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Worker health on county radar

By Kimberly Jordan [email protected] • Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Wilson County’s Insurance Committee met Tuesday to discuss a wellness program for county employees.

“In order to save money, we’ve got to get our population well,” said Debbie Moss, who works with the county’s employee benefits.

Each year the county hosts a health fair for all employees, and Moss said that at the most recent fair, 375 of the county’s close-to-600 employees attended. 

The county’s health clinic, which is also available to all county employees and their dependents, is another option, and Sheena Sloan said about 87 percent of employees utilize it. 

Moss mentioned a recent situation in which one employee who visited the clinic became aware of a serious situation that needed attention.

“The clinic saved their life,” she said.

That employee was able to seek further treatment for the condition and is now doing much better, according to Moss.

Commissioner Kenny Reich said he felt that some employees don’t attend the health fair “because they are afraid of what they’ll find, or they know and don’t want to be reminded of it.”

Reich then asked Moss which department was “the biggest culprit” in not having employees attend the health fair. Moss said it was not one department but rather “across the board.”

Moss suggested getting together someone from each of the county’s department’s to “tell me what they are hearing from their employees.” Reich said he thought that was a great idea.

“I want someone who’s really interested in helping our insurance concerns,” said Reich.

Commissioner Gary Keith added “I’d like to get maybe two or three things you’re looking for that we can say ‘hey guys, you need to be doing this.’”

Reich said the committee will meet again in about three weeks after they have had time to think about suggestions for the wellness program.

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