Center, Cancer Care Management Department of Newark,
Del., recognizes the importance of self-care via flexible
scheduling, one-on-one meetings with the director and a
confidential wellness website.
• Triple-S, the leading managed care company of Puerto
Rico, offers an onsite employee health clinic, a Leadership
Development Academy and an employee recognition program
offering cash awards.
• Tripler Army Medical Center of Honolulu, has onsite
safety officers, a commitment to employee development and
staff input, flexible scheduling and employee recognition
Nine organizations were 2013 Best Practices Honorees:
• Bowers + Kubota Consulting created a wellness program
where employees can earn points for making healthy choices.
• Christiana Care Health System, Helen F. Graham Cancer
Center, Cancer Care Management Department uses an annual
retreat to set goals for the coming year and help staff recharge
so they can help their patients heal.
• Cleveland Clinic, Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis
Treatment and Research of Ohio has a disease management
program for employees diagnosed with chronic conditions
affected by lifestyle choices.
• St. Luke’s of Duluth, Minn., launched a safe patient
handling program to reduce injuries incurred while lifting and
moving patients, resulting in a dramatic decline in the hospital’s
workers’ compensation claims.
• Tasty Catering of Elk Grove Village, Ill., replaced formal
departments with teams that send members to monthly council
meetings that resulted in the creation of seven core values that
now guide day-to-day work.
• The Harvest Group of Rogers, Ark., maintains an intimate
office culture despite rapid growth with strategy teams whose
leaders are responsible for setting goals, directing their teams
and meeting deadlines.
• Triple-S provides an onsite health clinic offering medical
services, support programs and preventive screenings;
employees may also consult with a psychologist during paid
• Tripler Army Medical Center averts compassion fatigue by
requiring resiliency training for staff who work with patients.
The training has significantly reduced burnout and improved
• University of Southern California in Los Angeles has a
Center for Work and Family Life that’s a one-stop-shop for
counseling, referrals and more, plus a website with wellness-enhancing resources and stress-reduction labs that allow users
to see how stress affects their hearts.
To learn more about APA’s Psychologically Healthy
Workplace Program and the 2013 winners, visit www.
The following people and organizations were honored at the
2013 State Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C.,
• Michael Butz, PhD, legislative chair of the Montana
Psychological Association, was awarded the State, Provincial,
and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs Outstanding
Staff Member award from APA’s Div. 31 (State, Provincial
and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs) for his
leadership and active involvement in advocacy efforts critical
to the state of Montana and to the profession of psychology.
• Janet Hibel, PhD, of the Florida Psychological
Association was awarded the APA Practice Organization’s
Outstanding Federal Advocacy Coordinator Award for her
exceptional skills in advocacy, grassroots mobilization and
• Terrence Koller, PhD, of Illinois, won the APA
Committee of State Leaders State Leadership Award for
nearly 20 years of advocacy and leadership service to the
Illinois Psychological Association and for his extensive work
in Illinois public service.
• The Kentucky Psychological Association was awarded
the APA Div. 31 Diversity Award for their outstanding efforts
to promote diversity in psychology in Kentucky and to raise
the awareness among psychologists and other health care
disciplines about cultural considerations in practice and
• The Oregon Psychological Association was awarded
the American Psychological Association of Graduate
Students (APAGS) Award for Outstanding State, Provincial
and Territorial Psychological Association of the Year for
their efforts to promote graduate student development and
involvement in the state of Oregon, APAGS and Div. 31.
• U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R. I.) was awarded
the APA Outstanding Leadership Award for his support of
psychology through sponsorship of the legislation to make
psychologists eligible for financial incentives for adopting
health information technology in their practices.
• The New Hampshire Psychological Association was
awarded the APA Div. 31 Most Outstanding State, Provincial
and Territorial Psychological Association Award for their two
years of hard work and dedication in the face of numerous
financial and legislative barriers to create an independent
board of psychology in New Hampshire.
• Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Ore.) was awarded the APAPO
State Legislator of the Year Award for her long time support
of mental health issues and prescriptive authority legislation
for psychologists. n