Personal Health Assessment

Receive up to $45 for completing the Personal Health Assessment (PHA) each calendar year.

Access your PHA via Employee Self-Service. Click on “Benefits & Wellness." At the next screen, click on “Personal Health Assessment,” and then click “Continue to the PHA and Healthy Living Center." You will be required to log into the Employee Self-Service again. Click on “Personal Health Assessment,” then select “Quality Health Survey.”

Learn more about the Personal Health Assessment.

Personal Health Assessment Overview

The PHA survey tool consists of valid and reliable questions related to individual lifestyle practices and health-history factors that have the highest impact on individual health, and biometric measures to determine health status. Lifestyle questions focus on exercise, nutrition, diabetes risk, smoking, alcohol, stress, well-being and chronic health conditions.

Additionally, the PHA addresses a person’s “readiness to change” that allows for development of tailored interventions to meet specific needs. Some questions relate to how improved health status can lead to increased work performance.

The PHA should take 10-15 minutes to complete, and you may do so during work time. If you need to exit the survey before you reach the end, the program will save your answers for 14 days.

The IRS considers any monetary incentives or gift cards given to employees as cash equivalents which should be included in employees' taxable income regardless of the amount. Any cash incentive for completing the PHA will be reported to the payroll office the month you complete the PHA and reflected in your next month's paycheck. An employee may only earn the monetary incentive one time per calendar year.

Sample Questions from the PHA

Below are three questions taken directly from the Personal Health Assessment:

1. In general, would you say your health is:

  • Excellent
  • Very good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor

2. Do you have any of the following diseases or conditions?

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes mellitus 1 (juvenile onset)
  • Diabetes mellitus 2 (adult onset)
  • Immune disease

3. Do you eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day (a serving is 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables, one cup raw vegetables, one cup of salad, a piece of fruit or 3/4 cup of 100 percent fruit juice)?

  • No, and I do not intend to in the next six months
  • No, but I intend to in the next six months
  • No, but I intend to in the next 30 days
  • Yes, I have been, but for less than six months
  • Yes, I have been for more than six months.

Frequently Asked Questions About the PHA


You may take your Personal Health Assessment every 90 days. Meanwhile, you can review your feedback from your last Quality Health Survey by clicking on "Feedback Report" from the PHA page accessed through Employee Self Service. You can only earn the monetary incentive of up to $45 one time per calendar year.


All eligible employees can receive one-time annually the following amounts for participation in the Personal Health Assessment:

  • $25 for completion of the Personal Health Assessment survey
  • $20 for non-smoker status (as indicated by completion of two Personal Health Assessment related to smoking behavior

This incentive structure encourages the adoption of healthy behaviors. By following up with employees who face significant health risks and offering an incentive to stop using tobacco, we can improve employee health and reduce the costs of health care. We believe this helps our programs evolve and become even more effective in improving the health of our faculty and staff.


You receive an individualized report that identifies how you are doing in a number of health risk and lifestyle dimensions. The report provides you with recommendations for health improvement based on your level of readiness to make changes, and it directs you to campus and community resources.

When you complete the Personal Health Assessment, you also gain access to Personal Wellness Modules that include topic areas like exercise, nutrition, and stress management. You receive access to these programs based upon your answers to the PHA.

You also receive an annual incentive of up to $45.


You may complete the Personal Health Assessment during work time if your workload allows. It should take 15-20 minutes to complete.

Meetings with a Health Coach must be done on non-work time or by receiving permission from your supervisor. The same is true for participation in any subsequent liveWELL programs. If you are unable to participate on work time, you can use vacation time to participate.

Health Coach staff are available from 7:30-7:30 p.m. on most days of the week and at two campus locations, or via phone, email, or Skype.


At this time, liveWELL programs are only open to faculty and staff.


At this time, liveWELL programs are open to current faculty and staff only.


Log in to Employee Self Service and go to the Personal Health Assessment link.  Click "Continue to the PHA" and then "Quality Health Survey."  Here you'll see the date of your last PHA and when you are eligible to take it again.


You will be contacted by a liveWELL staff member after taking the Personal Health Assessment if your answers indicate an elevated risk for health conditions or a readiness to change a health-related lifestyle behavior. The feedback report you receive also identifies resources that you can contact directly. You can contact liveWELL at any time with questions about your report or our services.


With your consent, the information from the Personal Health Assessment and any referrals to a Health Coach or other liveWELL programs will be communicated directly to your health care provider. These programs are designed to work collaboratively with your health care provider and offer you resources that may be beneficial to your health. However, no communication will occur without your written consent.


The Personal Health Assessment survey tool consists of questions related to individual lifestyle practices and health history factors that have the highest impact on individual health, and biometric measures to determine health status.

Biometric measures are things like height, weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Lifestyle questions focus on exercise, nutrition, smoking, alcohol use, stress, and well-being.

Additionally, the PHA addresses a person’s “readiness to change” to support development of tailored interventions that meet specific needs. Completing the PHA every year provides for individual health risk reduction through follow-up coaching or referral to appropriate services.


Limited UI Wellness Staff have access to client and user information. Please review our privacy practice notice.

For participation in the Personal Health Assessment or Personal Wellness Modules, information will be stored on a secure system that resides with our third party vendor, Quality Health Solutions. Information will be reported in aggregate format only as in an annual report. Limited UI Wellness staff will have administrative access to individual and aggregate information.

Individual health information will not be reviewed with you or others without your specific consent. (Review our privacy practices notice.)


No. Your participation in the Personal Health Assessment and any other wellness programs is completely voluntary. While you will receive an up to $45 incentive annually for completing the PHA, you will not see any changes to your health insurance premiums.

The university’s health plans are considered self-insured, which means the university is responsible for the costs of the claims incurred. We hope that one benefit of liveWELL programs is a reduction in health care claims from health plan participants, and a measurable savings to the university health plans. Information is not shared with Wellmark. Limited UI Wellness staff will have administrative access to individual and aggregate information.

Contact Information


Campus Address
Mailing Address

E119 Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
309 South Madison Street
Iowa City, IA 52242-2010
United States