The “Total Worker Health” Concept: A Case Study in a Rural Workplace

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Abstract

Objective:

This case study was conducted to identify barriers of integration of health protection and health promotion in rural workplaces with tailored interventions that address the identified barriers.

Methods:

Data on a workplace's ability to integrate wellness programs and health protection programs were collected through a questionnaire along with a seven-question interview. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the quantitative data. Qualitative measures were assessed using thematic analysis. Based off the results of the assessments, the company received tailored training sessions.

Results:

The largest hindrance to organizational support was time. However, improved knowledge about the need and importance of integration helped the participants to conceptualize and plan for more collaboration between departments.

Conclusions:

New ways to increase integration at workplaces, especially rural workplaces are needed. More comprehensive interventions that include management are also needed.

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