Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN) (2014-2016)

Who We Are

CDC’s Workplace Health Program established the Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN) during the 2014-2019 Prevention Research Centers (PRC) funding cycle. The WHRN was funded for two years from 2014-2016. WHRN, a thematic network of the PRC program, was created to develop and execute an applied research agenda for workplace health that will:

  • Increase understanding of multiple factors that influence employee health.
  • Identify and test interventions that promote health at work.
  • Translate research into sustainable worksite-based programs in communities.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Workplace Health Research Network is to engage employers, employees, and communities to advance knowledge and implement effective, comprehensive, and integrated approaches to promote and protect worker health, safety and well-being.

What We Do

Network activities will build on the mission of CDC’s WHRN to:

  • Conduct cross-center research activities in collaboration with community and business partners.
  • Identify, develop, and investigate research questions focused on the tools and resources available to employers to support decision making about workplace health promotion.
  • Investigate issues that affect the health of a diverse set of workers in various work settings and sectors.
  • Build a strong evidence base for programmatic interventions to improve or maintain employee health and safety.
  • Translate that evidence base into effective public health programs and practices in states and communities.

The WHRN will work to increase the capacity of public health networks, employers, and their partners to use science-based workplace health promotion programs that can reduce health risks and improve the quality of life of working Americans, lower health care spending, and boost productivity.

Thematic Network Members

Established in 2014, the network comprises six leading academic institutions: