Two leading associations have partnered to address health inequities in the workplace by providing tools and education for employees and organizational leaders.
The Health Equity in the Workplace Initiative, announced March 13, is a joint effort of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the SHRM Foundation, along with the Deloitte Health Equity Institute. Together, the three members of the initiative have set a goal of enabling “positive health outcomes” for 10 million U.S. workers by 2025.
Health inequities—in which women, people of color, and other marginalized groups are disproportionately susceptible to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other ailments—can have a profound impact on workplaces in terms of healthcare costs and productivity. According to a 2022 Deloitte report, those inequities result in $320 billion in annual healthcare spending.
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