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The Power Of Great Leaders: The Chapman Effect

Posted By Melissa Matheson, Thursday, September 14, 2017

Why WellCert? A Letter From Philip Swayze, CWPD, HUB International

Since 2010 I have chaired the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Leadership Awards program.  The people I’ve met through this process and my 19 years in the field of prevention and wellness have underscored for me the positive influence and meaningful impact that one person can have on the practice of health and well-being. 

There are so many amazing men and women in our field I could write about but today I want to focus on Dr. Larry Chapman – an individual that I’ve known and respected since 2004 when he was the CEO of Summex.   I first met Larry when his company was selected to offer services through a Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) wellness-infused health plan product.  I was a young(er) wellness communications strategist for BCBSRI, and we were creating this really amazing product that allowed participants to opt into one of several different wellness program options based on their risk profile, preferred communications medium and personal behavior change preferences.

Larry provided his years of wisdom and experience in the integration of his online programs into the HMPC product we were building.  Fast forward to 2017 and Larry is now offering his knowledge and expertise through the Chapman Institute’s WellCert® program.  Class participants receive full peer-reviewed articles Larry wrote for the wellness field in The Art of Health Promotion such as his Meta-Evaluation of Worksite Health Promotion Economic Return Studies (TAHP 2012).  Dr. Chapman’s WellCert® program offers four levels of curriculum that he’s carefully designed to provide a foundation of research-backed knowledge and offer a suite of tools to support the development and implementation of a successful worksite wellness program.

Over the past 3 years, I have reconnected with Larry and completed levels 1-3 of his WellCert program.  His field-tested methodologies have provided me with additional tools and strategies that have helped me grow my career and continue my success in the field of health and well-being.  I encourage anyone seeking to improve their knowledge and skills as a worksite wellness consultant to go through one or more of his certification courses. The WWCMA is hosting WellCert level 1 October 9 and 10 and level 2 on October 11 and 12 in Watertown, MA.  Sign up today for a chance to study under Larry and give your career in wellness a boost!

Like Michael Samuelson, Dee Edington and Vic Strecher, Larry Chapman is one of the many influential people from the state of Michigan who has had and continues to have a lasting impact on the field of health and wellbeing.  Thank you, Larry!


Philip Swayze, MS, Certified Wellness Program Director

Hub International, New England

Tags:  BCBSRI  HUB International  Larry Chapman  Philip Swayze  The Chapman Institute  WellCert Certification  Wellness  Wellness Certifications  Wellness Programs  Worksite Wellness 

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