AHA: Make Wellness Part of Healthcare Workforce Culture
• Provide a variety of activities, including a health risk assessment and biometric screening, and at least one intensive coaching activity based on risks and health status of employees.
• Use incentives to increase participation.
• Measure and increase participation, and then track outcomes, such as the number of employees who lowered their cholesterol.
• Realize a positive return on investment by committing to a program over several years. Use both healthcare cost savings and savings due to productivity improvement.
• Motivate employees over time and constantly reinforce participation and outcomes.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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