Wellness: Healthy at Howard

Your wellness is important to us, which is why we offer our faculty and staff additional wellness benefits so you can live a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is about the whole you, and that includes your physical, emotional, financial, environmental, and social well-being. Howard's wellness programs are designed to help you understand your overall health status and take charge of your total well-being. 

Howard Health – Faculty Practice Plan (FPP)

If you are enrolled in the Cigna OAP In-Network or Cigna 80/60 Plan in 2019, you and your eligible dependents also have access to a Faculty Practice Plan (FPP). You can go to a Howard University Hospital provider to receive care at greatly reduced costs. Howard University Hospital offers convenient healthcare and meets your needs all in one place. When using the Howard University Hospital and the FPP with a Howard University medical plan, you will not have to meet an annual deductible, pay coinsurance, or pay a copay for your doctor’s visits to either your primary care physician or specialist.


Howard Medicine

When you use Howard University Hospital FPP, you gain access to nearly 200 doctors equipped with the most advanced research, clinical knowledge, and medical technology that provides superior healthcare service to the Greater Washington, DC community.


Howard University Hospital

Howard University Hospital is one of America’s best hospitals. The rich tradition of leadership and service at Howard University Hospital (HUH) dates back to 1862. Over the course of it’s 145-year history of providing the finest primary, secondary, and tertiary health care services, Howard University Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center, has become one of the most comprehensive health care facilities in the DC Metropolitan area.



MotivateMe is a key wellness program offered to Howard faculty, staff and spouses who are enrolled in a Howard sponsored medical plan. When you participate in the wellness program through MotivateMe, you can achieve your wellness goals and get rewarded. 

How it Works

Complete healthy actions for a chance to earn up to $350 in gift cards! Choose activities that align with your well-being goals, whether it's receiving preventative care, managing a chronic condition, or dealing with stress. Here are a few examples: 

  • Receive an annual physical (or preventive exam)
  • Get a colon cancer screening
  • Achieve a health goal health first (chronic condition support), online health coaching, or completing Apps & Activities
  • Wellness activity by electing a Center of Excellence or Omada

You can view a complete list of ways to earn rewards by activating the MotivateMe incentive page on mycigna.com 


Omada Lifestyle Program

Omada is a digital lifesytle change program that focuses on reducing the risk of diabetes through healthy weight loss.  The program combines the lastest technology with ongoing support so you improve the habits and make changes that matter most.  Omada is available at no additional cost if you or your covered adult dependents are enrolled in a Howard sponsored medical plan, are at risk for diabetes or heart disease and are accepted into the program.  Interested participants must first determine their eligiblity by completing a short screening at omadahealth.com/Howard.  If you are at risk of diabetes or heart disease you can apply for the program in less than five minutes. 


No matter where you are on the wellness spectrum, you may benefit from the resources available to you from Howard and Cigna---and earn rewards. For a complete list of healthy actions, visit mycigna.com or click one of the links below. 

Howard also offers resources such as Cigna AmWell, Health Advocate, and a coaching program through Life Coach. Go online to myCigna.com at any time for more information or call Cigna at 1-800-233-4076.