New from the CDC: Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC)

The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) was created as a tool to help employers evaluate their workplace health promotion programs. The tool helps to determine whether the programs are evidence-based interventions, considered to be the most effective type of interventions. The tool was also designed to help identify any gaps in the programs and to help prioritize strategies to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

The HSC, was developed by the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in collaboration with the Emory University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS), the Research Triangle Institute, the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) Workplace Workgroup, and an expert panel of federal, state, academic, and private sector (individuals who contributed to the development of the CDC Worksite HSC.

State health departments may assist employers and business coalitions in using the tool and help find ways to establish healthier workplaces. State health departments also can use the tool for monitoring worksite practices, establishing best practice benchmarks, and to track improvements in worksite health promotion programs over time to more effectively direct resources to support employers.