DECEMBER 19, 2017
Action Group Comes on Strong! 2017 Review, 2018 Preview

"Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success." Henry Ford

Following one of the busiest years in recent memory, Action Group members took a breather last Friday to review 2017 accomplishments, preview 2018 plans, and discuss the wrap up of the 2017 Mental Health Learning Network.

"This has been an important year of members coming together -- and working together -- to make health care better for all Minnesotans," says Carolyn Pare, Action Group president and CEO. "We're looking forward to continuing our work in the New Year, uniting employers around common issues, amplifying the voice of those who write the checks for health care, and improving patient experiences and outcomes."

To view Friday's presentation, "Together Toward Tomorrow," please click here . It is available to members and non-members. Not yet a member? We hope you will consider joining us! View the presentation to learn more about the many possibilities for getting involved.

Advancing Mental Health in the Workplace

The brand-new Action Group guide, "Working Well in Minnesota," offers employers insights and actions for advancing mental health in the workplace. All Action Group members may access the guide by logging into the Member Center from the homepage
Participants in the 2017 Mental Health Learning Network discovered how far away we are from having true mental health parity, and helped develop the plans for accelerating change that are featured in this guide.    
"Because of the challenges our employees and their family members face when it comes to getting the mental health care they need, we knew it was imperative that we participate in this Learning Network," says Ken Horstman, senior director of Total Compensation for the University of Minnesota. "We will be making our collective expectations known in the marketplace in a way that is a powerful force for change."
"Together, we will begin fulfilling the promise of real parity, including finding ways to contribute to reducing stigma, improving access, addressing reimbursement schedules, and rewarding for outcomes."

                                    From a recent blog by Deb Krause, Action Group Vice President,
                                   "Mental Health Parity: It's Time to Fulfill the Promise!"
Having "The Conversation" About Advance Directives

It's a topic many people are hesitant to discuss with loved ones, but most agree is an important one: End-of-life health care wishes.

It starts with what is called a health care directive and, according to a Minnesota Department of Health Survey, only 32 percent of Minnesota adults have completed one. Fortunately, there are excellent local resources to help introduce this topic at home and in the workplace.  
Senior Sales Executive Position Open at Aetna

A new senior sales executive position has opened to support the joint venture between Aetna and Allina.

Job duties include sales, retention and new business development; relationship building and networking; national account sales strategies; staff mentoring and development; complex negotiations. To apply, visit and follow these steps:  
  1. Select "About Us," then "Aetna Careers"
  2. Type in the job requisition number in the "Key Words" field (47412BR)
  3. Follow the application prompts

Did you know Action Group members may post open positions in our newsletters at no charge? Please contact Sue Jesseman ( if you would like to learn more. 

Network, Learn, Share!   
Update on Member Meetings and Events   
We are gathering opinions from our members about which meeting topics are of highest interest. Once this is complete, we will send out a notice that includes all topics and dates for 2018. We hope you will save these dates, breaking away from your daily routine to network, innovate, and share best practices with your colleagues.  
We look forward to a New Year filled with great opportunities to learn and grow together, as we strive to change the way health care works so people get the care they need, at the right time, at the right price, with the best possible outcomes. Together, we will continue to accomplish more than any of us can alone! 
Public Meetings and Events:     

"We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential."

                                                                            Ellen Goodman