Our Story

HealthyCultureNow is a new initiative based on 50 plus years of experience in supportive cultural environments. The Human Resources Institute was formed in the 1960s to provide culture change consulting services. Our consultants worked on groundbreaking organizational and community projects. However, our reach was limited by our emphasis on consulting. Since 1987, we have developed training systems, books, movies, surveys, Internet tools, and other resources that make it possible to have a large and positive impact with fewer employees. Consulting now makes up a much smaller percentage of our business. This better matches our belief that groups and organizations should be in a position to create the cultural environments they want and need.

The HealthyCultureNow well-being toolkit is part of our strategy for making our successful culture change approach widely available. The company was formed in 2020 to create a podcast and leadership training about creating healthy and productive cultures. HealthyCultureNow training is now available for: (1) human resources and well-being professionals, and (2) manager and members of wellness committees. The podcast features many key concepts and strategies previously available only through our consulting services. We are also able to share testimonials from those actively engaged in fostering supportive cultural environments for themselves, their families, their organizations and their communities. We are leveraging podcast technology and strategic partnerships in order to remain a small company with a large and positive impact. We do our work in a spirit of partnership and kindness. We understand that the best work will be done together.

Our Podcast Hosts

Richard Safeer, MD, FACLM, FAAFP, FACPM is Chief Medical Director, Employee Health and Well-being at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Safeer leads the Healthy at Hopkins employee health and well-being strategy. He is an assistant professor of General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. He also teaches in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Safeer currently sees patients in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Cardiology department.

Ewa Stelmasiak, MA, MSc is founder and owner of the Wellness Institute in Warsaw, Poland. Ewa is a thought leader, consultant, trainer, coach, researcher, author and speaker with a mission to inspire and support people in evolving their mindsets toward new paradigms of thinking reflective of current evolutions both in medicine and business 4.0. In 2018 Ewa coined the term “Well-being 4.0” and created a model to promote the well-being of people in a fast-paced, digitalized and VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world. Ewa supports company leaders in growing their well-being leadership competencies and engaging their employees in self-care. Ewa is a wellness pioneer and years-long dynamic educator in the field.

Judd Allen earned his Ph.D. in community psychology from New York University. In addition to serving as president of the Human Resources Institute and Wellness Culture Coaching, Judd serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Judd has authored more than 50 books, journal articles, training manuals and software titles. His most recent books are 103 Challenges for Manager-Led Wellness, Leading for PurposeThe Cultural Analysis Toolkit, The Social Climate Toolkit, Kitchen Table Talks for Wellness, Bringing Wellness Home, Wellness Leadership and Healthy Habits, Helpful Friends. He is also the author of the Lifegain Wellness Culture Survey, and the Work Climate Survey. His movie credits include With a Little Help from My Friends, Wellness Mentor Training, Wellness Leadership and Working Well. Judd created the Wellness Connections card game. Judd has also developed online and classroom-style training tools for teaching others about wellness leadership, peer support and household support.

Judd is a regular speaker at national and regional conferences. His lectures, workshops and trainings cover a variety of culture change topics, including peer support, household support, the role of leadership in promoting wellness, how to create supportive cultural environments, and how to create a healthy social climate at work. Judd has assisted several hundred government, business and community organizations in bringing about lasting and positive culture change. He has served as a senior research analyst at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, on the board of directors of the National Wellness Institute and served on the Vermont Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. He has also served on the faculties of New York University, Cornell University Medical College, Johnson State College and Nebraska Methodist College.