A Birdseye View of a Know Your Numbers Screening

If you’ve wondered what happens at a Know Your Numbers Screening, here’s the scoop.  Mike Loomis or another representative from the Department of Administrative Services arrives at the facility sometime before 8:00 a.m. to begin setting up. They are joined by the Hooper Holmes health examiners who provide the testing for the workers who typically begin arriving at 9:00 a.m.  (Hooper Holmes has been contracted by Anthem to do this work.)

According to Mike Loomis, he and Hooper Holmes examiners have conducted about 40 clinics since the executive branch contract was ratified and hope to reach 100 clinics by the end of the year. Approximately 2,000 workers have attended a screening so far.

How can they do that, you ask?  The typical start up time is 9:00 a.m.  A worker can be scheduled every ten minutes until 5:00 p.m. The two-person team has screened as many as 100 people in a single day and is very skilled at providing the testing, test results and offering health-related education if needed – all of that while remaining friendly, responsive, and enthusiastic.

The lead examiner, Lori Sierra, pays a site visit three days in advance of each worksite clinic to determine how the event will be laid out. She also makes sure all of the equipment is in place and correctly functioning.  She checks the calibration of every machine and even makes sure there is back up equipment in the event any machine may go on the blink.

The process hums along so well, that workers get the results of the blood work within 10 minutes. The examiner will recommend that the worker see a physician if the results warrant it.

“We make every effort to keep everything confidential,” said Lori.  “We never verbalize someone’s test results, for instance when we weigh the person, we never say the weight out loud.”

From this visitor’s standpoint, attending a Know Your Numbers clinic is a great benefit.  However, there are worksites that are not eligible to host a clinic. A minimum of 24 workers must register for a clinic to take place.

The alternative way to participate in a Know Your Numbers activity is explained here.

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