The Work@Health® Program for Employers

What is the Work@Health® program for employers?

Work@Health® is a comprehensive worksite health training program aimed at employers of various sizes, industry sectors, and geographic areas. The program helps employers develop the skills and capabilities needed to build or enhance a science-based worksite health program.

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What are the goals?

Work@Health® is aimed at achieving the following four goals:
  1. Increase understanding of the training needs of employers and the best way to deliver skill-based training to them.
  2. Increase employers’ level of knowledge and awareness of worksite health program concepts and principles.
  3. Increase the number of science-based worksite health programs, policies, and practices in place at participating employers’ work sites and increase the access and opportunities for employees to participate in them.
  4. Promote peer-to-peer community-based employer cooperation and mentoring.
The program is designed to train employers on how to improve the health of workers and their families through science-based prevention and wellness strategies that principally address chronic health conditions; specifically, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and obesity. The training is meant to improve employer skills and capacity for developing or expanding worksite health programs.

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What are the benefits?

Employers who participate in the Work@Health® program receive a variety of benefits, including:

  1. A complete health and safety assessment of their organization to define their existing needs and interests.
  2. An assessment of the capacity of their worksite for specific health and safety interventions to address those needs.
  3. Professional training to learn how to develop a worksite health action plan that will meet their needs.
  4. Technical assistance and community support resources aimed at giving employers what they need to sustain their worksite health program.
  5. Monitoring of employer progress in implementing their worksite health action plan by professional worksite health trainers.
  6. On-going availability of technical assistance.
  7. On-going opportunity to expand their network by linking to and partnering with other employers and organizations with a focus on health in their community.
  8. Certification and recognition of employer participants as healthy worksites.
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What changes can employers expect to see by participating in the Work@Health® program?

  • A safer and healthier work environment.
  • Lower healthcare costs.
  • Increased employee productivity.
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What does joining the program involve?

Employers must first participate in an Employer Training program that provides them with the knowledge and skill, as well as the capacity to implement, grow and sustain effective worksite health promotion and protection strategies. This may be followed by participation in the Technical Assistance program which is designed to assist employers establish comprehensive, evidence-based, health programs at their worksite. After completing Technical Assistance, there is an Advance Technical Assistance program giving employers the opportunity to receive certification of their worksite health program.

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