This project was a collaboration between the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Western Kentucky University (WKU) Department of Public Health.

Funding for this study was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement 2B01DP009022-13 through the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Results of the Kentucky Worksite Assessment: Utilization of the CDC’s Health ScoreCard.

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Study Objectives and Research Approach

A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) conducted in 2011-2012 of a proposed Kentucky Worksite Wellness Tax Credit highlighted gaps in the data available on worksite wellness programs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Conducting a state-wide assessment of worksite wellness programs was a recommendation that resulted from this HIA.

The purpose of the assessment is to:

1) Identify the number of comprehensive worksite health promotion programs in Kentucky.

2) Determine the health needs of worksites in Kentucky.

By Identifying current wellness practices in Kentucky, better tools and support can be provided at a state level to assist organizations to implement results-oriented wellness programs. As worksite wellness science continues to advance and the expectations of successful outcomes continue to increase, more will be required of those in charge of these programs.

Upon receiving approval from WKU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), 1,200 randomly drawn businesses received a questionnaire via email. Two-week increments were allowed for workplaces that needed reminders or more time to complete the survey. The survey began in May 2013 and closed in October 2013.

Data was analyzed for outstanding themes, which will form the bases for decisions made on the needs of worksite-wellness programs in Kentucky. Data was analyzed further — descriptively and inferentially — to determine worksite factors that contribute to the increasing trends of chronic diseases in the workplace.


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