What Was Involved?
There were three elements of work involved in collecting interventions for the Catalogue:
- establishing criteria
- searching for possible interventions
- gathering intervention information and materials
The Well-Regarded Intervention Advisory Group worked together to construct the Intervention Criteria. The criteria were used to decide if an intervention should be included in the Catalogue.
Each intervention needed to meet each of the following seven criteria:
- Is accessible to workplace practitioners in Ontario, either electronically directly from the source or via THCU, or on paper directly from the source.
- Available in English.
- Is applicable to the workplace setting and is relevant to CWHP.1
- Addresses at least one of the catalogue topics.2
- There is sufficient and relevant information available to support local adaptation/adoption.3
- There is well documented evaluation evidence to show that the program has a positive outcome and/or impact results in that setting using sound evaluation practices. Interventions which have sound process evaluation results and which appear promising are also included and labeled as having had a process evaluation only.
- Is the program still relevant? Interventions are currently being used and have been developed or updated since 2000.
You can check to see if your intervention meets the criteria by nominating your intervention.
THCU conducted an internet search using "workplace health" along with following terms:
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity
- Tobacco use prevention
- Reproductive health
- Sexual health promotion
- Work-life balance
- Breastfeeding promotion
- Healthy environments
- Occupational health & safety
- Sun safety
- Violence prevention
- Hypertension prevention
- Chronic disease prevention (e.g., diabetes/heart disease/stroke/cancer prevention and early detection and screening promotion)
- Substance abuse prevention
- Healthy weights promotion / obesity prevention
- Mental health promotion
- Shift work
- Infectious disease control (e.g., CDC/Pandemic flu planning, HIV/AIDS, Hep A/B/C)
- Organizational culture
- THCU searched the following databases:
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) database
- National Quality Institute database
- Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia Workplace Database
- THCU placed a request for nominations on:
- the CLICK4HP listserv,
- Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin
- South Central Working Group listserv
- CCOHS listserv
- THCU Workplace Virtual Community
- The Well-Regarded Intervention Advisory Group disseminated a request for nominations to colleagues and relevant stakeholders, including the Canadian Healthy Workplace Council.
- THCU reviewed the content of THCU’s Well-Regarded Initiatives for Workplace Health & Wellness Promotion document and other THCU materials
- THCU reviewed the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion’s website.
THCU adapted the “Canadian Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Initiatives Database” Questionnaire in order to collect detailed information about each intervention that met the seven criteria. THCU then worked with the source organization to complete the questionnaire and create an intervention summary, as well as gather the relevant resources for each intervention.
As defined in previous THCU documents, workplace health interventions are categorized into three groups: occupational health and safety (OHS); voluntary health practices; and organizational change (OC).
Healthy Eating; Physical Activity; Tobacco Use Prevention; Reproductive Health; Sexual Health Promotion; Work-life Balance; Breastfeeding Promotion; Healthy Environments; Occupational Health & Safety; Sun Safety; Violence Prevention; Hypertension Prevention; Chronic Disease Prevention; Substance Abuse Prevention; Healthy Weights Promotion/Obesity Prevention; Mental Health Promotion; Shift Work; Infectious Disease Control; Organizational Culture
- Information available to support local adaptation/adoption includes information about how to implement the intervention (e.g., time and money resources required, key leaders to be involved, steps to implement), copies of materials, information about the context the program was used in, information to help users decide if it fits within their workplace, etc.