Well-designed wellness programs can keep healthy employees healthy, support employees with health risks to improve their health behaviors, and facilitate organizational efforts to achieve workforce performance goals. Productivity lost through absenteeism, sickness, and injury was a key driver for the development of the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) Region 5 wellness program, offered since 2004. In 2008, the Maine DOT engages the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service to create a more robust and sustainable evaluation process for their employee wellness initiative, as assist in planning to replicate the Region 5 program across the state. The Muskie School evaluation team developed a logic model as the cornerstone for determining the components for program evaluation. The desired outcome of a "safe, injury-free work environment that costs less to maintain and operates at full capacity" provided the direction to develop activities, inputs, outputs, and short-term outcomes.
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Maine Department of Transportation Region 5 Employee Wellness Program Evaluation Report
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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.