Employee Wellness

Washington County Receives Healthy Employer Award

2015 Award

Washington County has been recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the healthiest employers in Oregon. The Healthiest Employer Awards Program recognizes organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace and have demonstrated that commitment in various ways. Washington County works to emphasize and reinforce a culture of wellness and individual health awareness by providing access to free biometric screenings, online personal health assessments, health-related workshops and other strategies which support the overall health of employees and their families.

According to County Administrator Robert Davis, "Not only is our wellness program the right thing to do for the health and well-being of our employees, it is also a cost-effective program for our taxpayers.

"Washington County joins several other well-known award winners who have 1,500 or more employees including Delta Airlines, Hewlett Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Portland General Electric and Meredith Corporation.


About the Program

The Washington County Wellness Program is designed to provide community resources, education and programs that encourage County employees to make healthy lifestyle choices, which will serve to strengthen the existing culture of health, leading to healthier, happier and more effective employees.

The Wellness Committee is comprised of "Wellness Champions" - a group of employees representing various departments of Washington County.  Through monthly meetings, the committee is dedicated to developing resources, education materials and activities that support the wellness program mission.

Final Wellness Color Logo (Small) 

To support a culture of wellness by enhancing opportunities for employees to develop healthier lifestyles.

A thorough assessment of healthcare utilization, work environments and employee wellness interests was completed to assist with developing the Wellness Program action plan.  To learn more about the assessment, read the Wellness Program Assessment Summary.

What's New

2016 Open Enrollment

New Medical Plan 

Open enrollment is your annual opportunity to make changes to your medical,
dental, and vision benefit elections and sign up for flexible spending accounts
(FSA). Your elections will be for the 2016 calendar year (January 1, 2016—December
31, 2016). Please review the information carefully.

The County Benefits Team will need an enrollment form by December 11th
if you wish to do the following:

                • Change the plans for you and your family members
                • Add or drop coverage for you or a family member
                • Elect the Health Care FSA or Dependent Day Care FSA for 2016

If you do not want to make changes to your health benefit elections or elect a 2016 Flexible Spending Account (FSA), no further action is required. If you wish to make changes, go to the Benefits webpage that has full details.

Support Employees with Healthy Meetings

In July, guidelines for Healthy & Sustainable Meetings were approved by Washington County Administrative Office. By incorporating sustainability and health considerations in meeting and event coordination decisions, the County hopes to promote practices that conserve resources, improve employee well-being, and encourage responsible behaviors.

When planning your next meeting or event use the Healthy Meeting Guidelines and Sustainable Meeting and Event Guidelines, to create an environment that will help your coworkers feel healthier and more energized so they can perform their best. Support your co-workers by posting the Healthy and Sustainable Tips for Meetings poster in employee common areas.

Questions? Contact Julee Howard (x8261) regarding the healthy meeting guidelines and Robin Straughan (x8857) regarding the sustainable guidelines. 

Looking for Wellness Resources?

Wellness Coaching
Do you have a tobacco habit? Snack to soothe your stress? Leave your walking shoes in the closet? It can be hard to make healthy changes — and stick with them. Wellness coaches can help.
To learn more, select your plan below:
Discounts & Savings
Both healthcare plans have a wide variety of discount programs and services. Learn how you can adopt healthy behaviors, save on recreational activities, or simply enjoy life more.
To learn more, select your plan below:
Health Assessment image
The first step in taking control of your health is to understand your health status and risks. Your personal health assessment is a private, secure online tool.
To begin, select your plan below: 
Kaiser Permanente  (Note:  Kaiser members, if you wish to earn the Healthy Choices benefit level for 2016, follow these instructions)
Alternative Medicine
Alternative Care
Did you know both healthcare plans include chiropractic, naturopathy and acupuncture coverage? Check with your specific healthcare plan on massage therapy coverage. 
To learn more, select your plan below:


Email us at EmployeeWellness@co.washington.or.us.


Healthy Employees.  Healthy County.