Every company, be it a cruise line or clothing manufacturer, has the potential to improve health through its products and practices. Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Business School (HBS) want to encourage business leaders to prioritize the protection and promotion of health and well-being. The Culture of Health (COH): A Business Leadership Imperative program was launched to understand how some companies are already contributing to health—and how to encourage others to do so.
The three-year program includes six sub-projects focused on research, convening of leaders, and training to build a COH in the U.S. business community. The program is funded by a $4.7 million dollar grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
The program brings together 18 faculty members and their teams from Harvard Chan School and HBS. Howard Koh, the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at Harvard Chan School, is principal investigator.
Eileen McNeely and the SHINE team are focused on health and well-being metrics.
The landscape for corporate health reporting currently includes a patchwork of hundreds of measures to address different internal or external business needs. As such, we are conducting a systematic review of the health metrics to understand the opportunities for simplification and integration. We also plan to map corporate metrics to RWJF’s overarching COH Action Framework: making health a shared value, fostering cross-sector collaborations, creating healthier, more equitable communities, and strengthening health services.
For more information, view the Culture of Health website.