An off-shoot of our local Health Improvement Organization, the Jackson Business Leaders for Health collaborative started in 2007 (then known as the CEO Roundtable) as a group of impassioned Jackson business leaders who recognize the important role of business leaders in advancement of health improvement efforts, and quickly grew to a cohort of 40 local employers. This cohort met quarterly throughout the next 2 years to review information from the Partnership for Prevention and National Business Coalition on Health, examine local health indicators, develop a set of key beliefs and goals, and plan next steps.
In June 2009, the group co-hosted the Jackson Business Health Symposium with the Chamber of Commerce, featuring a kick-off of the Jackson Business Leaders for Health “Call to Action” to engage more local employers in health improvement efforts. There is currently no cost to join the collaborative; employer members must simply indicate senior leadership commitment to the pursuit of health improvement strategies.
The goals of our work over the next few years are:
- increased visibility of the availability and effectiveness of health improvement strategies
- access to these strategies so they are a viable option for small as well as large employers
- mechanisms to assess and benchmark ourselves
- development of a “Gold Standard” (best practice) to work toward and a process to recognize progress
- an evidence-based step by step approach to advancing health improvement efforts
- motivation through peer support, education, and local, regional and national networking
- partnership with a health system engaged in improving the health of its community
- sharing local evidence of success
For more information on the Jackson Business Leaders for Health, or to join, please contact Amy Schultz, Director, Allegiance Prevention and Community Health at 517.780.7306 or by email.