SANTA ROSA -- Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital will host a symposium for employers next week as part of  the iWORKwell Workforce Wellness effort, a public-private program focused on employee health throughout Sonoma County.

The symposium targets employers looking to reduce ever-increasing health care expenses and to support their workforce’s well-being by offering more wellness programs.

Business owners, insurance brokers, human resources managers and safety directors are invited to learn about many of these programs in action during the iWorkwell Workforce Wellness Symposium on Tuesday, March 27, from 4--6 p.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.  

Hosted by Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, part of St. Joseph Health System-Sonoma County, the symposium is a project of Health Action’s iWORKwell team.  In an effort to make Sonoma County the healthiest county in California, iWORKwell introduces low-cost and no-cost tools to help employers encourage improved health in their workforce. iWORKwell serves as a resource to address the rise of obesity, heart disease and diabetes while being proactive in helping to curb rising health care costs.

During the symposium, St Joseph Health System-Sonoma County, the Northern California Center for Well-Being, Sutter Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente will showcase their local wellness programs. The Santa Rosa Memorial Lab Services team will offer free biometric screenings to attendees to demonstrate the benefits of onsite screenings. Diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings will give attendees the opportunity to experience what they can bring to their worksite through workforce wellness efforts.  Attendees are encouraged to schedule a time for their screening by emailing Jeannie Calverley of St. Joseph’s Workforce Health Initiative at Jeannie.Calverley@stjoe.org.

Christopher W. Silva, President and CEO of St. Francis Winery, will deliver the symposium’s keynote address.  His company has implemented a number of workforce wellness initiatives in the past year and continues to see a positive impact from those efforts.  Workforce wellness programs have been associated with lowering workers’ compensation costs, decreasing absenteeism, increasing presenteeism and increasing productivity—altogether lowering healthcare expenditures and creating a stronger bottom line.