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Health promotion in smaller workplaces in the United States.

Authors
Harris-JR; Hannon-PA; Beresford-SA; Linnan-LA; McLellan-DL
Source
Annu Rev Public Health 2014 Mar; 35:327-342
NIOSHTIC No.
20044823
Abstract
Most American workplaces are smaller, with fewer than 1,000 employees. Many of these employees are low-wage earners and at increased risk for chronic diseases. Owing to the challenges smaller workplaces face to offering health-promotion programs, their employees often lack access to health-promotion opportunities available at larger workplaces. Many smaller employers do not offer health insurance, which is currently the major funding vehicle for health-promotion services. They also have few health-promotion vendors to serve them and low internal capacity for, and commitment to, delivery of on-site programs. The programs they offer, whether aimed at health promotion alone or integrated with health protection, are rarely comprehensive and are understudied. Research priorities for health promotion in smaller workplaces include developing programs feasible for the smallest workplaces with fewer than 20 employees. Policy priorities include incentives for smaller workplaces to implement comprehensive programs and an ongoing system for monitoring and evaluation.
Keywords
Small-businesses; Demographic-characteristics; Tobacco; Health-programs; Workers; Worker-health; Total-Worker-Health; Author Keywords: chronic disease; exercise; obesity; prevention and control; tobacco; workplace
CODEN
AREHDT
Publication Date
20140301
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008861; M082014
ISSN
0163-7525
Source Name
Annual Review of Public Health
State
NY; WA; NC; MA
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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