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What you need to know about genetics and employee health

Hayley Decker

And how employers can help shape the future of healthcare

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At Color, we believe genomics will inevitably be a part of everyone’s approach to staying healthy.

We’ve reached a point where genetic testing can help prevent late stage hereditary disease by enabling early risk assessment and detection — the risk levels are established, there are methods of combating that risk that are proven to be effective, and it’s affordable to test entire populations.

This form of precision prevention can have dramatic implications for patients, and for the employers that share the cost of their healthcare.

“As citizens, instability has been deliberately introduced into our healthcare system. But as corporations, we have the opportunity to leverage our purchasing power and set an example for how things should work. We are driving the next generation of healthcare in this country and it’s time businesses hold themselves accountable for change.” — Laszlo Bock, Former SVP of People Operations at Google

Levi Strauss & Co., Visa, and SAP are just a few of the forward-thinking employers who have looked to genetics to help tackle cancer and cardiovascular disease — and have empowered their employees in a meaningful way as a result.

If you’re in the benefits world, you’ve probably heard quite a bit of buzz around genetic testing and its impact on preventive health, but may be wondering what it’s really all about.

That’s why we created the Genetics and Employee Health handbook. Inside, you’ll get a quick introduction to genetic testing as an employee health benefit: how it works, how it can impact employees and their families, and how it’s transforming healthcare within large organizations.

Get your copy here.


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