Online Program

A Healthy Workplace: Engaging businesses to support promising practices for health and safety

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Liliana Tenney, MPH, Center for Health, Work and Environment, Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO
Michelle Haan, MPH, Center for Health, Work and Environment, Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO
Carol Brown, PhD, Center for Health, Work, and Environment, Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO
Miranda Dally, M.S., Center for Worker Health and Environment, Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO
The average employed American spends one-third of their time at work, making the workplace a logical location for promoting healthy behaviors and introducing preventive strategies. However, there is mounting evidence that small businesses in the United States lag in the adoption of health promotion programs, despite evidence of potential benefits. The Center for Worker Health and Environment is implementing and evaluating a program aimed specifically at promoting health and safety in Colorado businesses. Employers applied to become a Health Links Certified Healthy Businesses, demonstrating they have met the research-based criteria. Health Links offers advising and funding support to organizations to help them improve the health and safety of workers, their families and the community. Health Links trained community advisors for a 1-hour advising session to create a Healthy Business Action Plan. Health Links forms affiliations with community groups as intermediaries including local public health, municipalities and economic development to hold advisor trainings, conduct business outreach and to help implement the program at the county-level. To date, 150 companies have become certified, reaching over 70,000 working adults. Businesses have integrated health and safety programs (44%), health promotion (77%), stress management (50%) and safety goals (44%). These efforts of promoting the Total Worker Health model is ongoing, prospective, longitudinal aimed to achieve the following outcomes: 1) increase the adoption of workplace health and safety; 2) improve employees' health and safety outcomes; 2) increase knowledge of health promotion and safety; and 3) enhance productivity.  Health Links evaluates adoption and enhancement of  programs over time.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
List barriers to adoption of worksite wellness programs in the small business setting Identify key components of high-quality worksite wellness programs Understand the approaches to evaluating the economic benefits or worksite wellness programs Determine the best methods for implementing health promotion and health protection in local communities. 5. Discuss the overarching approach adopted by Health Links at the Center for Worker Health and Environment, as an Affiliated TWH™ Center.

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Workplace

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been been the co-investigator of multiple federally funded grants focusing on the heath and safety of workers. I co-founded and direct a program that works with employers to implement evidence-based workplace health and safety policies and programs. I have developed many OSH interventions focused on the workplace and study the impact of these programs on health outcomes and organizational performance measures.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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