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Bringing Preventive Care Back to the Forefront of Employee Health Priorities

Aug 25, 2020|

Bringing Preventive Care Back to the Forefront of Employee Health Priorities Erin Peterson Researcher Continued measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus have led to disruptions and delays in health care—especially in preventive care where missed or later diagnosis will likely result in poorer clinical outcomes. Preventive screenings help to identify the onset [...]

Improving Care and Support for Employees who are Caring for Others

Jul 30, 2020|

Improving Care and Support for Employees who are Caring for Others Nicole Nicksic, PhD, MPH Research Lead The aging population, changing workforce demographics, and soaring health care costs place enormous burdens upon U.S. employees who juggle work responsibilities with providing care for an elderly or ill family member. A study published in Health Affairs [...]

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Informal Caregiving: A Preview of IBI Research

Jul 13, 2020|

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Informal Caregiving: A Preview of IBI Research By: IBI Research Team In October 2019, when members of IBI’s Research Committee proposed a study of employees who provide informal care to an elderly or seriously ill family member, the intent was to draw attention to the health and productivity implications [...]

Considerations for Employers as Social Distancing Recommendations Continue

May 11, 2020|

Considerations for Employers as Social Distancing Recommendations Continue Nicole Nicksic Researcher A century has passed since a pandemic with the magnitude of COVID-19 has occurred. As of this writing, COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. are predicted to surpass 100,000 by the beginning of June. After weeks of shelter-in-place mandates and social distancing, state and [...]

World Immunization Week: Making Vaccines Part of Your Workforce Health Strategy

Apr 30, 2020|

World Immunization Week: Making Vaccines Part of Your Workforce Health Strategy Carolyn Ho, IBI Communications Lead The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on how increasingly interconnected the world is and how important immunization is in protecting against infectious diseases. According to the World Health Organization, immunizations are estimated to prevent two to three million [...]

What can Businesses Learn from the 1918 Spanish Flu and Apply to The COVID-19 Response Today

Apr 13, 2020|

What can Businesses Learn from the 1918 Spanish Flu and Apply to the COVID-19 Response Today Erin Peterson Researcher Although there is a great deal of speculation surrounding the social and economic outcomes of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, examining prior public health emergencies can provide some insight into these questions. A recent NBER [...]

IBI Board Chairman Speaks to Members

Apr 10, 2020|

Update on IBI's Focus and Operations Dear Members & Friends, As the coronavirus pandemic continues to compel businesses to re-evaluate their future focus, investments and needs, we are making sure that IBI remains a responsive, valuable and engaged organization during these challenging times. To reaffirm IBI’s mission and agenda for the remainder of the [...]

Remote in: Productivity and health while working from home during COVID-19

Mar 24, 2020|

Remote in: Productivity and health while working from home during COVID-19 Nicole Nicksic Researcher Experts have been instituting social distancing policies across the country in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As an epidemiologist, this is important to implement nationwide in order to flatten the curve, or slow the rate of infection to [...]

Survey Results Find that Benefit Managers are Patient-Centric in their Decisions around Benefit Design

Mar 10, 2020|

Survey Finds that Benefit Managers are Patient-Centric in their Decisions around Benefit Design Tom Parry President Patient-centeredness is moving to the forefront of healthcare delivery. What is patient-centeredness? It focuses on ensuring a patient’s specific preferences, needs, and values are taken into account in healthcare decisions. Open communications, empathy, and mutual respect between the [...]

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