Integration Across Benefits Purchasing, Health Promotion & Health Protection

Dr. Kimberly Jinnett

The Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) interviewed employers’ thinking on health-related benefits and program integration, how their approach functions in practice and the consequences for employee health and business value

Among the nine organizations interviewed, there were three basic functions related to integrated employee health investments: benefits purchasing, health promotion and health protection. 

IBI found that in practice, these functions take place in separate business departments, often with very little joint activity or communication. When benefits purchasing, health promotion and health protection do not work together, workforce health is compromised and time, money and energy are wasted.  Three actions show promise for moving in a positive direction: build allies, find common ground and hold each other accountable.

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