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Best Practices in Evaluating Worksite Health Promotion Programs

Although there is a consensus that program evaluation is a key component of a ‘‘best-practice’’ approach to designing and implementing employee health programs, it is less clear what constitutes best practice in program evaluation. A recent commentary on the cost benefit of worksite health promotion (WHP) programs addressed the skepticism among some that prevention programs may have merit but are unlikely to produce savings for society. Some argue that worksites are uniquely suited for combining tenets of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention to improve population health at a relatively low cost compared to the cost of treating conditions that could have been prevented. It is a salient commentary in an economic climate that has caused many organizations to reassess their WHP programs. Indeed, today’s financial challenges serve as a test of the extent to which U.S. employers view WHP programs as an investment in human capital.

The study, “Best Practices in Evaluating Worksite Health Promotion Programs,” was published in the The Art of Health Promotion January/Febraury 2010 issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP).

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