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UNC: Linnan Honored with Paper of the Year Award for Research on Workplace Health in America

Dr. Laura Linnan, senior associate dean of academic affairs and professor of health behavior at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, is first author on a paper that has been chosen by the American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP) as the Editor-in-Chief Paper of the Year for 2019.

The paper, titled “Results of the Workplace Health in America Survey,” originally published in April of 2019.

The papers are selected according to criteria that include well-executed research, clear and engaging writing, timeliness, and a high rate of citations and downloads. In addition, this award honors researchers who bring “outstanding humanity to their field of inquiry and bigheartedness to their writing.”

The writing team for this paper consists of collaborators Dr. Laurie Cluff and Mr. Michael Penne of Research Triangle International (RTI), Mr. Jason Lang of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Ms. Maija Leff, program manager at Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health and adjunct instructor in the Gillings School’s Total Worker Health certificate program.

The paper summarized key results from the 2017 Workplace Health in America Survey, a national employer survey collaboratively conducted by the Gillings School, RTI and the CDC. The survey documented the prevalence of worksite-based safety and health promotion programs in a nationally representative sample of employers by size, business sector and geographic location. The survey also gathered information on how workplace health and safety programs are administered; the extent to which evidence-based workplace health promotion programs, policies and practices are used; types of incentives in place; and a host of additional information.

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