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Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP)

In 2002, the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP) was established at the Center for Integrative Medicine. Initially developed by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier at the University of California School of Medicine (UCSF) San Francisco in 1984, CHIP is a third generation, collaborative research and development program between the University of Arizona College of Medicine and selected Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.

CHIP is an important resource for United States and global businesses seeking to adopt new health and medical care programs that will reduce their medical costs and enhance the health and productivity of their employees. For this third
generation of CHIP, the focus is on integrative medicine's clinical and cost effectiveness to corporate America.

Integrative Medicine offers therapeutic effectiveness and cost-efficiency to American businesses. As a result, CHIP has become an important resource for corporations seeking to adopt new healthcare programs that will enhance the health and productivity of their employees and reduce their medical costs.

Current CHIP corporate members include American Specialty Health (ASH), Canyon Ranch Resorts, Corning, Dow, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ford, IBM, Thomson/Reuters / Medstat, Mercer, NASA, Nestle, Pepsi, Pfizer, Prudential, and Walgreens. CHIP members meet twice a year to determine new research interests and to report on the progress of ongoing programs with member companies. Among the research projects featured at these meetings include: back pain; stress assessments; Mind Body interventions; prevention of cardiovascular disease; development of state-of-the-art “return on investment” (ROI) equations for prevention / IM programs; and, smoking cessation interventions.

Benefits of Joining CHIP

Two (2) annual meetings per year among the corporate member representatives of senior medical directors, personnel mangers, and human resources directors.

Participation in innovative and practical health and medical programs for member company employees at no additional cost to the company or employee with direct clinical services provided to participants.

Many programs are delivered, through the mail and telephone, in a "Telemedicine" model by both doctors and nurses. Therefore, geographic distribution, small or remote worksites, or active versus retired employees is not a barrier to participation.

Results of such research are presented and/or distributed on an ongoing basis with a focus on both clinical and cost outcomes as much as one year prior to publication. Such findings can inform health and medical benefits design decisions.

Member companies can initiate requests for specific intervention programs and the CHIP faculty and staff will attempt to identify and secure funding to implement and evaluate such programs.

Presentations by University of Arizona College of Medicine faculty as well as faculty from other Medical Schools and/or CHIP members on new directions and/or programs of proven clinical and cost efficacy in worksites of the members.

Ongoing mailings and updates of new findings of interest to, and impact upon, CHIP member companies.

Access to ad hoc consultations to the health and medical programs of CHIP members.

Recognition of the CHIP member companies in publications as well as national and international media, conferences, and University of Arizona’s School of Medicine press releases.

These are some of the benefits of participating in the Corporate Health Improvement Program. Since it began in 1985, the program is deliberately maintained as a small, select, and evolving program. This focused, working group size program enables us to address specific requests made by the CHIP member companies.

Contact Information

For more information about CHIP, or to explore becoming a partner, contact:

Kieran Richardson
Director of Operations

Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Clinical Professor of Family & Community Medicine
Professor of Public Health 
CHIP Director
via email