In recognition of the sponsorship of WRGH by the American Cancer Society, WRGH is facilitating their goal to promote community leadership around cancer prevention and early detection.

This effort supports the ACS goals for 2015: to reduce age-adjusted cancer mortality by 50%; to reduce cancer incidence by 25%; and to measurably improve the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors.

The project includes two key elements: 1st, a pilot community program with the Memphis Business Group on Health designed to engage opinion leaders from different stakeholder groups in education and leadership, a model that ACS plans to roll-out in several other communities over the next 12-18 months. 2nd, a national focus on development of a standardized RFI/RFP template related to cancer prevention and early detection for use in contracting with plans and TPA's.

The overall strategy focuses on leveraging existing employer-employee relationships to effectively deliver an integrated set of resources that support personal accountability for health and well-being; support worker productivity as a product of employee health; and align with business goals for health care cost containment and employee attraction and retention.

We are creating a win-win scenario for employees and employers, through employer workplace policies and education to facilitate behavioral change that benefits the worker and his employer.

For employees, we stress the importance of healthy lifestyles and participation in cancer screening. Lifestyle changes will lower the incidence of cancer and screening will raise the odds of effectively managing cancer as a result of earlier detection.

For employers, we make the case that prevention and early detection of cancer lowers direct healthcare costs related to this disease, as well as indirect costs related to lost work time and lowered on job productivity.

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WRGH has accepted an invitation to join the inaugural advisory board for Thompson Publishing Group's Guide to Consumer-Directed Health Care.
They will provide commentary on developments in the field, insights into industry trends, and occasional guest columns. Launched in April, the Guide is the only comprehensive resource to designing and implementing a consumer-directed healthcare plan.

WRGH has joined the Oxford Health Alliance.
We know that prevention of unhealthy behaviors, with regard to diet, exercise and tobacco consumption, is critical in confronting the pandemic growth of chronic disease. The Oxford Health Alliance enables experts and activists from different backgrounds to collaborate in order to raise awareness and change behaviors, policies and perspectives at every level of society.