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National Academies Press
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A critical component of the nation's economic vitality is ensuring that all Americans can contribute and prosper. Such contributions presuppose an intentional focus on achieving the highest levels of health possible, which requires that conditions in communities, schools workplaces, and other settings promote health and address the social determinants of health for all community members. Many organizations, in both the private and public sectors, have been establishing partnerships to further healthy workplaces and health equity in general. Many are taking the lead in producing economic growth that is inclusive and responsive to the nation's diverse needs and populations. Increasingly, private—public partnerships are emerging as ways of doing business. Additionally, a variety of new developments in health, health care, and community benefits obligations that are part of the Affordable Care Act have contributed to this interest in economic growth and health and in the creation of new partnerships.

To examine past successes and future opportunities, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop in November 2015. The workshop focused on the potential of the private sector to produce a triple bottom line: economic opportunity (including workforce development) and growth, healthy work and community environments, and improved employee health. At the same time, participants looked beyond the private sector to public—private partnerships and to public-sector actions that combine opportunities for economic growth and good health for all. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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ISBN-13: 9780309443524
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication date: 09/24/2016
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction and Organization of the Workshop 1

Background for the Workshop 2

Organization of the Workshop 3

2 Paying Attention to Disparities 5

Disparities and Economic Growth 5

Worker Health and the Bottom Line 7

Using Disparities to Analyze Public Policies 7

Addressing Inequities 8

3 Workforce Development Initiatives in the Chicago Area 11

Workforce Development at Starbucks 11

Workplace Development for Ex-Offenders 15

Creating a Strong Base for Employment 17

4 Health Care Opportunities 21

Trinity Health 21

Marriott International 24

Equity and the Accreditation of Medical Education 25

Defining Community 29

5 Community-Based Initiatives 31

Parks After Dark: Transforming Communities 31

Multnomah County: Creating Vibrant Communities Through Health Equity 34

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative: Reclaiming a Community 37

Building Trust 39

Community Engagement 40

Involving the Private Sector 41

6 Major Topics of the Workshop 43

Making the Business Case for Change 43

Workforce Development and Health 43

Individual and Community Health 44

Community Transformation 44

Potential Future Actions 44


A World Café Models 47

B Workshop Agenda 53

C Speaker Biographical Sketches 59

D Statement of Task 67

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