Business Delegation to Philadelphia: Exploring the Connection Between our Health and our Community

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 2:00pm to Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 4:00pm

This June, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with GSK, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and Trust for America’s Health, will convene business delegates with public health experts to have a dynamic discussion about the critical connection between our health and our community. In addition, we will discuss the added value that the private sector can bring to community-based wellness programs. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation along with other key partners will join to provide expertise on this important issue.

Too many kids are growing up in communities that are hazardous to their health, and the alarming level of childhood obesity in America is an indicator of this challenge. This trip will bring together business delegates with experts and practitioners in the field of public health to have a dynamic discussion about the critical connection between our health and our community.  The more we understand this connection, the more we can improve it.

The two-day experience will:

  • (June 2, 2014) Frame the value proposition for building healthier communities and examine high performing partnerships that improve the variety of factors we know affect health. This robust discussion will address the critical challenge of childhood obesity and the various factors that improve health for children. During the day GSK and the Philadelphia Foundation will make a special announcement, and activities will culminate in a rooftop welcome reception at one of the nation's healthiest workplaces in America. 
  • (June 3, 2014) Tour the City of Philadelphia's “Get Healthy Philly” initiative — one of the nation’s finest examples of cross-sector community-based programming for healthy eating and active living. Despite alarming levels of crime, unemployment, and poverty, “Get Healthy Philly” has contributed to the remarkable reversal in the childhood obesity rate in Philadelphia.

Why it matters: We believe that business can and should be part of the solution for healthier communities. This delegation trip will allow for a deepening of partnerships and programming, and the opportunity for constructive conversations about how other communities can achieve exemplary health and wellness results when also facing similar, daunting community health challenges.