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Data & Surveillance

Public health surveillance is the ongoing systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data for use in planning, interpretation, and evaluation of public health practice. The latest facts, statistics, and surveillance systems related to workplace health are provided.

Workplace Health in America – a nationally representative survey of US employers’ workplace health programs and practices. The survey will be fielded in 2016-2017 with results expected in late 2017-2018.

The main objectives for this new survey are to:

  • Describe current state of US workplace health promotion in employers of different sizes, industries, and regions.
  • Create an infrastructure for ongoing information about national workplace health.
  • Provide free and accessible data for employers, researchers, and practitioners.
  • Identify promising practices for employer-based workplace health programs.
  • Advance workplace health promotion research.
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What is Workplace Health in America?

Workplace Health in America is a survey of U.S. employers’ health programs and practices sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This survey will provide a better understanding of current workplace health practices nationwide, and will give employers free benchmarking data about what other employers are doing.

Who is funding this program?

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health funds the Workplace Health in America survey.

Who is conducting the data collection?

RTI International ( is working with CDC to collect these data. RTI is an independent, nonprofit research organization located in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Who is contacting me?

You have been contacted by one of RTI’s trained representatives, who is available to answer your questions and concerns. Because we are committed to providing you with the highest quality of service, RTI supervisors may monitor a sample of these calls.

How did you select my worksite?

Our project’s statisticians selected your worksite from a list containing nearly every business and institution in the U.S. Your participation will help us represent a range of worksites varying in size, industry, and region.

Are you selling us something?

Absolutely NOT! This is not a market study and we are not selling anything.

What are you asking me to do?

We are asking the person from your worksite who knows the most about employee health programs and benefits offered to complete the online Workplace Health in America survey, using the link and access code the RTI representative emailed to you.

How will my organization benefit?

Every workplace will benefit from this survey’s findings. Your input will help to inform the development of tools and resources to support workplace health programs, guide public policy, and advance workplace health promotion research.

What kinds of questions will I be asked?

The survey consists of questions about the type of worksite you have and the health programs, benefits, policies and supports in place. The questions are “yes/no” and multiple-choice format.

Am I required to participate by law?

Your participation is voluntary. However, you are a critical part of this data collection project. You have the opportunity to provide direct input to CDC that will guide the work moving forward.

How much time is this going to take?

It can take up to 20 minutes to complete the survey. For some employers, it will take less time. If you want to take a break, you can close the survey and start at the place where you stopped by re-entering your access code.

Will the information that I provide be kept private?

Absolutely. No identifying information about you or your worksite will be published or released in any form to anyone outside the research team. We do not use names in our results. We will combine your data with data from other participants to produce nationally representative results.

The following organizations support the objectives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health in America Survey, and encourage employers to participate.

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
American Heart Association
Association of Flight Attendants
National Safety Council
Prevention Partners
Society for Human Resource Management
Wellness Councils of America