The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) is the only nationally representative source of data about the governmental public health workforce. With detailed data on demographics and trends, the survey helps agencies identify and meet the needs of their employees and communities.
America’s public health workforce plays a vital role in protecting the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. Public health professionals protect and improve community health by:
- Preventing disease
- Promoting health and well-being
- Protecting communities; and
- Building partnerships.
PH WINS captures the perspectives of individual governmental public health workers on key issues — such as workforce engagement and morale, training needs, and emerging concepts in public health — and collects data on the demographics of the workforce. PH WINS results are used to inform and guide workforce research, development, and training.
PH WINS grew out of a 2013 convening, hosted by the de Beaumont Foundation and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), that brought together more than 30 national public health membership associations, federal agencies, and other partners. This group, which later became known as the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development, identified a need for certain strategic skills that would allow the governmental public health workforce to expand beyond traditional public health roles to meet the evolving needs of the public (see the Consortium Report for more information). They prioritized systems thinking, change management, persuasive communication, data analytics, problem solving, diversity and inclusion, resource management, and policy engagement as the most important skills critical to the sustainability of governmental public health at all levels. Prior to PH WINS, there was no national dataset on individual workers’ perceptions about workplace environment, job satisfaction, and training needs.
Benefits of Participating
In partnership with ASTHO, PH WINS was fielded in 2014 and 2017 and will be fielded again in 2021. The goals of PH WINS are to:
- Help health agencies understand workforce strengths, gaps, and opportunities to improve skills, training, and employee engagement
- Inform and guide future workforce research and development, such as recruitment and retention efforts
- Support the workforce in modernizing their traditional public health roles to meet the evolving needs of the public
- Identify demographic trends and their implications for the workforce
Agencies can use PH WINS in the following ways:
- Include a PH WINS metric on a strategic plan
- Create a workforce development plan
- Provide staff with training that meets their needs and perceived skill gaps
- Institute changes to increase engagement and satisfaction
- Foster a culture of continuous quality improvement