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CDC Work@Health® Employer Training

The Work@Health Core Curriculum helps employers develop a basic skill set and capacity to build or enhance a science-based worksite health program. The training is targeted to employers of various sizes (but particularly small businesses), geographic distribution and industries. Training in the Core Employer Curriculum is delivered through eight core modules described below.

Module 1. Make the Business Case

Learning Objectives: After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the value and benefit of a worksite health program;
  2. Describe success factors;
  3. Develop a business case for their employer’s leadership.

Peer Learning Activity: At the end of this module, participants will draft a value statement that answers the question: “Why build a worksite health program for my employees?”

 

Module 2. Assess the Worksite

Learning Objectives: After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe common health and productivity-related metrics and their relevance to worksite health programs;
  2. Identify and interpret their worksites’ health promotion needs and interests based on available data and tools;
  3. Assess their worksites’ organizational capacity using the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard.

Peer Learning Activity: At the end of this module, participants will analyze their scores on the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard and plan their assessment strategy.

Work@Health® Employer Curricula

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Module 3. Build Leadership Support

Learning Objectives: After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the value of and need for establishing a “Total Leadership Model”;
  2. Secure and maintain senior- and middle-management participation/support;
  3. Establish health promotion committee and peer-support network (these may be your health promotion champions).

Peer Learning Activity: At the end of this module, participants will lay the framework for developing a Total Leadership Model by identifying key stakeholders at their worksites.

 

Module 4. Develop Policy, Benefit, and Environmental Supports

Learning Objectives: After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Implement policies supporting preventive screenings, tobacco cessation, healthy eating, and regular physical activity;
  2. Make benefit changes related to improving employee participation and job satisfaction;
  3. Create environmental supports that encourage healthy behaviors.

Peer Learning Activity: At the end of this module, participants will complete a “Closing the Gaps” worksheet to formulate multiple strategies to improve their scores in focus areas of the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard.

 

Module 5. Design Effective Communications

Learning Objectives: After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Conduct a communications audit;
  2. Develop a unique brand;
  3. Select media/distribution channels to address their worksite programming goals and objectives.

Peer Learning Activity: At the end of this module, participants will use a checklist to rate the effectiveness of various methods of communication at their worksites.

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Module 6. Evaluate the Program

Learning Objectives: After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the different types of program evaluation;
  2. Align measures with their program goals and objectives;
  3. Establish baseline measures to evaluate impact and report results;
  4. Integrate evaluation within planning processes.

Peer Learning Activity: At the end of this module, participants will use a checklist to identify potential evaluation elements for their programs.

 

Module 7. Plan and Design the Program

Learning Objectives: After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and prioritize their needs using relevant data from Module 2 (Assessing the Worksite);
  2. Use the Work@Health® Program Planning Template to create strategic plans and design their program components;
  3. Design specific program options to build and sustain better health and a culture of health among their employees.

Peer Learning Activity: At the end of this module, participants will conduct a review of their current and potential programs and assess their program.

 

Module 8. Implement and Sustain the Program

Learning Objectives: After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Involve their health promotion committees;
  2. Implement a master schedule;
  3. Initiate operational approaches to manage and sustain their programs;
  4. Manage the evaluation process;
  5. Access technical assistance to support development of their worksite health programs.

Peer Learning Activity: At the end of this module, participants will use the Program Design Worksheet to health promotion activities/events.

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