Track 5 - Healthy Populations and Communities (Chronic Disease
Infectious Disease & Resilience)
Sharing Session - 60 Minutes
G9 - Unleashing the Power to Accomplish Real Change: Collaborating to Build a Healthy Workforce, Healthy Community, and Healthy Economy
Wednesday, July 11
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Salon D
Trends show compelling reasons for the business sector to partner with public health agencies on employee wellness initiatives. A local health department in Arizona will showcase how they have actively cultivated public/private partnerships to grow healthy communities. Business and public agencies are capturing synergy through innovative, evidence-based initiatives, and forming collaborations focused on promoting the mutual exchange of ideas, resources, expertise and access to specific populations.
Learn how this public health initiative developed a program to offer free workplace health training and resources to help employers implement evidence-based worksite wellness initiatives; how to create public-private partnerships to support sustainable, replicable, cost-effective worksite wellness initiatives in communities, and how to build continuous quality improvement within worksite wellness programs. The partnership with the local Chamber Foundation and several public health initiatives that were developed to support and sustain evidence-based worksite wellness in Arizona will be highlighted in this session; the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program (HAWP), the state policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) Project, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Workplace TA Project. Understanding that employee wellness programs are essential to the long-term viability of all businesses, a workplace health initiative was developed by the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation and supported by cross-sector partners, including the local health department. HAWP utilizes tools developed by the CDC’s National Healthy Worksite Program to help employers design and implement a worksite wellness program that utilizes evidence-based initiatives. The PSE Project provides support to communities to help leverage resources and develop sustainable, efficient and effective initiatives to improve the health of employees and communities.
Partnerships & Collaborations, Health Education, Workforce