Public Risk Magazine


Public Risk, PRIMA’s 10-time-per-year magazine, is the flagship publication of the  association. This publication provides risk managers with timely, focused information  in an easy-to-read format. Public Risk features articles from risk management  practitioners as well as industry professionals. Articles range from current trends,  risk management procedures and guidelines, legislation changes, spotlights and  more that will engage your office while keeping them informed!

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May/June 2018


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Featured Articles

Nebraska Risk Manager Becomes PRIMA’s President

By Jennifer Ackerman, CAE

In Indianapolis, PRIMA will not only host its 2018 Annual Conference, but the association will welcome its 2018–19 president, Jani Jennings, risk manager for the City of Bellevue, Neb.

Jennings has worked for the City of Bellevue since 2005. Like many risk managers, she came into the job with a different role; in this case, HR specialist.

“All other claims were filed in the city clerk’s office or went to our city attorney,” Jennings said. “My boss, at the time, was transitioning from the director of human resources to city administrator. He had the foresight to see the city needed a risk manager to work toward controlling our skyrocketing claims and insurance costs.”

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Benefits and Challenges of Government Social Media Use
Social media has become today’s town square, local newspaper and neighborhood coffee shop rolled into one.

By Thom Rickert

Just as fictional TV newsman Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show had humble beginnings (“It all started at a 5,000-watt radio station in Fresno, California”), so did social media. Emerging as bulletin board systems (BBS), progressing to platforms like CompuServe and AOL, then transforming to the now-ubiquitous Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, social media has evolved from a unique space for narrowly focused hobbyists to the medium of choice for information sharing.

And as social media use grows in popularity, local governments are under considerable pressure to keep up. The benefits are clear. For example, social media can be a cost-effective communications tool for cash-strapped municipalities looking to fulfill mandates, increase public participation and encourage greater social activism. But the profound public nature of social media—the posting and sharing of vast amounts of information, the direct interaction with more and more citizens—may pose threats to privacy and other basic constitutional rights.

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Combating Opiod Misuse

By Nikki Wilson, Pharm.D.

The worst drug overdose crisis in U.S. history is driving policymakers to declare opioid-use disorder a national emergency and to seek new ways to battle the epidemic. The workers’ compensation industry must likewise step up efforts to protect patients and better understand how the top drug class among injured workers affects return-to-work and quality of life.

Opioid misuse is costly in every sense. Beyond the consequences for a person’s health, the levy on a family can be devastating. Assaults on the wellbeing of individuals and families also feed broader societal harms. In workers’ compensation, the fallout from opioid misuse emerges in additional forms such as lost productivity, damage to workplace morale and the expense of hospitalization and other treatments.

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