Heart Association Recognizes YSU for Occupational Health Achievements – Business Journal Daily


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Youngstown State University has received silver status on the American Heart Association’s 2021 Occupational Health Achievement Index.

The status recognizes YSU’s achievements in occupational health, according to a press release. The American Heart Association’s evidence-based scientific instrument evaluates occupational health programs and workforce wellness.

Created by the AHA in 2016 with its CEO Roundtable, the Workplace Health Achievement Index is a free online dashboard that examines organizational best practices and aggregates employee health data to assess overall quality and performance. comprehensiveness of occupational health programs.

More than 450 organizations completed the index assessment this year, which assessed the period from July 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Of the organizations that completed the index assessment, nearly all obtained gold (43%), silver (31%). or bronze (19%). Organizations receive free benchmarking reports, which help them identify opportunities for advancement.

“The American Heart Association commends these organizations for their accomplishments in fostering a culture of health and wellness for their staff,” said Tracy Behnke, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of association.

“As employees continue to manage the balance between home and work responsibilities, it remains extremely important to focus not only on employees’ physical health, but also on mental well-being,” he said. she continued. “We look forward to continuing our work with business leaders in our community to support a healthier mental, heart and physical workforce.”

In 2022, the association will introduce a redesigned index, the Workforce Well-Being Scorecard. Building on the legacy of the Workplace Health Index, the new dashboard will provide organizations with a way to measure the overall health and well-being of their workforce, including the importance of well- mental being of employees.

Participating organizations will receive specific evidence-based tools and services to help them create and maximize effective cultures of workforce health and wellness.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.


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