Implementation of the healthy workplace participatory program in a retail setting: A feasibility study and framework for evaluation

Jaime R. Strickland, Anna M. Kinghorn, Bradley A. Evanoff, Ann Marie Dale

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Participatory methods used in Total Worker Health® programs have not been well studied, and little is known about what is needed to successfully implement these programs. We conducted a participatory health promotion program with grocery store workers using the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program (HWPP) from the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace. We recruited a design team made up of six line-level workers and a steering committee with management and union representatives; a research team member facilitated the program. Using a formal evaluation framework, we measured program implementation including workplace context, fidelity to HWPP materials, design team and steering committee engagement, program outputs, and perceptions of the program. The HWPP was moderately successful in this setting, but required a substantial amount of worker and facilitator time. Design team members did not have the skills needed to move through the process and the steering committee did not offer adequate support to compensate for the team’s shortfall. The evaluation framework provided a simple and practical method for identifying barriers to program delivery. Future studies should address these barriers to delivery and explore translation of this program to other settings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number590
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 2 2019


  • Logic model
  • Organizational readiness
  • Participatory methods
  • Process evaluation
  • Program implementation
  • Total worker health


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