Washington County Receives Healthy Employer 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.
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.
The purpose of Healthy Choices is to create a culture of health and wellness for participants and to more effectively manage the escalation of health care expenses for the County. By completing the Wellness activities, participants are able to earn the Healthy Choices benefit level which will reduce their medical plan deductible and out of pocket maximums and in some cases office visit co-pays. For more information click here.
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.
Looking for Wellness Resources?
Kaiser Permanente (Note: Kaiser members, if you wish to earn the Healthy Choices benefit level for 2016, follow these instructions)
Questions?Email us at EmployeeWellness@co.washington.or.us.
Healthy Employees. Healthy County.