Interview with Patricia Hollingsworth, Director of the IU Health Engagement Program

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On July 26, just eleven days after Patricia Hollingsworth took up her new position as Director of the Health Engagement Project, June Wickboldt and I (Hans van der Genugten) had the pleasure of meeting with her. Ms. Hollingsworth is an alumna of HPER at Indiana University, and her career since graduation has been in health and wellness. She has directed programs at St. Vincent Health, Clarian Health Partners, and Ball State University and was president of a health care consulting firm. Patricia Hollingsworth seems genuinely passionate about wellness and the means of achieving this. She also seems open to suggestions and input from all involved. We look forward to a fruitful and successful partnership with her.

With the assistance of Rachel McCann, we compiled Ms. Hollingsworth’s responses to a list of questions derived from earlier discussions on the listserv, meetings with Bruce Jacobs, independent research and her initial presentation. So, here goes…

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A Step in the Right Direction by Naomi Buck Palagi

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IU Northwest Chancellor Lowe recently commissioned a salary study report, and there have been some very positive results. For example, the pay for Adjunct Instructors, which had been static for many years, has gone up significantly starting this fall. This was a very encouraging sign. Additionally, a 3% increase has been made to the support staff and service maintenance salary schedule at IUN, effective July 1, 2011. While not a huge increase, this is good news for new people hiring in to IUN, and also good news for those who may be at the top of their schedules, as they will be able to receive pay raises as part of their salary, which can also go toward their other benefits. Unfortunately, those are the only two groups of people who benefitted, because although all tiers of the schedule had a 3% numeric increase, this increase was not applied to those who are already working in the middle ranges.

When to File an Accident Report

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When You Should File An Accident Report

By Jane Goldsmith

Some IU staff think they only need to file an accident report for an on-the-job injury when they have to go to Promptcare for medical care. That is not the case. Any kind of injury – even those that do not warrant a trip to Promptcare – should be reported.

When the injury form is filled out and filed, more than your name is noted. The university notes other information completed on the form – where the injury happened, what part of the body was involved, and whether you needed medical care, among other things. If necessary, it is included in the OSHA 300 log that is filed annually.

As part of the IU/CWA Joint Safety Committee duties, we also review the injury data. We use information from the forms to try to identify patterns of injuries and where they occur, to see if we can identify problem areas.

IUN Mutual Gains Meeting shows promise

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Mutual Gains Meeting at IUN Shows Promise
by Naomi Palagi
The April 2011 meeting for Mutual Gains at IUN was a first for the campus. In attendance from CWA Local 4730 were VP Audrea Gant-Davis, member Mary Hackett, and member Naomi Palagi, as well as IUN Human Resources Director Carolyn Hartley and Vice-Chancellor Joe Pellicciotti. Items on the agenda were employee evaluations, the synchronous TIME system, and orientation/ training for new employees.
The employee evaluation form which is used on our campus is a one-size-fits-all form. One possible solution to dissatisfaction with the evaluation form was to require the job descriptions (written either as percentages or amounts of time for each duty) to be attached to every annual evaluation. It was agreed to try to come up with a solution (such as attaching job descriptions, revising the form, or other) by the end of the year 2011, to be in place for the February 2012 annual evaluation.

Health Incentive Plan

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Health Incentive Plan – Will IU keep up with the Joneses?
-By Rachel M. McCann

With the new Health Incentive Plan (HIP) already underway at IU, many employees are anxious to see exactly what the final plan will be like. This led me to question whether there are similar plans already in effect at other universities/companies and how IU’s current plan compares to what “the Joneses” are doing.

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