Health and Wellness Initiatives

Good health is good for business. Healthy communities achieve improved education outcomes, attract talented workers, and are more productive and competitive.

To drive economic prosperity, the Chamber developed a comprehensive health and wellness initiative that will help reshape regional communities into healthier, more productive places to live, work, and play.

How is a Community’s Well-Being Measured?

The Gallup Sharecare Well-Being Index is used nationally to measure a region’s health. In 2018, the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked in the third quintile with a rank of 117 out of 156 communities. The Chamber has set a goal to move the Detroit MSA into the top half of national performance on the Well-Being Index.

How Does Well-Being Impact Business?

Poor employee and community well-being creates a cascade of economic challenges that affect businesses:

  1. Wage compression: Resources are diverted to benefit costs rather than wage increases.
  2. Higher health care costs: Employees and their families have less disposable income and participate less in consumer-driven economic activity.
  3. Government resources: Instead of funding business priorities, including education and infrastructure, resources are diverted to meet higher demand for health care services. The substitution of government investments in health care over investments in education and infrastructure suppress overall business growth and profitability.
  4. Profitability: Decreases and suppresses business growth.

 

Interested in collaborative opportunities, program information, or information on Wellness Works? Contact Sinziana Luchian at 313.597.0345.

Interested in investing in the Chamber’s health and wellness strategy? Contact Marnita Harris at 313.596.0310.

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