Health Links Frequently Asked Questions


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.

What is the process for being 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 businesses 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. 

  • External Evaluation. Health Links helps businesses evaluate their health and safety culture and create actionable goals to improve it using the latest and best evidence.
  • Business Outcomes. Not only have businesses seen reductions in healthcare premiums, decreased injury rates and improved employee morale, but many Health Links businesses that foster a healthy culture have happier employees that stick around longer. 
  • Tailored Advice and Support. Many businesses say that the one-on-one advising component of our program is where they find the most value. We have local advisors across the state that meet with you face-to-face and help you achieve your goals. 
  • Recognition. Some businesses participate because they want their community to know they are leading the way in workplace health and safety. Certified businesses get press release templates, social media templates, and staff letters they can use to share their accomplishments. Certified healthy businesses are also eligible for a variety of local and state-wide awards. 

You can see the full list of benefits online here

What is the role of the advisor?

Advisors are the “boots on the ground” who provide a personalized experience to every business we work with. 

All advisors have an extensive background in health, safety, and well-being and receive rigorous training upon joining the Health Links team.

Take a look at our team page to see who your local advisor is.

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?

Thanks to our supporters, the price of our program is largely underwritten. 

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 about getting 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. 

For further details, please read our privacy policy.

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.

So how do you help 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. 

  • We help organizations identify areas for improvement in their workplace health and safety policies and programs using an evidence-based assessment. 
  • We certify qualifying businesses as Healthy Businesses, helping them recruit and retain top talent and gain prestige in their community.
  •  We match organizations in our network with a local advisor who offers one-on-one advice and support to design actionable, evidence-based goals. 
  • We connect businesses in our network to one another and to local resources to help them meet their goals.

What if we don’t meet the certification criteria?

All businesses interested in improving the health and safety culture of their workplace are encouraged to take our assessment. If your organization does not meet the requirements to become a Certified Healthy Business, your business will be recognized as a Kick-Start business. 

The Kick-Start program recognizes businesses working to improve worker health and safety, helps them achieve their health and safety goals, and prepares them to become a Certified Healthy Business in the future. Like our certified businesses, Kick-Start businesses receive one-on-one support from local advisors and have access to local and online resources.

Someone told me that you offer funding to businesses. How do I get that? 

From 2013–2016, we proudly granted $110,000 of seed funding, gifted to us by Pinnacol Assurance, to small businesses in Colorado to help them get their workplace health and safety programs up and running. This funding ended on December 31, 2016. We are pleased to offer all Health Links businesses with continued support in the form of remote and onsite advising.   

Why did my organization drop down a certification level?

We recently updated our assessment in October 2016. We improved our assessment based on the latest evidence on policies and practices that create a healthy, safe work environment. New questions and criteria were added, which is the reason that your organization may not have been recognized at the same level. Our team is here to help you along the way to meet our new certification criteria. 

To see the new certification criteria, please visit our Get Going page. 

What changed in the assessment?

We added and updated questions in our assessment in October 2016 to reflect the latest evidence on policies and practices that create a healthy, safe work environment. We strive to use the most up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge so that we can offer the best advice to businesses in our network.