Description

This proposal describe a rationale and detailed plans for achieving required specific aims/ tasks, a potential pilot project associated with a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-based Coordinating Center (UNC-CC) to lead the newly-formed CDC–funded Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN). This highly experienced, interdisciplinary, UNC-CC team has expertise in chronic disease prevention, worksite health promotion, occupational health and safety, and injury prevention; and, has been home to other CDC-sponsored research networks and activities. The UNC-CC team has worked together previously and are members of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH) which Dr. Linnan has led at UNC since 2010 which shares a vision of stimulating inter-disciplinary research in support of improving worker and workplace health. To the UNC-CC, we have engaged key Consultants who are enthusiastic in their support of the UNC-based WHRN, an External Advisory Board with a wealth of relevant expertise; and a Partner Network which includes employers, vendors, practitioners, and government officials. The WHRN Steering Committee will consist of the UNC-CC and Principal Investigators representing all other funded Collaborating Centers and CDC. Specific aims/project tasks include: 1. Provide leadership and coordinate efforts to establish and sustain a new WHRN; 2. Contribute to the development of an applied worksite chronic disease prevention research agenda that addresses multiple chronic disease endpoints, conditions, and risk factors; 3. Engage key stakeholders, partners, affiliates and potential users of the WHRN deliverables to grow the network; 4. Help identify and disseminate a wide array of products, policy briefs, and other materials designed to improve workplace health; 5. Establish a mechanism for monitoring progress and evaluating the impact of the WHRN; 6. Lead a pilot project and/or a process for prioritizing, identifying, developing and evaluating at least one pilot/demonstration project to improve workplace health. In the UNC-CC proposed pilot study, we will survey (online) all 50 state health departments, 1 federal district and 5 US territories (n=56) to assess the current status of activities designed to promote or deliver evidence-based worksite health promotion and safety interventions; rate their current level of activity; and then explore, through in-depth interviews (n=12 states), characteristics of states with low, medium and high levels of activity. We will identify the types of technical assistance and support they provide, and, what they need in order to be effective in promoting worker health and safety. As a result, we will identify data-driven ways to increase the capacity of state health departments to reach, adopt, implement, and sustain evidence-based approaches, especially among small employers. We describe a process and set of criteria for the WHRN members to choose among competing pilot projects. The UNC-CC will lead efforts to help prioritize among pilot projects submitted for consideration using a consensus-building process and agreed-upon set of criteria. All project tasks/aims will be achieved by utilizing the collective wisdom of the CDC, WHRN members and the proposed UNC CC. An effective WHRN Coordinating Center will establish a communication system that reaches and engages all members/affiliates; and, a tracking system for WHRN deliverables. Here we describe our plans for each, including a draft WHRN logic model. Once funded, the UNC-CC meet with the WHRN Steering Committee to finalize these important network tasks. We expect the UNC-CC to work with CDC and members of the WHRN to make significant contributions to establishing and implementing a comprehensive workplace prevention research agenda that advances knowledge, improves practice and creates health-supportive policies that reduce the growing chronic disease burden in the US.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date9/30/149/29/19

Funding

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Workplace
Health
Research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Health Promotion
Chronic Disease
Occupational Health
Occupational Injuries
Safety
Consultants
Health Policy