Next meeting: Thursday, June 5, 2014
The committee will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 5, at the GBC in Baltimore. Dr. Josh Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will give an update on the initiatives his department is pursuing and address the Maryland Health Care Exchange.
The committee is open to GBC members only. RSVP to Tara Harris at tarah@GBC.org.
2014 Initiative: CEOs Fighting Diabetes
After spending several meetings learning about the prevalence of different types of chronic disease in Maryland, the committee decided to focus for the coming year on reducing and preventing diabetes.
The Maryland chapter of the American Diabetes Association partnered in with the GBC Health Care committee in early October 2013 to launch an initiative to engage six regional CEOs in the fight against diabetes in the workplace:
Christopher Brandt, CEO of Audacious Inquiry
Skip Counselman, CEO of RCM&D, and committee chairman
Charles Monk, managing partner, Saul Ewing, LLP
Brian Rogers, chairman of T. Rowe Price
Carmel Roque, CEO of Keswick Multi-Care
Samuel Ross, CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System
They are engaging their employees by promoting aspects of their company’s wellness activities such as screenings, walking and cycling programs. These best practices will be showcase at a region-wide event in 2014.
Diabetes affects more than 400,000 people in Maryland and accounts for $1.63 billion in lost wages and productivity each year. Nearly 33 percent of Marylanders are estimated to have pre-diabetes.
Resources for Workplace Wellness
- Healthy Howard: A public health model developed by Howard County
- American Diabetes Association: Tips and resources for preventing and/or dealing with diabetes through healthy lifestyle choices
- American Heart Association: Resources on nutrition, physicial activity, healthier kids, weight management, stress management and quitting smoking
- Pathways to Successful Health Behavior Change:
How Employers Can Make a Difference
Carlo C. DiClemente of UMBC’s March 2013 presentation on how to implement workforce wellness programs
2012-13 Initiative: Partnership with Healthiest Maryland
For the last two years, the Health Care Committee has worked closely with the Healthiest Maryland, a statewide initiative to create a culture of wellness in the workplace. Every month, Healthiest Maryland chooses a workplace wellness success story the exemplfies how Healthiest Maryland programming can create a culture of wellness in your organization.