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Healthiest Maryland : wellness-matrix

Comprehensive Worksite Wellness Programming Matrix

Program
Elements

Minimum
Steps

Moderate
Steps

Comprehensive
           Steps

HEALTH EDUCATION

  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol/drug misuse
  • Physical inactivity
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Stress management
  • Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) every 12 months
  • Information and resources for healthy lifestyle changes
  • Medical self-care resources
  • Use targeted risk interventions based on “readiness to change”
  • Workshops on medical consumerism
  • Educational seminars, workshops, or classes

 

  • Health coaching (e.g., person-to-person, telephonic, online)
  • Lifestyle self-management programs
  • Onsite full-time wellness manager
  • Telephonic nurseline

SUPPORTIVE SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS

  • Open conference rooms and other work spaces for afterhours physical activity classes
  • Negotiate health club discounts
  • Create tobacco-free workplace
  • Provide lactation support services
  • Provide showers, subsidized gym memberships, walking trails, well-lit stairwells
  • Provide healthy selections in vending machines, cafeterias, and company functions
  • Provide or promote a nearby farmers market
  • Provide stress management and life-skill programs
  • In-house health management center in large locations
  • Allow for volunteer health teams and budget discretionary programs in all company locations
  • Provide flexible work scheduling
  • Engage in other health initiatives throughout the community

INTEGRATION OF THE
WORKSITE PROGRAM

  • Involve a diverse group of employees in a broad planning effort to create ownership in the program
  • Promote the program, including employee “success stories”
  • Match the goals of the worksite program with the mission statement of your organization
  • With senior management support, develop and use a health scorecard that is integrated with business goals

LINKAGE TO RELATED
PROGRAMS

  • Work-related injury/death
  • Health insurance
  • Preventive services
  • Create “wellness champions.”
  • Provide easy-to-access information about related programs and opportunities
  • Integrate lifestyle messages (e.g., obesity, back care) into safety meetings
  • Provide custom publications pertaining to benefits, job safety, and preventive services
  • Expand health insurance coverage and reduce employee out-of-pocket costs
  • Create a cross-functional team (e.g., wellness, benefits, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for strategic health promotion planning

SCREENING
PROGRAMS

  • Communicate the importance of preventive screening through flyers and/or company communication
  • Sponsor or team up with other businesses to offer health fairs with screenings
  • Through benefit plan, reduce cost and access barriers to preventive screenings

FOLLOW-UP INTERVENTIONS

  • Locate and promote appropriate resources and support related to at-risk practices (be sensitive to privacy issues)
  • Create incentive-based programs to encourage maintenance of positive health changes (e.g., no tobacco use)
  • Benchmark health data to set short-and long-term objectives for reducing at-risk behavior

EVALUATION AND IMPROVEMENT PROCESS

  • Conduct periodic surveys regarding employee health promotion needs/interests
  • Measure employee participation rates
  • Use post-program surveys to measure satisfaction
  • Stratify aggregate health risk assessment data by level of risk (e.g., percentage of population at low, medium, and high risk)
  • Identify leading medical claims by prevalence and costs
  • Measure and track disability, workers’ compensation, and sick days
  • Evaluate Return-On Investment (ROI) on selected interventions
  • Integrate employee data
  • Measure presenteeism for selective health conditions (e.g., arthritis, diabetes)