As the issues of health care and health care delivery evolve, The Business Council has been a source of information on healthy workplaces/workplace wellness programs, health care workforce needs, and pandemic planning. From publishing the Connecticut Health Scorecard to hosting President Bush on Health Savings Accounts, The Business Council has provided a well researched, fact-based approach on the topics of health and health care.
Concerned about the rising cost of health care, The Business Council of Fairfield County convened leaders from business, health care payers and providers in 2004 to determine what could be done to control expenses and improve the health of their employees. The rapid increase in the cost of health insurance premiums comes in an era when employers are facing increased global competition and cannot raise prices to cover the increased costs of doing business.
Health and Healthy Workplaces
Early work of the health care leadership team focused on the issues of health care quality, access and affordability. We produced several policy papers on health care reform with specific recommendations to solve Connecticut’s health care crisis and worked with several legislative committees and councils as Connecticut pursued a health care agenda.
The Business Council of Fairfield County’s ongoing work in health and health care is generously supported by individual companies, foundations and government agencies. Our member volunteers ensure that our programming is meaningful to our membership. Throughout the year, members have an opportunity to participate on issue work teams, sponsor events or engage in research projects.
Healthy Workplaces/Workplace Wellness Programs
The Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program has become the premiere award in Connecticut, recognizing the outstanding achievements of businesses and organizations in implementing employee health and wellness programs.
Read the winning submissions and view this year’s honored companies >>
Live-Work-Play | Car-Free Toolkit
Developing an employer transportation program can be a huge undertaking especially for small to mid-sized employers. But promoting “car-free” transportation alternatives in the workplace doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
Any organization, large or small, can promote bicycle and pedestrian safety, start a walking club, raise awareness of safe driving practices or distribute information about available community transportation resources.
Healthy Workplace Learning Series
Healthy Workplace Briefings, MeetUps and Site Visits are designed to inform and build communities of wellness.
Sign up to get invited to to get invited to our next monthly Wellness MeetUp.
Be Fit Fairfield County Resource Guide
The ultimate reference tool when designing and improving upon your wellness program. The guide presents clear, easy-to-replicate steps in creating your program. In addition there are over 100 links to external resources in the topic areas of smoking cessation, healthy eating and physical activity.
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Speed Wellness: Designing and Launching Your Wellness Program
Speed Wellness: Designing and Launching Your Wellness Program, January 2013
Subject matter experts guided small groups of participants through a series of 3 topics that every wellness program manager will face. The program was designed for organizations that do not currently operate a workplace wellness program or for those organizations that are in the early stages of their workplace wellness program.
H1N1 Pandemic Planning Guide for Small and Mid-sized Employers
Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility – individuals, families, corporations, and government – in the communities where we live and work. Every community is vulnerable to a variety of natural and man made hazards, such as severe weather, chemical spills and utility disruptions.
Now is the time to review your company’s business continuity plan in anticipation of the fall flu season. Employers that have not considered the impact of a pandemic influenza upon their business should use this time to develop a plan.
The key objectives of a business emergency plan are:
- To reduce transmission of the virus among employees and customers
- To minimize illness among employees and customers
- To maintain mission-critical operations and services
- To minimize social disruptions and the economic impact of an outbreak
To learn how you can safeguard your business from the negative effects of pandemic illnesses like H1N1 and other viral outbreaks, and to discover more resources to aid in your emergency planning, click here and download the PDF of our H1N1 Pandemic Planning Guide for Small and Mid-sized Employers.
Getting Started on Wellness: A Roundtable with Wellness Practitioners on Challenges and Successes
Getting Started on Wellness: A Roundtable with Wellness Practitioners on Challenges and Successes, November 2012
Our panelists, each responsible for their own corporate wellness programs, identified the steps critical in successful worksite wellness programs.
- Liz Malett, Manager, Human Resources Tauck, Inc., responsible for the development and management of Tauck’s wellness program introduced five years ago for its workforce of 400 employees.
- Walter Watson, Health and Safety Director, Stew Leonard’s – Since its launch seven years ago, Walter developed and manages Stew Leonard’s wellness program, along with participation from several senior level executives.
- Katherine Sullivan, MPH, Health and Group Benefits Consultant, Towers Watson, responsible for guiding employers on the development and execution of healthcare strategy. (view her presentation)
Connecticut Health Scorecard, 2007
The Scorecard measured 26 indicators of Connecticut’s health. The Scorecard clearly showed areas where Connecticut excels as a state, but more importantly, it reveals many more areas where Connecticut lags behind the rest of the nation and in some cases, ranks in the bottom 50 percent of states. The Scorecard pointed to a number of troubling factors, such as personal behaviors, risk factors, and health policies that threaten to undermine the health of Connecticut’s residents and workforce.
The 2007 Scorecard also reports on areas where Connecticut has made progress over our 2006 Scorecard as well as identifying areas where additional interventions are needed.
Health Care Workforce Initiative, 2007
The Health Care Workforce Initiative sought to develop a strategic health care workers plan to strengthen the competitiveness of the region. Prepared for The Business Council of Fairfield County by Holt, Wexler & Farnam, LLP. Read the report.
Health Care Industry Cluster Study, 2006
The initial Health Care Industry Cluster Study, completed in December 2006, analyzed demographic and health industry trends to identify emerging and future health services needs. Prepared for The Business Council of Fairfield County by Holt, Wexler & Farnam, LLP. Read the report.