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The Vanderbilt Health Employer Solutions team is supporting local businesses with back-to-work health and safety policies, insights from a local business leader, best practices for contact tracing, and survey data to assist in 2021 health plan decision-making. Here’s a look at the latest guidance:

Advice on a healthy and safe restart. Getting back to work in the midst of the pandemic hasn’t been easy for Nashville-area employers, but 450+ businesses who recently signed the Good to Go pledge have reopened with a big assist from VUMC Infectious Disease experts. Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. launched the free Good to Go program in collaboration with Vanderbilt Health and Ryman Hospitality Properties to encourage businesses to follow health standards and prioritize infectious disease prevention. (Look out for the eye-catching Good to Go signage around town!)

• Insights from a fellow business leader. Ryman Hospitality Properties has reopened some of its businesses using health and safety guidance provided by VUMC, named its wellness advisor in May. We talked to Shawn Smith, Vice President of Human Resources at Ryman Hospitality Properties, about what the company has learned in the first weeks of opening with revised operating standards and enhanced cleaning procedures.

• The 411 on contact tracing. We explain the significance of contact tracing, outlining VUMC’s efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 with our own employees and offering guidelines to help employers develop their own scalable plans.

• A concentration on employee mental health. Despite the financial pinch of COVID-19, many employers are finding ways to protect the emotional well-being of their employees and make mental wellness an important aspect of 2021 healthcare benefits, according to a recent Willis Tower Watson survey.