Creating Healthful Work Environments for Ethnically Diverse Employees Working in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

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Community and Global Health (CGU)

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Industrial and Organizational Psychology


Worksite size is a strong indicator of worksite health promotion (WHP) and employee assistance (EAP) activity. While the majority of WHP and EAP services are provided to employees working in large organizations, the majority of the workforce is employed in worksites with fewer than 50 employees (Fielding, 1991). One of the main findings of the 1992 National Survey of WHP Activities was the identification of a pressing need to under stand how to formulate effective strategies for providing comprehensive health promotion services to those working in small and medium-size companies. The purpose of this paper is to describe an industry/community/university consortium model, which has been used to develop a non-profit, community-based, integrated behavioral health care system for traditionally underserved employee populations; particularly ethnically diverse operating-level employees working in small, medium-sized, and women and/or minority-owned businesses.

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© 1997 The Haworth Press