A Mixed Methods Analysis of Workplace Health Promotion at Small, Rural Workplaces
Keywords:workplace health promotion, organizational support, CDC Health Scorecard
Background: Benefits of comprehensive workplace health promotion (WHP) programs and organizational support are well documented. However, few workplaces offer WHP programs. This study used mixed-methods analysis to examine the benefits of WHP and organizational support at small, rural workplaces. Methods: Kentucky workplaces with fewer than 500 full time employees and located in rural counties were surveyed. Results: Most workplaces did not offer comprehensive WHP programs or elements of organizational support. Cost, time, workplace size, location and lack of expertise were all identified barriers to implementation of WHP programs and organizational support. Conclusion: Identification of barriers to WHP and organizational support is needed to develop and facilitate more effective WHP programs at small, rural businesses.
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