This past year, ASPHN worked with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to collect information about the public health nutrition workforce. We conducted two surveys to assess the needs of public health nutritionists across the nation. ASTHO invited member organizations of its Affiliate Council to participate in the Directors Assessment of Workforce Needs Survey (DAWNS), and in partnership with the de Beaumont Foundation, ASTHO fielded the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) in the fall of 2017. The goal of DAWNS was to contribute to a comprehensive analysis of public health workforce training needs, gaps, and priorities by incorporating perspectives from public health managers and leaders. Some ASPHN members completed the DAWNS survey. The goal of PH WINS was to survey state and local public health agency workers to capture their perspectives on key issues such as workforce engagement and morale, training needs, worker empowerment, and emerging concepts in public health. PH WINS is the only nationally representative data source of the governmental public health workforce.
ASPHN has reports with specific information on the public health nutrition workforce. The results of these two surveys can be found below:
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