Edington Associates is a company that embraces 30 years of health management research and consultative expertise and correlates organizational health strategy with measurable outcomes.
Dee Edington, Ph.D
Dee Edington, Ph.D is the Founder and Chairman of Edington Associates, LLC. He is the Founder and Professor of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center and was the Director of the Center until June 2011. In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Edington spent 25 years in academic administration. Trained in mathematics, kinesiology, and biochemistry, Dr. Edington received his B.S and Ph.D degrees from Michigan State University and completed his M.S. at Florida State University. He did post-doctoral work at the University of Toronto and taught at the University of Massachusetts before coming to Michigan in 1976. Dr. Edington’s research focuses on the precursors of disease and vitality. His interest is in the relationships between healthy lifestyles, vitality, and quality of life, as they benefit both individuals and organizations. He is specifically interested in how individual health management, worksite wellness activities, and programs within organizations impact health care cost containment, productivity, and human resource development. He is the author or co-author of over 1,000 articles, presentations, and several books, including:
- Biology of Physical Activity
- Biological Awareness Frontiers of Exercise Biology
- The One Minute Manager Balances Work and Life
- Frontiers of Exercise Biology
- Integrating Employee Health: A Model Program for NASA
- Employer Health Asset Management
- Zero Trends: Health as a Serious Economic Strategy
- Shared Values-Shared Results: Positive Organizational Health as a Win-Win Philosophy
Dr. Edington brings nearly 40 years of expertise to Edington Associates and provides a creative learning environment to help organizations move towards achieving a Champion Company status.
Jennifer Pitts, Ph.D
Jennifer Pitts, Ph.D is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Edington Associates, LLC. She has more than 20 years of healthcare research and consulting experience in both academic and applied settings. Before joining Edington Associates, Dr. Pitts spent 12 years with Pfizer Health Solutions Inc (PHS) as the Director of the Outcomes and Analytics unit. At PHS, she was involved with the design and evaluation of health improvement programs and community programs at the local, state, and federal levels across the United States as well as abroad. Jennifer also previously held positions at UCLA’s Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, Kaiser Permanente’s Organization Effectiveness Division, and at Casa Colina Medical Rehabilitation Hospital in Pomona, California. Dr. Pitts has a doctorate in Social Psychology, a masters degree in Experimental Psychology, a bachelors degree in Behavioral Sciences, and held a two-year Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA’s School of Medicine.