FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Donna Marshall, CEO
Health, Well-being and Networking
The 11th Annual Colorado Culture of Health, May 2, 2018
DENVER, March 8, 2018 — Join Knowledge Benefits and 35 other exhibitors for a fun and fact filled day of national speakers, networking, and SHRM credits at the Colorado Culture of Health confernce. With over 600 attendees last year, health and wellness benefits professionals rated this conference as one of the best values for their time and money. Purchasers of health benefits include employers, trusts, and unions. Health benefits executives are spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year on behalf of fellow employees: how do we get more for our money?
The theme for this year’s conference is Transforming Employee Health. Conference speakers cover a wide range of topics from health literacy, to building and measuring a wellness program, to understanding and managing the health risks in your population, to a focus on the importance of mental health. These tools help you create better benefits.
Poor health literacy often goes unrecognized and the solutions may not seem readily apparent. Experts find that only one in nine employees are “health literate.” The term Health Literacy is actually cited as an important ingredient of better health in Title V of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Health.gov defines health literacy as: the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” Employees and beneficiaries with poor health literacy might make common mistakes about when to seek medical help for health screening or chronic conditions, how to optimize their own health, where to find safe hospitals, and knowing cost-effective alternatives for tests, procedures, and medications.
What do we know about health literacy? Some studies report that persons with poor health literacy are twice as costly as their better-informed peers. The National Academy shares the following characteristics of the impact of low health literacy on your population.
- Poor health literacy is “a stronger predictor of a person’s health than age, income, employment status, education level, and race.”
- People with low health literacy are overwhelmed by healthcare because their skills and abilities are challenged by the demands and complexity required for them to seek care appropriately.
- Problems with health literacy affect all people, but the elderly and chronically ill are most at-risk, and have the greatest healthcare needs and expenses.
Colorado Culture of Health Speakers
The Colorado Culture of Health conference will help health benefit administrators and executives define and quantify the problem, and where to look for answers. Forward-thinking directors of human resources like Krista Miller from the Town of Vail, Colorado, have partnered with companies that offer employees with real-time information and navigation of the health care system. Ms. Miller will share how this approach works for them. Another speaker, Jeff Greene of MedEncentive, is the developer of a web-based system that uses human-factor learning theory to engage health plan members.
The lunchtime keynote speaker is noted author, humorist, and media personality, Al Lewis. Al Lewis, CEO of Quizzify and partner of Knowledge Benefits, will demonstrate the power of online fun learning to help employees up their health literacy game. What is the science and the statistics behind this approach? How do we know that it works? Enjoy lunch and take the quiz!
Education on health literacy for employees is a must have tool. But, who is training the trainers? Knowledge Benefits will be exhibiting at the conference and sharing our award-winning adult learning system geared to help health benefits administrators and executives have the in-depth background they need to guide their company toward better benefits and lower costs. Attendees at the conference get a coupon to take the one credit SHRM course on health literacy for free.
Register for the Conference
Register now to learn about health literacy, and experience so much more at the 11th Annual Colorado Culture of Health Conference.
About Knowledge Benefits
Knowledge Benefits educates employers and other purchasers about the healthcare industry and equips them to buy high quality, affordable healthcare. Knowledge Benefits partners with national experts to build online courses that are fact-based and accredited. Knowledge Benefits courses challenge benefit executives to influence healthcare costs and employee health. For more visit KnowledgeBenefits.org.