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Susan Skillman, MS
Deputy Director, Center for Health Workforce Studies
Family Medicine Research Section
Phone: (206) 543-3557

Biographical Information

Susan M. Skillman, MS, is the Deputy Director of the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies and WWAMI Rural Health Research Center and is Associate Director of the WWAMI Area Health Education Center Program Office. Her areas of recent research focus include examinations of the nation's rural nurse workforce; the contributions of community colleges to rural workforce needs; assessment of how the federal Workforce Investment Act had impact on health workforce development in states; and studies of the relative contributions of physicians, NPs and PAs to rural primary care. Ms. Skillman is Chair of the U.S. Delegation to the International Health Workforce Collaborative, a member of the Advisory Board for the Washington State Center of Excellence in Allied Health, and is on the planning committees for the Association of American Medical Colleges' Physician Workforce Research Conference, the Northwest Regional Rural Health conference and AcademyHealth's Health Workforce Interest Group.

Research Interests & Roles

Health workforce and rural health issues, including access to care for underserved populations and how to ensure adequate supply and distribution of needed medical, oral, mental and public health care providers.

Current Projects

Ms. Skillman's recent research topics include examinations of the RN workforce in the rural U.S.; Wyoming's health professions workforce; Washington's oral health workforce; and RN, LPN and advance practice nurse supply and demand in Washington State. She is currently directing a study that is assessing the extent to which community college allied health education programs are serving rural communities across the U.S.