The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is officially back on track as one of the Top 10 Healthiest Employers in the Valley in 2020 and 2021, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.
WellPath, the Community’s wellness program, ranked No. 9 in the Phoenix market’s list of large employers for 2021. The Community was also previously recognized as one of the Healthiest Employers from 2011 to 2017.
The Phoenix Business Journal partners with the awards program Healthiest Employers and posts a list of awarded wellness programs in their publication each year.
Hanging in the lobby of Two Waters B are the certification and plaques recognizing the Community government employees’ healthy habits.
Several contributing factors help make the SRPMIC one of the healthiest workplaces, most of which come from the WellPath program, which is evidence-based and data-driven and provides the Community with good, specific answers for the measures covered on the Healthiest Employers benchmark assessment tools.
“WellPath enjoys excellent support from leadership, participation incentives and dedicated Human Resources staff,” said SRPMIC Wellness Program supervisor Andrew Weiler.
“WellPath is a holistic program, in that we focus on domains of wellness outside the most common people think of: exercise and diet, which are actually one domain. [We also] offer programming for financial wellness, occupational or professional wellness, and the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and environmental domains of wellness.”
WellPath offers programming to employees and everyone on the health plan. Because the SRPMIC and Enterprises have such a diverse workforce in diverse occupations, Weiler said that WellPath offers programming for everyone all the time: weekends, weekdays, workdays, evenings, third shift.
There are other tools out there to reference and measure how well the Community is doing in regard to health, such as the Maricopa County Department of Health’s Healthy Arizona Worksite Program (HAWP).
HAWP partners with organizations such as the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) scorecard. “We have a streak earning [the HAWP’s] highest award each year,” said Weiler. “[The HAWP] started with a Gold award, and then they developed the Platinum-level award, and we’ve won that award annually for the past five years or so. It is good to have evidence-based tools and outside consultation to validate what we do.”