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Health, Well-being and Networking


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.

Health Literacy

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 Knowl​edgeBen​e​fits​.org.