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World Congress 13th Annual Rewarding Health Behaviors Forum Recap

Jonathan So SpeakingJonathan So, senior director of health care initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber, presented at the World Congress’s 13th Annual Rewarding Health Behaviors Forum on Feb. 7 – 8.  The event, targeted to employers and health plans, provided a broad overview of various strategies to get consumers and employees more engaged in their health.

So presented in a workshop on the first day, covering millennial engagement in health care. This session focused on how the millennial cohort respond differently to the navigation of the health system and the relationship they have with employers. The presentation utilized research collected from the Chamber’s research study completed with member organizations that involved focus groups of millennial employees. A final report of this study will be available later in 2017.

The second day, So presented on the Chamber’s work in promoting the Diabetes Prevention Program, a CDC-recognized lifestyle intervention. Diabetes is a serious chronic condition that represents a significant cost driver to employers as well as tremendous health complications for those afflicted. The DPP is intended to target those most at risk for progressing to type II diabetes. The Chamber has been working with its employer members to educate businesses and their employees on pre-diabetes and the benefits of the DPP.