The Joint Health Management Board (JHMB) functions ensure that the District’s employee-benefit plans meet the requirements of each union’s collective bargaining agreement and contracts, while maintaining the most affordable benefits available for both the District and its employees and retirees. It is comprised of members from several groups working within the Fresno Unified School District, including management and representatives from each of the unions with members working within the District.
Meet the JHMB
Meet the JHMB – Interview Features
The District’s Joint Health Management Board (JHMB) continuously strives to build and maintain a cost-effective healthcare program for our employees, retirees, and their families. Through relentless reviews, difficult discussions, and meticulous management, Labor and Management work together to provide you and your family with a health plan and wellness program to support you along your path to better health. Take a moment to meet a few of your JHMB Directors, learn about the Plan, and how it has affected the lives of our members.
Our Work Affect LivesI know that the work I do on the JHMB makes a difference in the lives of my colleagues across the District. For me, the prescription drug plan has been very helpful in getting medications cheaper for my family. The telehealth service has also been a great supplement to seeing my primary care physician.
Final ThoughtsThe JHMB is made of people just like you – all different people with different backgrounds, trying to save money for our members and offer you better healthcare. So, I ask you, to look at all your healthcare offers. You’d be surprised what you find out – I know I was! As a final note, I want to specifically thank our Administrators, Professional Staff, and all of Labor for being so welcoming, supportive, and working together to get higher quality medical care for our members.
Our Work Affect LivesThe JHMB’s wellness offerings have supported my passion for staying healthy and fit, especially as I get older. Over the years, I have had a cooking class, fitness classes, flu shot clinics, and health screenings at my site. The Wellness Challenges have motivated me to push myself and given me a great team of amazing ladies to partner with for the walks/runs – thanks Shauna and Lisa! All these wonderful programs are FREE and some even come with perks – did I mention gift cards? If you have never used the services of the EAP, then I highly encourage you to look into this amazing program. I called them when my mother needed in-home care and I felt overwhelmed by the process of finding someone myself. They did all the research for me and sent me a list of recommendations in her area, complete with background information and ratings. What a source of support for me and my family!
Final ThoughtsMany employees do not know about and/or use the incredible programs and services provided by the District’s Health and Wellness Plan. We at the JHMB have continually made it our mission to eliminate barriers and provide support to all of our members on their journey to better health and improved quality of life. It is my heartfelt wish that more people take the opportunity to join a fitness class, put together a team for a wellness challenge, try PlushCare Telehealth, get their annual physical and flu shot, as well as take care of their mental health. You must know that each everyone on the JHMB is committed to YOU – the dedicated employees and retirees of the Fresno Unified School District!
Our Work Affect LivesOne of the great benefits of our health plan is the PlushCare Telehealth app. Using the service, I can receive an in-home appointment from a qualified health professional, along with access to quality medications, from the comfort and convenience of my own home – which is especially helpful in this Covid-19 era. I’m thankful for the JHMB offering this type of personal care for myself and my family.
Final ThoughtsI wish our fellow employees knew the kind of time and effort that each member of the JHMB dedicates – without any monetary incentives – to ensure that our employees and their families have access to a high quality healthcare plan. Not only do we ensure that the plan has a stable foundation – medical, dental, and vision benefits – but also a host of other offerings to ensure individuals are able to take care of any medical needs today, as well as help monitor and/or prevent health conditions in the future. From the Employee Assistance Program and the annual wellness screenings to group fitness classes and wellness challenges (through the WellPATH Program), we provide well-rounded health and wellness offerings – many of which are FREE.
Our Work Affect LivesTwo years ago I started dyeing my hair – HOT HOT PINK! I did this from the first day of October to the last day to bring awareness to the plague of the 21st century: CANCER. This past September, I lost a dear friend – Doc (Tim Liles) – to this filth. Preventative care is just as important as finding a way of eradicating this robber of life, this disfigurer, this disease. Many preventative care services are covered 100% when delivered by a network provider to all benefited employees. No cost what-so-ever. No co-pay, no deductible, no out-of-pocket. FREE! Keep this grimness from entering and destroying your life, your family’s life, as well as your friends, and acquaintances life, please. Get screened and get checkups when they are due. I know Doc would agree with me. Doc was totally into service: helping others, and making a profound difference in everything for the betterment of everyone.
Final ThoughtsThe only way to keep JHMB’s healthcare cost down is for JHMB plan participants to be an active partner in their healthcare. They need to be proactive in maintaining their health. Get screened and get checkups when they are due. Many preventative care services are covered 100% when delivered by a network provider to all FUSD benefited employees. No cost what-so-ever. No co-pay, no deductible, no out-of-pocket. FREE! For more information: www.JHMBHealthConnect.com/preventive-care-services. This is the only way JHMB will be able to keep healthcare cost down, but there is a more important reason. This will also improve the quality of life. To be happier, healthier, and more productive in all aspects of one’s life – the core mission of the JHMB.
Our Work Affect LivesIn this fast-paced environment, PlushCare has quickly become the number one resource for my medical needs. PlushCare allows me the flexibility to schedule a telemedicine appointment with a trusted doctor without taking up my entire day. While I was in graduate school, multiple times I schedule a telemedicine appointment as I was walking out of work. Through the PlushCare platform, my doctor had the ability to send my prescription needs to a pharmacy of my choice. I was then able to pick up my medication on the way home from school. PlushCare allows me to fold my medical needs into my day, instead of taking up my entire day. An absolute game changer! The JHMB also offers Wellness Challenges geared towards promoting healthy habits and lifestyles. I joined my first walking/running challenge in March 2020, and quickly realized that my mood and demeanor were substantially better the more I moved. I decided to join my first 10k (6.2 mile) race in March and am now training for my first marathon (26.2 miles!). I have discovered a passion for running, positive lifestyle and habit choices, and an amazing community of individuals who help motivate me throughout my journey. Did I mention the wellness challenges are free to join AND you can win prizes? Sign me up!
Final ThoughtsThe JHMB includes a diverse group of members from the management classification and from each labor group. The JHMB also contracts various professional consultants to help guide the team as we review and explore the best healthcare decisions for our members. From my experience, every individual that sits on the JHMB brings forth a unique skill set that helps strengthen the team. I truly believe we take on these additional roles and responsibilities because we care about the health and livelihood of each and every one of our members, and it shows in each meeting I have attended. There is an incredible amount of passion in the meetings every single month.
List of JHMB Directors
The Fresno Unified School District’s Joint Health Management Board’s (JHMB) purpose is to continually:
- Share responsibility and to build unity between the District and the participating Employee Labor Units;
- Manage and maintain the highest quality health benefits possible on behalf of Active and Retired Employees;
- Promote informed and proactive decisions regarding health benefits in the most cost-effective, innovative and efficient manner;
- Develop and promote wellness education; and
- Enable participants to become informed and responsible health care consumers.