Personal Health Assessment (PHA) & Biometric Screening
Our Purpose. Your Journey.
Eligible individuals who complete their PHA and biometric screening will receive a $125 incentive, and receive information about programs and services that may carry additional rewards!
Personal Health Assessment
The PHA is a confidential, self-administered questionnaire that asks a series of questions about your lifestyle habits, health history and current health status, taking about 15 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the PHA survey and received a biometric screening, you will be given a personalized report with your results and recommendations about making healthy lifestyle choices.
A biometric screening is an easy method of assessing your risk for potential health conditions by measuring your:
- Height, weight, waist circumference and body mass index (BMI)
- Blood pressure and heart rate
- Total lipid panel, including total cholesterol, high density lipoproteins (HDL), non HDL, low density lipoproteins (LDL) and triglycerides
- Blood glucose
The screening is done by a registered nurse with the employee wellness program. At your scheduled appointment, the nurse will perform a finger stick to obtain a small sample of blood which is analyzed using on-site technology. The results are available within minutes. Your nurse will review your results with you and provide recommendations on how to make your health and wellness even better.
- Before your biometric screening
Fasting (nothing other than water for at least 8 hours) prior to your screening is not required. If you prefer to obtain fasting results, please schedule your appointment at a time that would allow you to fast for at least 8 hours but no longer than 12 hours.
- Set up an on-site clinic
We know it can be challenging to find time to schedule your biometric screening. That's why we're willing to come to you! Our team can set up a clinic in your department, office or building.
If you have an upcoming biometric screening in your department, please help us spread the word by downloading the flyer below and posting in an appropriate location. Thank you for promoting wellness in the workplace!
- Get your numbers from your doctor
The employee wellness program is a trusted resource to conveniently get your biometric numbers — at no cost to you— to help you achieve your optimum level of health. If you prefer, you can also use numbers obtained from your doctor in the current calendar year by asking them to fill out the provider lab form. The form includes all the values you will need in order to complete your PHA. Please note that lab values received from a doctor’s appointment may be subject to co-pays or other associated fees, and must be from the current calendar year.
- Privacy notice
The information you share in the PHA and the results of your biometric screenings are kept confidential and are protected by several laws, including HIPAA and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the University’s internal policies. The information will be used only to promote your health and may be forwarded to your personal physician or to other University health plans for purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations. Specifically, the University of Rochester Health Care Plans (including condition management coaching, lifestyle management programs, and Behavioral Health Partners) and Life-Work Connections/EAP are part of an Organized Health Care Arrangement, which means that protected health information can be shared among those plan components for purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations without the need for your consent or authorization to use or disclose your health information to carry out these functions. Only University employees and vendors responsible for administering those plans, such as employees who work in the Office of Total Rewards, the School of Nursing, the Center for Community Health & Prevention, and Behavioral Health Partners, who perform services for the plan, have access to protected health information. Those employees are trained on privacy procedures and are subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply. The types of information obtained in the Personal Health Assessment (PHA) include demographics and employment information, lifestyle habits, and personal medical history.