Congratulations to Boise School District for being the 2016 Koop Award winners. This year’s Koop Award winner and honorable mention will be formally recognized at the 2016 HERO Forum on September 28 in Atlanta, GA.
In 2011, Boise School District created a comprehensive wellness program for its 3,000+ employees, who were dispersed over 58 geographical locations. The aim of the multi-year program was to improve employee health behaviors, lower elevated health risks, prevent chronic diseases, and curb rising healthcare costs. Additionally, the program was extended to spouses and retirees. To maximize program reach, technology was leveraged so that every component of the program could be streamed to any mobile device or computer and was available in multiple languages. Participation increased from 66 percent in 2011 to 81 percent in 2014. The program has produced evidence of positive changes in behavior, improvements in biometrics associated with health risks and boosted mental health. Evaluation of six years of medical claims data found that wellness program participants cost significantly less than non-participants. For every dollar the district spent on wellness, it saved $3.50. From 2009 to 2014, the district experienced no overall increase in health care costs.
- Sandia National Laboratories