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Health Improvement from A Worksite Health Promotion Private-Public Partnership

Goetzel, Ron Z. PhD; Roemer, Enid Chung PhD; Short, Meghan E. MPH; Pei, Xiaofei PhD; Tabrizi, Maryam J. MS, CHES; Liss-Levinson, Rivka C. BA; Samoly, Daniel K. BS; Luisi, Daria PhD, MPH; Quitoni, Kristin MPH, CHES; Dumanovsky, Tamara PhD; Silver, Lynn D. MD, MPH; Ozminkowski, Ronald J. PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: March 2009 - Volume 51 - Issue 3 - p 296-304
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31819ac4bb
Original Articles

Objective: To examine the impact of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Wellness at Work program on health risks of employees from 10 New York City organizations at 26 worksites.

Methods: Employer sites were matched and assigned to receive either moderate or high intensity health promotion interventions. Changes from time 1 to time 3 in employees’ risk status on 12 health risks were examined using χ2 and t tests for a cohort group (N = 930). Comparisons between moderate and high intensity groups used multivariate methods, controlling for confounders.

Results: From time 1 to time 3, both moderate and high intensity sites demonstrated significant risk reductions. Nevertheless, comparisons by intervention intensity did not reveal significant differences between treatment conditions.

Conclusions: Private-public partnerships to promote employee health in the workplace have the potential to reduce health risks that are precursors to chronic disease.

From the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (Dr Goetzel, Dr Roemer, Ms Liss-Levinson, Mr Samoly), Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Ga; Consulting and Applied Research, Thomson Reuters (Dr Goetzel, Ms Short, Dr Pei, Ms Tabrizi); Employee Wellness Programs (Dr Luisi), Occupational Health Department, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., New York, NY; Wellness at Work Program (Ms Quitoni), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY; Research and Program Evaluation (Dr Dumanovsky), Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (Dr Silver), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY; and Economist (Dr Ozminkowski), Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Ron Z. Goetzel and coauthors have no financial interest related to this research.

Address correspondence to: Ron Goetzel, PhD, c/o Thomson Reuters, 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008; E-mail:

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