In every American community, businesses have the ability to shape discussions and influence community health.
Improving community wellness isn't just for health care companies. And it isn't just about employee wellness. It’s about people—and how to make their lives healthier, happier, and more productive. We believe that every business can play a leadership role in bolstering the health of their customers, their communities, and our current and future workforce.
The U.S. Chamber Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and local and regional chambers of commerce, has made creating a healthy workforce and healthy communities a top priority through the Health Means Business campaign. We’re bringing together businesses of all sizes, and their cross-sector partners, to become a powerful force for societal change. What began as a dialogue has become a call-to-action.
The Chamber Foundation’s Health Means Business campaign hosted the first National Summit and Healthy10 Awards on February 15—16, 2017 in Washington D.C. The National Summit brought together some of the most innovative businesses at the forefront of the health movement.
The Health Means Business National Summit featured:
- High caliber thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers from the ranks of business, government, nonprofits, health organizations, academia, and the media.
- Insightful panels, small group breakout sessions, and a variety of networking and physical fitness opportunities to showcase the powerful lessons learned from the Health Means Business campaign on a national stage.
- Original research on the business investment in community health.
- The campaign’s Health Champions Network.
We explored the critical link between the business bottom line and health outcomes; the collective impact that can be achieved when focusing on the health of communities; and how businesses can become more competitive and help shape a healthier and more prosperous future, even outside the walls of their own businesses.
In addition, honored ten outstanding cross-sector collaborations or innovative businesses working to create healthier communities across the nation. The winners were recognized during the inaugural Healthy10 Awards Ceremony.
We hope to see you at future events and invite you to join our business-led movement to create healthier workers and healthier communities!
Check out the highlights video below to get a glimpse of what our National Summit was like: