PH WINS is the only nationally representative survey of the state and local public health workforce. With detailed data on demographics and trends, PH WINS 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.

The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) is the only nationally representative data source of the governmental public workforce. PH WINS is a national survey of state and local public health agency employees that captures detailed demographics as well as perspectives on issues such as workforce engagement, morale, training needs, and emerging concepts in public health. In addition to publicly releasing demographics and findings at the national level, PH WINS also provides state- and city-specific data to agencies to help them understand strengths, gaps, and opportunities to improve skills, training, and employee engagement.

The PH WINS 2017 was released in January 2019. Findings from the first survey, PH WINS 2014, were released in October 2015.

Key findings:

  • 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.

 

 

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April 26, 2019
PH WINS 2014
The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) is the only nationally representative data source of the governmental […]