Through Its Comprehensive Integrative Model to Optimize Wellness Across Campus, The Ohio State University Advances to Silver Level
HealthLead Workplace Health Accreditation
August 25, 2015
The Ohio State University (OSU), headquartered in Columbus, OH, achieved Silver level status in the HealthLead™ Workplace reaccreditation, demonstrating OSU’s increased engagement and initiated positive changes to further instill a culture of health and well-being, the nonprofit US Healthiest announced today.
Through a two-step reaccreditation process, including completion of an online assessment and a site audit, OSU advanced from its Bronze status achieved in 2012 to Silver level status. Since its initial accreditation in 2012 at the Bronze level, OSU has continued to strengthen, build, and expand its comprehensive integrative model to optimize health and wellness to improve population health.
Over the last four years, OSU’s Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, along with the Buckeye Wellness and Your Plan for Health teams, has escalated change, created the One University Health and Wellness Council, and expanded data collection and communication initiatives across the University. Additionally, OSU has increased its activism and role as a convener within the employer and university spaces through its leadership and involvement in nationally recognized consortiums, including the National Consortium for Building Healthier Academic Communities (BHAC).
“I am continually impressed with OSU’s commitment to, and evolution of, health and well-being. Not only are they HealthLead Workplace Accredited; but they are also HealthLead Academic Community Accredited, meaning that they focus on, and create a culture that emphasizes and values the health and well-being of both their employee and student populations.” Said Nick Baird, MD, CEO of US Healthiest. “ What stuck out to me the most was four years ago, they stated their goal of being the healthiest university on the globe; and they remain focused on that goal and continue to take action in making it happen!”
Silver level accreditation represents an integrated and comprehensive approach to employee health and well-being, while demonstrating positive outcomes that positively affect the organization’s bottom line.
“The HealthLead Accreditation process has been extremely beneficial as we strive to achieve our vision of becoming the healthiest university in the world,” says Chief Wellness Officer Bern Melnyk. “Through the accreditation process, we receive important feedback on our strengths as well as areas needing improvement with helpful strategies for strengthening our approach in building a culture and environment that makes healthy lifestyle behaviors the social norm.”
The Ohio State University, along with 18 other public, private, governmental, and academic organizations is HealthLead Workplace Accredited. These organizations represent employers who have invested in developing and sustaining an integrated, comprehensive approach to employee health and well-being that is aligned with their respective business strategy. Nationwide Insurance, Target, CDC, and HealthPartners, are among other employers representing various sizes and industries that are HealthLead Accredited. To maintain accreditation status, organizations go through reaccreditation every three years.
In 2012, US Healthiest created the HealthLead Accreditation Program to recognize public and private sector organizations that demonstrate best practices in employee or academic community health management and well-being. HealthLead is designed to set the standard for workplace and campus health management by expanding the definition and breadth of health to include integrated well-being information and support services, individual/group engagement strategies, and leadership in community health issues. www.ushealthiest.org