Study Focuses on Community to Improve Worker Health

Workplaces can play a large role in improving worker health, resulting in
improved community health. But, how can workplaces and communities interact to
influence the overall health of workers? Can workers in precarious work
arrangements, often characterized by low wages and few or no benefits, rely on
their communities to help them in protecting and promoting safer and healthier
work? How can communities help their residents create opportunities for
healthier work?

Using the holistic Total Worker Health® (TWH) concept, which acknowledges risk
factors related to work that contribute to health problems previously considered
unrelated to work, the US-American National Institute for Occupational Safety
and Health (NIOSH) supports researchers exploring how to implement safer and
healthier approaches to work that extend into the community.

By engaging directly with communities and the workers within them, researchers
can continue to raise awareness of the relationship between communities, work,
and health, as well as develop new TWH interventions. As the project continues,
the next step will include intervention mapping, which plots evidenced-based
interventions to specific community needs.

Further Information

AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)