U.S. Chamber Foundation Announces Winners of Healthy10 Awards

Ten Cross-Sector Partnerships Recognized for Community Health Initiatives
Feb 16, 2017 2:30 PM ET

WASHINGTON, February 16, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, today announced the winners of the inaugural Healthy10 Awards. The awards are a key component of the “Health Means Business” campaign, an initiative by the two organizations to create a business-led culture of health in America.

“The private sector has the opportunity and ability to positively impact the health and well-being of their employees and their communities,” said Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber Foundation. “It is an honor to showcase these ten outstanding cross-sector partnerships and the work they’ve done to help build a culture of health in the United States.”

The awards recognized three public-private partnerships in three categories:  Healthy Community, Healthy Education and Workforce, and Healthy Environment. Plus, one winner was honored as Partnership or Business of the Year. The winners are as follows:

Healthy Community

  • BD, Direct Relief, and the National Association of Community Health Centers’s “BD Helping Build Healthy Communities” initiative
    Helps local community clinics deliver primary and preventative healthcare services related to the prevention and treatment of diabetes, cervical cancer and HIV.
  • Health Care Services Corporation and  the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest’s “Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma” initiative
    Identifies clinics treating a large number of pediatric patients with asthma, and provides a year-long training program focused on improving quality of care.
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the American Lung Association’s “LUNG FORCE” initiative
    Designed to fight and ultimately defeat lung cancer. Through awareness, improving prevention and early detection efforts and enhancing treatment, LUNG FORCE has helped curtail decades of stigma surrounding lung cancer.

Healthy Education and Workforce

  • The Memphis Business Group on Health’s CEO Culture of Health initiative
    An employer-led initiative focused on promoting healthy company policies, programs, benefits, and cultures, empowering CEOs to become health champions.
  • GSK, the Food Trust, and the Philadelphia Youth Network’s “Get HYPE Philly!” initiative
    Empowers youth to become leaders for healthy change through physical fitness, nutrition education, entrepreneurship, and civic involvement.
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana’s “Indiana Healthy Community Initiative”
    Works to combat Indiana’s growing obesity rate. The initiative focuses on developing citizen engagement, adopting policies that support health and wellness at work and in the community, and cultivating strong leadership by local businesses.

Healthy Environment

  • Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States and DC Central Kitchen’s “Healthy Corners” initiative
    Addresses the more than 200,000 residents in Washington, D.C. who live in food deserts by working with local business to provide healthier food.
  • Duke Energy and the North Carolina Community Action Association’s “Duke Energy Helping Home Fund” initiative
    Improves the health, safety, and energy efficiency of low-income households to prevent chronic diseases that severely impact a person’s health and quality of life.
  • Minnesota Somali Chamber of Commerce, City of Minneapolis Health Department, and the Somali community’s “Minneapolis Somali-Language Food Safety Coalition”
    Helps business owners who struggle to meet compliance standards critical to food safety because of language barriers.

Business or Partnership of the Year

  • Target, Eisner Health, and Wholesome Wave’s “Los Angeles Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program”
    Works to make healthy eating an affordable choice for low-income individuals and families in the Los Angeles area. 

The Healthy10 Awards winners were announced today during a luncheon ceremony at the inaugural “Health Means Business” National Summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Byron Pitts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline,” served as the master of ceremonies.

Additional information on this year’s winners is available on the Chamber Foundation’s website.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.