Last week, during the inaugural Healthy10 Awards, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation honored 10 partnerships for their efforts to connect businesses and communities promote good health.
The Healthy10 Awards concluded the Health Means Business National Summit, an extension of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Health Means Business campaign and an opportunity for business, government and non-profit leaders to discuss the business community’s role in improving community wellness.
Recognized partnerships, which are working to tackle issues ranging from a lack of access to healthy foods in urban areas, lung cancer and physical fitness, fall into three categories related to community health and wellness — Healthy Community, Healthy Education and Workforce and Healthy Environment, and one of the 10 programs is awarded the top overall honor. In addition to traditional initiatives between local businesses and traditional partners, there are a number of forward-thinking businesses that have embedded the health of consumers and communities within their core business models and missions.
For 2017, the Partnership of the Year award was granted to the Los Angeles Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, a partnership between Eisner Health, Target and Wholesome Wave. The program is helping make healthy eating more affordable for low-income people in the Los Angeles area.
The other nine Health10 winners include:
- BD, Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Center’s “BD Helping Build Healthy Communities” initiative: Helps local community clinics deliver primary and preventative healthcare services related to the prevention and treatment of diabetes, cervical cancer and HIV.
- Health Care Services Corporation and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest’s “Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma” initiative: Identifies clinics treating a large number of pediatric patients with asthma and provides a year-long training program focused on improving quality of care.
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the American Lung Association’s “LUNG FORCE” initiative: Designed to fight and ultimately defeat lung cancer. Through awareness, improving prevention and early detection efforts and enhancing treatment, LUNG FORCE has helped curtail decades of stigma surrounding lung cancer.
Healthy Education and Workforce
- The Memphis Business Group on Health’s CEO Culture of Health initiative: An employer-led initiative focused on promoting healthy company policies, programs, benefits and cultures, empowering CEOs to become health champions.
- GSK, the Food Trust and the Philadelphia Youth Network’s “Get HYPE Philly!” initiative: Empowers youth to become leaders for healthy change through physical fitness, nutrition education, entrepreneurship and civic involvement.
- Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana’s “Indiana Health Community Initiative”: Works to combat Indiana’s growing obesity rate. The initiative focuses on developing citizen engagement, adopting policies that support health and wellness at work and in the community and cultivating strong leadership by local businesses.
- Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States and DC Central Kitchen’s “Healthy Corners” initiative: Addresses the more than 200,000 residents in Washington, D.C. who live in food deserts by working with local business to provide healthier food.
- Duke Energy and the North Carolina Community Action Association’s “Duke Energy Helping Home Fund” initiative: Improves the health, safety and energy efficiency of low-income households to prevent chronic diseases that severely impact a person’s health and quality of life.
- Minnesota Somali Chamber of Commerce, City of Minneapolis Health Department, the food safety evaluators and the Somali community’s “Minneapolis Somali-Language Food Safety Coalition”: Helps business owners who struggle to meet compliance standards critical to food safety because of language barriers.