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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. The Private Sector as a Catalyst for Health Equity and a Vibrant Economy: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23529.
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Appendix D

Statement of Task

The Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities will form an ad hoc committee to plan and conduct a 1-day workshop that will include invited speakers and discussions. The committee will define the specific topics to be addressed, develop the agenda, select and invite speakers, and moderate discussions during the workshop. An individually authored summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

The workshop will focus on the economic case for promoting health equity. Thriving businesses benefit from health equity values and goals. Additionally, the larger society benefits because of improved community health and the improved health of the local economy. The workshop will explore ways to enable a “first of its kind” dialogue that showcases the shared values and visions of health equity–promoting strategies of researchers, health equity experts, and business sectors. Showcasing the effect of health equity–promoting initiatives will help to build bridges across sectors in order to foster additional large-scale collaborative health equity efforts.

Three specific topics that lift up best practices will be highlighted at this workshop. These topics are

  1. Transforming communities so that they are healthier for all residents
  2. Improving individual employee health
  3. Workforce development
Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. The Private Sector as a Catalyst for Health Equity and a Vibrant Economy: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23529.
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More specific questions to be considered include

  • Why is engaging in health equity good for the economy?
  • How can businesses and other organizations be key partners in promoting health equity?
  • What are some examples from across business sectors of companies that demonstrate health equity promotion?
  • How can businesses and other organizations engage with local communities to promote health equity?
  • What are examples of nonemployee community engagement?
  • Are there examples of companies investing in workforce development programs and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs for adolescents?
Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. The Private Sector as a Catalyst for Health Equity and a Vibrant Economy: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23529.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. The Private Sector as a Catalyst for Health Equity and a Vibrant Economy: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23529.
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A critical component of the nation’s economic vitality is ensuring that all Americans can contribute and prosper. Such contributions presuppose an intentional focus on achieving the highest levels of health possible, which requires that conditions in communities, schools workplaces, and other settings promote health and address the social determinants of health for all community members. Many organizations, in both the private and public sectors, have been establishing partnerships to further healthy workplaces and health equity in general. Many are taking the lead in producing economic growth that is inclusive and responsive to the nation’s diverse needs and populations. Increasingly, private–public partnerships are emerging as ways of doing business. Additionally, a variety of new developments in health, health care, and community benefits obligations that are part of the Affordable Care Act have contributed to this interest in economic growth and health and in the creation of new partnerships.

To examine past successes and future opportunities, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop in November 2015. The workshop focused on the potential of the private sector to produce a triple bottom line: economic opportunity (including workforce development) and growth, healthy work and community environments, and improved employee health. At the same time, participants looked beyond the private sector to public–private partnerships and to public-sector actions that combine opportunities for economic growth and good health for all. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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