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There are a variety of planning models that can be used to guide your workforce health promotion (WHP) program from planning to implementation to evaluation. These examples below are not meant to be comprehensive, but rather give WHP planners a place to start. (S Indicates information available in Spanish.)

Federal Resources

Federal Occupational Health (FOH)
This service unit within the Department of Health & Human Services' Program Support Center works in partnership with federal organizations nationally and internationally to design and deliver comprehensive solutions to meet their occupational health needs.

Guide to Community Preventive Services
This guide provides systematic reviews on various aspects of WHP that help employers and organizations an evidence base to determine which available approaches are effective in promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing disease, and increasing the number of people who receive appropriate preventive counseling and screening.

Healthier Feds — Employee Health Services Handbook
Published by the Office of Personnel Management, this handbook can help federal agencies meet the President's objective of creating a healthy workforce. Addresses employee health, physical fitness, and assistance programs.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)S
This CDC center is the nation's principal source of health statistics. NCHS provides statistical information about America's health that can be used to guide actions and policies to improve the health of people.

Non-Federal Resources

Creating Healthy States: Building Healthy Worksites [PDF-242k]
A report by the National Governor's Association that examines how states can benefit by investing in the health of the public sector workforce.

Health Improvement: A Comprehensive Guide to Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Worksite Programs [PDF-167k]
A guide from the National Business Group on Health that provides guidance on WHP program planning.

Healthy Workforce 2010: An Essential Health Promotion Sourcebook for Employers, Large and Small [PDF-853k]
Uses the objectives of Healthy Workforce 2010 to explain how and why a company should be involved in health promotion for its employees.

Leading by Example [PDF-7.1Mb]
Publication highlights CEOs that "lead by example" by making health promotion and disease prevention a part of their business strategy, to achieve success through optimum employee performance and management of health care costs.

A Purchaser's Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Moving Science into Coverage [PDF-2Mb]
A Purchaser's Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Moving Science into Coverage is an important resource on preventive services. Developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Business Group on Health (NBGH), the Purchaser's Guide translates clinical guidelines and medical evidence, providing large employers with the information they need to select, define, and implement preventive medical benefits such as colorectal cancer screening and tobacco use treatment.

Wellness Councils of America: Key Resources
Provides a list of manuals and books that can help guide the development of WHP programs.

Selected Books

American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM). (2003). Worksite Health Promotion Manual. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Chenoweth, DH. (1998). Worksite Health Promotion. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Committee to Assess Worksite Preventive Health Program Needs for NASA Employees. (2005). Integrating Employee Health: A Model Program for NASA. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.

Green, LJ & Kreuter, MW. (1999). Health Promotion Planning: An Educational Approach (3rd ed.). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co.

O'Donnell, MP. (2002). Health Promotion in the Workplace (3rd ed.). Albany, NY: Delmar.

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