Have you read our recent whitepaper? Over the past few weeks, we’ve been breaking it down to highlight key components of innovative care. This week, we’re highlighting the importance of offering occupational health services that support return to work for your workforce population.

Given that there will be significant clinical components to both workforce preparedness and workplace facility adjustments due to COVID-19, providers of employer-sponsored health services and centers are the logical partner to deliver these services.

How can enhancing occupational health support your workforce?

Best practices for occupational health go beyond the reactive approach of simply treating work-related illnesses and injuries. Focusing on prevention-focused monitoring and interventions can better support a healthy workforce and ensure a safe work environment. The role of occupational health has expanded to support return to work strategies amidst the pandemic. The occupational health approach can involve proactive measures to avoid potential worksite exposures such as:

  • Chemical or infectious agents or contagions
  • Potential workplace hazards

In the era of COVID-19, similar services apply to prepare the workforce and workplace for a safe and sustained worker re-entry.

Our integrated primary and occupational health approach enables clinicians to implement longer appointments, health coaching, behavioral health, and disease management, with integrated occupational health, as well as primary and preventive care.

As you continue to manage your pandemic response, an integrated service delivery also requires that teams closely coordinate their work with human resource counterparts to design a holistic approach that supports better patient and organizational health. Download our whitepaper “Employers Pivot from COVID-19 Pandemic to Create Integrated Care Model of the Future” and learn more.

About the Author: Bruce Hochstadt

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EVP, Health Center Operations & Sales, Marathon Health

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