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Literature Review of Policy Implications From Findings of the Center for Work, Health, and Well-being

Gómez, María Andrée López PhD; Sparer-Fine, Emily ScD; Sorensen, Glorian PhD; Wagner, Gregory MD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: November 2019 - Volume 61 - Issue 11 - p 868–876
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001686

Objective: To review the publications of a Total Worker Health Center® of Excellence, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, and Well-being, in order to identify research findings relevant to either organizational or public policies.

Methods: Two researchers independently reviewed 57 publications from 2011 to 2019 to identify cross-cutting themes that focus on working conditions or related health outcomes and their organizational and public policy implications.

Results: Twelve cross-cutting themes were identified with their respective organizational and public policy implications. Several policy implications cut across work-related themes.

Conclusions: Policy implications of TWH® research will aid in setting priorities to translate this from research into practice in future studies and help identify gaps that we and others can use to plan future TWH® research.

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Dr López Gómez, Dr Sorensen); Department of Environmental Health (Dr Sparer-Fine, Dr Wagner), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Center for Community-Based Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Dr Sorensen), Boston, Massachusetts.

Address correspondence to: María Andrée López Gómez, PhD, 450 Brookline Avenue, LW731, Boston, MA 02215 (

M.A.L.G. and E.S-F. are co-first authors in alphabetical order.

This work was supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) grant number 5U19-OH008861.

Gómez, Sparer-Fine, Sorensen, and Wagner have no other relationships/conditions/circumstances that present potential conflict of interest.

Clinical Significance: Total Worker Health® (TWH) focuses on improving workforce well-being by integrating protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts. The policy implications of TWH® will aid in informing future efforts to translate research into practice and help identify gaps to plan future TWH® research.

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