CEO Culture of Health Initiative

What It Is

In support of Healthy Shelby and Healthier Tennessee, MBGH has embarked on an initiative to encourage and assist Memphis-area employers in creating cultures of health within their organizations.

Our vision is that Memphis and Shelby County employers become national leaders in community-wide adoption of employer-based cultures of health. These cultures of health will support the:

  • Health, productivity and balance in the lives of employees and their families
  • Financial success and competitiveness of the organization
  • Economic development in Memphis and Shelby County

Why It Matters

A culture of health will establish an environment that promotes and supports employee health. As employees become healthier, they may require less medical treatment, which leads to lower insurance premiums and a healthier, more productive workforce. A culture of health also creates a sense of community, improves employee morale, assists in retention and recruitment, and positions your organization as a preferred place to work.     

How We Help

MBGH provides comprehensive, hands-on assistance with early planning and implementation. We serve as an extra pair of hands by providing:

  1. An easy to complete Worksite Health Assessment that helps you identify the steps you need to take in implementing a culture of health
  2. A roadmap for establishing an evidence-based wellness program within your organization that saves you time and energy
  3. Access to best practices and assistance in developing a wellness program that is easy to execute and sustain over time.

Who Participates 

The CEO Culture of Health initiative is open to all organizations in the Memphis-area. 64 organizations have joined and we welcome more! Organizations that meet the CEO Culture of Health standards will automatically be recognized as a Healthier Tennessee Workplace. Read about our Annual Awards Luncheon where CEOs from across Memphis gathered to celebrate and recognize participants.

To Get Involved

Please contact Cristie Travis at [email protected] or (901)767-9585.

National Recognition

Claire Shapiro, MBGH Board President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Rhodes College, accepts MBGH's Healthy 10 Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in the workforce health category during the recognition ceremony in Washington, DC in February 2017.

The Health Means Business ‘Healthy10 Awards’ were created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a way to honor ten outstanding business-led initiatives or cross-sector collaborations between local businesses and traditional and non-traditional partners to improve community wellness and access to economic opportunity. 

"The Memphis Business Group on Health’s CEO Culture of Health initiative helps empower business leaders to be health champions,” said Marc DeCourcey, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “Business leadership is vital to creating a culture of health and it’s an honor to recognize this program."

The CEO Culture of Health initiative was partially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and United Health Foundation, supported by the National Business Coalition on Health.

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