Health Care Committee
Chair: Marilyn Carp, chairperson of the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus.
Members: Health Care has about 40 member companies that include hospitals, insurers, nursing homes, medical schools and a mixture of other companies.
Committee Staff: Liz Pettengill, (410) 727-2820, x41
What is the committee doing this year?
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 top regional CEOs in the fight against diabetes in the workplace. The initial program will include six corporate leaders who have pledged to provide highly visible leadership in activities that will help reduce the incidence of diabetes in their companies.
Each CEO has committed to implementing three proven strategies to prevent or reduce the incidence of diabetes and to promote these strategies in his or her company. The will also reach out to their employees to promote aspects of their company's health promotion activities such as screenings, walking or cycling programs and championing healthy meetings. The CEOs will showcase their best practices 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.
What has the committee previously done?
GBC is an advocate for 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. See who has been honored!
Health Care News
12/1/13 - Healthy Howard issues December 2013 edition of Healthy Workplaces newsletter. Click here to view.
11/19/13 - Partnering with the American Diabetes Association, six corporate leaders from the Greater Baltimore Committee have committed to launchingan initiative to engage top regional CEOs in the fight against diabetes in the workplace.
3/5/13 - Workforce wellness programs can have a noticeable benefit to your bottom line if evaluated correctly, and can improve the quality of life for employees, strengthen the value of their benefits and reduce health-related business costs, a Baltimore-area psychology professor recently reported to the GBC's Health Care Committee.
Evaluation goes hand-in-hand with success. Employers can directly facilitate health behavior change in their employees, which could jumpstart and sustain their wellness programs and reduce health care costs in the long term, according to UMBC's Dr. Carlo C. DiClemente, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and director for the HABITS Lab at UMBC.
2/8/13 - This American Heart Month, Healthiest Maryland Businesses is asking employers to take action in the workplace to promote heart health. Employers can take preventive action to improve worker health and productivity and save on health care costs. Please consider doing a couple of these simple things.
1/29/13 - January 29 meeting recap - David Johnson, senior vice president of RCM&D, outlines findings from a workforce wellness programs survey.