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Initiative Updates: Gold Standard
Shaw University partnered with the CEO Roundtable on Cancer to host a 5k University Cancer Awareness Walk on Wednesday, March 30. Prior to the start of the event, Shaw President Dr. Paulette Dillard was presented a “Cancer Gold Standard Health Champion” flag by Roundtable CEO, Dr. Bill Louv, and CEO Roundtable on Cancer President, MaryLisabeth Rich.
Shaw and Stillman are among the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities to join the CEORT’s “Going for Gold” partnership with HBCUs and Hispanic Serving Institutions as well as company members of the CEORT to bring awareness to cancer and expand access to prevention, detection, and treatment.
It was an exciting kickoff to Shaw University’s Go4Gold initiative with the marching band on hand, more than 200 people in attendance, special t-shirts for the occasion and participation from as far away as Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Los Angeles.
Stillman College held the Denzel Davis Memorial Health fair on campus March 29. The health fair remembers a former student who died after a bout of viral bronchitis in 2018. He did not seek a doctor’s care after becoming ill.
The objective and mission of the health fair is to encourage Stillman students and the wider community to get a variety of health screenings and to see a doctor regularly, even if they are not sick.
“The disparity between African Americans and how health issues affect other populations is significant,” said Tomalisa Washington, director of Student Development at Stillman College and organizer of the health fair. “And, in addition to issues of access, we have a population that is very suspicious of health care professionals. So, the more we can expose our students and community to healthcare specialists is important, especially for early detection and preventive medicine.”
Labcorp, headquartered in Burlington, North Carolina, has earned CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM accreditation for its work to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members.
"We are proud to receive the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation," said Adam Schechter, chairman and chief executive officer at Labcorp. "This accreditation emphasizes Labcorp’s mission to improve the health and lives of the patients we serve and of our employees and their families. We are committed to providing access to care for our employees and to incorporating programs such as those focused on cancer prevention, risk reduction and overall wellbeing."
Employers from many industries are keenly aware of the positive impact they can have on health and controlling healthcare costs when they take steps to address cancer and other chronic diseases. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, an employer must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by taking concrete actions in five key areas: emphasize prevention by prohibiting tobacco use and supporting tobacco cessation efforts; promoting physical activity, healthy nutrition and weight management; providing health insurance options that include detecting cancer at its earliest stages, ensuring access to quality care and participation in cancer clinical trials; promoting employee awareness of these initiatives; and supporting the needs of cancer survivors in the workplace.
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer Board of Directors approved updates last September to the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, our employer-led health and well-being accreditation program. We’re excited to report these important and transformative changes have been incorporated into a new online Gold Standard application portal.
We are beginning a “Pilot Phase” to gather feedback on the new application’s user interface but we expect to broadly launch the platform later this year.
While retaining and enhancing the core tenets of prevention, early detection and quality care, the Gold Standard is being updated to have a more holistic approach to health and well-being with increased emphasis on health education, health navigation, cancer survivorship, well-being and health equity.
Further, recognizing the need to encourage aspiring Gold Standard applicants and, at the same time, challenge long time Gold Standard employers, the accreditation program and application now measures an organization’s progress on its unique health and well-being journey.
We have also been working to update our tools, resources, and processes so that we can continue to help you address the cancer burden and together save and improve lives.
If you are interested in participating this summer in the “Pilot Phase”, which will welcome feedback on the new application portal user experience, please contact Therese Martin, CEO Cancer Gold Standard’s Senior Manager, Therese.Martin@CEORoundtableonCancer.org
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer continues to partner with health-oriented organizations, like the North Carolina Business Group on Health (NCBGH), to keep members of the CEO Roundtable and our Gold Standard Community informed on the latest oncology research and it's impact on the workforce.
MaryLis Rich, President, CEO Roundtable on Cancer, recently moderated a panel as part of the NCBH Spring Forum 2021. The discussion on precision medicine explored what interventions and tests are priorities for improving health and fighting cancer.
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer has accredited BeiGene, Ltd., a global biotechnology company with the CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM recognizing its efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members.
“Our CEO Cancer Gold Standard certification demonstrates that BeiGene is a unique organization committed to improving individuals’ lives and that that commitment begins with improving the health of the company’s employees and their family members,” said Kenneth B. Lee, General Partner of Hatteras Venture Partners, LLC and Executive Chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer.
“BeiGene was founded a little over a decade ago on the premise that there is an emerging opportunity to deliver high quality, innovative, impactful medicines faster and more equitably and affordably around the world,” said John V. Oyler, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of BeiGene. “Since then, we have worked hard to improve the health and well-being of patients, regardless of location or income, and to have a positive impact on the health of our colleagues around the world. We are proud to accept this recognition by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, on behalf of our team of over 6,000 people and their families.”
Pandemic precautions led to a sharp decline in cancer screenings and vaccinations to prevent cancer. The CEO Roundtable on Cancer invited the Gold Standard Community to a webinar to address the screening backlog, identify those at greatest risk and address widespread missed youth vaccinations. MaryLis Rich, President, CEO Roundtable on Cancer, moderated the discussion with our distinguished panel of experts. We're grateful for the insight provided by:
- Dr. Otis Brawley is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University.
- Dr. Nicole Parkerson is board-certified in Pediatrics and has served as managing physician partner at Raleigh Pediatric Associates.
- Dr. K. Andrew Crighton is the former chief executive officer of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer and former Chief Medical Officer and head of the Global Health Organization for Prudential.
Resources from the presentation are available at the below links:
Strategies to Increase Vaccine Confidence (Dr. Parkerson)
Post Pandemic Well-being Communication Strategies (Dr. Crighton)
Re-accreditation for the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ will be waived for 2021 as employers work even harder to focus on the health and well-being of their employees while also enforcing COVID-19 precautions.
This also gives us additional time to update our tools, resources and processes so we can continue to help you address the cancer burden and together create solutions for ending cancer.
CEO Gold Standard™ accredited companies made some positive noise on World Cancer Day on Feb. 4! Each company was mailed a Health Champion flag to raise and demonstrate their commitment to defeating cancer and building health.
There were social media posts and You Tube videos from many locations, generating lots of positive notice for you, your work and this cause. We truly were inspired and hope it made your employees as well as your community proud to see your commitment to defeating cancer and building health.
The flags are designed for flying on special opportunities throughout the year whether it’s a cancer awareness day, benefits enrollment periods, employee recruiting events, or return to work post pandemic.
Thank you again for being a Health Champion!
Businesses that promote employee health, like the more than 200 CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accredited employers, are being urged to support public health beyond their own employees by a new report prepared by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS).
Recommendations from the report, Seven Ways Businesses Can Align with Public Health for Bold Action and Innovation, offer strategies to end and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure America is better prepared to address future public health crises.
“A large-scale effort to address our public health vulnerabilities will require business and public health leaders, as well as policymakers, to join forces in support of healthier employees and communities—the key to a more resilient workforce and a strong economy,” said Ron Goetzel, PhD, Director of IHPS and a member of the Gold Standard Steering Committee.
These are the seven recommendations in the report funded by the de Beaumont Foundation for business leaders. They are:
- “Put out the fire” of COVID-19 by following advice of credible public health experts.
- Improve the health and well-being of employees.
- Promote healthy communities.
- Become a “force Multiplier” by leveraging expertise, staff, and other resources to collaborate with local and state public health departments to be better prepared for future public health emergencies.
- Actively facilitate public-private partnerships in the community.
- Advocate for development of accountability dashboards that track and monitor progress toward achieving key economic and public health outcomes in a community.
- Advocate for rebuilding and expanding a national public health workforce supported by a modern information technology infrastructure.
"Here at HPU, we place a high priority on employee wellness because a happy person is a healthy person,” says HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “We prepare our students for the world as it is going to be and to do that, we need our faculty and staff to feel their best every day. We will continue to stay committed to keeping our employees and our campus community at their healthiest.”
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer Board of Directors approved a refresh of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, its employer-led health and wellness accreditation program, at a September meeting.
One key change is increased focus on well-being in the workplace. Dr. Andy Crighton, CEO of the Roundtable on Cancer, said: “Individuals with a strong sense of well-being are better able to withstand critical issues such as a cancer diagnosis so it is important that we build this into our Gold Standard to help companies move forward.”
MaryLisabeth Rich, CEO Roundtable on Cancer President, highlighted a focus on health equity that will be incorporated in each pillar and, as part of a new initiative to launch in early 2021, that will look to extend the CEO Cancer Gold Standard to Historically Black Colleges and Universities(HBCU) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI).
“We want to make the Gold Standard Pillars active and living in the HBCU and HSI setting so they are not just applicable to employees but to students and communities,” she said. Ways to grow this partnership opportunity were discussed in the Diversity Partnerhip session lead by Dr. Otis Brawley. You can read more or watch the video here.
“We are honored that Huntsman Cancer Institute has been welcomed into the Gold Standard community,” said Mary Beckerle, PhD, chief executive officer of HCI. “As the official cancer center of the state of Utah, we must take our own best advice and implement programs that prevent cancer and reduce cancer risk for our own workforce. This recognition strengthens our commitment to work together to deliver a cancer-free frontier.”
Work is progressing to update the Five Pillars of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, the employer-led health and wellness accreditation program of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. Key changes identified so far include increased focus on well-being in the workplace and increased support for cancer survivors and their return to work.
“More than 7 million employees have better access to cancer prevention and treatment because their employer implemented the Gold Standard,” said MaryLis Rich, President of the Cancer Gold Standard and Member Services. “But we’re going for Gold and that requires us to reach higher and expand our influence if we are truly going to fight cancer.”
A Steering Committee of experts is guiding the work, which relies on the latest research about key steps to improve health. The team also is incorporating evidence from recent events such as the pandemic, which emphasize the need for employee resilience. That team includes:
- David Shepperly, MD, Executive Director Occupational Health, Bristol Myers Squibb
- Marcelo C. Targino, MD, MPH, Chief Employee Health Officer & Corporate Medical Director, Johnson & Johnson
- L. Michelle Bennett, PhD, Director Center for Research Strategy, National Cancer Institute
- Otis Brawley, MD, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University and a globally recognized expert in cancer prevention and control.
- Ron Goetzel, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins.
Information about the CEO Cancer Gold Standard update will be shared at the Annual Meeting and Conference and by email.
Global biopharmaceutical company Bristol Myers Squibb, based in Princeton, NJ, has earned the prestigious Global CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM accreditation for its ongoing commitment to reduce cancer risk for employees and their family members around the world.
“We are proud of this prestigious accreditation as it demonstrates our long-standing commitment to the health and safety of our employees,” said Giovanni Caforio, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer, Bristol Myers Squibb. “As a company focused on helping patients with serious disease, we are committed to making health and wellness a priority for our employees and their families through a range of programs focused on mental and physical health. We are proud to be recognized for these efforts, which we believe support our ability to deliver on our vision of transforming patients’ lives through science.”
This accreditation recognizes the Company’s exceptional efforts worldwide to reduce cancer risk by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings, and ensuring broad access to innovative cancer therapies that are extending lives, improving quality of life and increasing productivity for employees and their family members around the globe.
To be accredited as a Global Gold Standard organization, employers must achieve and maintain CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation in the U.S. and China, maintain a tobacco-free policy worldwide, and satisfy the essence and spirit of the five key areas of workplace wellness that are foundations of the Gold Standard.
Bristol Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol Myers Squibb, visit BMS.com.