CDC Wants You for Wellness Study


The thirst for wellness information and advice never seems to be quenched. There is a new national opportunity to help provide data and learn more.

Heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading causes of death for both men and women in the United States. To avoid the high costs of treating these conditions, employers must consider providing worksite prevention services and interventions to promote employee health. 
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with Emory University, state health departments and worksite experts have developed the CDC Worksite HealthScoreCard (HSC) to support efforts in these areas. The HSC examines worksite health promotion interventions (programs, policies and environmental supports) that employers can put in place to promote a healthy workforce, reduce health care costs and increase productivity.
 
In the first phase of this project, the CDC/Emory study team held meetings and focus groups with subject matter experts and potential end-users to develop the survey tool, establish a weighting and scoring methodology and improve the tool’s scientific evidence base, usability and relevance. The second phase of this project will focus on field-testing the tool in order to evaluate its reliability and validity in preparation for public dissemination. They have invited Indiana businesses to participate in this study.
 
CDC/Emory are recruiting employers that represent a variety of industries, business types and sizes. Specifically, they would like to recruit at least 30 employer participants from each of the following business sizes: very small (10-99 employees); small (100-249); medium (250-749); and large (750+). Employers may be for-profit or non-profit, government or private. This study will collect data from just one worksite in each organization. In the case of large organizations that have multiple worksites, they will ask that you restrict your responses to just one worksite.

Interested companies should submit applications by December 15. Questions can be directed to Dr. Enid Chung Roemer, study coordinator at enid.c.roemer@emory.edu.