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Board of Pensions Honored for ‘Creating a Culture of Well-Being’


The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been honored with a 2018 Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health Innovation Award. The Board received the award for "Creating a Culture of Well-Being" through Call to Health, its well-being initiative, available to members of the Medical Plan of the Benefits Plan of the PC(USA) and their covered spouses.*

Call to Health offers activities, or challenges, in each of the four dimensions of wholeness — spiritual, health, financial, and vocational — along with an opportunity for participants to reduce their medical deductibles. The program has inspired nearly 65 percent of more than 12,000 eligible members to register to participate, and has affected participants' lives in a variety of transformative ways.

The Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH) recognized the Board for increasing participation in Call to Health and engaging a geographically dispersed population through, the program's interactive platform. The site's online comments feature, which registered more than 77,000 comments in 2017, has connected participants from across the country, uniting them through shared beliefs, peer encouragement, and personal testimony.

"Call to Health is making a difference in the lives of our plan members," said Stew Beltz, Vice President, Health and Wellness at the Board. "We have received dozens of overwhelming personal testimonials from participants, and, on a plan level, we've measured lowered risk scores, improvements in preventive care, and more favorable measures of well-being. It is so gratifying for all of us." 

The Board is an active member of the GPBCH, which represents employer interests in working with health plans, healthcare providers, benefits consultants, suppliers, and other system stakeholders to address population health priorities and to ensure that when healthcare is needed, it is accessible, affordable, high quality, and safe.

"For us, the coalition is a think tank," said Patricia M. Haines, Executive Vice President and Chief Benefits Officer at the Board. "It helps us with creating messaging, our value proposition, and comparisons versus others. We also have access into regional markets where we can learn innovative ideas from other centers of excellence."

The Board will accept its 2018 Health Innovation Award at the GPBCH Annual Conference on June 5 in Philadelphia.

*Call to Health is available to members and their spouses enrolled in the active Medical Plan (the Highmark PPO or EPO); it is not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan.