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Episode 19: Functional Wellbeing with Sean Sullivan

Aug 02, 2018


In this podcast, John Marchica has a conversation with Sean Sullivan, JD on the need to address not just physical wellness in the workforce, but also its wellbeing. Sean and John speak on the growing trend of value-based care, not just in the United States, but also internationally.

Here are some of the interview highlights:

  • What are the definitions of wellness and wellbeing in the workforce, and where are we currently?
  • How do companies measure and address wellness? How do they tackle the harder task of workforce wellbeing?
  • The changing outlook of seeing employees as human capital, their wellbeing as an investment rather than a cost.

In this episode

Sean Sullivan, JD

Sean Sullivan is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management, as well as the WorkPlace Wellness Alliance which was created by the World Economic Forum, now managed and sustained by the Institute. Founded in 1997, the Institute is a global enterprise that serves as a catalyst and champion for a growing international movement to establish health as the new “human capital asset” and source of competitive workforce advantage for the 21st century economy.

Sean speaks regularly at Forums in Europe and the United Kingdom and has held training and certification academies in Brazil, China and the United Arab Emirates. Prior to founding the Institute with two physicians, Mr. Sullivan was the original President and CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health for five years, and spent ten years as a Washington-based health economist and policy analyst – as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) for Public Policy Research, and as Executive Vice President of New Directions for Policy. Mr. Sullivan holds degrees in economics from Harvard and law from Stanford.

John Marchica

John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and CEO of Darwin Research Group. He was the founder and CEO of FaxWatch, a leading business intelligence and medical education company and two-time member of the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing companies.

John is the author of The Accountable Organization and has advised senior management on strategy and organizational change for more than a decade. John earned his B.A. in economics from Knox College, an MBA and M.A. in public policy from The University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. coursework and doctoral exams in clinical epidemiology and health economics at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He is a faculty associate in the W.P. Carey School of Business and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

About Darwin Research Group

Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers, private equity, and venture capital firms. The company was founded in 2010 as Darwin Advisory Partners, LLC and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a satellite office in Princeton, N.J.


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