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Fall 2011
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We're Looking for "Champs!"
smiling teacher in front of chalkboard that says Join Champs
 
Who are "Champs!"?
 
"Champs!" are people who thrive on being involved in making the workplace a healthier, happier place to be. "Champs!" are enthusiastic about health and wellness and want to be a part of the new worksite wellness group being created by OEBB. OEBB’s goal is to have a "Champs!" participant representing every school, education service district and community college in Oregon.
 
 
What will I need to do if I become a "Champs!" member?
 
 
This group will come together (in person or via teleconference participation) on a monthly basis to begin with to share great ideas for wellness activities, share success stories and identify various resources available to assist in implementing or maintaining wellness programs and activities. We anticipate it will entail a commitment of about two hours per month in the beginning to attend and participate in the monthly meeting and whatever time you can spend transferring the new ideas and knowledge to your coworkers and peers. Once the initial implementation and planning phase is over, meetings of the group will probably take place on a quarterly basis, with news and new information being shared by OEBB via emails and/or newsletters in the interim. Since we are in the planning stages, one of the first tasks will be to identify how we can make this group as successful as possible. How we can help you take the messages to your coworkers and peers. How we can help connect you with resources that are out there to support wellness at your worksite. We look forward to hearing from you and scheduling our first meeting to get to know what your needs are, your wishes are and what you are doing right now.
 
This sounds like me, what do I need to do now?
 
If you want to become part of the OEBB "Champs!" group, e-mail your name and contact information to: oebb.board@state.or.us, or call us at 888-469-6322 by Friday, December 9, 2011. It will be helpful if you include the best meeting times for you as well, so we can schedule the first meeting in early January 2012.
 
We look forward to hearing from you and working with you on this new endeavor.

 
Nutrition Services helps OEBB member dodge diabetes
During an office visit at Rockwood Medical Office in October 2010, a physician assistant told 59-year-old Tom Newell that he had high blood pressure and his blood glucose level was in the pre-diabetes stage.
 
Learn how he reversed the situation -- read his story online.
 

 
Educators help Kaiser Permanente invest in future of health care
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest (KFHPNW) would like to thank educators like you for supporting the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program.
 
Since 2009, KFHPNW has partnered with the educational community to present the $2,000 scholarships to qualifying high school seniors who want to pursue a career in health care. The program reserves one scholarship for each of the 113 high schools in the KFHPNW service area, stretching from Longview, Washington to Corvallis, Oregon.
 
In 2011, 119 students nominated by you received the scholarships. They represented 73 school districts and 13 counties. Most of the recipients demonstrated financial need. Many are the first in their family to go to college. Some are bilingual or members of ethnic or racial minorities that are underrepresented in the health care field.
 
The scholarship program is one way Kaiser Permanente is facing health care challenges head-on while also meeting the needs of the community.
 
Applications for the 2012 Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program are available online now. Go to kp.org/communitybenefit/nw to learn more. The application deadline is January 14, 2012.

 
Workplace Possibilities from The Standard
OEBB’s disability plans provide a bigger benefit than you may realize.
 
If you have either Short Term or Long Term Disability coverage through OEBB and are being treated for an illness or injury, The Standard can send a consultant to evaluate your work environment and assess whether improvements could be made to aid in your recovery or avoid further injury. You don’t need to have a disability claim ... the goal is to prevent disability claims.
 
Examples of past solutions include ergonomic office equipment, modified seats for bus drivers, automatic door openers, riding vacuum cleaners, ergonomic mop buckets and trash-dumping devices, self-leveling book carts, voice amplification systems, food service lifting devices for large equipment/pots/pans ... many things you might not even imagine!
 
With funding stretched to its limit, educators are often working with less-than-optimal equipment. Through Workplace Possibilities, The Standard provides a way for Oregon educators to improve their work environment and their health without additional cost to their educational entity. Most improvements are 100% paid for by the plan, and the educational entity usually keeps the equipment even after the employee no longer works there.
 
To learn more about Workplace Possibilities, explore solutions and read success stories, visit The Standard’s Workplace Possibilities website: http://workplacepossibilities.com
 

 
Are You Getting Your Money's Worth?
At OEBB we want to help our members become informed consumers of healthcare, especially when so many are paying more of the total cost of that health care either through out-of-pocket costs or premiums.
 
You might not think to ask why your doctor recommends a certain treatment, or if other options are available. But every patient is different. When it comes to medical tests and treatments, you deserve to know your options.
 
Whether you just got sick or you’ve been receiving care for a long time, ask your doctor about treatment options. The answers you get may help improve your health care and your quality of life.
 
Visit the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s website for easy access to unbiased information about treatment options and tools: www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov

 
Member Health Survey
If you get a call from someone saying they’re conducting a survey for OEBB this fall, please take a few minutes to participate. With assistance from Oregon Public Health, OEBB is sponsoring this survey to obtain information on the health of its members. The survey is modeled after another survey conducted annually by the State of Oregon and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
You may be one of the 1500 OEBB members selected from a random list. You will be able to schedule the 15-20 minute survey interview at your convenience to answer questions about:
 
• Your current health status
• Things that you do that affect your health (physical activity, eating habits, etc.)
• Worksite health and wellness activities and support
 
All responses will be kept completely confidential. The independent survey firm will use member phone numbers for this survey only. Results from the survey will be reported in the aggregate, and no person can be identified through any reported information.
 
 
Your participation is important. The results will help the Board create or modify programs and activities to better fulfill the health needs of OEBB members.

 
Your OEBB Resources
 
  Oregon Educators Benefit Board
1225 Ferry St. SE, Suite B
Salem, OR 97301-4281
 
Phone: (888) 469-6322
Fax: (503) 378-5832
OEBB.benefits@state.or.us 
   
 
  Carrier Contacts  
 
Kaiser Permanente
1-866-223-2375
http://my.kp.org/nw/oebb 
Standard Insurance
1-866-756-8115 www.standard.com/mybenefits/oebb 
ODS Companies
1-866-923-0409
www.odscompanies.com/oebb 
Unum
1-800-227-4165 w3.unum.com/enroll/OEBB/default.aspx
Providence Health Plans
1-800-633-1878
U.S. Bank
1-877-470-1771
http://www.mycdh.usbank.com 
Reliant Behavioral Health
1-866-750-1327
www.myrbh.com 
Willamette Dental
1-800-460-7644 www.willamettedental.com/oebb