What is Health Links?
Health Links™ is a signature program of the Center for Health, Work & Environment, a research center at the Colorado School of Public Health. Our mission is to collaborate with employers to build a culture of health and safety in the workplace.
We assess organizations’ policies and programs, offer evidence-based recommendations in one-on-one advising sessions, connect employers with like-minded businesses and local resources, and recognize qualifying employers as Certified Healthy Businesses.
We work with businesses to help them assess their health and safety practices and develop actionable, evidence-based solutions to foster a culture of health and safety in their workplace. Specifically, we:
How do I become recognized as a Healthy Business?
First, businesses complete an online assessment to assess their health and safety culture. Based on their scores on the assessment, businesses are recognized as Certified Healthy Businesses, on a three-tiered scale, or as Kick-Start businesses, which are businesses working up to certification. Businesses must retake the assessment on an annual basis to keep their certification current and maintain their access to program benefits, including advising.
How do I get started?
All businesses must first take our online assessment, a questionnaire that gauges an organization's health and safety culture. To review the assessment before taking it, download the pdf version online here.
Why do businesses participate?
Businesses participate in Health Links because they see the value in improving the health, safety, and well-being of their employees.
You can see the full list of benefits online here.
What do I need to know before taking the assessment?
We encourage all businesses interested in joining our network to review the checklist available online here to understand the criteria for each certification level. All organizations that take the assessment are considered part of the Health Links Healthy Business Network and receive support regardless of whether they meet the certification criteria. There is a small fee associated with the assessment depending on the size of your businesses.
Is there a cost?
The Health Links assessment only costs $90, $180, or $360 annually, depending on the size of your business. Payment is due at the time you submit your application and we accept all major credit cards. This fee is paid each time a business completes the assessment, which is typically once per year.
How can I spread the word that my organization was recognized?
Once you complete the assessment, we will provide you with a media kit to help you spread the word! This kit includes: a press release template, a staff announcement letter, social media templates, our logo, and badge to use on your website or in your email signature.
We also collect success stories to feature on our website and social media platforms to showcase accomplishments of our businesses and how they have improved the culture of health and safety in their workplaces. Once you complete the assessment, your business will also be asked to complete a success story to be featured on our website and social media platforms!
What does Health Links do with my information?
Health Links always respects the rights and privacy of our businesses. We will never rent or sell your information to a third party.
We may use your contact information to stay in touch and to notify you about your application status. If you would prefer not to receive these updates, you can log into your account and unsubscribe at any time.
What is included in the assessment?
The assessment is an online questionnaire that gauges an organization's health and safety culture based on six benchmarks: organizational supports, workplace assessments, health promotion programs and policies, safety programs and policies, engagement, and evaluation. The assessment includes questions about a wide-range of health and safety areas, from stress management to return-to-work programs.
We use the results of the questionnaire to determine whether a business is recognized as a Certified Healthy Business or a Kick-Start business, for organizations working up to certification. Certified Healthy Businesses may fall into one of three certification levels: certified, partner, or leader.
You can download the assessment before you take it.