Organizational Health Initiative
Bridging the gap between organizational health and employee health
The Organizational Health Initiative (OHI) is a collaborative initiative between various units at Saint Louis University. OHI is dedicated to bridging the gap between the science of organizational health and the healthy workplace, as well as the application of sound research principles for the betterment of the organization and its employees. OHI projects can help to tap the strength of an organization's employees to improve bottom-line effectiveness.
With projects that can target such areas as workplace stress, work-life balance, employee health, and employee involvement, OHI can work with an organization to identify opportunities for change.
Though OHI provides some training and intervention design work, the primary goals of OHI are:
- To assist organizations in the assessment of current organizational health and employee health issues
- To identify meaningful, high-leverage options for improvement
OHI builds on the work of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP). Members of OHI provide research services for the national program, which:
- Recognizes organizations that have fostered a healthy workplace
- Provides resources for employees to help them develop a healthy workplace
OHI programs incorporate agenda-free assessments of the health of an organization and its employees. Through the use of online surveys, focus groups and other techniques, OHI can provide an organization with a thorough comprehensive assessment, and work with organizations to identify specific strategies for improving its overall health.
Because of its association with Saint Louis University, OHI has access to a variety of expertise in areas related to business, psychology, health and wellness, public policy, management, nursing and other domains. As such, OHI projects provide a bridge between organizations and topical experts, as a means of solving underlying problems or increasing overall effectiveness.
Finally, because OHI is associated with the School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University, it can respond quickly to organizational needs.