UCSF Workplace Health Programs Honored by American Heart Association


By Robert Hood on November 03, 2020

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UC San Francisco’s workplace health programs have received Silver recognition on this year’s American Heart Association Workplace Health Solutions/Workplace Health Achievement Index.

The American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index allows organizations to qualify for bronze, silver or gold level recognition based on their total Index score. The framework of the Workplace Health Achievement Index was built so that organizations would continue to strive to improve the health of their workplace and their workforce from one year to the next. Last year, UCSF’s workplace health programs earned Bronze status.

“It’s wonderful that we were able to improve the health of our workplace based on the AHA Health Achievement Index,” said Kathleen Yumul, wellness coordinator at Campus Life Services.

Campus Life Services Wellness and Community focuses on broad, wide-ranging health and wellbeing initiatives designed to positively impact the campus community. These include Smoke and Tobacco Free UCSF and the Healthy Beverage Initiative. Wellness and Community also offers the UCSF community a one-stop shop for Wellness Resources related to their emotional, physical, financial, career, social and environmental wellbeing.

The university also launched an Employee Diabetes Prevention Program for faculty, staff, and trainees who have prediabetes or are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program, which is currently recruiting participants for the January cohort, is a year-long program that provides education, encouragement and the tools necessary to help individuals reach their health goals. The program is free for UCSF employees.

Yumul said the AHA recognition includes listing on the heart.org/whsrecognitions website, a news release announcing the recognition, a congratulatory letter from AHA CEO, Nancy Brown, and a physical plaque.

“Our goal is to move up the rankings next year,” Yumul said. “Filling out the questionnaire is an extensive process that includes more than 100 questions related to our organization’s workplace health programs.”