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Minnesota: New Survey Reveals Key Details on Outlook of National Public Health Workforce

More than 40 percent of governmental public health workers are planning on retiring by 2023 or considering leaving their positions within the next year, according to a new national survey of employees in the field. This and many other important facts were revealed by the recently completed Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS), which represents the first nationally-representative survey of the governmental public health workforce.

University of Minnesota School of Public Health researcher Dr. JP Leider helped design, field, and analyze PH WINS.

“Until PH WINS existed, we just did not have national-level workforce surveillance in governmental public health,” said Dr. Leider. “PH WINS lets us look deeply into the workforce and learn what people think about their jobs, their supervisors, the work they do every day, why they might want to leave, and much more.”

PH WINS gathered details on the work life of more than 47,000 state and local public health employees in 2017, and the results are now yielding several peer-reviewed manuscripts examining various aspects of the workforce.

Dr. Leider co-authored four such papers that were featured in a special issue of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH):

Together, the papers paint a collective picture of a field in transition as it seeks to address the potential need to replace up to 100,000 employees in the next five years.

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