How Online Communities Can Transform Employee Health


Presenters: Todd Nilson, FeverBee; Colleen Young, Mayo Clinic Connect; and Amanda Graham, Truth Initiative

Original program date: March 2018 (this program is no longer available)

Program length: 60 minutes

Provide social support? Check.

Share knowledge? Check.

Improve the employee experience? Check. Check.

Online communities can provide these benefits and much more in support of your company’s goals. Using the right online communities, you can kickstart—and sustain–engagement in improving employee health. Research shows that even complex and costly addictions such as tobacco use can be overcome with active support from an online community. Why do some communities succeed where others fail? Learn why and how choosing successful online communities can transform employee health.

In this program, Todd Nilson, head of consultancy for FeverBee, will discuss role online communities play in achieving organizational goals. Colleen Young, community director of Mayo Clinic Connect, will share what works (and what doesn’t) with online communities for effective health engagement. And Amanda Graham, senior vice president of Innovations for the EX Program at Truth Initiative, will discuss recent research on how online communities are a critical tool to help today’s tobacco users to quit successfully.

In this webcast you will learn:

  • Pivotal ways that online communities support organizations to achieve company goals
  • Key considerations for online communities to effectively engage employees in healthy actions
  • The essential framework for online communities to help tobacco users quit


About the Presenters: Todd Nilson is the head of consultancy for FeverBee and is a frequent writer and speaker on the topic of online communities. FeverBee is a global online community consultancy dedicated to helping organizations harness the potential of psychology and data to build world-class communities. FeverBee has helped 250+ companies develop some of the world’s largest online communities, including those for Google, The World Bank, Oracle, Amazon, Autodesk, Lego, The United Nations, Novartis and many more. Nilson specializes in planning, implementing and optimizing online communities, gamification strategies, digital recruitment, and employee engagement programs.

Colleen Young is the community director of Mayo Clinic Connect, a virtual community connecting patients with each other and to Mayo Clinic medical expertise. An internationally recognized expert in building online patient communities that thrive, Young is known as a “tenacious connector of patients." She frequently speaks about the experience of illness in the digital age and the social web’s impact on health and health care, including presenting at Stanford Medicine X and Mayo's Health Care Summit in Australia #MayoInOz.

Amanda Graham, is senior vice president of innovations for the EX Program at Truth Initiative, a national public health organization that is inspiring tobacco-free lives. She also is a research investigator at the Schroeder Institute at Truth Initiative and an adjunct professor of Oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center. Under her leadership, the Innovations team has built a suite of technology solutions for smoking cessation including the EX Program, a digital tobacco cessation program. She has authored over 80 peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter on the powerful role of online social networks for health, and is frequently invited to speak at national conferences.

Recertification Credit

Viewing this webcast in its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM and recertification from the HR Certification Institute (general credit).

Webcast Sponsor

This webcast is sponsored by EX Program



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