasing mental health awareness and promoting help-seeking behaviors in the workplace.

Prior to joining Employers Health, Sean worked as a Research Assistant Professor in the Pharmacology and Toxicology department at the University of Utah, where he studied the impact of early-life stress on the development of mental health conditions. Sean obtained his bachelor’s in biochemistry at the University of Dayton, his Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Southern California, and his Global Executive MBA at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

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