Andover Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski was re-elected to the MIIA Inc. Board for a three-year term. Halifax Selectman Kim Roy was newly elected to the MIIA Inc. Board, also for a three-year term.
The MIIA Property and Casualty Group re-elected three board members to two-year terms. Re-elected were Middleton Town Administrator Ira Singer, Danvers Town Manager Wayne Marquis, and Marshfield Town Administrator Rocco Longo.
The trustees of the MIIA Health Benefits Trust elect board members each January at the trustees meeting. This year, two new trustees were elected. Chelmsford Town Manager Paul Cohen was elected to complete the final two years of a three-year term expiring in 2016, and Manchester-by-the-Sea Town Administrator Greg Federspiel was elected to fill the final year of a three-year term expiring in 2015. Stapczynski was re-elected to a three-year term.
The Wellness Program announced Excellence in Wellness awards for a large Health Trust account and for a small Health Trust account.
• Award for Excellence in Wellness for a Large Health Trust Account: Franklin
The Franklin wellness team meets at least two or three times a year and expresses a high level of enthusiasm for employee wellness. They are always eager to put a wellness agenda together and are open to two new programs.
A variety of programs were offered based on wellness needs. The programs targeted cost drivers such as hypertension, musculoskeletal conditions, weight loss, healthy diet and increased exercise. The Yoga program reached its maximum numbers so the team offered a second yoga program to accommodate employees on the wait list. In the MIIA Mediterranean Challenge, program participants walked 1,957 miles – a virtual walk across Italy!
Attendance for all programs has been high, with positive feedback. Leaders act as role models by participating in the programs. The wellness message is being supported throughout the town, and that is a good start toward cultivating a wellness culture.
• Award for Excellence in Wellness for a Small Health Trust Account: Middleton
Middleton town officials are all supportive of wellness activities. The town maintains an active wellness committee with representation from several departments. The committee meets two or three times a year and communicates often. They are interested in the positive impact wellness can have on the health of their employees. They are always eager to put a wellness agenda together and open to guidance from their MIIA Wellness representative. Surveys are distributed before and after all series programs.
Middleton establishes a wellness plan annually, but is always adaptable should the committee see the need for change. A variety of programs were offered to all employees in order to attract as many as possible. The committee plans programs that encourage participants to support each other.
Loss Control Awards
Awards for “Excellence in Loss Control” were presented to the following nine members of the MIIA Property and Casualty Group:
Award for Excellence in Loss Control - Eastern Massachusetts
• Amesbury: The city of Amesbury has emerged as a leader in risk management over the past few years. Again this year, the city earned nearly the maximum amount of MIIA Rewards credits. They have an active safety committee that is represented by all departments. The committee resolves issues that arise and follows up on them in a timely manner. The city takes advantage of the MIIA Grant Program by using the safety committee to determine the best use of funds. The Police and Fire departments continue to conduct in-house driver training for all staff.
• Essex: The town of Essex is a perennial loss control award winner. The town continues to have an active safety committee that develops goals and objectives. The committee sets the tone for risk management in the town, and each department takes its role very seriously. Each year, the town earns the maximum amount of MIIA Rewards credits and is first in line to take on new Rewards programs. Essex also makes use of the MIIA Grant Program every year to help fund concerns raised by the safety committee.
• Weston: Weston has been active in MIIA Loss Control since joining the MIIA program. One of the town’s first acts was to form a safety committee to help guide its risk management activities. Weston has actively participated all of MIIA’s driver training programs as well as many other training programs. The town consistently maintains a high level of participation in the MIIA Rewards program.
Award for Excellence in Loss Control - Central Massachusetts
• Ashby: The town of Ashby has exceeded MIIA’s loss control expectations by performing well within established benchmark goals since joining the MIIA program. The town’s loss experience is reflective of the efforts it puts into loss control. The town regularly contacts MIIA for loss control feedback on local projects, and officials consistently follow up on loss control recommendations. A recent focus on emergency management is enabling the town to better prepare, respond and recover from an emergency.
• Lunenburg: The town of Lunenburg has consistently worked closely with MIIA’s Loss Control team since joining the program a few years ago. The town consistently consults with MIIA for loss control advice in areas that may result in claims. Officials recently implemented a fleet management program that is an area of concern locally. The Public Works Department maintains a focus on employee safety and conducts regular safety meetings. The efforts put forth by the town have resulted in excellent loss experience.
• New Salem: The town of New Salem has maintained exceptional loss experience for the past several years. The town consistently participates in the MIIA Rewards program. As a small community with limited resources, the town regularly consults with MIIA Loss Control staff for advice regarding activities in town. New Salem is willing to participate in new MIIA programs and is responsive to MIIA recommendations and communications.
Award for Excellence in Loss Control - Western Massachusetts
• Granby: The town of Granby has continuously maintained its loss experience well within MIIA’s loss control benchmark since entering the program several years ago. The town consistently participates in MIIA’s Rewards program and provides facilities for regional training programs conducted by MIIA. Town officials maintain regular communication with MIIA’s Loss Control team and proactively seek loss control guidance prior to undergoing projects that may impact loss experience.
• Longmeadow: The town of Longmeadow has an active safety committee that has met consistently for nearly a decade. The town suffered from poor loss experience for many years due to sewer backup claims. Over the past few years, town officials made a commitment to address this issue by allocating resources for corrective measures. Since the commitment to that program, the town’s loss experience has been dramatically reduced, and sewer backup claims have dropped off significantly. The town consistently participates in the MIIA Rewards program and is among the leading Western Massachusetts members in dollars earned in Rewards.
• Northampton: The city of Northampton has been an active and supportive member of the MIIA program for many years. The City Health and Safety Committee actively guides and coordinates the risk management program. In addition to participating in many of MIIA’s training programs, the city has maintained a high level of participation in the MIIA Rewards program.
John Kelly is MIIA’s Operations Manager.