Awards and Recognitions

2014 and 2018 Healthiest 100: Vanderbilt was recognized by Healthiest Employers as one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America through sustainable success in employee wellness initiatives. Vanderbilt attained this recognition after a year-long assessment process, which included companies of all sizes from all regions and industries.​

Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Award 2013, 2014, 2015: Vanderbilt was recognized as a winner of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award in the Gold category by the National Business Group on Health for the second time. This award recognizes Vanderbilt for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who are committed to long-term behavior changes.

Global Healthy Workplace​ 2014 and 2015: Vanderbilt University was named second in the world for its programs to enhance the physical and mental health and safety of its employees throughout the University and Medical Center. With thirty-three countries participating and more than 80 applicants, Vanderbilt was the only academic medical center represented as a finalist.

2014 Innovation in Reducing Health Care Disparities Award: In March 2014, Vanderbilt was recognized by the National Business Group on Health for innovative approaches to reducing health care disparities. This award​ demonstrates Vanderbilt's commitment to meeting the various cultural, linguistic, and ethic needs of the community.

The Healthiest Employers of Middle Tennessee Award 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015: In 2010 the Nashville Business Journal honored Vanderbilt University as the winner of the Healthiest Employers of Middle Tennessee in the 5,000+ employee division; in 2011 in the 1,000+employees division; in 2012 in the 10,000+ category; and in 2013 in the 500+ employees category. Companies were judged based on wellness programs for employees. The awards were based on surveys conducted by Healthiest Employer LLC. Criteria included cultural commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, programming and intervention and reporting and analysis. Read the Nashville Business Journal's announcement of the award winners for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014​.

2014 Healthier Tennessee Workplace: The Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness, through the Healthier Tennessee initiative​, has recognized Vanderbilt as a Healthier Tennessee Workplace. This recognition acknowledges the value the university places on the health and well-being of faculty and staff.

Mayor's Workplace Challenge Award 2013-2015: Vanderbilt University achieved Diamond Level in the Healthy category of the 2014-15 Mayor's Workplace Challenge. This is the third consecutive year that Vanderbilt has been recognized by the challenge for leadership in making Nashville a healthier community. As a repeated winner, Vanderbilt has been inducted in the Mayor's Workplace Challenge Hall of Fame. The challenge encourages and recognizes places of work in the Nashville area that contribute to a high quality of life: being healthy, green and involved in the community. The Healthy Workplace Challenge recognizes Vanderbilt's efforts to >make the work environment an easier place to be healthy while also supporting the goal of making Nashville a healthier city.

2015 Communicator Award from The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts: Faculty/Staff Health & Wellness received this honor for the 2014 Game Plan for Your Health video, which is part of the Go for the Gold program. The video, titled Manage Your Energy, Maximize Your Life educated faculty and staff on the importance of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual energy

2012 Communicator Award Honoring Excellence in Marketing and Communication: Faculty/Staff Health & Wellness received the Award of Distinction for the 2011 Game Plan for Your Health video, which is part of the Go for the Gold program. The video, titled Detect and Protect educated faculty and staff on the importance of obtaining preventive health screenings and having a primary care provider.

2012 National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS) Immunization Excellence Award: The Vanderbilt Fluapalooza mass vaccination event recently received a 2012 NIVS Immunization Excellence Award of Honorable Mention in the Corporate Campaign division by the National Influenza Vaccine Summit for Outstanding Efforts during flu season. Nominees were evaluated based on the areas of impact, collaboration, originality, overcoming challenges and opportunities.

Flulapalooza® - 2011 Guinness World Record - Most vaccinations given in 8 hours: The primary goal of the Flulapalooza event was to test the pandemic mass vaccination plan, utilizing seasonal flu vaccine. To generate the high volumes Vanderbilt would anticipate in a pandemic, Vanderbilt's Occupational Health Clinic and Emergency Preparedness decided to stimulate interest by challenging the Guinness World Record for most vaccines given in one day. The secondary goal was to break the existing record of 6,215 vaccines in 8 hours. Ultimately Vanderbilt set a new Guinness World Record, more than doubling the existing record, with 12,850 flu vaccines in 8 hours and 14,082 vaccines for the entire day.​

The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health Shining Star Award: Vanderbilt was recognized in 2009 for being a shining star in the workplace setting. The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness has established a Shining Star Awards program that is designed to recognize the efforts of the contribution to the promotion of healthy lifestyles by groups of Tennesseans.

The American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Companies Award: Vanderbilt has received the Platinum Award for eight consecutive years (2008 - 2016) for recognition of companies that have demonstrated a commitment to fitness and nutrition in the workplace and well as demonstrate at least one behavior change program, one cost-savings outcome and one program that positive return on investment.

The C. Everett Koop National Health Award: In 2008, the Go for the Gold Program received the prestigious C. Everett Koop Award honoring health promotion and disease prevention programs with a demonstrated savings from improving health behavior.

Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies: In 2008, Vanderbilt was named one of the top 100 best places to work in the United States in Fortune magazine's prestigious annual survey; it is the first university ever to be named to the list. The rankings are determined through an extensive survey process and are based on levels of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie in the workforce. The survey was conducted by Fortune in conjunction with the Great Place to Work Institute.

The American Heart Association Worksite Innovations Award: Health and Wellness received this award on Vanderbilt's behalf in 2008 for recognition of companies that lead the development and implementation of innovative and effective programs that promote physical activity specifically in the workplace.

Nashville Scene Best of Nashville Award: In 2008, the Nashville Scene publication voted the Vanderbilt Child Care Program one of the top three centers in Nashville by voters in the reader's poll.

League of American Communications Professionals Inspire Award Newsletter and Magazine Competition: The Health and Wellness Connection newsletter that is mailed to the homes of faculty and staff was awarded the 2006 Honors recognition.

The Corporate Health Achievement Award: The American College of Occupational and Environmental Health (ACOEM) selected Vanderbilt University's Health and Wellness Division as a recipient of the 2002 Corporate Health Achievement Award (CHAA). Vanderbilt University is the first institution of higher education and academic medical center to receive this prestigious award. ACOEM, an international medical specialty society of more than 6,000 occupational and environmental medicine physicians, recognizes the best corporate health programs in American through the CHAA competition. The Award honors and provides national recognition to North American corporations and institutions exhibiting excellence in employee health, safety and environmental management, and recognizes the finest health programs in America. Examiners look for measurable results in 23 quality categories covering four areas - healthy people, a healthy environment, a healthy company, and management and leadership.