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Community Health & Economic Prosperity

The health of Americans is not as good as it could be, despite large expenditures on healthcare. Our poorer health status creates costs and challenges for individuals, families, communities, and businesses, and can be a drag on the economy, as too many jobs remain unfilled and productivity is adversely affected. Many of our poor health problems are rooted in inadequate investments in prevention and unequal economic opportunities in our communities.

In order to improve the health of Americans and help foster a more sustainable and equitable prosperity, the Office of the Surgeon General is implementing an initiative called "Community Health and Economic Prosperity" or "CHEP" for short. The CHEP initiative will use a multipronged approach* focused on:

  • Engaging businesses to be community change-makers and forces for health in their communities
  • Implementing solutions to help improve and sustain the health of communities, such as comprehensive smoke-free policies and affordable housing
  • Strengthening communities to be places of opportunity for health and prosperity for all

CHEP joins other efforts in communities and across the nation, all striving to improve health and increase opportunity for all. What ties these together, in addition to a focus on health and economic opportunity, is a recognition that health happens in communities and is tied to conditions in communities, such as the quality and availability of housing, education, and jobs. What sets CHEP apart is the focus on businesses and the private sector as critical agents of change to improve the conditions in communities and improve their own bottom lines.

Read the publications below to learn in detail what the Surgeon General is doing about community health and economic prosperity.

Title Type Date
Community Health and Economic Prosperity: Engaging Businesses as Stewards and Stakeholders—A Report of the Surgeon General Full Report 2021
Executive Summary 2021
Community Health and Economic Prosperity: A Digest of the Surgeon General's Report for Business Leaders Business Digest 2021
Community-Strengthening Business Practices as Highlighted in Community Health and Economic Prosperity Engaging Businesses as Stewards and Stakeholders—A Report of the Surgeon General Compilation 2021
Community Health and Economic Prosperity: The Problem, the Causes, the Opportunities, and the Solutions—At a Glance At A Glance 2021
Community Health and Economic Prosperity: An Initiative of the Office of the Surgeon General Fact Sheet 2021
What Is the U.S. Health Disadvantage? Fact Sheet 2021
What Causes the U.S. Health Disadvantage? Fact Sheet 2021
Why Is the U.S. Health Disadvantage Important to Businesses? Fact Sheet 2021
What Can Businesses Do to Help Address the U.S. Health Disadvantage? Fact Sheet 2021
Who Can Businesses Work With to Strengthen Community Health and Economic Prosperity? Fact Sheet 2021
The Surgeon General Introduces Community Health and Economic Prosperity, a New Report Video 2021
The U.S. Health Disadvantage: Implications for Businesses and Employers Video 2021
Businesses Have an Interest in Improving the Vital Conditions for Health, Wealth and Well-being Video 2021
How Can Businesses Engage with Communities? Video 2021

 

*People using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in this file. For assistance, please contact ashmedia@hhs.gov.

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