Chronic health conditions, which have no cure, are prevalent around the globe. About 150 million people in Europe have been diagnosed with a long-term disease, and the CDC states that 6 in ten adults in the US have at least one chronic health disease. People with chronic health conditions in the workforce may be exposed to unique risks while traveling. It is important for organizations to recognize the risks that their people may face while traveling and help personnel understand how to manage these chronic diseases while abroad. A few examples of chronic health conditions include diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and hypertension. Individuals often have more than one condition and are typically managed by medication and other treatments. Learn from Senior Health Intelligence Analyst Courtney Kansler and Joann Fernandez from AXA Partners how organizations can help travelers manage chronic health conditions and provide the information necessary to do so.



People with chronic health conditions usually have a compromised immune system, which raises the risk of long-term infection and predisposition to other illnesses. Ensuring a safe source of water abroad is extremely important for those with lower-functioning immune systems. People with long-term health conditions should have a thorough pre-trip brief and know what risks they will be prone to while traveling. Healthcare access may vary by country, so it may be beneficial to contact the destination's embassy prior to travel to ensure any needed medication is permitted in that country.

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About Courtney Kansler

Courtney joined WorldAware in July 2014 with a background in combat psychology and traumatic brain injuries in military veterans from the Vietnam Era through OEF/OIF, with a double-major in Islamic studies. She is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and has practiced her skills for over ten years with fire departments in Vermont and Maryland, US, and has worked in rural medical clinics in Zimbabwe and Guatemala.


About Joann Fernandez, Medical Manager for AXA Partners- US and Canada 

Joann Fernandez has over 30 years in a nursing-medical background. She has worked in varied clinical settings and progressed to case management through United Healthcare. Joann obtained certification followed by supervising a case management team of RNs for a large ACO Hospital organization in Illinois. Joann currently manages AXA Partners US Global Medical Case Management Team which provides emergency medical assistance and case management services. Joann has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Psychology concentration and an Advanced Care Planning Facilitator Certification. 


About WorldAware

WorldAware provides intelligence-driven, integrated risk management solutions that enable multinational organizations to operate globally with confidence. WorldAware's end-to-end tailored solutions integrated world-class threat intelligence, innovative technology, and response services to help organizations mitigate risk and protect their employees, assets, and reputation.