Centers & Programs
The WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) is one of six rural health research centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to perform policy-oriented research on issues related to rural health care. The WWAMI RHRC, which was established in the fall of 1988, is based in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and works closely with the state departments of health, and Area Health Education Centers in the five WWAMI states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) as well as other researchers and policymakers across the U.S. and internationally.
The Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho (WWAMI) Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) was established at the University of Washington in October, 1998 with funding from the Bureau of Health Profession's National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. It is based in the Research Section of the Department of Family Medicine, part of the University of Washington School of Medicine.
The WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies Regional Information Center (RIC), was established to improve the quantity and quality of information about the health workforce in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and other Northwest states in order to assist the University of Washington School of Medicine, other regional health science schools, and policy makers in those states to understand and meet the regional populations' needs for health professionals.
The WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN) was established in 2011 and is a collaboration between the University of Washington's Institute of Translational Health Sciences and Department of Family Medicine. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of patients in their communities, through the conduct of collaborative research that informs and enhances primary care clinical practice.