Workgroups Overview

Employer Team Workgroup

Oregon is ranked 27th of all states in the nation according to the 2014 Gallup Healthways Well-being Index.

Oregonians spend much (arguably the majority) of their time at work and this time has a big impact on well-being. The employer team will learn how employers affect health and what practices can make the biggest difference. The team will then agree on a strategy to engage a wide range of employers in the conversation.

The Employer team will….

  • Be made up of CEOs who can galvanize networks of businesses small and large from throughout the state to move the dial on the WBI and other relevant metrics
  • Learn how employers affect the well-being of employees and their families
  • Identify a variety of tools and strategies employers can use
  • Develop a strategy to mobilize businesses to adopt policies, practices, and built environment changes known to improve well-being within their organization
  • Determine who needs to be at the table to get the work done
  • Lead, inspire, measure, and recognize Oregon employers as they improve the well-being of employees and their families throughout Oregon.

Team Members:

Interested in updates or future involvement? – Email sfoster@orbusinesscouncil.org

Financial Peace of Mind Workgroup

Oregon has slipped to 29th among all states for financial well-being, defined as “managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.”  In the spring of 2015, The Standard, along with credit unions non-profits, and government agencies, began to develop a focused strategy for improving financial well-being for all Oregonians.  Formation of this workgroup underscores the urgency of this issue and the need to work together to accelerate better outcomes.

The first opportunity the workgroup has identified as a priority is to improve financial literacy or “capability” using one of Oregon Healthiest State’s strategies: industry-focused solutions.  Employers are ideally positioned to promote financial literacy in the workplace.

Financial literacy leadership includes policies and programs that aim to improve the financial well-being and decision making of employees.  These may include default retirement plans and other policies that incentivize sound financial behaviors.  They may also include financial education programs that improve employee knowledge and skills in setting and reaching personal financial goals, budgeting expenditures, managing debt, making investments, managing risk, setting aside funds for emergencies, and planning for big expenditures such as home buying, financing college for children, and retirement.

The first step in this effort is to learn what employers are doing to implement financial literacy in the workplace and what’s working. If your company offers a financial literacy program, please let us know.  As we continue to develop a focused strategy for improving the financial well-being of all Oregonians, your feedback and participation will be crucial.

Group Membership:

Interested in updates or future involvement? – Email sfoster@orbusinesscouncil.org

Health and Outdoors Workgroup

Actions are underway to implement the Oregon Action Framework for Health and the Outdoors (Action Framework). There are four action areas:

  1. Empower communities with the resources and tools they need to:
    • Reduce barriers to getting outdoors;
    • Develop more parks, trails, and trees;
    • Improve access to existing green spaces; and
    • Scale the programs that get people outdoors.
  2. Develop the communications strategies and tools to provide information about the health benefits of being outdoors;
  3.  Maintain a “policy playbook” of opportunities to weave health and the outdoors into all policy; and
  4. Create a research agenda to further the base of evidence on the health-outdoor link and provide the evaluation tools communities need to measure results.

Here are some of the accomplishments since the fall 2015 launch of the Action Framework:

Core team members:

Interested in updates? – Email bobby@willamettepartnership.org or visit oregon.healthandoutdoors.org