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Information about upcoming health risk assessment event:

This web page contains information about the upcoming health risk assessment event:

  • Health Risk Assessment requirements
  • How to register for the Health Risk Assessment 
  • Physician screening information
  • What to bring to your Health Risk Assessment appointment
  • What precautions are being taken in regards to COVID
  • Flu shot clinic schedule
  • Helpful links
  • Frequently asked questions about the Health Risk Assessment process

Health insurance is an important tool for your personal health and wellness. Every year Northwest hosts the Health Risk Assessments, sponsored by our health care provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. The Health Risk Assessment provides important information about your health and can help detect or prevent major chronic illness. We encourage you to understand your numbers and risks and feel empowered to make more informed choices regarding your health.

Health Risk Assessment requirements

The Health Risk Assessments will begin Thursday, Oct. 22. This is a free event for all Northwest employees and spouses covered by the University health insurance plan. Both employees and spouses on the plan are required to complete the Health Risk Assessment. The Health Risk Assessment consists of two parts, the biometric screening and the online health risk assessment. For your Health Risk Assessment to be complete, you must participate in both activities. The online health risk assessment can be completed at anytime prior to your scheduled biometric screening and through November 27.

The Health Risk Assessment will be offered on the following days and times:

  • Thursday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 23 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 26 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Northwest employees and spouses covered by the health insurance plan who choose not to participate in the Health Risk Assessments will experience a premium differential of $20 per month for health insurance starting in January of 2021 (premium differential will begin on your December 2020 paycheck). For employees and spouses, that will be $20 each for a total of $40.

How to register for the Health Risk Assessment

Employees and spouses must register for an appointment to attend the Health Risk Assessment. There are multiple options available to register for an appointment:

  1. You can go to the Blue Cross Blue Shield website to register through the A Healthier You portal, at www.bluekc.com (recommended browser: Google Chrome). Click here to see instructions for accessing A Healthier You through the BCBS website. Click here for instructions on how to register for your biometric screening appointment through A Healthier You.
  2. You can download the Blue KC-A Healthier You app to register for an appointment
  3. You can register by calling 1-888-708-8807, Option 1, to schedule an appointment over the phone (employees and spouses will still need to login to the website or the app to complete the online health risk assessment)


Employees and spouses logging into either the website or app for the first time will be required to answer preliminary health questions to set up your profile. Please note, these questions are not the online health risk assessment questions. Registration and the online health risk assessment can be completed once you've answered the preliminary health questions. You may also stop by the Office of Human Resources for assistance with registering for an appointment.

Physician screening information

Employees or spouses covered by the plan who are unable to attend the Health Risk Assessment event on campus have the option of completing a Physician Screening Form as part of your annual physical with your personal physician. Please see the attached Physician Screening Form document for directions how to access this form. You can then complete the online Health Risk Assessment to finish the process. The Physician Screening Form is due to Blue Cross Blue Shield by Nov. 13, 2020 (The online health risk assessment can be completed at anytime prior to your scheduled biometric screening and through November 27).

What to bring to your Health Risk Assessment appointment

Participants who register online will receive an email from service@ehealthscreenings.com confirming your health screening appointment. We encourage you to bring with you the appointment confirmation number referenced in the email, however, you will still be allowed to enter the event if you don't have your confirmation number with you.

What precautions are being taken in regards to COVID

  • Participants must wear a face covering during the visit in accordance with CDC recommendations on face coverings. Members without a face covering will be required to reschedule or will not be able to participate in the event.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided for participants to use as they enter and exit the screening area.
  • Entry points will be streamlined and signage will be used to direct traffic flow and to maintain social distancing.
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive at their appointment time to avoid crowding in the waiting area.
  • The check in table and waiting area will be outside of the event room, if possible, to help reduce the number of people in the screening area at one time.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own pen for signing paperwork at the event.
  • Room size is appropriate to allow for social distancing before and during the screenings.
  • Participants that answer “Yes” to any of the pre-screening questions below will turned away.
    • Do you have any reason to believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
    • Do you have any of the following symptoms?
      • Fever (>100.4 in the past 3 days)
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath
      • New loss of taste or smell
  • Technicians continue to use a new pair of gloves for each participant.
  • Technicians continue to sanitize hands between each participant.
  • Technicians will wear face masks and eye protection.
  • All technicians will answer COVID-19 pre-screening questions prior to going onsite. If the technicianhad fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 24 hours, they will not be allowed to work.
  • Technicians will continue to sanitize their stations with disinfectant wipes between each participant.

Flu shot clinic schedule

Flu shot clinics are being offered during Health Risk Assessments. You must bring your BCBS membership ID card to this event to receive a flu shot. Flu shots will be available during the following days and times in conjunction with the Health Risk Assessments in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom:

  • Thursday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 23 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Helpful links

Forgot username and password help on mybluekc.com

How to access A Healthier You from your mybluekc.com account

How to register for the biometric screening through A Healthier You

How to complete the online health risk assessment questionnaire

How to download the Physician Screening Form

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I cannot participate in the Health Risk Assessment on campus?

You can schedule your annual physical with your personal physician by following the instructions on the attached Physician Screening Form. You can then complete the online health risk assessment  to finish the process. You have until Nov. 13, 2020, to submit the Physician Screening Form. The online health risk assessment must be completed by Nov. 27.

What happens if I do not participate in the Health Risk Assessment or use the Physician Screening Process?

Employees and spouses covered by the plan who choose not to participate in the Health Risk Assessments will experience a premium differential of $20 per month for health insurance starting in January of 2021. The premium differential will be reflected beginning with the December 2019 paycheck. 

Who sees my personal results from the Health Risk Assessment?

Your results from the event are seen by only your event screener. If you have a chronic condition and are referred into the Condition Management Program, your nurse will have access to the same information.

How long does it take to complete the Health Risk Assessment?

Blue Cross Blue Shield will provide appropriate staffing to ensure our employees have a positive experience and complete the assessment more efficiently. The estimated time to complete the process is 25 to 30 minutes.

Does the insurance company use this information to determine our rates?

No, this information is used to help make you aware of your health risks and inspire you to take action. The University and Blue Cross Blue Shield use the aggregate information to offer programs and services to help employees address their risks. 

Does the University get any of my personal Health Risk Assessment information?

The University doesn’t receive personal Health Risk Assessment information from its employees. The University receives aggregate information only. Some information it receives is the percentage of people who attended the event and the percentage of employees with risk factors, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Northwest and the Benefits and Wellness committee use this data to determine the tools and resources to offer employees.