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Workplace Health Promotion

HPRC works with local and national partners to develop, test, and disseminate programs that encourage health-promoting behaviors in the workplace. We particularly emphasize reducing health inequities among ethnic and cultural minorities and low-income populations.

Sara Teague In Memoriam
Sara Teague

Beloved colleague Sara Teague passed away on December 23, 2015. An employee of the American Cancer Society (ACS), Sara was an integral member of the HPRC workplace projects team for over 6 years. Sara's primary focus was delivering HealthLinks, an evidence-based workplace wellness program co-developed by ACS and HPRC, to small, low-wage worksites in urban and rural Washington. It is no exaggeration to say that Sara was masterful in this role. Her technical expertise in health promotion combined with a talent for providing practical, hands-on assistance endeared her to employers, who frequently used words like “adore” and “worship” to describe their feelings for her. Ultimately, Sara's efforts were vital to improving the wellness landscape at nearly 150 Washington companies. Smart, caring, thoughtful, ethical, fun-loving, loyal--there is not enough space here to list all of Sara's positive qualities.

Her HPRC colleagues miss her terribly, but Sara's legacy of commitment to improving the health of Washington's most vulnerable employees will live on.

Projects with the American Cancer Society (ACS)

HPRC helps support implementation of ACS programs by offering technical assistance, collaborating with ACS to sponsor employer conferences, and helping deliver Workplace Solutions to large employers throughout the country.

Low Socioeconomic Status and Cancer Prevention in the American Cancer Society Great West Division is a report that assess the prevalence of, and health effects from, low socioeconomic status in twelve Western states. Among other findings, the report highlights that individuals with low socioeconomic status have significantly higher risks for cancer and chronic disease, yet are significantly less likely to receive recommended cancer screenings.
Download report (PDF)

ACS HealthLinks focuses on nutrition, physical activity, and smoking cessation, and provides employers with a menu of options to address these behaviors. The options include free ACS and state programs, policy changes, on-site educational sessions for employees, and health communication.

ACS Workplace Solutions Assessment and Consulting helps employers adopt evidence-based best practices by assessing their current practices and making recommendations for improvements.

HealthLinks Evaluation was a pilot project in Mason County, Washington, to collect data needed to evaluate HealthLinks’s efficacy at levels of both organizational and employee behavior.

Marketing Workplace Chronic Disease Prevention was a randomized controlled trial to test a version of Workplace Solutions among low-wage, mid-sized employers in King County, Washington.

National Dissemination of ACS Workplace Solutions to Mid-sized Companies in Low-Wage Industries will create a self-directed, Web-based intervention to encourage employers to implement evidence-based best practices for their workplace and to link them with ACS staff to support their implementation efforts.

Workplace Health Promotion: Reaching Workers and Their Spouses and Domestic Partners is a two-study project to expand Workplace Solutions to reach employees’ partners.

Projects with Public Health - Seattle & King county

HealthLinks and Employer Aggregators is a set of projects funded by Public Health - Seattle & King County's Communities Putting Prevention to Work. One project delivers HealthLinks to 50 small, low-income worksites in South Seattle and South King County. The other project explores the feasibility of providing healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco cessation resources to small employers through group contracts with chambers of commerce, trade associations, and other employer aggregators.

Project with the National Business Group on Health

The Purchaser’s Guide Evaluation, a collaboration with CDC and the National Business Group on Health, was a randomized controlled trial to assess strategies for disseminating evidence-based preventive health benefits information to large employers.

Projects with Washington State

Washington Healthcare Authority (WA HCA) Managers Project
Partnering with the WA HCA to (a) inform Washington State's workplace wellness efforts and (b) contribute to generalizable knowledge about how to effectively engage managers and supervisors in workplace wellness programs.

Employment-Based Prevention of Chronic Disease in Washington State, 2005, was a baseline report on employers and employees in Washington State.

Tobacco Disparities in the Workplace was a secondary data analysis in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health to characterize disparities in workers’ smoking behaviors and workplace access to public and private smoking cessation resources.

The Washington Wellness Project evaluated two separate efforts aimed at improving the health of Washington State employees: the Healthy Worksite Initiative and Health Counts. The Healthy Worksite Initiative, a pilot project mandated by the state legislature, is aimed at building a culture of wellness in seven state agencies. Health Counts, a less intensive effort, is aimed at all state agency employees. It includes a volunteer wellness coordinator at each agency along with annual health risk assessments that all employees are eligible to take.

Other Projects

The Workplace Adult Immunizations Project is conducting a series of studies to demonstrate the feasibility of increasing vaccinations at worksites.

Participation on national committees

National Committee for Quality Assurance Health Promotion Advisory Council is developing an accrediting program to assess and improve the quality of workplace health promotion programs offered by vendors and health plans.

Partnership for Prevention Collaboration on Workplace Clinical Preventive Services presents findings of research led by the National Commission on Prevention Priorities that ranks health effects and cost effectiveness for 25 preventive services.

See a list of all of our projects.


Our Vision...

All workplaces encourage and support healthy behaviors.

Selected articles on workplace health promotion

Selected presentations on workplace health promotion

Now available: summaries of all HPRC workplace-related research! See bibliography here.

Workplace Health Promotion Researchers

Peggy Hannon, PhD
Jeffrey R. Harris, MD, MPH, MBA
Kristen Hammerback, MA

Selected Resources

ACS Workplace Solutions

A Purchaser’s Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

Workplace Wellness Toolkit
Information on how employer-member organizations can locate and negotiate with workplace wellness program vendors