One key to economic development in the Delta Region is assuring that
industries investing in operations in the area have a productive, healthy
workforce. But how do we know that the local workforce is healthy? How
do we improve the health of our workforce if it is, indeed, not good? How do we know that
we can compete with other counties, states, and regions based on the
availability of capable, fit, energetic individuals that consistently
show up for work, produce and create value for the firm and for the
Healthy Workforce Challenge
The Delta Regional Authority, through its Healthy Delta Initiative, continues to recognize that health plays a critical role in the productivity and overall well-being of the Delta region. In recent years, there have been studies commissioned by Harvard University’s School of Public Health and other institutions that show a direct correlation between economic vitality and health, measured through changes in life expectancy.
The relationship between health and economic development goes beyond the fact that healthy people live longer and are therefore able to be productive members of society for a longer period of time. Healthy people also show up regularly for work and they cost their employers less in health care. Their productivity and quality of work is higher. Good health, increased life expectancy and the overall well-being of our communities directly impacts economic development efforts in the region. It is impossible for the DRA to maximize efforts to improve economic development without acting to address the high rates of chronic disease that have long plagued the region.
In taking action to improve the health of our region's workforce, the Delta Regional Authority has launched the Health Workforce Challenge, providing funding to organizations and institutions for programs that use innovation and creative programming to improve the health and wellness of our community and workforce. Click here for more information and the Healthy Workforce Challenge application.
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