Objective: To determine whether a “worksite culture of health” exists within the Veterans Health Administration and implications on integrating employee health promotion programs.
Methods: Three national surveys were used—an organizational health survey, a health behaviors survey, and a worksite environment survey. Cross-sectional associations between measures of organizational health and employee health behaviors and between measures of organizational health and worksite environment were assessed.
Results: There were significant associations between a number of organizational health measures and a combined measure of health behaviors. Likewise, presence of employee-wellness committees and/or coaches was significantly associated with higher appraisal on organizational health measures.
Conclusion: Results suggest that a worksite culture of health exists in some but not all facilities within Veterans Health Administration; this has implications for integrating employee health promotion programs systemwide. A phased-in approach is likely warranted.
From the Veterans Health Administration, Office of Public (Ms Schult, Ms Galway, and Ms Schmunk, and Drs Awosika and Hodgson), Washington, DC; and University of Minnesota School of Medicine (Dr Awosika) and School of Public Health (Ms Schult), Minneapolis, Minn.
Address correspondence to: Tamara M. Schult, MPH, Veterans Health Administration, One Veterans Drive, Bldg 68, Rm 138 (V68), Minneapolis, MN 55417 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This study was supported by operational funds in the Veterans Health Administration Employee Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Program (Wellness is Now at the Veterans Affairs [WIN VA]).
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.