Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to "attain his or her full health potential" and no one is "disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances." Health inequities and health disparities are driven by community and environmental factors — reflected by differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment.
Large employers can utilize their innovative cross-sector initiatives and interventions to help eliminate disparate gaps in care — ultimately leading to a more healthy, engaged and productive workforce.
With advancing health equity, the goal is to reduce and eventually eliminate disparities and subsequently inequities, so all can achieve optimal health and well-being.
Purpose: To recognize organizations that advance optimal health and well-being for people through targeted workplace and/or community initiatives by addressing the social determinants of health and encouraging positive heath behaviors. Award priority will be granted to broad holistic approaches impacting the physical, social, economic and environmental factors that contribute to inequities going beyond disease management programs and initiatives that solely focus on the reduction and elimination of disparities.
Objective: To promote commitments to advancing health equity through workplace and/or community initiatives.
Eligibility: Open to Business Group member and non-Business Group member organizations.
The National Business Group on Health presented the Innovation in Advancing Health Equity Award to three member companies, Atrium Health (Carolinas HealthCare System), Geisinger, and UnitedHealth Group for their dedication and innovative initiatives to address social determinants of health and for advancing health equity through workplace and community initiatives. The awards were presented at the April 2018 Business Health Agenda conference held in Washington, D.C. Read the press release to learn more about this outstanding work.
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