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

Sherry Haskins, Masters of Public Administration, CWWPM

Worksites Initiatives Manager
Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Sherry Haskins, MPA is the Maricopa County Department of Public Health Worksites Initiatives Manager and also leads the Smoke Free AZ regulatory team. Sherry has managed evidence-based health initiatives aimed at building workforce capacity to address health disparities and equal access to services. In her role with the HAWP project she actively builds community-based partnerships and coalitions focused on improving population health outcomes. Sherry has presented at state and national conferences on a variety of public health topics. Sherry holds a BIS -Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters of Public Administration both from Arizona State University.


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Teresa Salama, MHA, CWP

Health Policy Analyst
Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Teresa Salama, MHA, CWP is the Health Policy Analyst for Worksites at the Maricopa Department of Public Health and has presented nationally on Worksite Wellness. She has experience in the private and public sector providing a high level of expertise in supporting employers in developing comprehensive evidence-based wellness programs. Teresa's experience includes supporting healthcare organizations meet accreditation measures, presenting to private employers and building strong partnerships with community organizations.


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G9 - Unleashing the Power to Accomplish Real Change: Collaborating to Build a Healthy Workforce, Healthy Community, and Healthy Economy


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