Why Healthy Communities Matter to Business

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Research points to a link between an unhealthy workforce and unhealthy communities.

Even when an employer implements health-promoting strategies at the worksite, if employees then go home to unhealthy neighborhoods, the workplace progress is compromised. So, businesses and communities are working together to find ways to collaborate on investments in education, job training and wellness programs.

Key Findings

  • Healthier Employees: Healthier communities help to cultivate a healthy, more productive workforce fueling future economic growth.

  • A More Educated, Prepared Potential Workforce Pool: Healthier communities are associated with higher rates of education, which can benefit both workers and employers.

  • A Stronger Local Economy: Healthier communities attract more talented employees and a healthier customer base, which can strengthen their economies.

About County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, highlights the many social and economic factors that influence health, and provides resources to help communities take action.