Information on the Coronavirus from our Chief Medical Officer

You've probably been hearing lots of news reports about Coronavirus (officially known as 2019-nCoV). These virus outbreaks can be scary. The internet is a great source of information, and unfortunately sometimes incorrect information. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is a reliable source of information on this topic. It also publishes key health information, including weekly data on all death…

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Ensuring your workplace is supportive of women's health

Women's rights movements have made great progress toward gender equality in the workplace. Prior to 1963, it was legal for businesses to pay women performing similar work as men a lower wage. It was also uncommon to find women in workplace positions of authority. It was not until the following year in 1964 that the Civil Rights Act was established granting equal rights for women in all areas of em…

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2019: Our year in review

The team at First Choice Health works passionately each year to provide an improved health outlook for its members, and as we move into 2020, our commitment to promoting healthy behavior and addressing the issues facing today's workforce remains stronger than ever. We are proud to look back on a number of key advancements and accomplishments from 2019, including:The addition of new hires Anis…

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Designing solutions: Navigating the healthcare system

Establishing a strong collaborative relationship with a health system partner is critical in today's rapidly changing healthcare landscape and why First Choice Health has partnered with the Eastside Health Network (EHN). Together, FCH and EHN are developing and implementing evidence-based, data-driven healthcare initiatives aimed at improving outcomes, increasing efficiency and reducing costs for …

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8 tips to reduce your holiday stress

This year, just like the one before, we're all busier than ever, and yet the holidays wait for no one. The last thing we need is more money worries, more hassles, and more stress. Unfortunately, that's exactly what the holidays can bring. You can decide to take the bull by the horns and make this the year you change your approach to the holidays, for the better.Don't sweat the small stuff. Fo…

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How employers are tackling mental health in the workplace

It's no secret that there's been a great deal of stigma associated with mental health over the last few decades, with several studies backing it up. The individuals made to feel like pariahs have been more likely to experience housing and employment discrimination, among other issues, when compared with those who haven't been open about their mental health problems. In 1992, the Americans wit…

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Modernizing our logo - same great service, with new look and feel

Our company has come a long way in 35 years. Many people have contributed over the years to our success and sustainability, making it possible for us to do the work that we do today. As we evolve, welcome new faces, expand the services we offer, and in general strive to be more innovative, it's important that our look and feel are also aligned with these developments. Our logo is often the fi…

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Start talking about mental health to help prevent suicide

Deaths by suicide have reached an all-time high. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people and the 10th leading cause of death in this country. People are often surprised by this, even though most of us have been touched at some point in our lives by this deeply sad epidemic.  We know that the shame and stigma of suicidal thoughts are part of the reason why those experie…

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When should you use a Mandatory Referral?

A Mandatory Referral (MR) is a formal and documented program, which may help an employee retain his or her job in times of progressive disciplinary action. Although it's often used as a last chance agreement with risk of termination, it's not meant to be punitive. The goal is to help employees improve performance and resolve issues so they can be successful at work. Mandatory Referrals are ty…

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Managers have 3 types of EAP referrals available

Managers at companies with EAPs, such as First Choice Health EAP, have access to valuable tools to help their employees. Whether an employee comes to you for personal or professional advice, or you notice performance or behavior patterns that you'd like to address, there are a few EAP referral options available.Educational referral: Did you know over 60% of employees learn about the EAP benefit fr…

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