Making the workplace a more effective site for prevention of noncommunicable diseases in adults

Katherine Tryon, Howard Bolnick, Jennifer L. Pomeranz, Nicolaas Pronk, Derek Yach

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Abstract

Objective: Efforts to realize the potential of disease prevention in the United States have fallen behind those of peer countries, and workplace disease prevention is a major gap. This article investigates the reasons for this gap.

Methods: Literature review and expert discussions.

Results: Obstacles to effective use of workplace disease prevention include limited leadership and advocacy, poor alignment of financial incentives, limitations in research quality and investment, regulation that does not support evidence-based practice, and a dearth of community-employer partnerships.

Conclusions: We make recommendations to address these obstacles, such as the inclusion of health metrics in corporate reporting, making the workplace a central component of the strategy to combat the effect of noncommunicable diseases, and linking prevention directly benefit businesses' bottom lines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1137-1144
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume56
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 8 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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