Conduct a health risk assessment (HRA) or employee health survey to gain information about the current health status of employees, their health concerns and goals. Worksite interventions may use an assessment of health risks with feedback (AHRF) alone or as part of a broader worksite health promotion program that includes health education and other health promotion components offered as follow-up to the HRA
The Community Guide to Prevention Services defines the use of HRA and feedback as follows:
Employee health risk assessments or health surveys help individuals to:
For employers, an employee health risk assessment or health survey can help to:
Assessment or survey results can be sorted by employee characteristics such as age, race and ethnicity, type of job function, height, weight and health conditions. Employers can then use this information to customize materials and activities to target groups of employees with particular needs or concerns. The results can also help wellness program coordinators create promotional materials that generate enthusiasm and participation.
Conduct an employee health assessment or health survey before and after (typically after one year) to determine whether the program has met its goals. For example, a second survey can determine whether a worksite wellness program helped reduce the percentage of employees who report cigarette smoking.
Learn more about Health Risk Assessments and Employee Health Surveys at ACOEM Blueprint for Health. Tools and templates to conduct health risk assessments and employee health surveys can be found on the ACOEM site.