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Focus Areas

Community & Workplace Health

Using practice-based insights and tools to create healthy communities and workplaces

We collaborate with government, not-for-profit, and private-sector clients to create healthy communities and workplaces for all by providing the data, practice-based insights, and tools needed to deliver effective community and workplace health interventions.

We offer the following expertise and services:

  • Mixed-methods evaluation 
  • Design of workplace health promotion initiatives  
  • Workforce development training and technical assistance
  • Development of practice-based guidance and tools for public health programs
  • Community engagement 
  • Research on health disparities and social determinants of health, including studies to identify effective strategies to promote health equity.

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A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Workplace Health

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, RTI conducted a national survey of 3,000 worksite wellness and safety programs to identify best practices, evidence-based strategies, and interventions addressing health issues in the workplace. In addition to publishing survey findings, RTI created an online, interactive dashboard providing employers, practitioners, and evaluators access to CDC surveillance data, helping to inform workplace public health interventions. 

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Workplace Prevention: Interactive guide for employers to identify and prevent substance misuse

Did you know a majority of adults who misuse opioids are employed? How can employers help address substance misuse in the workplace?  Working with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), RTI developed The Opioid Prevention at Work Interactive Guidean interactive online resource for employers to help them understand, recognize, and prevent substance misuse in the workplace. The guide identifies cost-effective prevention strategies that employers can adopt to help address substance misuse.


Increasing Local Impact: Helping Foundations Drive Change through Local Grant Funding

RTI and Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute (CEI) partnered to provide evaluation services to help inform Kansas Health Foundation (KFH) grantmaking, including collaborating with KHF leadership and staff to develop the foundation’s theory of change. The RTI-CEI team is also working with KHF to monitor health disparities in Kansas and evaluate priority grant initiatives, such as KHF’s Core Support Grants, Community Engagement Initiative, and Health Equity Partnership Initiative.

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Supporting Implementation and Evaluation of Diabetes Programs for Underserved Populations and Communities

Type 2 diabetesassociated comorbidities disproportionally affect underserved populations and communities. Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) programs can help people manage their type 2 diabetes, but these programs face low participation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation worked with RTI to implement two rapid evaluations of DSMES programs reaching underserved populations and to gather insights from experts. Based on the study findings, RTI developed a guide, Implementing and Evaluating DSMES Programs for Underserved Populations/Communities: A Practice-based Guide, that helps program administrators plan, implement, and evaluate their programs.