Taking Action Express: Babies, Business, and the Bottom Line

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016


Babies, Business, and the Bottom Line

The societal cost of premature births tops $26 billion annually. Of that amount, more than $12 billion is borne by private companies. Through its Maternity and Infertility Learning Network, The Action Group contributes to promoting healthy pregnancies and births, while lowering societal and financial costs. We also support organizations committed to the cause. On October 6, the March of Dimes is hosting a breakfast: Babies, Business, and the Bottom Line. To read a new blog about the event and to learn more, click here. To register, contact Sydney Colquitt (612-326-9446).

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LAST CHANCE to Register for September Member Meeting!

You won’t want to miss this week’s member meeting! We will be planning for the future of The Action Group. There will even be a gift certificate drawing. To view the important topics we will be covering, click here. Not yet a member, but  interested in learning more by attending this meeting? Please contact Sue Jesseman.voice

September 22, 2016
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Networking begins at 7:45 a.m.)

Hilton Airport/MOA Hotel
3800 American Boulevard E.
Bloomington, MN

Please RSVP to Sue Jesseman [sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org]



Welcome, PreferredOne!


We are pleased to welcome PreferredOne as our newest member! Headquartered in Golden Valley, MN, PreferredOne has been serving members in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest for nearly 30 years through a variety of health insurance, family medical plans, group health insurance, and wellness programs.

“We have worked with PreferredOne in many ways over the years, and admire their commitment to improving health and health care in Minnesota,” says Carolyn Pare, Action Group president and CEO. “Adding the expertise of their HR and benefits leaders to the member mix will be invaluable as we continue on our mission to improve health care and ensure the economic vitality of Minnesota communities.”



Health Solutions Manager

The State of Minnesota is seeking a Health Solutions Manager. The successful candidate will direct the development, implementation and evaluation of State Employee and Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) initiatives that manage and prevent chronic illness with the goals of improving member health and containing health care spending. The position has primary responsibility for project planning and organization, establishing goals and timelines, crafting communication strategies, implementing project activities, and evaluating results. Click here for a full job description or to apply.


Action Group members may advertise open positions in our member newsletters at no charge. Contact Sue Jesseman (sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org) for more information.

76bc0886-dedc-4ded-a28d-a255d5d9e1f6Free Program for Action Group Employer Members!

Action Group employer members are invited to join the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) and Target on October 13, 2016, in Minneapolis for an engaging conversation on the challenges and successes of integrating employee health, productivity and absence management programs. The discussion will focus on mental well-being and productivity: How does improved resiliency impact the workforce? Click here to register or to learn more about this exciting half-day program.

Have you completed your Advance Care Directive?

Advanced Care Planning

New advance care planning blogs now available online!

The Action Group has prepared a free Advance Care Planning Employee Communications Toolkit.

To view the Advance Care Planning Statewide Call to Action, click here.



Thought for the Week: Making Final Wishes a Reality

“I am always happy to see initiatives like The Action Group’s Advance Care Planning Call to Action. It’s another way we can all work together to ensure that discussions about final wishes are taking place – and that those wishes are honored…”

Heidi Meyers, R.N., M.B.A.
Fairview Health Systems