NH DHHS - Study Looks at Health Habits of NH Healthcare Workers

Concord, NH – A recent report released by the New Hampshire Department of

Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services, about

behaviors of healthcare workers in New Hampshire, entitled Health Behaviors

of New Hampshire Healthcare Workers, looked at their health behaviors and

compared them with the goals of the Healthy People 2020 initiative. By most

measures, New Hampshire’s healthcare workers are in general reaching the

goals and reported more promising prevalence of health behaviors compared

with the rest of the State’s working adults.

The study was conducted using data from the New Hampshire Behavioral Risk

Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, which is a random phone-based

health study conducted by all states every year. With the important

addition of respondent industry and occupation information, we are now able

to explore health behaviors and outcomes by a person’s type of job, or what

industry they work in. Healthcare workers taking the survey were about the

same average age as non–healthcare workers, had a higher average income,

and were more likely to have health insurance and to have seen a dentist in

the past year. By and large, they also followed common advice for better

health, such as exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.

“Though these findings are not surprising overall,” said Dr. José Montero,

Director of Public Health at DHHS, “it is helpful to know for example that

we still need to do some work on encouraging healthcare workers to get an

annual flu vaccine and exercise more. It does tell us, however, that they

are taking health messages to heart and hopefully can act as role models to


To read the brief, visit

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/hsdm/ohs/documents/healthbehav-hcw-2014.pdf. To

learn more about the Healthy People 2020 goals, go to