The Mississippi Business Group on Health (MSBGH) held an employer roundtable meeting in Starkville, Mississippi at The Greater Starkville Partnership office on Thursday, June 13th.
Representatives from local companies such as PECO Foods, Renaissance Bank, the City of Starkville, Regions Bank, Choctaw Regional Medical Center, and others met to discuss and share concerns as well as solutions for improving employee health while managing chronic disease and ongoing health benefit cost increases.
“I was very impressed with the level of sharing that took place in this first meeting,” said Christie Lawrence, area representative for the Mississippi Business Group on Health (MSBGH) in the Golden Triangle Region (GTR). “Several employers seemed to have robust employee wellness programs while others were just getting started, and it was obvious everyone is frustrated with the high cost of prescriptions and the lack of employee awareness of health benefits that help employees stay healthy with little or no out-of-pocket costs.”
MSBGH Executive Director, Murray Harber, shared how employers are collaborating around the state to improve employee health while generating cost savings. The next step for GTR area employers will be an employer resource fair similar to the one held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Murray also shared that the Golden Triangle Human Resource Association (GTHRA) has already agreed to co-sponsor the event this fall.
In closing, Mr. Harber encouraged employers to participate in the free educational webinars sponsored by MSBGH each month since these offer great information on health and wellness programs and other hot topics. Employers can register for these events on the MSBGH website at www.msbgh.org, and they can also learn about the value of MSBGH membership as well.