APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Best Practice Honorees

The Awards

2014 Best Practice Honors Program

Three organizations were selected to receive the American Psychological Association’s 2014 Best Practices Honors. Launched in 2003, this national program recognizes companies for a single workplace program or policy that stands out for its facilitation of a psychologically healthy workplace. Special attention is given to workplace practices that are designed and implemented in a way that meets the specific needs of the organization and its employees.

Nominees for this honor were selected from the pool of previous local Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award winners and submitted for consideration by the psychological association in the state, province or territory in which the organization is located. Following a competitive evaluation and judging process, the top three best practices were selected for recognition by the American Psychological Association.

2014 Best Practice Honorees

Click on the links below to read more about the 2014 Best Practice Honorees.

Healthy Challenge

California – Both staff and management at Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) – a wellness agency that delivers more than 70 preventive health programs and services to 120,000 residents in the Southern California coastal communities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach – really walk the walk. In creating its Thrive to 5 Challenge, BCHD got co-workers moving while giving them plenty of food for thought. Read more

On-the-Job Evolvement

Connecticut – Stamford-based Framework is a management consultancy that helps companies create and preserve value through sustainable business practices. The firm defines sustainability as the coordination of environmental, social, financial and governance factors for continued profitability in an interconnected world. Framework sustains its own success by taking a strengths-based approach to employee growth and development. This means that sometimes getting the most out of a job may involve redefining the job itself to suit the person performing it. Read more

Inspiring Minds

Indiana – With offices in three towns and more than 200 employees, Porter-Starke Services is a licensed community mental health center for adults, families, adolescents and children with mental health or substance abuse issues. Two years ago, as a morale-booster for both its staff and the people it serves, Porter-Starke launched The Inspiration Project – a uniquely innovative program incorporating the This I Believe storytelling model. Since then, the program has taken on a life of its own and continues to engage participants and readers alike. Read more

"WSU Vancouver is very proud of this award because it recognizes not just our on-campus programs but also the active involvement of employees in making the campus community a healthy workplace."

Jeanne Greene, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
Washington State University Vancouver