Creighton University Recognized for Excellence

Creighton University is honored at SimplyWell Conference.

Creighton University was once again recognized for their commitment to employee health. The University has been working with Healthbreak, a worksite wellness company who has managed the program since 2005. Together, the partnership has driven successful outcomes and a healthier campus, which for nearly a decade has brought Creighton into the forefront as a leader in employee health. 

On Tuesday, August 5, Creighton University’s Human Resources Director, Tammy Biggs, collected both the Vision and Innovation Awards at SimplyWell’s annual conference. The awards were announced the evening before at the client appreciation dinner hosted by SimplyWell.

Innovation Award Highlights

Creighton began offering a scaled down version of the SimplyWell program in 2006 with no incentive for enrolling. They obtained an 8% participation rate. Through a well thought out annual strategy, great administration, leadership support, communication and meaningful incentives, they have steadily increased enrollment to 78% of their population in 2014. 

  • They were early adopters of the online Rewards Store in order to reward participants who engaged in program offerings with points which translates into dollars to spend at specific thresholds.
  • Focused on early detection and prevention, they partnered with SimplyWell’s lab services to run an additional Hemoglobin A1c test on participants whose glucose levels hit a certain threshold and provided targeted communication and programming for those that qualified.
  • They added a traveling trophy competition between departments to help increase annual enrollment. The two lowest departments increased by 19% and 24% respectively from the 2012-13 to the 2013-14 program years.
  • In 2012, they tighten efforts around tobacco by requiring participants to be tobacco free in order to receive the enrollment reward. Tobacco users could participate in a tobacco cessation class in order to receive the reward later in plan year. 

They also implemented an enrollment reward requirement that all participants must view a “Do You Know Your Score” webinar to help employees after their health screening to take the next step towards health.   

Together, the partnership with Healthbreak has driven successful outcomes and a healthier campus, which for nearly a decade has brought Creighton into the forefront as a leader in employee health. Many thanks go to the Wellness and Benefits Committees; Tom Lenz, Ph.D., for his innovative programming; and to all the wellness champions across the campus!