The Health Means Business campaign is a two-year commitment by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in an unprecedented partnership with local and regional chambers, to foster business engagement in the wellness of our nation’s communities.
Our goals are to create an enlightened national discussion which engages small, medium, and large businesses about the interdependency between health and economic empowerment, and to promote a culture of health in the United States. In addition, we hope to create a framework for continued dialogue with our community partners that will take us beyond 2017.
The Health Means Business campaign consists of:
- Regional Forums. The campaign will travel to a minimum of 10 communities through forums in conjunction with local and regional chambers of commerce. The purpose of each forum is to engage local businesses and other key community stakeholders, including members of the media, in discussions about health, education, and economic outcomes, and to encourage increased business involvement in building healthy communities.
- Research. In partnership with a prominent academic institution, the project is producing novel research to draw the connections between health, education, and jobs. The final report will drive a greater understanding of the link between business and health, and provide evidence about how health and economic empowerment are linked.
- Resource Center. The Resource Center will engage businesses (large and small) to work with their local chambers of commerce around health and economic issues. More than a simple listing of resources, the Resource Center will contain specific tools for taking action to address a community’s health and economic issues.
- National Summit. The capstone of the campaign will be a National Summit to showcase our momentum and lessons learned from the forums and the campaign, providing insights on a national stage. This event will take place at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Washington, D.C. and will bring together businesses, policy-makers, key health and education influencers, and others including the national media, to explore the critical link between economic outcomes and health outcomes, and the collective impact that stakeholders can achieve when focusing together on the health of communities.
National Awards Ceremony. In conjunction with the National Summit, we will host a Healthy 10 Awards Ceremony to honor ten local partnerships across the country that involve a private sector component, and are leaders in improving community wellness through greater economic opportunity. By showcasing collaborative partnerships that are creating a culture of health, the business community will be empowered and motivated to greater involvement in health outcomes.
If you are a chamber of commerce or community that want to be involved in the Healthy Business campaign, learn how to get involved!
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.