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Health Affairs

Health Affairs

IBI, Sedgwick and UnitedHealth Group, with additional support from Pfizer and Pinnacol Assurance, partnered to sponsor a special issue of the leading health policy journal, Health Affairs, on the link between work and health. The February 2017 issue shines a spotlight on this complex and constantly-evolving relationship from the perspective of both employers and employees. As national health policy remains a subject of intense debate, this issue serves as an important contribution to the growing body of literature guiding deliberations on this critical topic.

To draw attention to the issue, Health Affairs hosted briefings featuring authors from the journal who presented their studies and discussed strategies for building the safest, healthiest, and most productive workforce possible. Click here to access the agenda, panelist bios and slides from the presentations. Video from the DC event can be seen here. Audio from the San Francisco event can be found here.


In addition to the journal itself, Health Affairs and IBI have collaborated to create other materials exploring these themes to appeal to a wide range of different audiences.

Please take a look at this datagraphic, which features some of the most striking findings from the research presented in the special issue of Health Affairs.

Workforce Health And Productivity
Health Aff February 2017 36:200-201; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1580

Together, the twelve papers featured in the journal address five cross-cutting themes that have important implications for the policy and practice of workforce health and performance improvement. The first in a series of companion pieces, this Member Digest seeks to compel action and spark further discussion around work-health connection. The second installment of The Work and Health Series shines a spotlight on Organizational Culture and Climate.

IBI is pleased to offer you access to several research papers from this issue of Health Affairs below. To read others, click here.

Chronic Conditions, Workplace Safety, And Job Demands Contribute To Absenteeism And Job Performance
Kimberly Jinnett, Natalie Schwatka, Liliana Tenney, Claire v. S. Brockbank, and Lee S. Newman
Health Aff February 2017 36:237-244; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1151

Work, Health, And Worker Well-Being: Roles And Opportunities For Employers
Robert K. McLellan
Health Aff February 2017 36:206-213; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1150

Work, Health, And Insurance: A Shifting Landscape For Employers And Workers Alike
Thomas C. Buchmueller and Robert G. Valletta
Health Aff February 2017 36:214-221; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1200

Temporarily Disabled Workers Account For A Disproportionate Share Of Health Care Payments
Brian Gifford
Health Aff February 2017 36:245-249; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1013

Racial And Ethnic Differences In The Frequency Of Workplace Injuries And Prevalence Of Work-Related Disability
Seth A. Seabury, Sophie Terp, and Leslie I. Boden
Health Aff February 2017 36:266-273; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1185

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