While Colorado remains among the top 10 healthiest states, our rates of health issues continue to increase along with the rest of our nation. Large corporations have learned that the workplace presents and opportunity for promoting worker wellbeing, but most small businesses lag behind. Small businesses often neglect the rudiments of worksite safety, as well.
Since more than half of our workforce is employed by small businesses, they become the best target for helping improve the health of Coloradan and their families.
On July 23, 2013, we will launch Health Links ColoradoTM, an academic initiative of the Center for Worker Health and Environment, designed to help improve the health of employees of small businesses and their families and to promote economic growth to help Colorado become the healthiest state.
The goal of Health Links ColoradoTM is to partner with small businesses (<250 employees) to recognize their achievements in health and safety and assist them in improving or developing their programs. Participating businesses can apply to become certified as Healthy Businesses, get kick-start assistance and funding, and be linked to resources and community partners.
Launch: The roll of of this statewide initiative starts at the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main Street, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., July 23, 2013. We will be joined by community leaders from the public health and business community for the kick off event.
For information about the launch event, please contact Michelle Haan at Michelle.Haan@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-7814
Through the summer and fall, I will be updating you on the progress of Health Links ColoradoTM as our team takes steps to partner with Pueblo and other communities around the state.