The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita (KUSM-W) is partnering with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Kansas Health Foundation, the Wichita Community Foundation, the Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care, and WorkWell KS to provide resources that will help Kansas worksites assess and improve their current practices regarding wellness.
The centerpiece of these trainings and resources centers on an online worksite wellness assessments, developed by KUSM-W and KDHE. These assessments hone in on specific health priorities to give employers an overall picture of what they are currently doing as well as identify opportunities for improvement. Assessments can serve as the beginning point for businesses interested in improving the health of their employees and developing comprehensive worksite wellness plans.
In addition to the assessment, a series of worksite wellness webinars are being offered by KDHE and KUSM-W to all interested employers throughout the state. These webinars cover updates about the WorkWell KS initiative, worksite wellness strategies, and other hot topics pertaining to worksite wellness. All webinars begin at noon (CST) and last no longer than one hour. Participants need to register to participate in the webinars.
WorkWell KS workshops are being offered across the state. Each live workshop is four hours. The first workshop we strongly encourage work sites to complete is the Worksite Wellness Foundation workshop. After completing that workshop, worksites will have a much better idea of how to best select their next workshop (e.g., healthy foods and beverages, tobacco). Participants will receive technical assistance with the development and implementation of comprehensive worksite wellness plans as well as ongoing support, all at no cost to the employer.