The City of Tifton has been selected by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) to receive one of the Employee Health & Wellbeing Incentive Grants awarded statewide to promote worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of city employees and family members. This is the City’s second consecutive year receiving this grant.
Awards are made to members of the GMA GMEBS Life and Health Insurance Fund, underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, based on a city’s commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion.
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 GMA offers wellbeing services to all member cities through LGRMS, a not-for-profit agency operated jointly with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.
As part of the grant process, the City designated a Health Promotion Champion, Natasha Patrick, to develop a workplace health promotion action plan and attend Local Government Risk Management Services’ (LGRMS) High Impact Health Promotion Champion training. LRGMS Health Promotion Services Manager, Sherea Robinson, said “GMA has made a strong commitment to helping Cities that help employees become engaged in Health and Wellbeing Programs. This is the first step in order to do that and we appreciate the commitment that the City of Tifton has made.”
The GMA – GMEBS is available to all Georgia Municipal Association members. Currently, several cities, authorities, and regional commissions participate in the health plan. All cities, authorities, and regional commissions participating in the GMA – GMEBS are eligible to apply for the Health & Wellbeing Incentive Grants on an annual basis. GMA is pleased to support the City of Tifton in this important endeavor.