Online Program

Your health is in their hands: Findings from the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Katie Sellers, DrPH, CPH, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, VA
Brian Castrucci, MA, de Beaumont Foundation, Bethesda, MD
Debbie Boyer, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma City, OK
Leaders in the field of public health workforce research have been calling for better data on the public health workforce for decades. There is very little research on the demographic characteristics of the public health workforce, educational qualifications, salaries, job satisfaction, the workplace environment, or individual workers’ perspectives on important topics in public health.

The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) was undertaken to fill these research gaps by collecting key public health workforce data from individual workers themselves. PH WINS is the first nationally representative survey to collect data from state health agency workers about critical issues in today’s transforming health system such as the diversity of the public health workforce, workers’ ability to meet difficult challenges ahead, worker perspectives on current national trends, and aspects of the workplace environment that are likely to impact worker recruitment, retention, development, and performance. PH WINS had three main goals: inform future workforce development investments, establish a baseline to use to evaluate future workforce development efforts, and to explore workforce attitudes, morale, and climate.

This session will cover the consensus building work undertaken with leaders from across the field of public health before the survey was developed, the methods and results from the survey, as well as the implications and practical ways public health leaders can use the data.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Describe the governmental public health workforce Identify the top training needs of the governmental public health workforce Discuss implications and action steps for public health agencies

Keyword(s): Workforce Development, Management

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I led the research project being described. I have a doctorate in public health and almost 20 years of experience in the field.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.