May / June 2011

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May / June 2011 vol. 7-3

In This Issue

A different kind of company - Health promotion programs in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) tend to be quite creative in origin, and are highly social. They reflect the organization, are often personally endorsed by owner-managers, and rely on volunteers. Participation is voluntary. While these dimensions are crucial for program survival, almost everything else is optional. Read More »
Can employers end the blank cheques? - Even before becoming an Assistant Deputy Minister, Helen Stevenson enthusiastically implemented two sets of major reforms for the $4 billion Ontario Drug Benefit Plans (ODBP). Focused on drug pricing and pharmacy reimbursement, the effects have rippled across the country. While saving money for the ODBP, the changes were controversial: the Toronto Star reported death threats against her. Read More »
Connecting the front lines to the bottom line - Far from being expendable, front-line employees represent your best shot at improving the bottom line, according to McGill University researcher Jody Heymann. She spent six years travelling the globe and interviewing employees at all levels of the corporate ladder. Read More »
Employee health risks impact productivity - American research on using health promotion plans to control employer health plan costs is often used to justify similar efforts for Canadian employers. For medical and drug costs, that translation is difficult, but US studies may indeed inform disability and productivity actions here. Read More »
Leaders can lead better health programs - A new survey involving 442 US employers indicated that just 25% believed their senior leadership and culture was very supportive of employee health management. Less than half (45%) reported their senior leadership was active in these programs. We are left to speculate what higher executive support could do for program participation and outcomes. Read More »
Ontario residents – join the Ontario health study! - Over 25,000 Ontarians have already enrolled in this long-term population study of the causes, prevention and treatment of chronic disease. It takes 20-30 minutes to sign up, with brief optional follow-up surveys annually. Read More »
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