In the five years since MHealthy officially became a university-wide program, the university has made significant achievements in increasing the health awareness and healthy behaviors of its faculty and staff. Analyses of MHealthy program satisfaction, participation, health risks, absenteeism, and related health claims data indicate progress toward our goals. This can translate into both direct and indirect savings, improved health, quality of life, performance and risk mitigation for both the individual and the university.

In CY13, MHealthy continued to make progress toward reaching our long-term goals of improving the health and well-being of our faculty and staff and becoming a model community of health. Some of the highlights include:

  • U-M was named one of Michigan’s healthiest employers in a statewide analysis of employers whose policies and practices promote a healthy workforce.
  • U-M was also selected for the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America award; placing 55 out of the top U.S. 100 employers.
  • Close to 22,000 faculty and staff completed the annual health questionnaire in 2013 (56% of our benefits-eligible population), our highest participation thus far.
  • Over 16,200 individuals participated in Active U, our highest participation thus far, up from over 10,600 in 2012.
  • Over 20,000 flu shots were provided in the Health System and over 4,000 on our Ann Arbor campus.
  • In collaboration with the Benefits Administration Office, the Compliance Office and the MHealthy Scientific Advisory Committee, a de-identified research data extract was established for use by pre-approved UM researchers to develop scientific publications and grant proposals.
  • Customer satisfaction with MHealthy programs and services remains high.
  • One of our community programs, Project Healthy Schools, was implemented in 42 schools in 2013 reaching over 23,000 students since inception. PHS was also recently honored as the UMHS support program of the year.

Read the full CY2013 MHealthy Annual Report.