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Posted on: August 8, 2017

QAC Gov’t Wins Statewide Award for Worksite Health Promotion

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Beverly Churchill, Director of Human Resources, right, and Susan P Earls, Human Resources Specialist represented the county’s HR department June 2, in Baltimore where 56 Maryland employers were recognized as Healthiest Maryland Businesses.

 

 

QAC Gov’t Wins Statewide Award for Worksite Health Promotion

CENTREVILLE – Queen Anne’s County was one of 56 Maryland employers recognized June 2, as Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work Awardees for their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. Five of these award recipients were from the Mid/Upper Eastern Shore Region, which includes employers located in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties:

 

·           Union Hospital of Cecil County awarded ‘Gold’

.           Easton Utilities awarded ‘Silver’

.           Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort Spa & Marina awarded ‘Silver’

.           Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center awarded ‘Bronze’

.           County Commissioners of Queen Anne’s County awarded ‘Bronze’

 

 “The credit for this award goes to the county’s Wellness Committee and their hard work and dedication over the past several years,” said Beverly Churchill, Director of Queen Anne’s County’s Dept. of Human Resources.  Churchill said the committee worked closely with CareFirst’s Wellness Coordinator to devise the Passport to Wellness program for county employees who in turn can earn a monetary award. The Committee used health plan data to develop the Passport to Wellness as well as short and long-term wellness goals.  Long-term, the committee hopes to reduce the rate of diabetes among its members.  

 Howard Haft, Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, congratulated awards recipients at the 8th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, noting, “In public health, we strive to improve health through community based efforts.  Our worksites are one place that most Marylanders spend a majority of their day and a crucial community in which to make the healthy choice the easy choice.  Congratulations to all of the 2017 Wellness at Work Awards recipients.”

 

 The Wellness at Work Awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the State’s initiative to support healthy workplaces.  Any Maryland employer who is a member of Healthiest Maryland Businesses is eligible to apply, and there is no cost to be a member.  Recognition criteria are based on the CDC’s Workplace Health Model.  Applicants are asked to describe activities and share examples of policies and tools developed and utilized in the four areas of assessment, planning and management, implementation, and evaluation.  Employers may earn a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or On the Path award based on their activities to establish leadership support for wellness, create wellness committees, survey the needs and interests of their employees, set health improvement goals, and develop monitoring tools to track their outcomes over time.  A complete list of recognized businesses can be found at www.healthiestMDbusinesses.org/awardsprogram.

 

 Launched in 2010 and based at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Healthiest Maryland Businesses helps businesses create customized wellness plans, set wellness goals, and monitor progress.  Six regional coordinators around the state provide personalized guidance to businesses of all sizes.  To date, over 460 businesses have signed on to take advantage of this program.  For more information about Healthiest Maryland Businesses, contact Nicole Morris, Program Lead for worksites located on the Mid/Upper Eastern Shore counties at nicole.morris@maryland.gov or visit www.healthiestMDbusinesses.org.  

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