Using the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard to Promote Organizational Change

Richard Scott Safeer, Meg Mia Lucik, Katherine Claire Christel

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Purpose: To measure the impact of tying adoption of evidence-based worksite health promotion (WHP) interventions to annual organizational strategic objectives, as measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Worksite Health ScoreCard (ScoreCard). Design: A prospective cohort study following Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) affiliates against industry-specific and large employer benchmarks from 2016-2020. Settings: JHM, the largest private employer in Maryland with facilities in Florida and the District of Columbia. Subjects: Twelve JHM affiliates representing over 40,000 employees. Intervention: A strategic objective was established annually based on the ScoreCard and organizational priorities. Measures: JHM affiliates measured their WHP efforts annually using the ScoreCard. CDC industry-specific and large employer benchmarks were collected for comparison. Analysis: ScoreCard data was assessed annually to measure deviations from CDC benchmarks, determine whether strategic objectives were met, and inform additional annual objectives. Results: JHM demonstrated improvement from 8.9 percentage points above industry-specific and 3.4 percentage points below large employer benchmarks in 2016, to 26.4 percentage points above industry-specific and 21.8 percentage points above large employer benchmarks in 2020. Conclusion: Large employers face unique challenges in implementing WHP programs. Our study suggests embedding health promotion in annual strategic objectives may alleviate these challenges by prioritizing the goal and ensuring adequate resources to be successful. There are however, some limitations on using benchmarking data for comparison.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)997-1001
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Promotion
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • employee health
  • organizational change
  • strategic objectives
  • well-being
  • wellness
  • workplace health promotion
  • workplace interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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