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Healthiest Maryland : Additional Resources

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Additional Resources

 

Comprehensive Guides

 

Partnership for Prevention and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Healthy Workforce 2010 and Beyond (PDF) 
This is an essential health promotion manual to help plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive health promotion program.  This all-inclusive 72 page PDF document outlines the state of health of working America, argues the case for investing in employee health, summarizes the Healthy People 2010 objectives related to businesses, offers program planning strategies, and provides programming matrices.  The book also includes a health management initiative assessment to evaluate a company’s current culture of health.
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthier Worksite Initiative (HWI)
This comprehensive website contains information, resources and step-by-step toolkits to help improve workforce health.  It is organized into four main categories: 1) Program Design -  which includes resources for planning, assessing needs, implementation and evaluation; 2) Policies - such as alternative work schedules, tobacco-free campus, and lactation support programs; 3) Toolkits - for general workforce health promotion, nutritious eating, physical activity and health screening; and 4) Quick Resources – includes the Healthy Hospital Practice to Practice (P2P) Series, which is a list of hospital success stories.
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Lean Works- A Workplace Obesity Prevention Program 
This is a very detailed and data-heavy site that presents comprehensive steps to build a program including information on everything from a needs assessment to creating an activity action plan to conducting a program evaluation.  Throughout the site, there are helpful interviews with experts to provide additional aid for accomplishing each step.  Finally, there is an additional resources section with an obesity cost calculator, recommendations and promising practices, a tools index, and links to state tool kits and resources.
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Community Guide
This Guide to Community Preventive Services prioritizes the selection of programs and policies that improve health and prevent disease by providing information on evidence-based recommendations and findings.  The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent nonfederal and uncompensated body of public health and prevention experts, makes recommendations based on systematic reviews of interventions in many topic areas—including tobacco, physical activity, obesity, nutrition, the worksite, social environment, alcohol, diabetes, and many others.  Each topic lists relevant interventions and whether or not they are recommended.
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation (CHANGE)
This is a 100 page action guide that helps a community team assess and prioritize needs for improvement. The guide assists the team with the data collection process and helps the team map out a plan of action.
               
Carefirst BlueCross Blue Shield: Planning Your Worksite Wellness Program
The webpage presents 4 easy to follow steps to help start your program.  It contains many great ideas and examples in bullet point format and includes several helpful documents such as an employee interest survey and a return on investment (ROI) calculation tool.
 
California Department of Public Health: Worksite Program California Fit Business Kit
This practical suite of tools and resources helps employers encourage workers to eat healthy and to increase physical activity.  The kit includes simple guides with prewritten templates, policies and flyers to help promote a culture of wellness such as providing healthy vending machine selections, farmer’s markets, walking clubs and many more.  The site also includes a “Check for Health” to evaluate an organization’s current culture of health and a document to help your company establish a worksite wellness committee.
 
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services: Wisconsin Worksite Wellness Resource Kit (PDF)
This thorough, yet easy to follow, 117 page guide that has all the resources, tools, and information to develop a comprehensive worksite wellness program.  It gives a brief, yet convincing argument to implement a worksite wellness program and then goes through six steps to getting started.  The programming step is wonderfully organized by amount of resources (low, medium and high) and by focus areas such as nutrition, physical activity, mental health, tobacco cessation, and more.  There are many specific programming suggestions listed, with each containing an associated link connecting you to a practical resource to help implement the program at your company.  The guide also has useful appendices including disease specific resources, a worksite wellness assessment checklist, a worksite wellness survey, an action plan work sheet, a sample budget, and more.
 
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: NC HealthSmart Worksite Wellness Toolkit
This toolkit contains 5 comprehensive workbooks to help with forming a committee, eating smart, moving more, quitting smoking, and managing stress.  Each workbook can be downloaded for free from the website and contains handouts, posters, program suggestions, sample policies, and easy-to-follow guidelines to implement each progra

This publication provides detailed information about cancer in the workplace, including costs to employers; risk factors, incidence, mortality, and screening recommendations for four of the most common types of cancer; and specific strategies for employers related to cancer prevention and management.

Informational Resources
 
Partnership for Prevention: Leading by Example 
Partnership for Prevention has developed two new publications:  "Leading by Example: The Value of Worksite Health Promotion to Small- and Medium-Sized Employers," and "Leading by Example: Creating Healthy Communities through Corporate Engagement," both of which can be downloaded from their website.  These are fantastic publications.  The former contains information on the relationship between health and productivity, health promotion, the value of health risk assessments, preventative screening, and how to reduce each of the risk factors for chronic disease.  The latter presents the business case and ideas that work to promote risk factor reduction such as tobacco cessation and healthy eating.  Both sources highlight many “success stories” of various businesses.  The Programming Matrix included in the Healthiest Maryland Businesses Resources was adapted from these publications.
 
Partnership for Prevention ranked the health impact and cost effectiveness of 25 preventive health services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Services and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. This guide offers key information employers can use to inform their medical plan design and other employee health programs.
 
Wellness Council of America: WELCOA Free Resources 
WELCOA is a national non-profit organization that has distributed more than 2.5 million articles, case studies, incentive campaigns, expert interviews, and white papers at no charge.  The “7 C’s” introduced on this website come from WELCOA.  The website offers case studies and interviews with companies that have created successful health promotion programs that are a great source to discover ideas that have worked in the past.  Furthermore, there are PowerPoint presentations and examples of forms and documents that can be used to help start your program.  If you become a member for an annual fee of $365, WELCOA will help you with even more tools, information, and resources to design a successful wellness program.
 
Wellsteps is a vendor that will create a wellness program for your company at a cost.  However, they offer free webinars and a free return-on-investment (ROI) calculator.  After inputting some data, the calculator displays graphs showing the projected costs, the impact of reducing obesity, the impact of reducing smoking, and the impact of wellness programs on healthcare costs, absenteeism and presenteeism.
 
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: The Maryland Healthcare Personnel Immunization Initiative  
The Maryland Healthcare  Personnel Immunization Initiative is a collaboration between the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland Partnership for Prevention, and professional associations across the state. Since its inception seven years ago, the Maryland Healthcare Personnel Immunization Initiative has enlisted dozens of healthcare facilities and providers in the fight against the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases in healthcare settings. The Initiative has raised awareness locally and nationally about the importance of vaccination among healthcare professionals. This year's toolkit features new information and updated versions of important resources to support vaccination campaigns.

The Business Planning and Flu Prevention website links to worksite resources and toolkits. Each flu season, the workplace is a location where everyone can help stop the spread of influenza.  Businesses and other employers have a key role in protecting employees' health and safety by promoting positive and healthy behaviors such as encouraging staff to get a flu shot, practicing good hygiene habits, and staying home if they think they have the flu.
 
Tobacco Resources
 
National Cancer Institute: Healthy Monday- Quit and Stay Quit 
This website recommends using every Monday people to recommit to stopping smoking, celebrate progress or to quit smoking again if they relapse.  It provides a new tip each Monday that provides weekly support, as well as many resources including tobacco facts, brochures, posters, message boards, a smokefree tip widget, pledge site, and the national quit hotline.
 
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Maryland Quit Line 
Making a phone call can be the first step to quitting smoking.  The Department provides free and confidential tobacco quit coaching, support, and medications over four phone calls.
 
National Business Coalition on Health: Health Plan Tobacco Cessation Performance (PDF) 
The report describes purchaser expectations for health plan performance with respect to tobacco cessation and key results from eValue8, the nation's leading RFI tool assessing health plan performance on behalf of employers.
 
North Dakota Department of Health: Employer's Toolkit for a Tobacco-Free Workplace (PDF) 
This is a practical tool for developing tobacco-free policies and programs in your workplace. It provides information making the case for creating a tobacco free workplace, a sample policy, and many posters to help with the campaign.
 
Partnership for Prevention: Smoke-Free Policies (PDF) 
This is an action guide to help establish a smoke-free ordinance to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke in indoor worksites and public places.  It provides 17 steps including a community assessment, education materials, how to organize resources, and how to draft, promote, and implement a smoke-free ordinance.
 

Breastfeeding Support Resources

 
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Maryland Breast Feeding Initiative 
This program includes documents describing the benefits to employers, workplace guidelines for establishing a lactation support room, requirements for a lactation support room, breastfeeding-friendly award application, and a breastfeeding benefits flyer.
 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: The Business Case for Breastfeeding 
The Business Case for Breastfeeding is a comprehensive program designed to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace.  The website provides a document with easy steps to support employees, as well as a comprehensive toolkit containing a sample policy, program assessment form, timeline, feedback forms and promotional flyers.