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.
During this hour-long webinar, Paula Kett and Betty Bekemeier will present an overview of research findings from this survey. Paula, a research scientist at the University of Washington’s Center for Health Workforce Studies, and Betty, Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, will discuss the implications of their study findings for the public health workforce and policy makers. The presentation will examine how training, education and support may need to be tailored differently for rural practitioners, and consider policies that could help build and strengthen the workforce.
Register today to explore the differences between rural and urban public health practitioners, and consider recommendations for strengthening the capacity of the rural public health workforce.
Date: January 23, 2023, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific)
Local, state, and tribal 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.
About Hot Topics in Practice
Hot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar forum to discuss issues affecting public health practice.
Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.