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Wellness Coordinator Resources and Training

Wellness Coordinator Resources and Training


Governor Pete Wilson signed Executive Order W-119-95 on April 4, 1995. The Order recognizes that the physical and mental well-being of the State work force can be improved through work site health promotion focusing on preventative medicine, exercise, nutrition, stress management, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol avoidance, and accident prevention. The order acknowledges that a healthier work force can result in higher quality work, improved morale and productivity, reduced absenteeism, and lower healthcare and workers' compensation costs. It states that each State department shall dedicate resources to coordinate a wellness program or arrange to cooperate with other departments in their agency or their geographic proximity for program coordination.

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is charged by the Governor with developing a core program to serve as the central clearinghouse of health and fitness promotion and illness prevention information statewide.

Each state department is responsible for implementing an employee wellness program at their worksite utilizing existing funds, resources, and support.


The American Heart Association

According to the American Heart Association, most heart disease is preventable with better diet and more exercise. By providing a variety of wellness activities, we can help reduce our employees' risk for heart disease, increase productivity and morale, and reduce health insurance costs. Get your department involved in the Annual State Employee Heart Walk and help your employees take steps toward leading an active and healthy life.

Carrier Council

We have convened a Carrier Council to assist in making Healthier U a sustainable wellness program as well as provide resources and support to department wellness programs statewide. Our Carrier Council partners include:

  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • ​Delta Dental
  • Health Net of California
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Magellan (EAP)
  • Premier Access
  • SafeGuard/MetLife
  • Sharp Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • VSP
  • Western Dental
  • Western Health Advantage


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    • Healthier U Connections is an online wellness service available to all state employees. Departments are highly encouraged to sign up as an affiliation and will receive the benefit of aggregate health data specific to their employee population which can help inform wellness efforts to target their employees’ health and well-being needs.
  • Healthier U is the California workplace wellness program— by state employees for state employees. The Healthier U Playbook is a step-by-step guide to implement the Healthier U framework at your department.  

Wellness Coordinator Training

 CalHR is developing training to educate coordinators on general wellness program duties, assist them in implementing Healthier U Connections and other activities, and applying wellness program best practices


2019: Wellness Coordinator of the Year

2019 Wellness Coordinator of the Year, Susan Coffin 



Susan Coffin
Covered California
Learn about Susan's leadership of the Covered California
Healthier U program PDF | RTF





Wellness Coordinator Honor Club

CalHR established the Wellness Coordinator Honor Club to recognize the dedication of wellness coordinators committed to improving the health and well-being of fellow state employees at their department.

Healthier U Wellness Team, California Department of Public Health

Jeri Foley, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Nellie Wafer, State Compensation Insurance Fund

Department Highlight

This year we recognized the efforts of executive leadership actively engaging in employee wellness, empowering the wellness coordinator, supporting the Healthier U model, and creating a culture of health.

Executive Leadership Engagement: Covered California


Thien Lien, Director of the Program Integrity Division at Covered California accepts award from Adria Jenkins-Jones, Chief Deput Previous award recipients


For more information, or to add your Wellness Coordinator to the distribution list, contact the Statewide Wellness Program Manager at
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  Updated: 4/15/2019
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