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  • 28 Feb 2019 3:56 PM | Anonymous member

    (Article posted by Alan Turner)

    There are many challenges in the health care field these days. Costs are skyrocketing, access to care is a continuing problem in many areas, and businesses and their employees are being negatively impacted in many ways.

    One group in Mississippi is working diligently to make a difference. The Mississippi Business Group on Health, established in 2014 as an association for Mississippi employers who were becoming increasingly concerned not only with the rapid rise of cost in providing good health care benefits for their employees, but also concerned over the negative impact on workplace productivity for employees who were not healthy.

    The mission of the MBGH is straightforward: to work hard at creating healthy workplaces for employees, encouraging good health practices, and supporting employees and their families. This is obviously a win-win scenario in which all benefit, and during the past few years, both small and large employers have seen the benefits of adopting wellness and healthy workplace programs for their employees.

    I talked recently with Murray Harber, Executive Director for the MBGH, for a perspective on how these programs benefit companies and employees alike.

    Murray came back to the South after spending years in Minnesota, where he was an exercise physiologist, college coach, and had in-depth experience in building and supporting wellness programs. Since arriving in Mississippi, he’s been a leading proponent of workplace wellness programs throughout the state.

    I asked Murray why healthy workplaces are so important for businesses of all sizes.

    “To begin with, it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “Workplace wellness programs definitely help to lower absenteeism, increase productivity, improve morale, and help to reduce costs for the companies and their employees. Those are great benefits for all concerned.”

    Murray told me that they’re working to create partnerships between employers and employees through transparency and consumerism, so that employees become more knowledgeable about their own health practices and options.

    “We work hard to help folks get the best care at the lowest cost,” he said.

    How can that be accomplished?

    “A great program is one that incorporates good choices, such as diet and water, exercise, and definitely, awareness of important and beneficial practices for employees and their families,” he said.

    Does a company need to be large in order to create and support workplace wellness programs?

    “Absolutely not,” Murray said. “Even companies with a small number of employees can develop an effective program in their workplace, and everyone will share the benefits. We see many instances of smaller companies getting folks involved and excited, because it’s hard to argue that healthier employees are not happy and productive employees.”

    We discussed the upcoming Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces awards. The program is a partnership between the MBGH, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and the Mississippi Business Journal.

    “That’s coming up in July,” Murray said. “There’s a lot of excitement about this year’s program, and it’s really great to be able to recognize employers of all sizes for their accomplishments in workplace wellness.”

    To participate, companies submit information on their workplace wellness programs, what they offer, how they support the programs, and the results that they have seen in their workplaces as a result of the program.

    “It’s all about keeping folks healthy and away from catastrophic health events which compromise their lives and those of their families,” Murray said. “Through the Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces awards, we all learn about those companies that have helped their employees to achieve that goal, and coincidentally, helped to reduce their own costs and improve workplace productivity.”

    Murray encourages all Mississippi employers to consider establishing wellness programs. More information about the MBGH and the Healthiest Workplaces event can be found on their website at MSBGH.com, as well as on the Mississippi Business Journal site at MSBusiness.com.

  • 12 Feb 2019 12:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, the Mississippi Business Group on Health, the Mississippi State Department of Health, and the Mississippi Business Journal announce the opening of the 2019 Recognized Healthy Employer and the 2019 Healthiest Workplace Awards application window which has a deadline of May 17th, 2019.

    This year, the collaborative organizations will partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to utilize their innovative CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard as the basis of their process to help identify an employers use of best practices for employer health and well-being.

    For the past several years, the MSDH and the State Employee Wellness Program have tested and evaluated the CDC Worksite Health Scorecard with state agencies, boards, commissions, and higher education. This year, the new and updated scorecard has been revised to include more program areas and expanded best-practices. 

    Employers in all sectors and of all sizes are encouraged to complete the two step process - CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard and the 2019 Healthiest Workplace application. Click here to get started today! 

  • 28 Jan 2019 5:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Several Board members of the Mississippi Business Group on Health will participate in the 2019 Winter meeting of the Mississippi Healthcare Executives, an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  The MS Healthcare Executives group is comprised primarily of administrative and clinical executives.  The meeting will take place on February 22nd at the MS Hospital Association building which is located in Madison. 

    MSBGH leaders will participate in a panel entitled, "Listening to Employers: How Health Systems Can Support Population Health Management".  

    This session will be facilitated by: Christopher L. Morgan, FACHE, Director, MSBGH.  Panelists include:

    Billy Sims, Senior Vice President, Policy Administration, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance

    Murry L. Harber, Executive Director, Mississippi Business Group on Health

    Brandy Grovich, Manager, Health and Safety, Americas for Levi Strauss & Company

    To register for this meeting, please go the event page or call (800) 289-8884.

  • 25 Jul 2018 8:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2018 Governor's Healthcare Economic Summit will be held on August 16th at the Jackson Convention Center. This year, the MSBGH is partnering with Governor Phil Bryant,  the Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Development Authority, and the Mississippi Medical Association to co-host the event. This event will bring together Mississippi employers, healthcare professionals, and national leadership to discuss the economic impact of healthcare in our state, with Mississippi employers, and the communities access the state.   

    Dr. Ben Carson, the US Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development will be the lunchtime keynote speaker. Other speakers will include an employer panel made up of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, Ingalls Shipbuilding, and Trustmark Bank. Healthcare speakers included are from the President of the American Medical Association, the Chief Academic Officer from the Cleveland Clinic, the CEO of United Health Care - Gulf South, the Dean of the School of Nursing at UMMC, and the Dean of the medical school at William Carey University. Several speakers will discuss economic development and the economic impact study "An Investment in the Health and Economy of Mississippi and the Gulf Coast" will be released during the event. 

    Dr. Clay Hays, the Chair of the MEC Healthcare Solutions institute will kick off the day with a welcome and introduce Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant.

    This is event is open to business leaders, healthcare leaders, human resource and employee benefit professionals. To register and/or sponsor, please visit the 2018 Governors Healthcare Economic Development Summit event page.

  • 09 Jul 2018 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are proud to announce the finalist for the 2018 Healthiest Workplace Awards presented by the MS Business Journal and co-sponsored by the MSBGH and Mississippi State Department of Health. These organizations have shown best practices in employer heath management and have shown changes from the previous year. 

    And in the finalists are as follows:

    SMALL: Anytime Fitness, Blacklidge Emulsions, Inc., Phi Theta Kappa

    MEDIUM: Baker Donaldson, Ross & Yerger

    LARGE: Borg Warner, CF Industries, Levi Strauss & Co., Magnolia Health, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance. 

    MEGA-LARGE: Caterpillar, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Sanderson Farms, Southern Pipe & Supply CO., Trustmark National Bank.

    Healthcare: Magnolia Regional, St. Dominic, Singing River, and UMMC

    PUBLIC: Hernando, Medicaid, Mississippi State Department of Health, IHL, Mississippi Development Authority, Department of Finance and Administration, South Mississippi Regional Center, and the Mississippi Gaming Commission, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, and William Carey University. 

    The Awards Winners will be announced at the Mississippi Business Journal's Event Luncheon on July 26th. 

  • 02 Feb 2018 4:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Heart Association, a MSBGH member, and other collaborators such as the Madison County Business League, another MSBGH member, are promoting February as American Heart Month. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States in both Men and Women. Please promote heart disease prevention and management to your employees and their families. 

    Please visit the following sites for more information:

    American Heart Month

    Go Red for Women - How to Prevent Heart Disease

    Heart Health - National Institutes for Health

    MSDH - Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

    AHA - Mississippi Events

  • 31 Jan 2018 4:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Mississippi Business Group on Health encourages its members to support community efforts to bring awareness and fundraising to it's member's health-related causes. GI Associates, an active member of the MSBGH has partnered with StinkyFeet Athletics to host the 1st annual Butts and Guts 5K Race and Walk. 

    100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the Mississippi's 70X2020 Colon Cancer awareness initiative which will benefit local Mississippians. The MSBGH is part of the 70x2020 initiative and encourages all employers to promote colon cancer screenings and to strive to have 70% of their population be screened by 2020. Only 57% of eligible Mississippians have been screened for colon cancer.  If detected early, colon cancer is over 90% curable.  That’s why it is so important to spread awareness about the importance of getting screened. 

    The goal for this race is to raise $15,000 for this cause.

    Simply apply for sponsorship by completing this simple formThe sponsorship selection committee will review your application in a timely manner.

    Direct any questions to Todd Warren, CEO of GI Associates at todd.warren@gi.md.

  • 30 Jan 2018 8:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MSBGH, the MS Business Journal, MASI, and the Mississippi State Department of Health have officially launched the 2018 Healthiest Workplace Awards and the Recognized Healthy Workplace Program. Employers of every size both public and private sectors can take the RHE survey and submit an application for the 2018 awards program. Deadline for submission is May 31st, 2018. Finalists will be named in early June and the award luncheon will be in mid to late July. 

    To learn more, visit the awards web page

  • 15 Jan 2018 5:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The MSBGH is proud to announce the event schedule for the Spring of 2018. “ Our board, members, and team members have put together a great series of webinars, events, round tables and other value-added services to the members of MSBGH and industry partners” says, Murray L. Harber, Executive Director, MSBGH. 

    Beginning in February, the MSBGH Sharing Common Knowledge Webinar Series kicks off with Host, Chris Morgan, FACHE, Director at MSBGH, bringing in experts to discuss the 2018 Healthiest Workplace Awards. In March, Don Davenport, CEO of BARINET will share information on Bundled Payment Models, and in April, Matt Ginn, Manager of Corporate Communication, Training, and Health Promotion, at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company will sharing information about communication, engagement, and wellbeing. 

    The first roundtable of the year will be on Promoting Physical Activity in the Workplace where participants will learn about strategies and solutions to boosting ergonomics at work and incorporating physical activity during the workday. 

    Regional meetings are scheduled for four regions of the state - North, Central, Southern, and Coastal. The first one of the year will be themed on “Putting Data to Work: Using the Health Data Set” and include local employer stories. 

    The 2018 Healthy Workplace Healthy Communities Conference will be  held on May 23rd in the Jackson Metro. This event brings together professionals from Human Resources, Benefits, Health and Safety, Healthcare, Fitness, Food, and Public health. Visit the event to learn more. 

    We hope to see our members, guests, and other participants at our upcoming Spring events.

  • 05 Sep 2017 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 8th Annual Healthcare Summit will be held on October 10th, 2017 from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM in Anderson Hall on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. Register today! 

    The summit is Mississippi's big get together of employers, health care, plans, and providers to learn about national trends, listen to concerns by MS Stakeholders, and have dialog with national and state leaders on healthcare issue in the industry, government, and employers. 

    Dr. Bruce Sherman, MD, will present on "Benefits Trends in Pharmacy" while also sharing a few words on his research with heath and pay level.  Commissioner Mike Chaney will  share the latest from the state insurance commissioners, the state health plan, and the health insurance industry.

    There are several panels throughout the day with local and national experts to share their expertise in opioids, experience and research. 

    Click here to view  the agenda. 


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