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WorkWell Kansas is a statewide initiative, funded by the Kansas Health coordinated by the Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care that provides leadership and resources for businesses and organizations to support worksite health. This initiative is an opportunity to engage and connect businesses, leaders, and organizations throughout Kansas around worksite wellness.
The WorkWell Kansas Philosophy
To create sustainable change in the health of a worksite, the culture must be changed, by identifying and implementing practices that are evidence based, feasible, replicable, effective and have significant public health impacts.
The WorkWell Kansas Framework
The framework addresses the strategies business’ can use to address the health issues that most commonly impact a workforce. The issues listed below are those that impact the largest parts of the population and have the highest financial impact on a business.
WorkWell Thomas County
The start of WorkWell Thomas County came in 2014 when Brette Hankin was nominated to become the Champion. She identified seven businesses to participate in a Leadership Training on what worksite wellness is. Each organization was tasked with going back into their worksites and building a foundation by utilizing the Strategic Framework.
To date, three of the worksites are continuing to implement that framework into their worksite. Those worksites are:
Colby Thomas County Chamber of Commerce
LiveWell Northwest Kansas: Northwest Kansas Council on Substance Abuse
Thomas County Health Department
Each of these organizations have a representative that has become a Leadership Team. The Leadership team consists of; Brette Hankin, Richelle Shipley and Misty Jimerson.
Building A Foundation: Several components are necessary to build a foundation that is solid enough upon which a worksite wellness initiative may be built. The foundation MUST be built before a worksite begins a wellness initiative.
Data: What do you want to know? Assess your employee’s
Leadership: Are senior executives committed to health promotion? Is health aligned with business goals? Is health a part of the mission?
Wellness Committee: A group of employee’s to serve as advocates for the desired changes.
Incentives: Do you have a list of potential incentives of interest to your employees?
Communications: Do you effectively communicate with your employee's