The Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) serves as Indiana’s only comprehensive cancer control coalition to address cancer through the continuum from prevention through palliation. The ICC’s mission is to reduce Indiana’s cancer burden through the coordinated, collective actions of its members and the sharing or resources, knowledge, and passion. The ICC in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health, have created the Employer Gold Standard initiative to help Hoosier employers of any size promote wellness initiatives and evidence-based interventions to their employees.
Employer Gold Standard Initiative
The Employer Gold Standard is a free program that recognizes employers who establish the workplace as a primary setting to focus on early detection and appropriate screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers for their employees. There are no fees associated with being and ICC Employer Gold Standard organization.
Hoosier employers are uniquely positioned to help reduce cancer in Indiana. Organizational leaders are able to take direct action in the early detection and treatment of cancer by reminding employees to get screened for certain cancers at the appropriate ages and times.
In order to become an ICC Employer Gold Standard organization, employers must meet a series of requirements based on best national screening recommendations and best practices. The ICC invites employers of any size to join this free, worksite screening initiative.
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Cancer affects Indiana’s healthcare costs, mortality rates, employee productivity, disability claims, and the lives of people and families. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is responsible for an estimated $128.1 billion in lost productivity annually; however, this figure could be dramatically reduced if more businesses invested in prevention and early detection for employees, not just treatment. From an economic standpoint, health economic experts suggest that if an intervention can save one year of life for less than $50,000, it is cost-effective. This translates to screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer can yield cost savings for your company. For example, investing $2.95 per member per month to cover cancer screening may yield additional savings of up to $3.75 per member per month.
The workplace reaches average-risk, age appropriate adults for screenings that lead to prevention and early detection.
- Complete an application of intent and submit to Rishika@indianacancer.org(application attached).
- Address at least two of the following cancers: breast, cervical, colorectal.
- Design a cancer control and prevention action plan utilizing the suggested best practice resource provided by the ICC (technical assistance is provided).
The review committee will meet on a quarterly basis to review materials. After the meetings, I will contact you with feedback and provide any necessary assistance. Once that is completed, you will be an ICC Gold Standard recognized organization!
As a Gold Standard member, your organization will receive:
- A badge to place on your company website,
- A press release to share within your organization and community, and
- Acknowledgement at the ICC Annual Meeting and monthly newsletter
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a technical assistance call, please contact Rish at Rishika@IndianaCancer.org.
ABOUT THIS AUTHOR: Rishika Chauhan, MPA
Rishika Chauhan oversees and manages the strategic initiatives for the Indiana Cancer Consortium, including statewide and regional cancer control coalitions. She also serves as committee chair for the Employer Gold Standard Review Committee. Rishika received her Masters in Public Affairs specializing in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University’s Indianapolis campus and received her Bachelors in Business Economics, Public Policy, and International Business from Indiana University, Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business. Learn more about Rishika Chauhan by visiting her LinkedIn profile or follow her on Twitter.