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Searching for the Path from Employer Wellness Programs to Healthier Employees for Small Businesses
The University of Washington Health Promotion Center completed a cluster-randomized, controlled trial of HealthLinks, which promotes implementation of 12 evidence-based interventions (EBIs) aimed at increasing cancer screening, healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco cessation. The three-armed trial in 78 workplaces compared HealthLinks alone, HealthLinks with workplace wellness committees, and a control. Compared to control, workplaces in both intervention arms significantly increased EBI implementation, our primary outcome.
This presentation will describe an analysis of the effect of HealthLinks on seven employee outcomes: the four health-related behaviors above, as well as perceived stress, depression risk, and presenteeism. The analysis tested bivariate associations along potential paths from EBI implementation to these outcomes. Associations were significant for 4 of the 6 indicators of physical activity and healthy eating, as well as for perceived stress, depression risk, and presenteeism.
Join us to learn more about this innovative analytic approach to answering whether “workplace wellness programs work.”

Feb 16, 2023 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Jeff Harris, MD, MPH, MBA
Professor of Health Systems and Population Health @University of Washington School of Public Health
Jeffrey Harris, MD, MPH, MBA, is Professor of Health Systems and Population Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington (UW). A board-certified internist and preventive medicine specialist, Jeff’s career combines public health practice and a population health approach within clinical systems. He is an active researcher who focuses on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based approaches to chronic disease prevention and healthy aging. Much of his research focuses on health promotion in workplaces. Jeff served for 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He was the first AIDS Coordinator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, leading that program as it grew globally to span more than 70 countries. While at CDC, he also served for 6 years on the National Committee for Quality Assurance that develops HEDIS quality-of-care measures, shepherding through several prevention measures still in use.
Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH
Professor @University of Washington School of Public Health
Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH, is a professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and director of the Health Promotion Research Center, a CDC Prevention Research Center. She also co-leads the Optimizing Implementation in Cancer Control (OPTICC) Center, a NCI Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control. She completed her training in public health and social psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. Peggy’s research focuses on dissemination and implementation research, with an emphasis on cancer screening, workplace health promotion, and communities experiencing health disparities.
Marie Kava, PhD, MA
Clinical Assistant Professor @University of Washington School of Public Health
Marie Kava, PhD, MA, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her research interests include workplace health promotion, tobacco control, cancer prevention and control, implementation science, and health equity. Marie recently led a supplemental grant focused on increasing implementation of tobacco control evidence-based interventions at small worksites. She has published several research papers on employee health, including examinations of how organizational characteristics like culture are associated with employees’ health outcomes. Marie holds a Master of Arts degree in industrial-organizational psychology from Elmhurst College and a PhD in community and behavioral health from the University of Iowa.