IBI Employer Case Study
A SCHOOL DISTRICT LINKS TEACHER HEALTH TO COST SAVINGS AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Federal education mandates and urban challenges motivated a school district to take a broader approach to medical costs and employee productivity.
The 41st largest school district in the nation, Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) serves more than 83,000 students in Nashville, TN. In 2006, MNPS benefits management established a goal to improve the health of its teachers, with the expectation that this would enhance teacher productivity and, in turn, improve student achievement.
In 2012, the District generated savings of $2.8 million via the 2,300 employees using onsite clinics as their medical homes. Equally important, it has shown a correlation between teacher wellness ratings and student scores on ACT national tests.
Cost reduction is not a stand-alone goal at MNPS, it must link to improved teacher performance that improves student achievement and teacher retention. “Like all urban school districts, we struggle with student achievement standards mandated in federal laws such as ‘No Child Left Behind,’” notes David Hines, Director, Employee Benefit Services.