Key Findings of PH WINS 2017
- Despite high levels of job satisfaction, a large proportion of workers are considering leaving their organization in the next year. Top reasons include dissatisfaction with pay, lack of opportunity for advancement, and workplace environment.
- The majority of workers are satisfied with their jobs, but are less satisfied with their organizations and even less so with their pay.
- Workers indicate a high level of engagement, but do not believe that creativity and innovation are rewarded or that communication between senior leadership and staff is good.
- The top areas of training needs are budgeting and financial management, systems and strategic thinking, change management, and developing a vision for a healthy community.
- Demographically, the workforce is not representative of the nation in terms of gender or age.
Source: de Beaumont Foundation and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey: 2017 Findings. Online. phwins.org/most-recent-findings/.Date.
Additional 2017 PH WINS Resources
News and Commentary
- News release: “New Workforce Survey: Public Health Turnover Could Pose Threat to Community Health“
- “PH WINS Reveals Gaps, Needs, and Opportunities: Now What?,” by Brian Castrucci, CEO, de Beaumont Foundation
- “The Public Health Learning Navigator: Meeting the Training Needs of the Workforce,” by Kris Risley, de Beaumont Foundation, and Jennifer McKeever, National Network of Public Health Institutes
- PH WINS Supplement, Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, March/April 2019 – 24 special articles and editorials on the implications of the findings from the 2017 PH WINS survey. Following are samples of those articles:
- “Moving From Data to Action: Necessary Next Steps to a Better Governmental Public Health Workforce,” Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, March/April 2019
- “Changes in the State Governmental Public Health Workforce: Demographics and Perceptions, 2014-2017,” Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, March/April 2019
- “Making a Living in Governmental Public Health: Variation in Earnings by Employee Characteristics and Work Setting,” Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, March/April 2019
- “Unleashing the Creativity and Innovation of Our Greatest Resource—The Governmental Public Health Workforce,” Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, March/April 2019