Workforce Development and Research

PH WINS: Research to Action

PH WINS: Research to Action built on the findings of the 2014 Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) to meet the training and development needs of the public health workforce.

Model Policies and Practices Challenge

The 2018 PH WINS: Research to Action Model Policies and Practices Challenge allows for state, territorial, and freely-associated state health agencies and local health departments to identify and submit successful and innovative workforce development policies and practices for an award recognizing the policy or practice as a model for other agencies and departments to adapt and implement.

The highest scoring applications state/territorial, local, and overall policies or practices submitted are recognized with a mini-grant award. Policies and practices submitted for the challenge are categorized by topic, and included in a database to facilitate the sharing of best practices with other state health agencies and local health departments. 

The deadline for 2018 applications have passed; winners will be contacted in August 2018, and will be announced at ASTHO's 2018 Annual Meeting on Sept. 26. Policies and practices submitted for the 2017 challenge are available in the database now.

PH WINS Learning Collaborative

ASTHO, in partnership with the de Beaumont Foundation, launched the PH WINS Learning Collaborative in March 2016; six state and city teams were selected to address a workforce development project in their agency. Each team used their jurisdiction’s PH WINS findings to identify an existing workforce development challenge and to address opportunities for improvement within their agency with a goal of fostering partnerships and improving workforce development practices. 

From the learning collaborative teams’ projects, ASTHO developed change packages, a toolkit of curated resources to support state and local health departments in addressing and implementing changes for workforce development. The change packages aim to help public health agencies hire and retain a well-prepared workforce that finds a career in public health fulfilling and impactful. Current change packages focus on enhancing cultural competency of the workforce, retention and succession planning, improving organizational communication, creating a culture of learning, and change management. The change packages will be available in summer 2018.