As San Francisco struggles to control the cost of its health care obligations for government workers and retirees, it is putting more emphasis on actually improving its employees’ health.
New data suggest this emphasis is overdue.
A recent analysis of Kaiser Permanente users covered by The City’s Health Service System — the group of government employees considered healthiest — found that a staggering 66 percent of adults were obese or overweight. Meanwhile, 35 percent of dependent children were overweight or obese.
More than 100 city workers took advantage of free health screenings provided by a mobile trailer parked outside a government building last month, and the results were not good. Of the participants, 64 had elevated blood pressure, 14 had elevated blood sugar, 45 hadn’t had an eye exam in the past 24 months, 27 were told they needed to see their primary care physicians in short order, and 25 had not had checkups in two or more years. Read More
More changes are coming to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s staff.
Catherine Dodd plans to leave her post as the mayor’s deputy chief of staff overseeing health and human services, the Mayor’s Office said.
Beginning Oct. 5, Dodd will become interim director of The City’s Health Service System, filling the post following the resignation of Bart Duncan. Read More