ACOEM Press Release
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Awareness program will provide tools and information on common chronic diseases that impact health and productivity
(Chicago, IL – September 4, 2012) The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)
today announced a yearlong awareness-building campaign intended to help employers identify and respond to
chronic diseases that commonly impact worker health and productivity.
The campaign, which is aimed at conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, launches this
week to commemorate Labor Day. ACOEM will provide tools and resources to help employers determine the true
costs and impact of specific chronic diseases among their employees – beginning with its newly expanded Blueprint
for Health, a free on-line calculator that helps estimate the overall total health-related expenses.
The expanded Blueprint for Health was introduced September 1, and ACOEM will also periodically provide basic
facts and strategies for employers on specific diseases during the upcoming year at its web site and in its publication,
the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), while providing links to a wide variety of other
resources. In addition, the first of the Blueprint’s chronic-disease informational packages – on chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD) – will be available later this fall.
“We’re launching this initiative the week after Labor Day as a way of emphasizing how important a healthy
workforce is to our nation’s future,” said Barry Eisenberg, CAE, executive director of ACOEM. “Chronic disease is
one of the most damaging health issues to health and productivity – but at the same time, there are many tools and
strategies that employers can use to stay ahead of it. ACOEM is committed to helping employers gain access to this
The Blueprint for Health will serve as the centerpiece of the campaign, Eisenberg said. Introduced by ACOEM in
2007 in partnership with HCMS Group, the Blueprint for Health allows employers to enter demographic
information on their employee population into an on-line estimating tool and receive information that calculates the
health and productivity impacts from these diseases on their workforce. The Blueprint for Health has been recently
expanded and updated, with new information about COPD, in addition to other specific chronic diseases, such as
diabetes and hypertension.
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