YMCA of Central Florida: Transitioning from Sick Care to Community Well-being

By Alexandra Luterek and Vera Oziransky

There are more than 2,700 YMCAs in 10,000 communities across the US. These associations offer everything from children’s summer camp to evidence-based diabetes prevention programs, housing, and substance misuse counseling. Each YMCA tailors its offerings to the needs of its community members.

Imagine the contribution to building a culture of health if each YMCA engaged at least one local employer in extending workforce health promotion initiatives to their community, and documented and shared their progress to demonstrate collective, national impact.

The YMCA of Central Florida is taking a unique approach to leveraging their expertise in community health promotion and their diverse member presence to engage the private sector. The YMCA partners with major employers such as Sodexo to promote workforce health in community-based settings, and recently entered a partnership with the Orlando Health system to integrate worksites, clinics, and communities as sites for health promotion.

Read more about the YMCA of Central Florida’s work and how employers can enhance the health of their workforce by Extending their Corporate Health Strategy into the community in “Beyond the Four Walls: Why Community is Critical to Workforce Health”.

What are some ways your community integrates health inside and outside the workplace? Let us know by commenting below or connecting with us on social media @VitalityInst and using #Beyond4Walls


Photo Credit: YMCA

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