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1 Businesses & Public Health: Partnering for Prevention Fran Butterfoss, PhD Coalitions Work

2 Why Should Businesses Promote Health Outside of the Workplace? Health of businesses depends on employees’ health Poor health costs businesses Prevention saves businesses money It will foster healthier communities

3 Health of businesses depends on health of their employees!

4 Poor health costs businesses! 50% of profits spent on health care Cost to employers of obesity among full-time employees = $73.1 billion/yr 75% of health care costs are from diseases/conditions that are preventable Public Health Institute. (2013). Prevention Means Business.

5 Prevention saves businesses money!  absenteeism due to sick family members  costs of family health care benefits  subsidies for Medicare, Medicaid & the uninsured Healthier pool of potential employees Public Health Institute. (2013). Prevention Means Business.

6 “Business leaders... can do everything right to influence the health and productivity of their captured workforce at the worksite, but if that same workforce lives in unhealthy communities, employer investments can be lost or certainly weakened.” Andrew Webber, Former CEO National Business Coalition on Health

7 It will build healthier communities! Increased buying power & consumption, from improved community health & wealth Improved community relations & good will Positions businesses as change leaders in their communities Public Health Institute. (2013). Prevention Means Business.

8 What Does It Take? Join a business health care coalition Partner with public health organizations Support strategies that improve health Support public health infrastructure

9 Join a Business Health Coalition to: Amplify businesses’ power & impact Increase employer purchase power Build/strengthen public-private partnerships Position businesses as community change leaders Address economic development, education & other issues that affect businesses

10 Partner with Public Heath to: Add new perspective on mutual benefits, such as health & safety, worksite wellness & economic development Build a stronger evidence-base for practices in & outside workplaces Develop metrics for absenteeism & productivity that help employers identify where to get best ROI

11 Support Strategies that Improve Health: Implement organizational & environmental changes in workplaces that prevent obesity & improve health: Healthy foods for meetings/events, in vending machines & cafeterias Open stairwells & walking paths Support for active transportation

12 Support Public Health Infrastructure: Advocate for funding public health programs & national food & nutrition programs (Prevention programs can show a 5:1 ROI)

13 Draw on your Strengths  Relationships  Resources  Results

14 ‘Although public health and the business sector each bear a responsibility to assure the health of our nation, only by exercising those responsibilities together will we be able to contribute fully to that goal. “ Elizabeth Majestic CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health

15 Coalition Building Resources Butterfoss, FD. Ignite! Getting Your Community Coalition “Fired Up” for Change. AuthorHouse, CADCA - Coalitions Work – Community Toolbox - Public Health Institute. (2013). Prevention Means Business.


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