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Health promotion in smaller workplaces in the United States.
Harris JR; Hannon PA; Beresford SA; Linnan LA; McLellan DL
Annu Rev Public Health 2014 Mar; 35:327-342
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.
Small-businesses; Demographic-characteristics; Tobacco; Health-programs; Workers; Worker-health; Total-Worker-Health; Author Keywords: chronic disease; exercise; obesity; prevention and control; tobacco; workplace
Cooperative Agreement; Grant
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008861; Grant-Number-T42-OH-008433; M082014
Annual Review of Public Health
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Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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