Leaders Get National Advice May 9 on Improving KC Well-Being

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS, April 16, 2013 – Kansas City’s Mid-America Coalition on Health Care will host more than 100 local employers, health care providers, insurers and other stakeholders at its first forum: “Workforce and Community Well-Being” 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Cerner Corporation headquarters 2800 Rockcreek Parkway, North Kansas City, Missouri 64117. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, research experts from Gallup and local private and public health care leaders are among the speakers.

How does the relative well-being of our states translate into economic health for the Kansas City community? Some economic success ratings place both states barely in the top half among the 50 states. Considering that health care is the second largest component of labor costs, the health of our workforce surely has a financial impact on our metropolitan area.

Kansas City is home to a collaboration among employers, insurers, providers and public health organizations that is going to start a serious dialogue at the MACHC Forum about taking dramatic steps to improve the health and economic well-being of our workforce and our community.

Recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index rankings of 17th for Kansas and 38th for Missouri reflect results of a daily survey that assesses life evaluation, emotional and physical health, healthy behaviors, work environment and access to basic necessities. Dan Witters, principal research director for Gallup, will be in Kansas City May 9 to dive further into those numbers and provide specific information about the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. ADVANCE INTERVIEWS ARE AVAILABLE.

?Iowa has implemented the Blue Zones Project concept statewide, improving the well-being of its people, its workplaces and its entire community. Governor Terry Branstad and business leaders from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Hy-Vee involved in the effort will be here to tell us how they did it.

?Leaders from H&R Block, Sprint, Cerner, Blue KC, Saint Luke’s Health System, Kansas, Missouri and Kansas City will talk about what’s being done and what more we can do to address the health and well-being of our community and increase engagement in a community-wide well-being initiative.

The Mid-America Coalition on Health Care is a private, non-profit organization focused on the health and well-being of the region’s employees and families, and on containing business’ health care costs. The 60-member coalition is comprised of employers, hospitals, health plans, physicians and medical groups, universities, public health, governmental units and pharmaceutical companies, representing more than 400,000 covered lives in the greater Kansas City area.

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