Services and Programs

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Programs and services offered through the Center for Health promote wellness among individuals and congregations. Annual conferences and other United Methodist Church (UMC)-affiliated organizations can sponsor these programs and services for their clergy and lay employees. The wellness programs offered through the Center for Health have been recognized with the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award from the National Business Group on Health. They are tailored for a United Methodist population.

 

Health Ministry

UMC Health Ministry Network
The UMC Health Ministry Network supports local church health ministry efforts. This initiative—a partnership effort between the Center for Health and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR Health)—helps churches promote health to their clergy, congregants and communities whether initiating a health ministry program or sustaining one.

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Wellness Programs Available as Standalone (“A la Carte”)

The Center for Health extends Virgin Pulse and Blueprint for Wellness to other United Methodist Church annual conferences and organizations that have their own health plans, i.e., those not adopting HealthFlex as their group health plan. This enables more of the UMC to sponsor the programs that have demonstrated positive impact on health and well-being in the HealthFlex population over time.

Wellness Programs Included in HealthFlex

HealthFlex wellness programs have been recognized with the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award from the National Business Group on Health. HealthFlex allows UMC plan sponsors to offer wellness programs of the caliber typically offered by large, Fortune 500 companies.

Participants can log into HealthFlex/WebMD for details about Virgin Pulse, Blueprint for Wellness, WebMD coaching, HealthQuotient (HQ), employee assistance program and wellness incentives.

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Virgin Pulse
Interactive walking program with an uploadable step-tracker and online activity tracking, designed to increase physical activity—one of the best “medicines” around.

Blueprint for Wellness
Onsite and local blood and biometric screenings give individuals a baseline for current health indicators and provide conferences and other plan sponsors with aggregate data about the health of their respective populations.

HealthQuotient (HQ) Health Risk Assessment
Online health questionnaire gives individuals a baseline for current health and health risk status. Provides plan sponsors with anonymous aggregate data about health risks among their respective populations. HQ integrates with Blueprint for Wellness and health coaching for plan sponsors that offer multiple programs.

WebMD Health Coaching
Confidential, telephone-based health coaching guides individuals toward making healthy changes. Health coaches use evidence-based behavior change and motivational interviewing techniques to address each individual’s physical, emotional and other wellness issues.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Employee assistance programs can help individuals manage issues in their personal or professional lives that may impact their ability to perform work or ministry .

More Information

For additional information on the Center for Health please read our Healthy You... Healthy UMC Brochure.

Contact

Conference/Organizational Staff: Contact the Center for Health to inquire about offering Center for Health wellness programs for the populations you serve.

Let Us Know

Our website, programs and offerings are constantly evolving. Let us know what works, what doesn’t or what new content you would like to see on this site at umc-centerforhealthinfo@gbophb.org.

Thank you for your feedback and continued support of denomination-wide clergy and lay worker health.

 
 
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