Workplace Perceptions and Experiences Related to COVID-19 Response Efforts Among Public Health Workers — Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey, United States, September 2021–January 2022

Rachel Hare Bork, Moriah Robins, Kay Schaffer, Jonathon P. Leider, Brian C. Castrucci

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained many essential frontline professionals, including public health workers*; however, few studies have evaluated the specific challenges facing public health workers during this period. Data from the 2021 Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS), a nationally representative survey of individual state and local governmental public health agency workers, provide insight into public health workers' demographic characteristics and experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, tenure, and intention to leave their organization † (1). Surveyed governmental public health workers identified predominantly as non-Hispanic White (White), women, and aged >40 years; however, workforce characteristics differed by agency type. Overall, 72% of respondents reported working fully or partially in a COVID-19 response role at any point during March 2020-January 2022. An estimated 44% of workers reported that they were considering leaving their jobs within the next 5 years for retirement or other reasons. Of those considering leaving, 76% began thinking about leaving since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. When asked what was needed, besides funding, to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, 51% selected additional staff capacity. Survey findings highlight the importance of focused attention on recruitment and retention that promotes diversity (2) and workers with public health experience, which will be critical as the workforce rebuilds as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)920-924
Number of pages5
JournalMMWR Recommendations and Reports
Volume71
Issue number29
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
All authors have completed and submitted the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors form for disclosure of potential conflicts of interest. Jonathon P. Leider reports consultative fees from the de Beaumont Foundation; institutional support from the University of Michigan, Office of the National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the National Environmental Health Administration; contract support from the de Beaumont Foundation, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, University of Washington, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Episcopal Health Foundation, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, the Public Health Accreditation Board, and Simone Singh Consulting, LLC. No other potential conflicts of interest were disclosed.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19/epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Workforce
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Pandemics
  • Public Health
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States/epidemiology
  • Workforce
  • Workplace

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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