Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey

The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) is the first nationally representative survey of individual state health agency workers.

More than 10,000 public health workers from 37 state health agencies participated.

The de Beaumont Foundation, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), surveyed public health workers about workforce development priorities, the workplace environment, and key national initiatives. The three major aims of the survey were: to inform future investments in workforce development; to establish a baseline of key workforce development metrics; and to explore workforce attitudes, morale, and climate.


  • Joint press release from de Beaumont Foundation & ASTHO announcing key survey results
  • Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey supplement (open access)
  • “Thinking Beyond the Silos: Emerging Priorities in Workforce Development for State and Local Government Public Health Agencies;” a journal article on workforce development priorities

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  • What’s next: PH WINS: Research to Action press release
  • “Time to Get to Work(force): Practical Steps to Building a Stronger, More Sustainable Public Health Workforce;” a blog post from CEO Ed Hunter
  • In January 2016, de Beaumont Foundation and ASTHO issued a joint request for proposals (RFP) seeking teams to participate in a learning collaborative that will foster partnerships and improve workforce development practices in state and local health agencies. Teams from South Carolina, Maryland, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Massachusetts were selected.
  • With a grant from the de Beaumont Foundation, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine conducted a qualitative analysis of the PH WINS survey data. Read more.
  • In June 2017, de Beaumont Foundation and ASTHO issued a joint request for proposals (RFP) seeking exemplary model policies and practices related to workforce development. The Model Policies and Practice Challenge will award up to $10,000 to three state and local health agencies. Learn more.