The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has been named No. 6 in the Top 10 Healthiest Employers in the Valley, according to the annual rankings of the Phoenix Business Journal. The official announcement was made on May 28 at a luncheon held at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. The SRPMIC, which competed in the Large Employer category, was one of 65 Valley employers ranked in the program.
A major reason for the top-10 finish is the SRPMIC WellPath program, now celebrating its fifth anniversary, which provides health and wellness programs to employees of the SRPMIC.
This is the third year in a row that the SRPMIC has placed in the top 10 Healthiest Employers in the Valley. The award recognizes companies that are committed to creating healthy workplace environments through a variety of wellness-program options.
The Community moved up from 17th to 10th place before arriving in the top 10 for the past three years. The Community has worked very hard to keep its employees healthy and active. Companies were organized into categories; the SRPMIC was placed into the “Large” employer category, with 2,000 employees, many of whom participate in WellPath.
“WellPath’s strengths are the support we have enjoyed from the president, Council and senior administration; this is a very big advantage,” said SRPMIC Wellness Program Supervisor Andrew Weiler. He went on to explain that the WellPath Program scores well in “our programming (addressing all aspects of wellness and the availability of our programming), the availability of on-site and online health coaching, individualized programming to improve employee health, the use of a biometric screening and a health risk-assessment process to provide anonymous health information for planning and evaluation, and our use of metrics to measure appeal and effectiveness of WellPath.”
Some of the events that WellPath invites employees to participate in are the annual employee co-ed basketball tournament, which takes place during the lunch hour during the month of March; employee walking groups; and fitness challenges. These are some of the many ways employees can earn incentives or gather WellPath points, which can go toward annual leave or cash incentives. Also, physicians visit the Two Waters Complex to conduct personal wellness assessments for employees to check their blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, weight and body mass index.
This award speaks to how hard the SRPMIC works to encourage health and wellness among its employees. “We hear from our new hires how this is such a great program, and also when employees leave they tend to say how they hope their new employers offer the program,” said Patty Powers of SRPMIC Human Resources. “Being proud that we work for an employer who supports wellness is a plus.”
The vision and mission statements for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community include a commitment to a “spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically healthy lifestyle.” This commitment extends to those whom the Community employs.