Crush COVID Employer Challenge

The Crush COVID Employer Challenge is open to Rhode Island employers with two or more employees including non-profit organizations, municipalities, and the State.  A Crush COVID Champion Award will be given out to one large employer (250 or more employees), one mid-size employer (100-249 employees), and one small employer (2-99 employees).  Employers will be given access to an online toolkit containing links to information and materials that will help facilitate participation in the challenge.  The RIBGH Crush COVID Employer Challenge Committee will review the applications and select the winners based on a combination of the greatest number of compulsory points earned, most creative employee engagement strategies, and creative safe workplace executions.

Challenge Rules, Requirements and Scoring Method

  1. The employer’s headquarters must be based in Rhode Island in order to participate.
  2. The employer must designate a representative from his/her organization to serve as the point of contact throughout the challenge period.
  3. Each employer must submit a completed “Intent to Participate” form by the deadline of January 21, 2021.
  4. Employers must complete and submit an “Application for Award” form by the deadline of May 31, 2021. Applications received after May 31, 2021 will not be considered for award.
  5. Points toward the award are earned as follows:


Compulsory Activities



Send out an announcement to introduce the Crush COVID Employer Challenge to employees



Promote adherence to COVID-19 Social Distancing and PPE Guidelines at the worksite and at home to employees through the distribution of CDC and RI Department of Health (RIDOH) COVID-19 information



Promote flu shot vaccination to employees through the distribution of the Choosing Wisely (CW), RIDOH, and CDC flu information



Distribute the RIDOH Diabetes and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Program materials to employees



Actively promote the use of the Choosing Wisely website, app, and materials to employees



Attend a virtual meeting or conference call with a RIDOH Community Health Network Manager to learn more about the Diabetes Prevention and Chronic Pain and Chronic Disease Programs available to employees



Attend a virtual meeting with the Choosing Wisely RI Campaign Manager to become a Choosing Wisely RI participating employer. If already a participating employer, send a reminder to employees to use the five questions and download the Choosing Wisely app.  



Promote downloading the Governor’s Crush COVID RI app to employees



Provide no-cost access to flu shots for employees


Employers will also receive extra points for the following:

  • The most creative strategies for keeping employees engaged in accessing and utilizing the CW tools, practicing social distancing, adhering to CDC COVID-19 guidelines, downloading the Crush COVID RI App, and getting a flu shot
  • The employer promoted the World Diabetes Day events held in November 2020 to employees
  • The highest percentage of employees who received a flu shot from November 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021
  • The most creative policies or workplace re-design to protect employees from COVID-19
  • The highest percentage of the employer’s total employee population enroll in diabetes prevention and/or chronic pain or chronic disease programs from January 1, 2021-May 31, 2021

Complete the form below to participate in the Crush COVID Employer Challenge!

By completing this form, you hereby request participation in the 2020-21 RI Business Group on Health (RIBGH)/RI Department of Health (RIDOH) Crush COVID Employer Challenge. This serves as acknowledgment that you have read and agree to follow the Challenge Rules and Requirements and will accept the interpretations and decisions made by the RIBGH Crush COVID Challenge Committee. All applications for award consideration are due on May 31, 2020. Applications received after this date will not be reviewed for consideration.