Keenan Study Shows Effectiveness of Eisenhower Medical Center Employee Wellness Interventions

TORRANCE, Calif. – May 18, 2017 – Keenan, an industry-leading California insurance brokerage and consulting firm for health care organizations, has conducted an evaluation study of Eisenhower Medical Center’s employee health management program, which provides risk-focused interventions to employees identified at moderate and high risk for chronic disease.

Results of the study with Eisenhower, one of Keenan’s longstanding healthcare clients, indicated significant improvements in body fat, BMI, weight, systolic/diastolic blood pressure, and total and HDL cholesterol among employees who participated in risk-focused interventions. The interventions included on-site health coaching, telephonic condition management coaching and health education courses. These results support the importance of engaging at-risk individuals in robust follow-up interventions after biometric testing to reduce their health risk factors.

The program interventions involved outreach to those with elevated biometric values (moderate risk) and those who were identified through claims analytics as having certain health conditions (high risk). Moderate-risk employees received on-site health coaching and health education courses, while high-risk individuals received telephonic coaching by a condition management nurse.

The study was conducted by Danielle Keenan, MPH, Health Management Specialist at Keenan, who completed the evaluation project as part of her Master of Public Health degree program at UCLA. Keenan was selected to present the study results at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference in Denver, Colo.

“This study further supports the growing literature and evidence that best-practice employee health management programs can make positive improvements in employees’ health risk status, more specifically, when employees are directed to risk-focused plans of action,” said Keenan. “These best practices can be emulated by other organizations to optimize the impact of their program on employee health and avoidable healthcare utilization.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and severe obesity are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Yet these conditions are also among the most preventable diseases delayed or improved through early detection, diet, and physical activity. Employer environments have been identified as an ideal setting to support individuals in adopting healthier behaviors to mitigate some of the risk factors leading to the development of chronic illness.

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Keenan has a 45-year track record of serving California schools, community colleges, health care organizations and public agencies. Keenan recently joined the AssuredPartners group of independent brokers, currently ranked as the 13th largest U.S. brokerage. Keenan will serve as AP’s California hub to expand its innovative employee benefits, health benefit management services, workers’ compensation, risk management, and property and liability programs throughout the country. Keenan has a staff of more than 725 insurance specialists with local offices in Torrance, Riverside, San Clemente, Oakland, San Jose, Rancho Cordova, Redwood City, Pleasanton and Eureka.