We have a new name and a new mission.
The Veterans Health Administration’s Employee Health Promotion Disease and Impairment Prevention Program expanded in 2012 and now includes advocacy for a drug-free workplace and prevention of provider impairment.
Our new mission is to provide staff with the educational and training opportunities and resources needed to reduce the incidence of preventable illness, injury, and impairment. The program continues to support healthier lifestyles for employees.
The program’s five core subprograms are:
- Training and Certification (Employee Health Promotion Disease Prevention Guidebook, coach/coordinator certification, urine drug collection training)
- Regulatory Compliance (compliance controls for drug testing)
- Behavioral Surveys (prevalence of health behaviors and chronic health conditions in health care personnel; structure and performance of facility drug testing programs)
- Impaired Provider Prevention (procedures for identification, referral, and monitoring of impaired providers)
- Collaborative Programs (VA2K; Healthier Federal Workers Conference; Office of Personnel Management Policy Review for Federal Government Agencies; Clinical Practice Guidelines for Lower Back and Neck, Post-Injury Exercises, Motivational Interviewing for Influenza Vaccine Acceptance in conjunction with Clinical Occupational Health)