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Safety & Health in Healthcare

Safety & Health through Integrated, Facilitated Teams (SHIFT) Study

Principal Investigator: Laura Punnett 

The Safety & Health through Integrated, Facilitated Teams (SHIFT) study is an intervention research study that addresses employee health, safety, and well-being in six public sector healthcare institutions in the New England region. We will evaluate the effectiveness of an adapted form of the CPH-NEW Healthy Workplace Participatory Program (HWPP) for strengthening cohesiveness, engagement, and impact of pre-existing joint labor-management health and safety committees (HSC) in the participating sites.

The sites are enrolled in three pairs, matched by agency and type of services. For each pair of sites, one will be randomly selected for immediate HWPP intervention, and the paired organization will serve as a control for about 2.5 years, at which point they will receive the intervention. Follow-up data from intervention and control groups will assess program effectiveness and the interaction of workplace and non-occupational health risks. Process evaluations will examine barriers to and facilitators of program uptake, reach, and effectiveness.