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School & Program Updates

Harvard Program Aims to Make Health a Business Priority

Every company, be it a cruise line or clothing manufacturer, has the potential to improve health through its products and practices. Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Business School (HBS) want to encourage business leaders to prioritize the protection and promotion of health and wellbeing. To understand how some companies are already contributing to health—and how to encourage others to do so—they’ve launched a program called A Culture of Health (COH): A Business Leadership Imperative.

The three-year program includes six sub-projects focused on research, convening of leaders, and training to build a COH in the U.S. business community. The program, recently funded by a $4.7 million dollar grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), represents the culmination of an intensive year-long planning process, also funded by RWJF.

The program brings together 18 faculty members and their teams from Harvard Chan School and HBS. Dr. Howard Koh, the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at Harvard Chan School, is principal investigator. “We hope the creativity, commitment, and collaboration of our two Schools can result in a healthier nation,” he said.

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