About PH WINS

What is PH WINS?

The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) is an online survey of individual workers at governmental public health agencies fielded by the de Beaumont Foundation in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). It captures individual governmental public health workers’ perspectives on key issues such as workforce engagement and morale, training needs, and addressing public health issues, and collects data on demographics of the workforce. PH WINS is the only nationally representative data source about the governmental public health workforce. 

PH WINS is supported by the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC)Region V Public Health Training CenterNorthwest Center for Public Health Practice, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Learn more about the de Beaumont Foundation, which created PH WINS in conjunction with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

PH WINS 2021 was fielded from September 2021 to January 2022.

  • Include PH WINS metrics in a strategic plan
  • Create a workforce development plan (including for use in accreditation documentation for the Public Health Accreditation Board)
  • Provide staff with training that meets their needs and perceived skill gaps
  • Compare department workforce statistics to national benchmarks
  • Institute changes to increase engagement and satisfaction
  • Foster a culture of continuous quality improvement
  • Inform succession planning
  • Help national organizations advocate for resources for the governmental public health workforce

About Participating in PH WINS

Who can participate in PH WINS?

PH WINS surveys the entire public health workforce at participating state and local health agencies.

If your health agency agreed to participate in PH WINS, all employees in the agency received an invitation to complete the survey.

If your agency agreed to participate in PH WINS, your agency leadership shared the email addresses for staff with the PH WINS research team. Your email will be used only to administer the survey.

  • To better understand the workforce’s strengths and gaps and identify opportunities to improve skills, training, and employee engagement
  • To inform and guide future workforce research and development, such as recruitment and retention efforts
  • To support employees in modernizing their traditional public health roles to meet the evolving needs of the public
  • To identify demographic trends and their implications for the workforce
  • To identify and prioritize my training needs within the department
  • To influence and encourage improvement and change at the department
  • To help inform future workforce development investments and efforts at the department and nationwide

About PH WINS Results

When will my agency receive our results?

All participating agencies that met their required response rate will receive their agency-level reports in summer 2022. For more information, please contact phwins@debeaumont.org.

Sign up to be notified when PH WINS 2021 results are available. 

Your responses and those of your colleagues and agencies across the country will be used to inform and guide workforce research, development, and training. The de Beaumont Foundation and its research team will analyze and summarize the data at the agency and national levels. Please be assured that your responses to PH WINS will be kept private and confidential. Your agency will receive a report of aggregated results, and your answers will not be able to be traced back to you. Your agency will not have access to the data set or individual responses.

No. The de Beaumont Foundation is committed to protecting the privacy of respondents. All responses from the survey will be kept confidential. To protect participants’ privacy, identifiable information such as employee names and email addresses will be separated from the responses. Only the de Beaumont Foundation research team will have access to this information.

The de Beaumont Foundation and its research team analyze the data, and package and distribute reports to participating agencies that achieve a sufficient response rate. Required response rates vary by health department size. Please see the chart under “What response rate is required…?” to determine the required response rate. Each of these reports will reflect aggregate data of the department employees’ responses. Agencies will not have access to the data set or individual responses.

The de Beaumont Foundation is committed to protecting the privacy of respondents. All responses from the survey will be kept confidential. Identifiable information such as employee names and email addresses will be separated from the responses to protect participant privacy. Only the de Beaumont research team will have access to this information. The de Beaumont research team will ensure respondent privacy is protected.

The chart below shows the minimum response rate needed based on staff size.

Staff SizeMinimum Response RateApproximate # of Respondents
2594%24
4091%37
5089%45
6087%53
7085%60
8083%75
9081%73
10080%80
20066%132
30056%168
400+50%200+