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4 Must-Read Stories and Blogs on Corporate Health and Well-being

Published on 6/11/2018
When business decision makers can effectively gauge and understand the health of their workforce, they can engage employees to take action and improve their own health and care. Enter corporate health and well-being programs, which can help employers manage costs and retain top talent while improving the health and well-being of their working populations. 

We have compiled four blogs and stories that consider how employer-based population health management platforms can lead to a healthy, happy and productive workforce. 

1. Black & Veatch sees 60 percent increase in wellness program participation through personalized engagement strategy

Before 2015, less than 1 percent of Black & Veatch’s U.S.-based professionals had completed their personal health assessments (PHAs), which, at the time, were the extent of the company’s personal health strategies. In January 2015, the global engineering, consulting and construction company decided to reprioritize its wellness strategies, launching a personalized health engagement experience for its more than 6,300 eligible professionals and their 2,900 spouses and domestic partners.

These more than 9,000 individuals were provided with new benefits, incentives and services, including improved health navigation, health coaching, primary care physician matching, health performance reporting and population health and wellness consulting. Within two years, Black & Veatch had a 60 percent increase of eligible professionals participating in the wellness program, which featured tiered incentives that rewarded employees with up to $500 toward their health savings accounts for participating in workshops, wellness classes, health coaching and PHAs.

“We experienced a significant increase in participation with our wellness program utilizing Cerner’s personalized engagement approach. Our professionals value the services provided by their health navigator and health coach, which has been key to increasing engagement.” – Lori Kelleher, chief human resources officer, Black & Veatch

Watch more: Discover how Black & Veatch launch a new health and wellness program with health navigation, health coaching, primary care physician matching, health performance reporting and population health and wellness consulting. 

Download the full Black & Veatch case study.

2. Personalization: The Future of Engagement in the Workplace 

Employee engagement has always been a significant hurdle for employers looking to promote inter-organizational health and wellness programs. Modern employers should implement personalized engagement strategies that use employee demographics, behaviors and experiences and apply these to workforce health initiatives, argues Bharat Sutariya, vice president and chief medical officer of Population Health at Cerner.

This blog breaks out the four factors to consider when moving from a one-size-fits all approach to a personalized health and wellness engagement strategy, as well as the four areas of focus employers need to prioritize in order to improve engagement among their workforce populations.

“By implementing a personalized engagement plan, you can provide a better experience for your workforce and help motivate them to become more involved in their health. Individuals who are more involved in their own health achieve better outcomes, incur lower costs, are happier and more productive.” – Bharat Sutariya, vice president and chief medical officer, Population Health, Cerner

3. City of Lenexa sees 77 percent of employees participating in workplace health program improve or maintain health 

In 2014, the city of Lenexa, Kansas launched LiveWell, a workplace health program aimed at improving the health of its 450 full-time employees and total workforce population of 650. Within two years of the program start, 98 percent of eligible participants had taken part in a health coaching session and 52 percent of employees designated the on-site health center as their primary care physician. On top of this, 77 percent of these participating employees had seen improved risk factors or maintained their health status despite aging one year. 

These improvements had not happened overnight. Lenexa staffed its existing on-site health center with full-time medical professionals and made improvements to the center by offering primary care and occupational health services. Lenexa also launched an incentive program, which encouraged participants to engage in wellness activities and log their nutrition and fitness. Active members could effectively reduce their health care plan premiums by 50 percent by completing PHAs, biometrics screenings and health coaching visits. 

“The incentive program really works. We have employees find out about health issues they are unaware of through the assessment and screenings. Our people see it as the City caring about their well-being.” – Jim Bowers, human resources director, city of Lenexa.

Watch more: Hear from city of Lenexa HR director, on-site health center provider and City of Lenexa employees to learn about the program and results they've seen.

4. How to Improve Your Workforce Health by Connecting Data 

Because most employers only have disconnected, fragmented data regarding employee health, accessing a cache of standardized and digestible health data is a cumbersome, often impossible task. This can make it difficult for employers to create strategic plans that address areas of opportunity or to measure the impact of these investments. 

In this blog, Roger Kaltefleiter, the vice president of Benefits Administration at Cerner, addresses how employers can collect and connect health data in a cohesive way in order to uncover valuable insights into their workforce populations. For instance, employers need to prioritize efforts around the connection of clinical and claims data to get a true evaluation of its population’s health. After this, decision makers can effectively microsegment their workforce populations to enable a personalized engagement approach, which can ultimately drive results and improve workforce health program outcomes.

“It's no mystery that the cost and performance of workplace health programs continue to challenge employers. Organizations that use data to help drive their workplace health strategy could have an advantage in lowering costs and improving the well-being of their employees.” – Roger Kaltefleiter, vice president of Benefits Administration, Cerner

Cerner Workforce Health offers population health management platforms for a healthy, happy and productive workforce. Learn how you can reduce health care expenses, improve the well-being of your workforce and attract and retain top talent here.