The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how businesses and the public health sector can work together to solve problems. Driven by a desire to reopen safely and revitalize the economy, employers have collaborated with public health and community leaders to share best practices, coordinate strategies and develop approaches to keep employees and communities healthy and safe.
Newly published research conducted by Morning Consult in partnership with the de Beaumont Foundation reveals that consumers want businesses to continue prioritizing community health – even after the pandemic.
While many businesses create programs and policies to improve the health of workers, they fail to address the broader community health conditions where workers and their families live, work, and play. Upwards of 70% of one’s health status is driven by the social and environmental factors that surround them.
Healthier communities support a stronger pool of workers and a thriving local economy to drive business growth. Affordable housing, mental health programs and food security improve living conditions for workers, customers and their families. Quality childcare and elder care reduces employee absenteeism. Affordable housing and quality education programs in your community help attract top employees for your workforce.
As the nation recovers from the pandemic, community health, not just employee health, should be a strategic consideration for every employer. Businesses cannot solve these challenges alone. Our newest fact sheet, Healthier Businesses Start with Healthier Communities, helps companies work across sectors to build partnerships and prioritize investments that improve community health and wellness, inside and outside the workplace. Here are three strategies to help guide your company’s approach:
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We hope you'll consider these strategies as part of your company's commitment to supporting employees, customers and communities where you operate.
Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, MA
President & CEO, de Beaumont Foundation
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