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Table 4 State Health Departments' Capacity for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and Workplace Health Promotion (WHP)

From: Workplace health promotion and safety in state and territorial health departments in the United States: a national mixed-methods study of activity, capacity, and growth opportunities

  OSH survey respondents (n=39) WHP survey respondents (n=40)
Total funding for OSH/WHP activities over the past 12 months
 Median $150,000 $57,500
 $0 19% (6) 30% (9)
 Up to $50 K 13% (4) 17% (5)
 $51 K - $150 K 26% (8) 30% (9)
 $151 K - $500 K 29% (9) 20% (6)
 More than $500 K 13% (4) 3% (1)
Total FTEs conducting OSH/WHP activities over the past 12 months
 Median 1 FTE 1 FTE
 Interquartile range 0.3 FTE – 4.5 FTE 0.1 FTE – 1.5 FTE
Perception of SHDs’ competency to perform the following:
Surveillance activities
 Advanced-Expert 58% (21) 44% (17)
 Basic-Intermediate 33% (12) 49% (19)
 Minimal or None 8% (3) 8% (3)
Implementation support/Follow-up intervention and prevention activities*
 Advanced-Expert 31% (11) 56% (22)
 Basic-Intermediate 53% (19) 36% (14)
 Minimal or None 17% (6) 8% (3)
Direct service activities
 Advanced-Expert 22% (8) 35% (13)
 Basic-Intermediate 36% (13) 43% (16)
 Minimal or None 42% (15) 22% (8)
Organizational and leadership support
SHD’s commitment to OSH/WHP
 Very-extremely 30% (11) 44% (17)
 Slightly-moderately 56% (20) 56% (22)
 Not at all 14% (5) 0% (0)
Level of priority SHD assigns to OSH/WHP
 High-very high 13% (5) 21% (8)
 Low-moderate 66% (25) 74% (28)
 Not a priority 21% (8) 5% (2)
Overall capacity to support employers with OSH/WHP in the state (self-reported)
 Moderate-substantial 21% (8) 33% (13)
 Minimal-some 68% (26) 62% (24)
 None 11% (4) 5% (2)
  1. *WHP respondents were asked to rate their SHD’s competency for “Implementation support activities”, while OSH respondents for “Follow-up intervention and prevention” activities. See methods for definitions