Personal Health and Well-being Assessment (PHA) - Your Plan for Health

Personal Health and Well-being Assessment (PHA)

A Personal Health and Well-being Assessment (PHA) (also referred as health risk assessment, health risk appraisal and health assessment) is one of the most widely used screening tools in the field of health promotion and is often the first step in a multi-component health promotion program.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define a PHA as “a systematic approach to collecting information from individuals that identifies risk factors, provides individualized feedback, and links the person with at least one intervention to promote health, sustain function and/or prevent disease.”  Commonly, a PHA incorporates three key elements – an extended questionnaire, a risk calculation or score and some form of feedback.

How to Complete The PHA

The PHA, found in your Virgin Pulse portal or Virgin Pulse mobile app (located under “Programs”) is an online self-evaluation of your overall wellness and only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

screenshot to visually locate the PHA, found under "programs" tab

After you take the PHA, Virgin Pulse will tailor specific programs to you and customize your experience based on your goals.

In previous years, you may have noticed that once you completed a Biometric Health Screening, your biometric screening data would be pre-loaded for you in the Health section of your PHA.  Starting in 2018, this will no longer occur.  When manually entering your biometric screening data into the PHA, please use the most recent values you remember.

By annually completing two steps, the PHA and a verified Biometric Health Screening, enrolled employees can reduce the cost of their medical contributions by $25 per month and enrolled spouse can earn an additional $15 per month.

Log in to Virgin Pulse to complete your PHA

Confirm Completion

When your PHA has been processed, it will be reflected as complete in your “REWARDS” tab with a checkmark and date.  You need a complete PHA and verified Biometric Health Screening to earn Premium Credit.

When you see both checkmarks you have earned your Premium Credit. Log in to Virgin Pulse and select “REWARDS” to view your status.


Confirm PHA Credit Received

To confirm you are receiving the PHA Credit, go to your paystub and look under “Earnings and Hours”. You should receive the PHA Credit for the first time within 30 days after completing the PHA and verified biometric screening.