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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182717cf2
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Workplace Health Promotion Implementation, Readiness, and Capacity Among Midsize Employers in Low-Wage Industries: A National Survey

Hannon, Peggy A. PhD; Garson, Gayle EdD; Harris, Jeffrey R. MD; Hammerback, Kristen MA; Sopher, Carrie J. MPH; Clegg-Thorp, Catherine MPH

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Objective: To describe workplace health promotion (WHP) implementation, readiness, and capacity among midsize employers in low-wage industries in the United States.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey of a national sample of midsize employers (100 to 4999 employees) representing five low-wage industries.

Results: Employers' WHP implementation for both employees and employees' spouses and partners was low. Readiness scales showed that employers believe WHP would benefit their employees and their companies, but they were less likely to believe that WHP was feasible for their companies. Employers' capacity to implement WHP was very low; nearly half the sample reported no capacity.

Conclusion: Midsize employers in low-wage industries implement few WHP programs; their responses to readiness and capacity measures indicate that low capacity may be one of the principal barriers to WHP implementation.

©2012The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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