About the CDC Workplace Health Program

The CDC Workplace Health Program provides leadership to improve the health, safety, and well-being of employees through science-based workplace health promotion programs.

Through the Workplace Health Program, CDC works with national employer groups and coalitions, state health agencies, academic institutions, employers, and other key groups to develop, set up, and promote effective strategies for improving the health in the work environment.

Workplace health promotion is a coordinated set of programs, policies, benefits, and environmental supports designed to meet the health and safety needs of all employees. This comprehensive approach:

  • Puts strategies in place that address multiple risk factors and health conditions at the same time.
  • Recognizes that the interventions and strategies chosen influence multiple levels of an organization, from individual employees to the overall organization or worksite.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is at the forefront of the nation’s efforts to help employers build effective, science-based workplace health programs for their employees.

Our Goals

  • Increase the number of employers that provide workplace health promotion programs.
  • Improve the quality of employers’ efforts.
  • Set the standard for best practices for workplace health and encourage their adoption.

What We Do

  • Develop innovative, web-based tools and resources that employers can use to assess their worksites and plan and evaluate workplace health programs.
  • Offer model programs and training to help employers develop effective workplace health programs.
  • Collect, analyze, and disseminate data to guide public health and employer action.
  • Support research to learn what interventions and practices are most effective in helping employers―especially small and midsize employers―improve the health and well-being of their workers.
  • Partner with federal agencies, states, and key national organizations to promote and disseminate effective workplace health promotion strategies.

Future Directions

New activities focused on epidemiology, surveillance, and research will expand opportunities to understand and improve employee health and develop best practices for workplace health programs. The resulting information can then be used to develop new tools and resources and share them in worksites across the nation.