AdvancingWellness is pleased to celebrate the launch of the Working on Wellness program.
Last week we welcomed the first group of Massachusetts employers in to the program.
Working on Wellness is Massachusetts' newest initiative to support employers implementing comprehensive, evidence-based worksite wellness initiatives. The program specifically aims to reach businesses or organizations that are smaller, have low-wage workers, and do not have the internal capacity to implement a comprehensive wellness program.
Working on Wellness welcomed 30 Massachusetts organizations into the first cohort of the prog
ram. This includes private, public, and non-profit organizatins with a total of more than 9,000 employees. Organizations represent a variety of industries, are based across Massachusetts and most are small and medium size.
Working on Wellness offers Massachusetts employers support from experts, and online learning community that offers opportunities for collaboration, and finacial resources to help build a sustainable program. Specific program components include:
- Ongoing technical assistance and capacity building support from people with extensive experience working with businesses on worksite wellness,
- A cohort model that provides businesses with a learning community - they can learn from each other as well as from the experts,
- An online training curriculum that will prepare eligible businesses to receive a seal of approval for the Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit,
- Seed funding to support the launch and sustainability of the program.
Over the next two years, Working on Wellness will be made available to a total of 350 Massachusetts employers. The next cohort will begin in spring 2016. Working on Wellness is a continuation of work started in 2008, that contined unitl 2013. AdvancingWellness lead the program that helped 62 Massachusetts employers build their wellness program, touching over 50,000 Massachusetts employees.
Working on Wellness is a collaboration among the MA Department of Public Health, Health Resources in Action and Advancing Wellness, with funds provided by the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund as established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. This statewide initiative will be evaluated by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and University of Massachusetts Medical School.
To learn more or to join the mailing list, visit the Working on Wellness website.