Public Health is ROI. Save Lives, Save Money

posted Mar 26, 2013, 8:20 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 3:18 PM ]
Such a simple message from National Public Health Week ( to OUTFOX illness and disease!
As you've seen, National Public Health Week's theme this year is "Public Health is ROI. Save Lives, Save Money."
Public health is more than the broad subject that people bring up in regards to national outbreak numbers, obesity levels, flu cases and so forth. It is not just about the overall health of the population, but it has everything to do with the health of those around you. Specifically, you need to take care of those clients, employees and other within your organization (regardless if you work for a hospital, clinic, school, food service, dental office or other type of organization).
This year's health week theme "Public Health is ROI. Save Lives, Save Money" seems very appropriate with the economy still a struggling.  Most of are not in the position to spend a lot on extra trainings and programs.  However, now is the time to change your mindset from health trainings as a sunk cost or an obligation to keep up with the health trend, and change your mindset to believe that good health is a money maker.

How is Public Health a Return On Investment?

Depending on your organization, focusing on health can save money in different ways. You don't have to spend a lot of money on a health program.  For, adequate health information is everywhere on the internet and free.  You just need to make it a priority in your organization.  Specifically, you can save money in your organization when you take in account the following items associated with poor health:
  • Sick days. More emphasis on health reduces sick day usage.
  • Insurance costs. Healthier employees use insurance funds less when they are health and don't visit healthcare facilities. Health insurance rates adjust based on usage.
  • Less attentive employees. Healthy employees are more focused and generate less mistakes. Less mistakes equals more money.
  • Recruiting benefits. More prospective employees see a healthy organization as a more attractive place to work.

What Simple Things Can Be Done To Increase Health Levels?

Again, you don't need to spend a lot on a health program.  Just start small and build a program around items that your organization cares about.

We hope that you have a great health week and that it starts a permanent health program in your organization!  Please use or download all of the resources... most of them free.  Contact us for a free infection control or health consultation for your organization.
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