Paper reported results of study on what employers are trying to do to help promote employee health
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — A paper by RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, reporting the results of a study on the current state of workplace health and safety programs has been recognized by the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP) as the journal’s “Editor in Chief Paper of the Year” for 2019.
“On behalf of our research team, receiving this recognition from the American Journal of Health Promotion is an honor,” said Laurie Cluff, PhD, a workplace health and safety research psychologist at RTI who was the project director for the study. “My hope is that our research on workplace health programs in the U.S. can provide a foundation of knowledge for future policymaking.”
The RTI-led study provided a snapshot of what employers are trying to do to help promote employee health. It found that 46 percent of workplaces in the U.S. offer some type of health promotion program, but there are wide variances based on the number of employees at a workplace. For instance, only 39 percent of workplaces with 10-24 employees offered programs, compared to 92 percent of firms with more than 500 employees.
The study was conducted for CDC’s Workplace Health Program with help from researchers at the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
To be considered for “Paper of the Year” recognition, AJHP journal editors considered the following criteria:
- Study addressed a topic of timely importance in health promotion
- Research question was clearly stated and the methodologies used were well executed
- Paper is often cited and/or downloaded
- Study findings offer a unique contribution to the literature
- Paper is well-written and enjoyable to read
To read more about the American Journal of Health Promotion’s 2019 awards, visit: www.linkedin.com/pulse/american-journal-health-promotions-best-2019-list-promotion-terry.