The Public Health Workforce Interest and Needs Survey (PH WINS) provides data for examining differences in competencies, training needs, and turnover risk between rural and urban public health practitioners. Understanding these differences provides insight into steps that can be taken to strengthen the capacities of our rural public health workforce.
The January session of Hot Topics in Practice will examine findings from the 2021 Public Health Workforce Interest and Needs Survey. This study took place during a time of great challenge for public health, as rural health departments struggled to support high needs populations with inadequate resources. These existing challenges were compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had lasting and severe impacts on both rural and urban public health practitioners.
Paula Kett, PhD, MPH, RN.
Research Scientist, Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington.
Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN.
Professor, Department of Child, Family and Population Health, School of Nursing, University of Washington and Executive Director, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.
These monthly Web-conferencing events, sponsored by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, provide an authoritative hour-long forum for discussing topics that are important to the public health practice community and the tribal health units in the six Northwest states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.