NKY Chamber featured in new report by University of Kentucky

FORT MITCHELL, KY (FOX19) - The Northern Kentucky Chamber is featured in the newly released University of Kentucky's Institute for Workplace Innovation's (iwin) research report that highlights new ways for organizations to approach employee health and well-being while improving the bottom line. In this extensive report, made possible with funding from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), CVS Caremark and UK HealthCare, iwin showcases the promising practices of 23 Kentucky organizations that contribute to a healthy workforce.

An iwin Board member and member of the Employer Advisory Panel, Nancy Spivey, COO and SVP of the Chamber's Workforce Talent Solutions stated, "The study shows the positive outcomes of strategically integrating employee health and well-being into work cultures and business objectives, both on the business and on the employee."

Caroline Weltzer, chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber's Health Initiatives Council and Director of Finance for Viox & Viox remarked, "As an employer and chair of the Chamber's Health Initiatives Council, I understand that the health of business involves not only financial and productivity gains but also the health of its workforce."

Dr. Jennifer Swanberg, executive director of iwin, states, "We heard from employers that they needed help in finding innovative, comprehensive ways to promote health and we knew there were great practices occurring right here in Kentucky. We wanted to create a tool to help employers change organizational and employee behavior around health." In addition to highlighting practices of 23 Kentucky organizations, the report also presents a new, evidence-based HealthIntegrated Model, developed by iwin and informed by a literature review and in-depth interviews with employers featured in the report. "Health and wellness programs cannot be isolated from the overall strategic business plan," Swanberg states, "they must be integrated into the operations of the business to truly make an impact, and our new HealthIntegrated Model will provide employers with an approach of how to do this."

The report, Creating Healthy Organizations: Promising Practices in Kentucky, is available on iwin's and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) websites. For more information about the Creating Healthy Organizations: Promising Practices in Kentucky report, or about iwin, contact Lee Ann Walton at (859) 323–0582.

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