Cities for Workforce Health
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Cities for Workforce Health Program?
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
8. I am not familiar with these partner organizations. Who are they?
The Cities for Workforce Health program is a workforce health initiative to support League cities in improving their employees’ health. It was developed by the League of Cities Partners Program and is collaboration between Kaiser Permanente, Keenan & Associates, and the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities campaign.
This program can help you improve the health, wellness and productivity of your workforce through no cost resources and tools:
Online Resources and Tools!
Visit the Cities for Workforce Health page for links to online resources, past webinars, handouts, and streaming videos:
For a list of 2014 webinars, visit the Cities for Workforce Health page for a list of webinars, dates, and information on how to participate in the no cost webinars.
Workforce Health Consultation and Grants!
Up to five California cities will be selected to receive one-on-one workforce health consultation and a $5,000 credit towards wellness programming. More details will be available in summer of 2014!
2. How do I register for the webinar series?
Email Mike Egan at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for the webinars. Actual webinar links and login information will be sent to the registrant on the day of the webinar.
3. I did not receive the webinar login information. When will I receive it?Webinar information will be sent to all eligible registrants on the day of the webinar.
4. Why should a city care about workforce health?
A healthy, productive workforce is vital to your city’s success. When you improve employee health and safety, you’ll see impressive results: fewer sick days, lower employee turnover, and a better safety record. Other improvements can be less obvious but even more important: better focus, higher performance, and a positive work attitude. Together, these changes can add up to a powerful business advantage for your city.
According to studies published in Harvard Business Review, employers investing in effective employee wellness programs experience a 3 to 1 return in both reduced medical and absenteeism costs. The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that robust wellness programs improved employee health and productivity, with 37% fewer days of unplanned absence. In 2008, staff of the HEAL Cities Campaign asked over 200 local officials for their priorities to address obesity and chronic disease. Employee wellness policies were one of the top three priority areas they identified.
5. How do I get started?
Visit the Cities for Workforce Health page on the League of Cities website. There you’ll find more information about the program components and be able to readily access easy-to-implement workforce health programs and resources as well as ideas on how to engage your employees and keep them motivated in making healthy behavior changes.
6. What does this program cost?
The program is being sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Keenan. There is no cost to cities to be involved or to access these resources. The actual development of a program can have varying costs, but the Cities for Workforce Health program provides resources for low to no-cost strategies that cities can utilize.
7. What if I already have a wellness program in place?
All cities can access the Cities for Workforce Health program resources. The resources provided through this program will help all cities, regardless of where they are in offering a workforce health program to their employees. Up to five California cities will be selected to receive one-on-one workforce health consultation and a $5,000 credit towards wellness programming. More details will be available in summer of 2014!
Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, their mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of their members and the communities they serve.
10. What if I am not a HEAL City and want to get more information?
Keenan is the largest privately held insurance brokerage/consulting firm in California. Keenan’s innovative solutions provide high quality, cost-effective insurance, employee benefits, and financial services. They specialize in proprietary programs for public agencies and health care organizations.
The Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign is a resource for city officials seeking to create opportunities for residents and employees to engage in physical activity and to access healthy food. It is a partnership of the League of California Cities and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, founded in response to a 2006 League assembly resolution. To date, 142 cities have joined the Campaign.
9. What if our city does not offer Kaiser Permanente or does not use Keenan as our broker or consultant?
The Cities for Workforce Health program is sponsored by these two organizations in partnership with the League of Cities Partners Program. There is no requirement to be affiliated in any way with Kaiser Permanente or Keenan. The resources provided through this program pertain to workforce health programs and can be used by any city regardless of their health plan offering. All cities are encouraged to involve their broker or consultant in these discussions as they build their workforce health strategy.
You may contact the HEAL Cities Campaign and a staff member will respond right away. Email email@example.com or call 510-302-3387. More info can be found here: www.healthcitiescampaign/contact_us.html.
11. How do I know if I am in the process of becoming a HEAL City?
You must be in contact with the HEAL City Campaign and are working with them to draft a policy resolution to become a HEAL City.
12. How do I find out more information?
More information can be found on the Cities for Workforce Health page on the League of Cities website. There will be detailed instructions on how to access each tier and apply for the workforce health grants. Information is continually added to the website so check back frequently.
13. Who do I call if I have additional questions?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-686-7212.
Workforce Health Consultation and Grants
As part of the Cities for Workforce Health initiative, up to five California cities will be selected to receive one-on-one workforce health consultation and a $5,000 credit towards wellness programming. More details will be available later in 2014.
What it is
The League of California Cities, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, Keenan & Associates, Inc. and the Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign, is launching Cities for Workforce Health, an initiative to support California cities in improving the health of its employees.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please contact Danielle Keenan at (877) 686-7212.