HMB White Paper Showcases Healthy Work Trends

December 21, 2016

University of Phoenix® College of Health Professions  shared key findings from the Phoenix Health Means Business Forum the College hosted in May. Spearheaded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Health Means Business campaign travels to communities across the nation to engage local businesses and key community stakeholders in discussions about health, education, and economic outcomes, and to encourage increased business involvement in building healthy communities.

“With illness-related absenteeism costing employers $225 billion annually in lost productivity, there is a strong business case for taking action to improve employee health and well-being,” said Doris Savron, executive dean, College of Health Professions at University of Phoenix. “A healthy economy thrives and grows when its population is healthy, and business leaders have an immense opportunity to promote health in their organizations and positively impact the intrinsic link between good health and good business.”

The Phoenix event drew more than 100 attendees representing government, businesses, enterprises, and nonprofits who gathered to hear and share insights about how to take a more proactive approach to foster well-being that benefits communities and businesses alike. Two panel discussions moderated by leaders from the business, public health, and education sector focused on the challenges Phoenix faces that impact collective health in communities and workplaces.

The “Healthy Community” panel addressed the wellness challenges the Phoenix community faces in the metropolitan area and how business can work to overcome them. The three main takeaways business leaders can use to increase health in their organizations identified by the panel include:

  • Assess what businesses and communities are doing so there is no redundancy in efforts
  • Make community wellness a part of corporate social responsibility
  • Leverage the school environment to teach health-related skills that will last students for their lifetimes, and that they can take home to their families and friends

The “Healthy Workforce” panel identified three ways businesses can incorporate a culture of healthy living and promote these initiatives within their organization, including:

  • Secure leadership buy-in, including showing the numbers that support taking action steps toward a healthier workforce
  • Find ways to encourage workforce health
  • Take inventory of what is happening in the organization and pick one thing to build upon while understanding that it can take several years to build a viable program
     

“America’s competitiveness relies on better health for its citizens,” said Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “The money we spend on poor health depresses wages, reduces profits and diverts money from other investments, further accelerating poor health outcomes. Through the Health Means Business campaign, business leaders are taking action in cities across the nation to invest in workplace and community wellness and, in turn, increase economic competitiveness.”

To view all the findings from the forum, access the white paper at www.phoenix.edu/healthmeansbusiness. To learn more about programs offered through the College of Health Professions, visit www.phoenix.edu/chp. For general information about University of Phoenix programs, including on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed the program and other important information, please visit phoenix.edu/programs/gainful-employment. For more information about Health Means Business campaign, including how to take the Health Means Business pledge, visit www.uschamberfoundation.org/health-champions.