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Two years of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to increased stress and burnout, as well as post-traumatic stress symptoms, according to the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS), conducted between September 2021 and January 2022. At the same time, public health workers report that they remain committed to their jobs and communities. The survey by the de Beaumont Foundation and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials collected the perceptions of nearly 45,000 staff in state and local government public health departments. Read the research brief 

Key findings:  

  • More than half of public health employees report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and 1 in 5 say their mental health is either fair or poor. 
  • Many public health workers, especially executives, report experiencing bullying, threats, and harassment. 
  • More than 1 in 4 public health employees say they are considering leaving their organization. 
  • Despite these challenges, public health employees are committed to their jobs and their communities.

Conducted in 2014, 2017, and 2021, PH WINS is the only nationally representative survey of state and local government public health employees. The survey collects information on engagement and satisfaction, intent to leave, training needs, and public health’s most pressing issues, as well as demographic information. Additional data and analyses, including a methodological report, will be released in summer 2022.

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