• Public-private alliances for promoting employee health

    Posted on March 17, 2009 by in workplace wellness

    For those interested in low cost health promotion programs:

    Both public and private organizations can benefit from strategic alliances aimed at improving employee health. Public organizations may provide the worksite interventions, data analysis, program evaluation, and grant funding. Private organizations have an employee population and may offer an existing communication infrastructure, distribution mechanisms, and physical location(s). Small and mid-sized business may find partnering with the public sector particularly beneficial because they often don’t have the resources to develop and execute their own employee health and wellness initiatives.

    Researchers at the Health Promotion Research Center at the University of Washington (UW PRC) published a case study about their partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS) in the April 2009 issue of the CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease. The UW PRC and ACS Workplace Solutions intervention helps prevent chronic disease in the workplace by guiding employers to improve health promotion practices. I worked with the UW PRC during employer recruitment and program development of the ACS Workplace Solutions intervention for small and mid-sized employers. Considerable effort goes into recruiting companies for such studies. I would encourage small and mid-sized companies with limited resources and workplace health promotion knowledge to reach out to local public organizations (universities, non-profits, etc.) for possible low- or no-cost programs.

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