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Innovation in Advancing Health Equity

Innovation in Advancing Health Equity Award

Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to "attain his or her full health potential" and no one is "disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances." Health inequities and health disparities are driven by community and environmental factors — reflected by differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment.

Large employers can utilize their innovative cross-sector initiatives and interventions to help eliminate disparate gaps in care — ultimately leading to a more healthy, engaged and productive workforce.

With advancing health equity, the goal is to reduce and eventually eliminate disparities and subsequently inequities, so all can achieve optimal health and well-being.

Purpose: To recognize companies that advance health equity by addressing inequities where people live, learn, work and play. The award seeks to showcase interventions addressing social determinants of health, such as health care access and literacy, economic stability, education, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community support.

Eligibility: Open to Business Group members and non- members.

  • Non-member applicants MUST meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Is a Fortune 500 company;
    • Is in the top 100 of Forbes America's Largest Private Companies;
    • Has at least 5,000 employees.



2019 Award Recipients

The National Business Group on Health presented the Innovation in Advancing Health Equity Award to two member companies, Anthem, Inc. and Cigna for their dedication and innovative initiatives to address social determinants of health and for advancing health equity through workplace and community initiatives. The awards were presented at the April 2019 Business Health Agenda conference held in Washington, D.C. Read the press release and the award brochure to learn more about the 2019 winners.


For information on previous winners please click here

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