Health Links Colorado™ on July 23rd in Pueblo, Colorado , an event
sponsored by the El Pomar Foundation. More
than 150 people from small businesses throughout Pueblo County and the state
attended the event, as did organizations committed to providing safety, health and
the event were the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Chamber of
Commerce, and our colleagues from the Pueblo City-County Public Health
immediately, any Colorado small business (<250 employees) that already have
a worksite wellness program can apply for the Healthy Business Certification by
going to our website healthlinkscolorado.org and completing a 30-minute
addition, any small business in Pueblo County can apply for “Kick-Start”
funding ($250-$1000) and on-site advising on a first come first served basis.
This program will become available to other Colorado small businesses in
additional counties on a rolling basis during the next year, but for now,
Pueblo businesses (between 2-49 employees) are eligible to apply.
programs link participating businesses into a network of other wellness-minded
organizations, so that they can share best practices as well as the Health
Links’ Preferred Vendor Program, in
which businesses can connect with local or national companies that provide the
best health and safety services.
particularly want to thank the many people in the state of Colorado who have
made this program fly from whiteboard ‘concept’ to full launch in less than 10
received great input and advice from our colleagues at the Colorado School of
Public Health, including Prof. Jenn Leiferman and Prof. Adam Atherly, Assistant
Dean Lyndsey Crum, Dean David Goff and others.
State Department of Health and Environment, Dan McKenna has been a terrific
sounding board and advisor, as has Katherine Blair, the Governor’s health
an initiative that is sustainable, we have drawn on the business acumen and
public health saavy of Louise Hurlbut and Annie Wohlgenant.
initiative would not have been possible without the philanthropic support that
we’ve received from Pinnacol Assurance. Moreover, we have greatly benefited
from the colleagueship of passionate individuals at that organization who are
committed to worker health and safety, including Jeff Tetrick, John Plotkin,
Suzi Stolte, Karen Curran, Jim McMillen, Lori Fox, BonnieLyn Cahoon, Dr. Ed
Leary and others.
We are also
grateful for the generosity and support that we’ve received from the Harold E.
Hollis Trust, El Pomar Foundation, and the CDC/NIOSH Mountain and Plains
Education and Research Center. Thank you Marybeth Goodwin, from the CU
Foundation, for your help in bringing our message to organizations that share a
passion for the wellbeing of workers and their families.
appreciative of the huge push and creative partnership that we enjoy with the
team at Rabble + Rouser. Led by
Christina Schroeder and our fearless account manager Jessa Mehlhoff who has
kept us all on track Thanks also to all
of the small businesses that have participated as our Beta Testers and who have
become the first Certified Healthy Businesses in Colorado.
I want to
make a point of thanking the people of Pueblo County. Their enthusiasm, pride,
and commitment to the health of their community are why we launched in Pueblo.
Especially, thank you to Dr. Richard Rivera, who encouraged us to consider
Pueblo for the launch of Kick-Start. Thank you to Rod Slyhoff and Phyllis Samora at the Greater Pueblo
Chamber of Commerce, and Sandy Gutierrez at the Latino Chamber of Commerce.
Thank you to Dr. Chris Nevin-Woods, director of the Pueblo City-County Health
Department and a strong supporter of the initiative, as well as to the Worksite
Wellness Network, including the awesome wellness champions at Parkview
Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Weigh and Win, Pueblo Health Challenge and the
health department team . Pueblo is fortunate to have such a concentration of
champions in the community.
I want to thank my co-inventor and creative partner, Liliana Tenney, MPH, who
has led all aspects of this effort throughout. She demonstrates the power that
comes from combining a strong business sense with a commitment to a public
health mission. Our team at Health Links and the Center for Worker Health and
Environment has been outstanding. Michelle Haan, Lyndsay Krisher, Elizabeth
Sinatra, Jennifer Seifert, Yamilla Sierra,
Lindsay Schweitzer, Sara Higgins, Kaylan Stinson, Kenneth Scott, Dianne
Metcalf: Thank you!
Check out the website!
See what a true “Public-Private Partnership” in public
health can do. If you are (or work with)
a small businesses, encourage them to get certified, get funded, get resources,
…bring wellness to work!