Children’s Colorado was named the winner of the 2018 Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness. Each year, the Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles partners with HealthLinks™, a signature program of the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, to identify and honor organizations that are notable in their efforts to build a culture of health and safety in the workplace.
Award criteria was broad ranging
On May 2, representatives from Children's Colorado attended the 11th annual Colorado Culture of Health and Wellbeing Conference to accept the Worksite Wellness Award in recognition of the hospital’s outstanding team member health and safety initiatives.
Awards criteria included:
- Leadership support for health and safety
- Assessment of employee needs
- Worksite wellness activities including tobacco control, nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention, maternal and child health and mental health
- Safety policies and practices
- Communication to promote health and safety
- Program reach to off-site workers, temporary employees and family
- Incentives to encourage program engagement
State-level recognition for employee wellness efforts
Heidi Baskfield, vice president of population health and advocacy, who accepted the award from Lt. Governor Donna Lynn, reflected on its significance. "It is an incredible honor for Children’s Colorado to receive state-level recognition for our comprehensive approach to wellness. We didn’t just surpass other hospitals for this award, but other businesses and government agencies as well. We have not only one of the best wellness teams in the state, but in the country."
Children’s Colorado’s multidisciplinary approach sets it apart. The hospital recognizes the many dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, social and occupational, and makes sure to have resources and programming to support all of these areas. In doing so, the hope is to foster a positive, engaged team that has the tools they need to stay well while caring for others.