Workforce Health Engagement™

Workforce Health Engagement podcastWorkforce Health Engagement is a show exploring strategies to improve your employees’ health and productivity – and to protect your bottom line. Join us as industry experts discuss how to engage employees in population health management, wellness, and healthcare consumerism.

Workforce Health Engagement is a special series for CEOs, HR executives, and other business leaders about creating a culture of health and building on the latest trends in areas such as communication, epidemiology, disease management, benefit plan design, worksite clinics, price transparency, and more.

Over the long term, a “program of the day” won’t help you boost employee health, productivity, and your bottom line. For sustainable success, you need an integrated approach to workforce health engagement.

WHE21: Can Behavioral Economics Solve Your Company’s Health Care Problems? | with Derek Yach from Vitality Institute

March 24, 2015

A recent study found that the U.S. lags behind other countries in improving disease prevention and life expectancy. America’s weak link? The workplace, according to the study. But it’s also one of the easiest to strengthen, and the workplace provides a unique platform for engaging people to adopt healthier habits. In particular, the still-evolving field […]

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WHE20: Does Your Company Make These 6 Common Wellness Mistakes? | with Beth Bierbower from Humana

February 24, 2015

Today, more than 80 percent of large and mid-size employers offer wellness programs, and more than two-thirds offer financial incentives to take various wellness steps. However, a large percentage of employers don’t believe their wellness programs are working. In its 2012 national survey, Kaiser/HRET found only 52 percent of employers believed their wellness program was […]

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WHE19: Transitioning to Tobacco-Free Workplaces | with Laura Higginbotham from Owens Corning

January 27, 2015

Tobacco-free workplaces have become the norm, but what if your company still has older facilities that have permitted smoking and tobacco products for years? You may face serious resistance from employees, unions, and even local management to transition the facility to a tobacco-free workplace. How do you effectively engage employees and leaders to support the […]

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WHE18: Redefining Chronic Disease Care | with Scott Wallace from Dartmouth

December 23, 2014

Chronic medical conditions drive more than 75% of health care spending. However, people with a chronic condition typically get care through a health system designed for acute care — fragmented, episodic care triggered by an adverse health event. This episode discusses how employers can better engage the sicker portion of their employees and family members […]

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WHE17: The Cost of Medical Errors: Educating Employees about Patient Safety | with Leah Binder from The Leapfrog Group

November 25, 2014

All hospitals are not the same! Many hospitals have much worse rates of infections and medical errors that have a serious effect on employers and their employees, both in terms of financial cost as well as human lives. You probably know about this unfortunate fact of life in health care, but do your employees? How […]

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WHE16: Combining Wellness Programs with Medical Management | with Abby Green of HealthCheck360

October 28, 2014

Jesse and guest Abby Green from HealthCheck360 discuss how to combine wellness initiatives and medical management to drive health improvement and reduce overall benefit costs. HealthCheck360 is a health risk management company focused on reducing medical costs, worker’s compensation claims, and absenteeism, while increasing employee morale and productivity. HealthCheck360 provides biometric measurements, targeted communications and […]

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WHE15: How to Make the Most of Narrow Networks | with Scott Wallace from Dartmouth

September 23, 2014

Direct contracts and narrow networks of health care providers offer new ways for employers to control the costs of health care.  But many of these arrangements are missing huge opportunities to improve health and deliver true value for the money you spend. Scott Wallace is a visiting professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and […]

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WHE14: The 6 Drivers of Behavioral Engagement

August 25, 2014

This episode is the second in a two-part series about leading a health behavioral change. Episode 13 focused on leading a fairly straightforward change, such as influencing employees to get a biometric health screening or to take a financial wellness assessment. Episode 14 addresses leading a more complex change effort, such as influencing employees to […]

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WHE13: How to Move Employees from Awareness to Action

July 24, 2014

This episode is the first in a two-part series about leading a health behavioral change. Episode 13 focuses on leading a fairly straightforward change, such as influencing employees to get a biometric health screening or to take a financial wellness assessment. Episode 14 will address leading a more complex change effort, such as influencing employees […]

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WHE12: Beyond “Biggest Loser” Contests: Creating a True Culture of Health | with Mary Pitman from Norfolk Southern

June 26, 2014

The popular weight-loss reality TV show “The Biggest Loser” has inspired many companies to hold weight loss contests for their employees. People love the idea of experiencing fast weight loss, and the idea of a friendly competition seems fun. But while “The Biggest Loser” makes for great reality TV, does it make for a great […]

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WHE11: Workplace Clinics: How to Implement & Promote Them to Increase Health Engagement & Reduce Costs | with Joe Ellis from CBIZ

May 22, 2014

Workplace clinics can promote employee health, reduce medical and hospitalization costs, and even increase productivity and employee engagement. But there are pitfalls that can waste money and even hurt employee trust. Joe Ellis is Senior Vice President at CBIZ, one of the leading professional service firms wiith more than 200 offices in 33 states, where […]

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WHE10: The 6 Principles (or C’s) of Workforce Health Engagement

May 2, 2014

In episode 1, Jesse and his colleague Terry Sherwood defined workforce health engagement as improving the knowledge, decision-making, and behaviors of employees, their families, and organizational leaders to optimize health outcomes, control medical costs, and enhance workplace productivity. In addition, they discussed five components of workforce health engagement: Population Health Management/Epidemiology Health Consumerism Benefit Plan […]

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