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July 8, 2020

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Behavioral health: Taking a broader approach for your workforce

As work and life stressors continue to increase, especially during the COVID‑19 pandemic, finding ways to best support your employees facing behavioral health challenges and encourage a healthy workforce are top priorities. With over 200 million workdays lost each year due to mental health conditions and the soaring costs associated with behavioral health conditions, employers need impactful solutions.

Finding our way forward means broadening the approach to addressing behavioral health. That's why, with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, we created Making Full Health the Focus, a complimentary eBook that offers valuable insights to help your organization approach behavioral health holistically and overcome key obstacles to whole‑person care.

Inside, you'll find the tools and resources you need to take a full‑on approach to behavioral health, including:

Improving access
Increase availability and convenience of care while improving overall affordability

Integrating care
Coordinate care to treat both physical and behavioral health conditions equally

Reducing stigma
Foster an open dialogue to drive employee awareness of behavioral health

Creating a culture of health
Support broader benefits and wellness programs that promote healthy lifestyles and support the changing workplace in light of COVID‑19

The work Independence has done with Penn Medicine on an integrated care program that has mental health clinicians working side by side with primary care providers is also featured in the eBook. It's time to make whole health the focus. Download our complimentary eBook at

Join our webcast on behavioral health later this month

On July 30 at 2 p.m. EST, the Vice President of Medical Affairs at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Dr. Vincent Nelson, will host a webcast on Bringing Full Health into Focus. I will send more information about the webcast next week. In the meantime, if you are interested in joining, you can register at            

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