Renae Coombs

BENEFITS, WELLNESS & COMPENSATION MANAGER, SAIF CORPORATION

Renae Coombs works as a Human Resource Manager and has implemented a strong wellness program that has steady participation rates at 98% companywide for the last five years. She works at SAIF Corporation, an Oregon workers’ compensation company that has just under 1,000 employees. Their wellness programs include activity tracking devices and platform, annual biometric screening and health assessment, and an onsite health clinic. She has created an incentive and engagement program that has worked and has the metrics and data to support it. As participation skyrocketed at SAIF and her budget costs tripled as a result, there was a lot of internal debate on whether or not the cost was worth the results. After many years of steady measurements, record high engagement, and a big budget, she has a lot of philosophical opinions on when incentives hurt and when they help.

Every wellness professional is looking for the key to engagement in improving health, and not just trying to pay someone to participate in a program to get an incentive and stop. Renae has created a local networking group with 300 other Oregon employers and has consulted and worked with them for the last four years to try and make Oregon a healthy state. Through her own programs, and working with the experience of others, she brings a true practitioner perspective and insight.

In her personal life, she is married with three kids and is a true Oregonian. Her family hikes, backpacks, camps and spends time outdoors (even when it rains).

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What they think?

“I have been involved in the healthcare industry for over 20 years and have seen the growth and evolution of corporate wellness programs. After exploring the curriculum for the Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® and attending the annual conference I realized how much there is to learn and how valuable this program is for anyone supporting corporate wellness programs. The course provided insight into the ever changing legal and regulatory environment in addition to providing me with an opportunity to meet and network with leaders in the industry.”

Daphne Bascom

“I have decided to make the Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® a job requirement for our Business Development Managers”

Jeff Thoms

“After diving into the curriculum for the Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist®, I realized how valuable the program is to anyone in a corporate wellness position. Best practices, legal issues, population health, standards and learning about how top programs have structured their wellness programs was invaluable to me!”

Carrie Kass

“The realm of Healthy Wellbeing and Wellness is ever changing and by going through the CCWS program and obtaining certification it has given me the knowledge and additional expertise to take our internal and external programming to the next level. Healthy Wellbeing is not a “one size fits all” and obtaining certification has provided our organization and myself a skill set and “brand-ability” to assist our employee’s and the community we serve to be the best form of “you” they can be”

Stefanie Knisley

“It’s important to me to have the opportunity to obtain my Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® because it put me in a good light with my peers and the marketplace. It also adds to the credentials of the individuals at our organization, so when we go into the boardroom of prospective clients, they understand that we know what we’re talking about.”

Alison Sugg

“I have a strong passion to learn and a desire to help people whenever possible. This certification provides me with a sense of accomplishment in my pursuit to be a lifelong learner and a feeling of confidence to design a wellness program that can improve the well-being of others.”

Eleni Levins

“Health and Wellness has always been a big part of who I am in both my personal life and wellness focused career. Taking the CCWS® course has provided me not only security and ability to grow in my personal life and career, but the knowledge and confidence needed to assist my organization and its employees in our mission of overall well-being for ourselves and the communities we serve. I look forward to continued growth through Corporate Health and Wellness Association in the ever changing world of wellness.”

Dawn Gillispie

“I made a presentation yesterday to a large corporation. When I told them that I was a Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® they said, ‘We want to do business with you because you know what you’re talking about’.”

Alex Hixon

“I highly recommend the Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® Course to anyone and everyone involved in corporate health and wellness, from Exercise Physiologists to Personal Trainers to HR management. The course videos are robust with information, as is the ‘Engaging Wellness’ book and course summary workbook. The exam is certainly not easy, but the course and the book will prepare you appropriately.”

Jennifer White

“In the ever growing, ever developing field of corporate wellness it’s important to stay relevant, knowledgeable and credible, which is what the CCWS® has done for me. Being recognized with the CCWS® qualification ensures I’m on top of best practices and understand customized wellness programs, which further provides confidence to fulfill my responsibilities and support our employees on their path to overall well-being.”

Katy Keene

“I decided to pursue my CCWS certification after several years of assisting with our wellness program and I decided it was time to take ownership of the program and move into more of a leadership position. The certification allows others to see how personally invested I am in this role and dedicated to bringing them the most current information in the field of wellness.”

Bailey Duke

“I was very excited for the opportunity to go through the CCWS online certification. I have other wellness certifications and I think there is always more to learn, because things are always changing. It was valuable to hear real examples from others in the field on what they are doing, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and being able to apply key takeaways to your own programs.”

Missy Jenson