The Healthy Workplaces Healthy Communities Committee just published a report focusing on the importance of social determinants of health and implications for the workplace: Social Determinants of health- an Employer Priority. Stay tuned, as infographics highlighting key take-aways and specific action step for employers, and a summary report, are to follow! Excerpt:

“Employers seeking to establish health equity among their employee populations will benefit from this paper. The connection between SDOH and well-being is outlined based on the determinants that directly impact workers’ health such as food insecurity and social isolation. An explanation of the impact determinants have on employees illustrates the interplay between how SDOH can influence employee performance at work and how employment can influence employees’ SDOH.”

The Engagement Study Committee recently published a report focused on informing the field about different facets of engagement and how they are being defined and measured: Employee Engagement in Work and Health: Definition and Measurement Insights — Opportunities for Industry”

Specifically three domains of engagement were explored: employee engagement in health and wellbeing (HWB), employee engagement in organizational success, organizational success and organizational engagement in employee HWB. To learn more about our findings, read the full report here.

Call for case study submissions!

The Healthy Workplaces Healthy Communities Committee (HWHC) is a national employer-community collaboration initiative through the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) that provides business and community leaders with practical tools and strategies for building support and investing in shared priorities. Since 2013, HERO has focused on building the business case for employer engagement in community-wide population health initiatives. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Get-HWHC.org website was created to be a dynamic resource in defining the business case for employers to invest in community health improvement initiatives, sharing case studies and best practices, and providing tools to assist in building multisector partnerships. If you represent a business, corporation, healthcare system or coalition engaged in community health and well-being initiatives, we’d love to hear your story! HERO is currently accepting case study submissions to be considered for publication on the get-HWHC.org website.

Please submit completed case study templates and any questions to Emily.wolfe@hero-health.org. All submissions will be reviewed by HWHC Committee co-chairs, the HWHC Case Study Workgroup, and HERO Staff for consideration. Our goal is to highlight real-world examples of businesses and communities partnering together to build healthier communities across the country. Case studies will be published on both the HERO and Get-HWHC.org websites. Help us get the word out on this important work by sharing your story!

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