PH WINS: Research to Action - Model Policies and Practices Challenge

ASTHO in partnership with the de Beaumont Foundation launched the first-ever PH WINS Model Policies and Practices Challenge in June 2017. This national challenge sought to highlight workforce innovations that are changing the public health field and demonstrating a strategic investment in the future of the national public health workforce. Nine states and six local health departments competed to have their most successful and transformative workforce development programs recognized as models in their agencies and to win one of three $10,000 prizes—best state or territorial, best local, and best overall policy.

The submissions were each evaluated using a set of scoring criterion. The criteria included identifying key staff, engaging senior leadership for support, having a review process, having a communication process to staff, using an innovative or creative approach, engaging relevant partners, evaluating the policy or practice, and demonstrating impact. A group of workforce experts was engaged to evaluate the applications against the scoring rubric. Each application was then individually scored by four experts and the highest aggregate scores determined the three winning submissions.

Each submission bears out the importance of collecting data on current workforce development issues and trends. According to PH WINS 2014 data, approximately 38 percent of the current public health workforce intended to leave their jobs in governmental public health by 2020. Moreover, 57 percent of state health agency employees reported being recognized for their achievements, and only 45 percent reported that their training needs were assessed. This database categorizes all submissions to the Model Policies and Practices Challenge by topic area to facilitate sharing of best practices with other state health agencies and local health departments. The goal of this database is to provide resources for agencies to adapt and implement in their own organization.

For more information and resources, please contact Kyle Bogaert, Director of Workforce Research.

Work Environment
Best State Ribbon Infants at Work Policy (Arizona)  
Best Local RibbonPerformance Appraisal System (Lawrence-Douglas County, KS)  
Employee Performance Management System (South Carolina)  
Healthy Meetings Policy (Tri-County, CO)  

Leadership Development
Leadership Development Program (Connecticut)Please contact Kyle Bogaert, Director of Workforce Research
Best Overall Ribbon Succession Planning and Leadership Development (Ohio)  
Developing Public Health Leaders (Oklahoma)  

Recruitment and Hiring
Integration of Health Equity Principles in Hiring and Onboarding Process (Columbus, OH)  
Quality Improvement of New Employee Onboarding (Deschutes County, OR)  
Equitable Recruitment and Hiring Practices (Georgia)  

Workforce Development
Developing the Future Workforce (Connecticut)  
MPH Internship Program (New Mexico)  
Statewide Health Information Network (New York)  
Workforce Development Plan (Norwalk, CT)  
Aligning Staff Training with Public Health Core Competencies (Tennessee)  

The Model Policies and Practices Challenge was made possible by both financial support and technical assistance from the de Beaumont Foundation. ASTHO thanks all applicants for their participation in the challenge and also thanks the following experts for their contributions to the application review process:

  • Kathleen Amos, MLIS - Public Health Foundation (PHF)
  • Gerrit Bakker, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • Kyle Bogaert, MPH - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM – Center for Public Health Practice, University of Pittsburgh
  • Debra Burns, MA - Minnesota Department of Public Health
  • Fatima Coronado, MD MPH - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Ashley Edmiston, MPH - National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • Mighty Fine, MPH - American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Susan Hardman, Safe States Alliance
  • Joy Harris, Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Edward L. Hunter, MA - The de Beaumont Foundation
  • Rita Kelliher, MSPH - Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
  • Caitlin Langhorne, MPH - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • Donna Marshall, MPH - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • Paul Patrick, Utah Department of Health
  • Catherine Patterson, MPP - The de Beaumont Foundation
  • Shana Patterson, RDN - Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN)
  • Jim Pearsol, M.Ed - Pearsol Consulting
  • Stephanie Price, Washington State Department of Health
  • Doreleena Sammons Hackett, S.M. - Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE)