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Evidenced-based Firefighter Worksite Health and Safety Intervention

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R42TR000357-02
Agency Tracking Number: R42TR000357
Amount: $1,221,236.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 100
Solicitation Number: PA13-235
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-03-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-08-31
Small Business Information
Portland, OR 97223-4503
United States
DUNS: 832370303
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (503) 936-7014
Business Contact
Phone: (503) 936-7014
Research Institution
3181 SW Sam Jackson Pk Rd
PORTLAND, OR 97239-3098
United States

 Nonprofit college or university

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Worksite health promotion is a means to improve employeesandapos lifestyles enhance their wellbeing and increase productivity while reducing healthcare and disability costs However most existing worksite health programs are not evidence based Our company Odyssey Science Innovations LLC was formed by experienced health promotion researchers to take our science based programs to service We have a unique proven intervention paradigm that builds on coworker bonding accountability and support resulting in positive durable changes and a high return on investment ROI Firefighting is emblematic of workplace health and safety needs Firefightersandapos lifesaving work comes with increased risk for cancer heart disease stress related disorders and injuries This projectandapos s content and intervention strategy are based on the PHLAME Promoting Healthy Lifestyles program which is the only evidence based health and safety program for firefighters Although the original PHLAME was effective and had a high ROI its widespread use is limited by its workbook based structure and the time required for weekly meetings These are overcome with an innovative web based format which maintains its mediating features with engaging eLearning activities behavior tracking and mutual accountability in a competitive online environment Our Phase I work transferred three PHLAME sessions to a web based format accessible by smartphone tablet and computer It was used by firefighters who found it fun educational and motivating Those findings and the web based version where reviewed by individuals responsible for fire department recommendations and purchases and they endorsed full development of web based PHLAME as an integral tool for fire departments This Phase II proposal will build the complete web based PHLAME program and validate its effectiveness Working with our Phase I partnering web design firm and eLearning Production Company we will complete the program including its initial public pages and implementation components during proposal year In year we will assess program use and behavioral and economic outcomes in a prospective randomized trial with intervention and control departments representing different sizes and locations The research infrastructure and resources of Oregon Health andamp Science University OHSU our partnering institution in this STTR provide value added for OSI and OHSU Year work and findings also will inform and guide commercialization We have a decade of collaborative work with the fire service and strong support from their national union Most fire departments do not have a health and safety program and an extensive market awaits an easy to implement innovative web based derivative of the only fire service evidence based worksite health and safety program The novel format will be specific to the fire service but the platform once developed can be modified and applied for health and safety promotion with other worker groups PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE Medical costs are spiraling and more than percent of health care claims relate to individualsandapos lifestyle and health habits Worksites are a natural setting to promote healthy behaviors increase productivity and contain health care and disability costs However most worksite programs have not been proven to work and employers need effective science based health and safety programs This project will result in an innovative effective web based format for worksite health and safety promotion

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