project brief

A UNC Chapel Hill-based Coordinating Center (UNC-CC), with expertise in chronic disease prevention, worksite health promotion, occupational health and safety, and injury prevention, will lead the newly-formed, CDC-funded Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN).  The UNC-CC will establish and implement a comprehensive workplace research agenda that advances knowledge, improves practice and creates health-supportive policies that reduce the growing U.S. chronic disease burden.  

Topic area(s): Health Disparities


The Workplace Health Research Network will engage employers, employees and communities to advance knowledge and implement effective, comprehensive and integrated approaches to promote and protect worker health, safety and well-being.


Leading the WHRN, the UNC-CC will utilize a national study survey and 12 in-depth interviews to identify data-driven ways to increase the capacity of state health departments to reach, adopt, implement and sustain evidence-based workplace health and safety approaches, especially among small employers.  Specific aims of the UNC-CC include: Providing leadership and coordinating efforts to establish and sustain a new WHRN; Contributing to the development of an applied worksite chronic disease prevention research agenda that addresses multiple disease endpoints, conditions and risk factors; Engaging key stakeholders, partners, affiliates and potential users of the WHRN deliverables to augment the network; Helping to identify and disseminate a wide array of products, policy briefs and other materials designed to improve workplace health; and establishing a mechanism for monitoring progress and evaluating the impact WHRN.


Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dates of Funding:

9/30/2014 – 9/29/2019


Principal Investigator: Laura Linnan


Project Director: Meg Pomerantz



Worksite Health Research Network