Premier Health Honored by Healthy Business Council of Ohio

Premier Pulse     February 2022

Premier Health has again received the highest honor granted by the Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO): a 2021 Healthy Worksite Platinum Award. 

The Healthy Worksite Award recognizes Ohio employers that demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Applicants are scored on the extent to which their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity, and ensure a healthy work environment.

“Premier Health is extremely proud to be recognized at the highest level for the fourth consecutive year,” said Melinda Ruff, MD, chair of the Premier Healthy Living Executive Steering Committee. “This past year, in response to the impact and stress COVID-19 has placed and continues to place on staff, well-being programs were refined. In addition, community-focused health initiatives, such as the African American Wellness Walk, continued virtually with impressive participation.”

Annually, Premier Health organizes and presents the African American Wellness Walk (AAWW), an inclusive wellbeing event that encourages healthy habits while educating the community and acknowledging its diverse workforce. The HBCO has asked Premier Health to share details about the AAWW at the 2022 Health Action Council’s symposium and awards ceremony, another honor.

All applications were reviewed and evaluated using objective criteria. Four levels of high achievement were awarded in 2021 — Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To celebrate the accomplishments of Ohio worksites and their efforts to pivot and adapt during the pandemic, a Pandemic Response Section was included in this year’s extensive award application. A total of 119 Ohio employers were recognized for healthy worksite practices during 2021, of which 31 received platinum level recognition.

“In addition to celebrating the existing wellbeing efforts of Ohio worksites, this award is designed to support worksites in their efforts to advance their programs and offerings,” explained award chairperson Annie Laurie Cadmus. “Annually, we offer a document that contains aggregate data of the results so worksites can utilize it to benchmark against their peers in the state and provide data to leadership about regional wellbeing trends.”

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