MORE ABOUT EMPLOYEE HEALTH IMPROVEMENT
CHMI engages with employers across all industry sectors to identify opportunities within their organizations to improve and support employee well-being. CHMI works with employers to integrate a culture of health, decrease health disparities, and embed health-supporting practice changes through the development of an evidence-based and comprehensive employee health and well-being approach.
Framework for Improvement
CHMI, in collaboration with its local and national strategic partners, has developed a comprehensive framework that identifies programs, policies, and best practices that are effective, replicable, and based on the best available research. CHMI’s Employee Health Improvement Framework’s standards are based on the best available evidence from effective programs, policies, practices, and laws. Collectively, these show that the greatest way to influence employee effectiveness and well-being is through ongoing, comprehensive programs that take employees’ needs and lifestyles into account and aim at changing behaviors. Such evidence has proven that worksite wellness programs are particularly effective in increasing productivity as well as reducing health care costs, attending work while sick, and absenteeism by:
- Reducing stress
- Increasing physical activity and nutrition
- Reducing tobacco and substance use
- Decreasing workplace injury
Focus on Small- to Mid-Sized Enterprises
In recognition of the unique challenges and obstacles faced by small- to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs), CHMI is working with a cohort of SME employers in each of its Community Health Transformation regions to provide technical assistance and support in the implementation of no- to low-cost health improvement solutions. CHMI aims to elevate the efforts of these regional cohorts through shared learning platforms, focused workshops, and connection to local and national resources. The framework for health improvement serves as the foundation for these efforts and is complemented by a comprehensive toolkit designed to empower SMEs to support better health outcomes over the short, mid, and long terms.
Focus on Veterans and Military Families
In partnership with Blue Star Families, CHMI has launched SpouseForce, a pilot program aimed at addressing health and economic disparities in military families by offering workforce development training and career building opportunities to military spouses. SpouseForce provides Salesforce administration training and coaching to military spouses, including a suite of career development services and both local and national internship opportunities that will enable participants to increase their marketability with flexible working environments necessary for active military spouses and families. By launching this partnership, CHMI is addressing financial and economic security – a critical obstacle in the health and well-being of military families – thereby ensuring that a vital portion of our active duty military families have the employment opportunities they need and deserve to lead healthy and productive lives.