May 26, 2019

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New Report Highlights How Businesses are Building Healthier Communities

Companies around the country are taking a more holistic approach to community health by looking at how different inputs like education, job availability, and social networks fit in.

WASHINGTON, Jul. 19 /CSRwire/ - America’s economic competitiveness depends on improving the health of its citizens. Healthy Returns: The Value of Investing in Community Health features how businesses and foundations are addressing community health.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center works with a broad range of companies to identify the best strategies for improving community health. The most advanced business leaders realize that you can’t treat health in silos if you want to get to the heart of what makes us unhealthy. Initiatives aimed at treating problems like diabetes, obesity, access to care, and inactivity are needed. However, we must also understand what makes community environments that holistically produce good health—and how issues seemingly unrelated to health (such as education, jobs, and social support networks) are actually inputs to it.

The report also discusses a number of trends that are critical to community health including:

  • Fighting Malnutrition

  • Engaging Employees

  • Reaching New Populations through Innovation

  • Building Community Health Leaders

Download the report here.

Interested in learning even more about how businesses are developing innovative ways to build healthy communities? The Health Means Business Champions Network, developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers strategies and tips for individuals and business owners who are eager to make health a priority in their cities and towns.

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