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Initiative Updates: Gold Standard
Employers can play a pivotal role in reducing cancer incidence and premature death. Healthier employees and healthier bottom lines can be achieved by providing evidence-based prevention and early detection services and encouraging employee engagement. By providing access and encouraging participation, more lives – and more money-be saved. The Gold Standard's employer-led work-place wellness model is now being shared in China and across the globe.
Ann Skye, BSN, MPH, Associate Director, Employee Health Management, IQVIA, and Global Gold Standard Subcommittee Chair, was invited by the International Association of Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP) and the Global Center for Healthy Workplaces (GCHW) to discuss how the Gold Standard's evidence-based wellness framework can be adopted by corporations with a presence in the US, China and globally. Ann was joined by representatives from Gold Standard employers, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis who also shared their unique insights and perspectives.
The informative presentation and subsequent discussion focused on the challenges associated with adapting the Gold Standard requirements to a global workforce with particular emphasis on China. A recording of the webinar is available here.
Meeting the Gold Standard’s comprehensive requirements is a notable achievement. To meet the complex challenges of adopting this standard of health and wellness globally and in China takes exceptional leadership.
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer has accredited Aura Biosciences of Cambridge, MA — a biotechnology company developing a new class of therapies to target and selectively destroy cancer cells — with the CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM recognizing its efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members.
“Our passion at Aura Biosciences is to improve treatment options for a wide range of cancers that are poorly managed today — so this recognition is very meaningful to us,” said Aura Chief Executive Officer Elisabet de los Pinos, Ph.D. “We are dedicated to creating a healthy workplace where employees have access to the highest quality medical care.”
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.
The University of Iowa has earned the CEO Cancer Gold Standardaccreditation from the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit that recognizes workplaces that are exceptionally committed to reducing the risk of cancer among employees.
“As a university, our most important asset is our people,” says UI President J. Bruce Harreld. “Since innovative health care is one of the major areas of education, research, and service at the UI, we are especially proud to earn this accreditation. The health and well-being of our university community is of paramount importance to our values and to our success.”
After George Weiner, director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, secured the gold standard accreditation for UI Health Care last year, Harreld sought to ensure the university as a whole also met the accreditation requirements.
On October 12, QuintilesIMS hosted a CEO Cancer Gold Standard “Friendraiser” to celebrate the 10-years of Gold Standard leadership of QuintilesIMS, Duke Health, GlaxoSmithKline plc and SAS and to introduce the Gold Standard to other North Carolina-based employers. The following day, a workshop was held at QuintilesIMS' headquarters in the Research Triangle Park, NC, to provide hands-on accreditation assistance to HR staff whose employers accepted the invitation to “Go for the Gold.”
Created with support from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grant to encourage university CEO Cancer Gold Standard outreach and accreditation, the recently launched University Toolkit provides an online resource of best practices, FAQs, policy models and supporting research publications.
The Gold Standard is an employer-led health and wellness initiative designed to both acomdate and encourage employers of diverse organizations who wish to lead by example through their workplace policies and culture.The current version of our Toolkit, however, is specifically designed to address some of the challenges unique to an academic campus environments.