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University Toolkit

While cancer affects all workplaces, leaders in academia are uniquely suited to influence their own institution’s workforce as well as the leaders of tomorrow – all of whom will benefit from a culture of health and wellness on campus.


General application guidelines can be found at this link
​Resources of particular interest to University Employers are shared below.


 

Gold Standard Universities

An employer’s investment in a healthy workforce is critical to reduce the costs associated with cancer and other potentially preventable diseases and conditions.
Changing organizational culture: using the CEO cancer Gold Standard policy initiatives to promote health and wellness at a school of public health
Towne, Samuel D. Jr., PhD, MPH, CPH, Kelsey E. Anderson, Matthew Lee Smith, Deborah Vollmer Dahlke, Debra Kellstedt, Ninfa Pena Purcell and Marcia G. Ory
BMC Public Health

As a university, our most important asset is our people. Since innovative health care is one of the major areas of education, research, and service at the University of Iowa, we are especially proud to earn the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation. The health and well-being of our university community is of paramount importance to our values and to our success. We also do our best to set a good example of workplace wellness for other educational institutions, employers, and organizations across the state, nation, and world. Being a Gold Standard institution affirms our excellence and encourages us to always strive higher to be the healthiest and most caring workplace we can be.

J. Bruce Harreld
President
University of Iowa

University Best Practices

Oregon Health & Science University
Overall Wellness Programs

Healthy Team, Healthy U

Healthy Team, Healthy U is a wellness program designed by OHSU faculty and staff to help employees achieve a healthy lifestyle and capture the power of employees working together to increase physical activity, improve diet and reduce stress. Numerous benefits have been documented, including reduced blood pressure, lower body weight among those who are overweight, improved diet and exercise behaviors and feeling healthier. Furthermore, people felt less depressed, missed less work and reported being happier after participating in HTHU. 

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Research & Evidence

Hu,Tian, Seana L. Gall, Rachel Widome, Lydia A. Bazzano, Trudy L. Burns, Stephen R. Daniels, Terence Dwyer, Johanna Ikonen, Markus Juonala, Mika Kähönen, Ronald J. Prineas, Olli Raitakari, Alan R. Sinaiko, Julia Steinberger, Elaine M. Urbina, Alison Venn,
Journal of the American Heart Association
Blake, Kelly D., Amanda L. Klein, Laura Walpert, Len Casey, Cynthia Hallett, Clifford Douglas, Bidisha Sinha, Howard K. Koh
BMJ Journals

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Can just part of a University apply for accreditation?

Yes. Individual colleges or schools within a university are welcome to apply for Gold Standard accreditation. Typically leadership at Colleges of Medicine and Schools of Public Health are keenly aware of the impact they can have on health and healthcare costs when they address cancer in their own workplaces. Further, they appreciate that leadership by example has the potential to positively influence the parent University and surrounding community.

Brochures/Reference

On December 1, 2013, the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Public Health (SPH) received CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation. Achieving CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation is a major accomplishment because this accolade reflects what our organization values most: promoting healthy lives and communities. The guidebook complements the existing resources available on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard website. Our main goal is to demystify the application process. While there is work involved in gathering the documentation, it is a doable process.

Adopting Tobacco-free Policies on Campus

This guide is designed to assist with the creation of effective and enforceable tobacco-free policies for higher-education institutions.

Tobacco-Free Campus Implementation Guide

A resource designed to help college students adopt and implement a 100% tobacco-free campus policy