The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program is a public health initiative that has been developed through a partnership between the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. The purpose of the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program (HAWP) is to help Arizona employers successfully implement evidence-based worksite wellness initiatives to improve the health of their employees and businesses. Evidence-based worksite wellness initiatives have been shown to reduce costs associated with healthcare and absenteeism. In addition, they have been linked to increased productivity as healthy employees have been shown to be more productive.
The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program (HAWP) is a statewide program that provides Arizona employers with training, technical assistance, tools, and resources to design, implement, and evaluate worksite wellness initiatives. HAWP also works to create linkages between Arizona businesses engaging in healthy worksite efforts so they can learn from each other and share experiences. HAWP offers a 101 training seminar that focuses on helping employers plan, implement and evaluate worksite wellness programs that are evidence-based. HAWP also offers a 202 series of trainings and webinars that include topics such as:
- Mobilizing Peer Support for Wellness, Making Wellness Real in Schools
- Leading with People: How Lincoln Industries Succeeds at Worksite Wellness
- Chronic Pain: Is Pain Hurting Your Business?
- Tobacco Cessation with ASH Line: Employee Health and ROI
- Lactation Accommodations in the Workplace, Jessa Zuck
- Flu Prevention at Your Worksite
During and after the HAWP 101 training employers are given instructions on and information about how to be recognized as a Healthy Arizona Worksite. There are 3 levels of recognition.
- The Copper award level recognizes a business that has taken the initial steps to receive worksite health training, gain leadership support, begin organizational assessment, create infrastructure supports and fashion an introductory worksite health improvement plan.
- The Silver award level indicates that an employer's worksite program has the minimum components needed for a comprehensive worksite health program including, senior level management support, an active wellness team, a program budget, and use of data.
- A Gold Level Award is awarded to businesses that are tracking and documenting outcomes and behavior change. Gold level programs have demonstrated institutional support and have integrated worksite health programs with business policies and benefits. Their programming is data and outcomes driven.