Research has been published showing the positive financial impact of health promotion; one valuable conclusionis that it is less expensive to prevent health risks for employees than to treat medical conditions once they occur. The Maine Department of Transportation Health and Wellness Program has had many successes and positive anecdotal examples; however, a comprehensive evaluation of the program is needed. Region 5 (Aroostok) staff and leadership along with the DOT Employee Wellness Director will partner with the MSPS to conduct such an evaluation.This project includes establishinga sustainable data collection and analysis system, which is essential for creating data driven employee wellness initiatives with measured outcomes. An employee wellness model will be designed that can be replicated in other settings/offices of Maine DOT. The results will be sued to assist decision makers on best investments for employee wellness programs.
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Department of Transportation Wellness Evaluation
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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center
David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.
A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.