Changing organizational culture: using the CEO cancer gold standard policy initiatives to promote health and wellness at a school of public health. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Worksite wellness initiatives for health promotion and health education have demonstrated effectiveness in improving employee health and wellness. We examined the effects of a multifaceted health promotion campaign on organizational capacity to meet requirements to become CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accredited. METHODS: We conducted an online survey to assess perceived organizational values and support for the five CEO Cancer Gold Standard Pillars for cancer prevention: tobacco cessation; physical activity; nutrition; cancer screening and early detection; and accessing information on cancer clinical trials. Baseline and follow-up surveys were sent 6-months apart to faculty, staff, and students at a school of public health to test the impact of a multifaceted health promotion campaign on perceived organizational change. Descriptive analyses were used to characterize percent improvement. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were used to control for participants' university status. RESULTS: The current organizational culture highly supported tobacco cessation at both time points. Significant improvements (p <.05) from baseline to follow-up were observed for questions measuring organizational values for 'prevention, screening, and early detection of cancer' and 'accessing cancer treatment and clinical trials'. CONCLUSIONS: Health promotion and education efforts using multiple approaches were effective to improve perceived organizational values and support for cancer prevention and early detection, and increase access to information about cancer clinical trials. Future studies are needed to examine broader impacts of implementing worksite health promotion initiatives.

published proceedings

  • BMC Public Health

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Towne, S. D., Anderson, K. E., Smith, M. L., Dahlke, D. V., Kellstedt, D., Purcell, N. P., & Ory, M. G.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Towne, Samuel D||Anderson, Kelsey E||Smith, Matthew Lee||Dahlke, Deborah Vollmer||Kellstedt, Debra||Purcell, Ninfa Pena||Ory, Marcia G

publication date

  • September 2015