Taking Action Express: All are Welcome at World-class Diabetes in the Workplace Event! Why Obesity in the Workplace Matters; LAST CHANCE for free NBCH Registration…

LogoThe Weekly Buzz: CentraCare Clinics in the News!

CentraCare Clinics received a special mention in the St. Cloud Times Business News last week for being rewarded through The Action Group’s Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) program. MNBTE advances both care delivery and outcomes by rewarding clinics for meeting or exceeding a strict set of care standards for patients with diabetes, depression and vascular disease. These conditions are known to be primary drivers of health care costs.

infographicWondering Why Addressing Obesity in the Workplace Matters?

The actual cost of obesity annually in the U.S. now exceeds $190 million. This infographic fact sheet depicts a 166% increase in U.S. obesity rates since the ’60s: From 13.4% in 1960 to 35.7% in 2012.

A variety of materials, including an Employer Action Plan Worksheet, became available following the recent Action Group member webinar, “Closing the Gap in Obesity Management Solutions.” (Members may obtain the materials by logging into the Member Center.) Because the prevalence of diabetes correlates to the obesity epidemic, The Action Group offers members and non-members complimentary access to the Cornerstones4Care diabetes website, designed to improve condition management and medication and preventive care compliance.

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 11.25.33 AMAll are Welcome! Diabetes in the Workplace Summit Coming November 13!

In honor of World Diabetes Day, Novo Nordisk, JDRF, American Diabetes Association, and other community health care professionals have united to introduce the inaugural Diabetes Awareness Summit at Mall of America from November 13-15, 2014.

With a staggering 40 percent of Americans expected to develop type 2 diabetes in adulthood, The Action Group is committed to the prevention and treatment of diabetes through employer-sponsored initiatives. We are bringing together employers and other stakeholders to share best practices about workplace solutions on November 13 to focus on how you can take action on behalf of your employees to improve health and lower costs. We welcome members and non-members and there is no cost to attend.

Norma Streich and Melissa Vaughn of The Schwan Food Company, along with their vendor partners from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and RedBrick Health, are among the dynamic line-up of speakers. Schwan’s has been recognized by the

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of the Healthiest Employers, and won the Silver Health at Work Award, sponsored by ComPsych Resources. Additional speakers include experts on diabetes prevention and management, and digital therapeutic interventions:

  • Carolyn Pare, Minnesota Health Action Group president and CEO
  • Edward Ehlinger, M.D., M.S.P.H., MN Commissioner of Health
  • Deepak Patel, Pharm.D., Novo Nordisk medical liaison – managed markets
  • Sandy Schenck, Omada Health regional director

Click here to view the full agenda.

What: Diabetes in the Workplace: Taking Action to Improve Health and Lower Costs (for members and non-members) 

November 13, 2014
7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. 

Mall of America
Executive Offices (Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4, East)
Bloomington, MN

Cost: None!




Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 10.00.20 AMFree NBCH Registration for Action Group Employer Members

This year’s NBCH Annual Conference, Employers Transforming Health Care: The Power of Collaboration, November 10-12, 2014, will be held in Washington, D.C. Minnesota Health Action Group employer members are welcome to register without a fee. Please contact Ellen Thomson at ethomson@nbch.org to take advantage of this free registration, which is normally $850.

choosingwiselylogoCity of Minneapolis Puts Choosing Wisely® to Work

In our new Storytelling feature, Amy Friedman from the City of Minneapolis discusses how her team decided to base an employee education class on Choosing Wisely. Employees learned about common tests and procedures that are sometimes unnecessary, and how to ask questions about commonly over-prescribed treatments, while earning points toward lower monthly premiums.

The Action Group and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) are among a prestigious group that received grants from the ABIM Foundation to help engage employers, physicians and patients in conversations aimed at reducing unnecessary medical tests and procedures through the Choosing Wisely campaign.

Check out the Choosing Wisely co-branded webpage The Action Group has with “Consumer Reports.”

 Thought for the Week

“Achieving health equity is the central challenge for Minnesota if we are to remain one of the healthiest states in the nation. Modifying our policies, systems and environments to support the achievement of that goal is crucial to the success of our state…”

Dr. Edward Ehlinger
Minnesota Commissioner of Health