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Report Highlights Best Practices and Trends for Developing Integrated Workplace Health Strategies

An article by Michael D. Parkinson provides an overview of evidence-based, integrated health care approaches that can be applied by providers and businesses to improve employee health and boost organizational competitiveness. Titled "The Healthy Health Care Workplace: a Competitive Advantage," the article is an essential guide of the latest science and practices available to practitioners responsible for ensuring a healthy, productive, ready, and resilient workforce—meeting the Quadruple aim.

Published in Current Cardiology Reports, Dr. Parkinson discusses the importance of comprehensively addressing the core drivers affecting health, productivity, costs, and burnout. He states this critically includes the six core elements of Employer Health and Productivity RoadmapTM which call on employers and care providers to: optimize the environment, increase healthy behaviors, reduce acute care, optimize chronic care, reduce excessive surgery, and speed transitions from care to home to work.

Dr. Parkinson also highlights the promising value of epigenetics and lifestyle medicine to prevent, treat, and reverse the affects of common chronic diseases. He states that evidence-based interventions and programs addressing lifestyle, environment, and the 'root causes' of disease—such as intensive lifestyle reversal programs for patients and medical education like the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program for providers—represent the next generation of health care in the workplace. He concludes that health care leaders across ecosystems can create a common vision and deploy a measurable strategy to create a healthier, high performing workforce and achieve organizational success.

Dr. Parkinson is an ACPM Fellow and is Senior Medical Director, Health and Productivity at UPMC Health Plan and WorkPartners.

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