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Capacity Building

These projects involve developing employer resources, investigating and documenting best practices, and presenting the business case for workforce and community health and wellbeing initiatives. 

Capacity-Building Projects

Johns Hopkins P.O.E. Total Worker Health Center in Mental Health (2021-2026) 

As part of the research team at the Johns Hopkins P.O.E. Total Worker Health ® Center in Mental Health, the Institute is engaged in two of the Center’s studies: 1) a one-year study to investigate COVID-19 stressors faced by essential workers in the food service industry, and 2) a five-year study focused on improving the mental health, wellbeing, physical health, and safety of essential workers in healthcare. 

The de Beaumont Foundation – Innovative, Multi-Sector Partnerships for Community Transformation (IMPACT) in Public Health (2022-2025) 

The Institute is providing technical assistance to develop a measurement and evaluation framework to catalyze partnerships between governmental public health departments and the private sector to advance a shared vision for health, equity, and economic prosperity in their communities.   

The Luv u Project (2016-Present) 

The Luv u Project supported the Department of Mental Health at BSPH and the Institute in hosting the Mental Health in the Workplace: A Public Health Summit in 2016 and launched the Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace in January 2022.


Transamerica Center for Health Studies – Employer’s Guide to Value on Investment (2019-2020) 

The Institute developed an Employer’s Guide on Value on Investment (VOI), which assesses workplace interventions for diabetes and hypertension and provides a road map for employers to make informed decisions on how to direct scarce resources on common health conditions.


CDC - CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard Evidence Review and Update (2015-2018) 

The Institute revised items and added topic-specific modules to update the evidence base for 18 modules in the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard, a tool for assessing employer health promotion programs to prevent adverse health outcomes in the workplace.


CDC – Workplace Health Promotion Resource Center (2015-2018) 

The Institute collaborated with ICF International and Truven Health Analytics to assist the CDC in building a central, virtual informational clearinghouse of credible research, tools and resources, and technical assistance for employers and other key stakeholders. The CDC Workplace Health Resource Center (WHRC) was launched in August 2017.

The Monday Campaigns – Developing a Monday Wellness Evaluation Toolkit (2015-2016) 

The Institute developed an Evaluation Toolkit for the Monday Campaigns, a non-profit organization. The Toolkit consisted of turn-key resources, including the Organizational and Employee Assessment Self-Evaluation Forms. 

CDC – Workplace Health Research Network (2014-2016) 

The Institute worked on a five-year research agenda with the Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN), funded by the CDC, to inform and apply best practices in workplace health promotion. Instructional “Employer User Guides” were delivered to offer simple, step-by-step strategies for health interventions in the workplace.

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Transamerica Center for Health Studies – Developing a Workplace Health Promotion Guide for Employers (2014-2015) 

The Institute developed targeted communication products directed at leaders in the employer community, highlighting the benefits of workplace health promotion programs and strategies for implementation.


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ChangeLab Solutions – Consulting on Ways to Increase Opportunities and Incentives for Worksite Physical Activity (2015) 

The Institute provided subject matter expertise to ChangeLab Solutions in support of its CDC-funded project focused on increasing physical activity in worksite settings. The Institute developed metrics for policies and wrote the evaluation chapter for the guide.


American Heart Association – Developing a Culture of Health “Playbook” (2015) 

 The Institute and the American Heart Association (AHA) created a web-based “playbook” that provided scientifically supported, actionable steps for organizational leaders to build and sustain successful cultures of health at their workplaces. The Institute reviewed and translated the current scientific literature into specific ideas, recommendations, and tools for the playbook. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Promoting Healthy Workplaces (2013-2015) 

The Institute partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to identify and disseminate the best workplace health promotion practices. Using a journalistic approach, the project educated corporate executives about the benefits of workplace health promotion programs by showcasing program achievements and factors that influence successful implementation.


Singapore – Analytic and Consulting Support for the Healthy Living Index (2011-2012) 

The Institute provided consulting to the Singapore Health Promotion Board (HPB) to develop the Healthy Living Index (HLI), a web-based instrument designed to assess individual health behaviors. The Institute provided consulting services and prepared a white paper outlining the HLI’s development, content domains, scoring schema, communication strategy, implementation logistics, and evaluation methods. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Worksite Health ScoreCard (2009-2012) 

In collaboration with the CDC, state health departments, and worksite experts, the Institute developed the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard – a tool that helps employers assess their health promotion programs, identify gaps, and prioritize high-impact interventions to prevent adverse health outcomes.