• Healthy Workforce Now

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  • The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) believes that the time has come for the United States to recognize the workplace as a critical location for achieving the goals of health reform and for improving the overall health of employees and their families.

    It will be impossible to achieve true health care reform without this shift in focus. Our workforce – the engine that drives our economy and supports the financial underpinnings of our health care system – is ailing and aging, with a rapid rise in chronic disease across all age groups. At the same time, many baby boomers are exiting the workplace altogether. As a consequence, the pipeline of healthy, productive workers in the United States is threatened. Without a healthy, able, and available workforce, the United States will not be able to sustain its long-term heatlh care programs – nor will it thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

    ACOEM has launched its “Healthy Workforce Now” initiative to raise awareness of these vital facts.

    We are seeking changes in federal policy in order to ensure America’s workforce remains strong and that workplace health becomes a fundamental element in the nation’s health care reform efforts. 

    To learn more about ACOEM’s advocacy on workforce health, please review the various documents posted to the left. These materials illustrate the significant connection between the productive capacity of the American economy, the health and wellbeing of its workforce, and the future of the nation’s health care system. 

    On June 1, 2009, these materials were provided to Congressional leaders during an ACOEM briefing on Capitol Hill.  Please assist ACOEM in sending the message on the importance of the workplace in any health care reform debate by distributing these documents to your legislators and to other stakeholders in health care.

    Pamela Hymel, MD, MPH, FACOEM
    Past President, ACOEM

    If you have any questions, send us an e-mail at healthyworker@acoem.org.