Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Milwaukee County Selects Workforce Health for Employee Wellness Services

Milwaukee, Wis. — Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Workforce Health, a provider of wellness programming and health care services for employers, has been awarded a three-year contract with Milwaukee County.

The agreement calls for Workforce Health to provide annual health risk assessments, health coaching and tobacco cessation programs at multiple sites for more than 5,000 eligible employees and covered adult dependents.

"Our goal is to offer our employees a comprehensive program that encourages healthy behaviors that lead to long-term good health," said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. "Improving the health of our employees will also benefit taxpayers by reducing the County's health care spending."

According to Barbra Fagan, director of business development for Workforce Health, research shows that medical costs can decline three dollars for every dollar invested in a sustained wellness and prevention program.

"We’re confident that over time, the customized, targeted strategies we bring to Milwaukee County will deliver positive returns in terms of healthier employees and lower health care costs," Fagan said. "Each employee population is unique, so customizing a plan based upon each organization's profile is critical to success.

She noted that most of Workforce Health's employer clients look at success in two different areas: employee satisfaction and engagement as a retention tool, and quantifiable, clinical health improvement over time.

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Workforce Health works with future-minded organizations that want to make health management a key business strategy. These organizations recognize the health of their workforce as imperative to success. Workforce Health coordinates the delivery of occupational and preventive medicine, health risk assessments, health and wellness education, health care consulting and on-site health care services.