Assessing workforce health and wellness needs: Cambridge health alliance worksite wellness attitudes survey and claims analysis
Methods: In 2012, CHA conducted a survey of employees' attitudes toward their personal health, worksite culture, and potential health programs. The survey was offered in multiple languages, online, and on paper. Communications via email, e-newsletter, announcements, and flyers were used to encourage employee participation. Additionally, claims data on all employees were analyzed to best understand the main drivers of cost and preventive conditions. An analysis of claims specific to employees provided insight into the conditions most affecting the workforce.
Results: Of the 3,081 employees targeted, 1,330 (40%) responded to the survey; 88% agreed they would change lifestyle behaviors to improve their health, and 77% were interested in participating in a formal program. In reviewing claims data, major drivers of cost were cancer, musculoskeletal conditions, depression and lifestyle related conditions such as diabetes and obesity.
Conclusions: Preliminary analysis of the survey and claims data indicate that major issues facing CHA employees include obesity, hypertension, and stress. Data from this initial needs assessment will be used to develop an appropriate employee health program to be launched in 2013.
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Describe the elements necessary to a workforce wellness survey that is useful in informing the design of a wellness program. Design an effective communications plan to ensure a high survey response rate.
Keyword(s): Workforce, Employer-Provided Health Insurance
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Kelly manages and oversees Population Health programs at Cambridge Health Alliance including the emerging Employee Wellness Program. With a background in public health,organizing interagency collaboratives, and quality management, she brings a data driven, strategic approach to programs she managers.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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