May 16, 2021

Heard County receives Health Incentive Grant

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County has been selected by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) to receive one of the Employee Health & Wellbeing Incentive Grants awarded statewide to promote worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of county employees and family members.

Awards are made to members of the ACCG Group Health Benefits Program (GHBP), underwritten by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, based on a county’s commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion.

As part of the grant process, the county designated a Health Promotion Champion to develop a workplace health promotion action plan and to attend Local Government Risk Management Services’ (LGRMS) High Impact Health Promotion Champion training session.

Workplace wellbeing programs have a demonstrated track record of improving employee health and quality of life while reducing medical claims and improving workplace morale.

The ACCG offers wellbeing services to all member counties through LGRMS, a not-for-profit agency operated jointly with the Georgia Municipal Association.

Employees will be offered a confidential health assessment program using a Health Risk Appraisal, with blood pressure screening and health improvement feedback.

Wellness Coordinator, Hope Cole stated, “We are pleased that the ACCG recognizes our interest in employee health and in managing health care costs. This grant will help us provide new programs to our staff and their families.”

The ACCG – GHBP is available to all Association County Commissioners of Georgia members. Currently, several counties and authorities participate in the health plan.

All counties and authorities participating in the ACCG – GHBP are eligible to apply for the Health & Wellbeing Incentive Grants on an annual basis. The ACCG is pleased to support Heard County in this important endeavor.

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