Studies Conducted by the WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies
CHWS studies in progress are listed below. Search for studies using the “Advanced Search” button or “Studies by Topic” menu at the right.
Current Studies: 5
Alaskaís Physician Workforce in 2014
This Brief offers data on the size, distribution, demographics, specialties and education history (medical school and residency state) of Alaska's physician workforce in 2014. Analyses used data from the 2014 American Medical Association Physician Masterfile.
General Center for Health Workforce Studies Presentations
We periodically present overviews of research findings and policy issues to different audiences. References to these presentations are listed below.
Patterson DG. Community paramedicine research: how can we build the evidence for quality and value? Presented at ZOLL Summit 2014, Denver, CO, May 14, 2014.
Skillman SM. The health workforce in a transformed health care system. Presented at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries-sponsored conference "The Affordable Care Act: Impact on Healthcare Delivery and Workers' Comp Healthcare," Seattle, Washington, 12/6/13.
Skillman SM. Health workforce planning: meeting the needs of Montana's communities and health care systems. Presented at National Governors' Association-Sponsored Technical Assistance Retreat, Helena, Montana, 8/13/13.
Skillman SM. The future of Washington's healthcare workforce: managing change and repairing collapsed bridges. Invited presentation at The Future of Healthcare in Washington Conference, Bellevue, Washington, 6/19/13.
Skillman SM. Our health workforce: what's known, suspected and lots of questions. Presented to Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, Healthcare Sector Employer Panel, Seattle, Washington, 4/5/13.
Skillman SM. Data needed to understand health workforce supply. Presented to Washington State Health Care Personnel Shortage Task Force, Puyallup, Washington, 6/6/12.
Skillman SM. What is the most appropriate geographic unit of analysis for measuring the adequacy of the primary care workforce? Presented at HRSA National Center for Health Workforce Analysis Meeting: Data and Methods for Tracking the Supply, Demand, Distribution, and Adequacy of the Primary Care Workforce, Bethesda, Maryland, 4/20/12.
Doescher MP. Setting the stage: the workforce of the future. Presented at Washington State Hospital Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, 10/2010.
Doescher MP. Transforming medical education today to meet the workforce demands of tomorrow. Presented at Education in Medicine Seminar, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 10/30/09.
Doescher MP. Can health care reform resuscitate primary care in Missouri? Presented at Missouri State Strategic Partnership Session, Jefferson, Missouri, 10/26/09.
Doescher MP. How federal health care reform could resuscitate primary care in Washington State. Presented at Washington State Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee Meeting on National Health Care Reform, Olympia, Washington, 10/1/09.
Skillman SM. Health workforce shortages: crisis or opportunity? Presented at University of Washington Master's in Health Administration Alumni Day, Seattle, Washington, 5/21/09.
General Research Presentations
We periodically present overviews of research findings and policy issues to different audiences. References to these presentations are listed below. These presentations represent work from both the Rural Health Research Center and the Center for Health Workforce Studies
Skillman SM. Solving state health workforce planning: factors to consider and ideas from other states. Presented at West Virginia Rural Health Conference, The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels, West Virginia, 11/14/12.
Skillman SM, Phippen E. Washington's health workforce: challenges and promising practices. Presented at St. Francis Hospital Leadership Retreat, Lakewold Gardens, Gravelly Lake, Washington, 7/11/12.
Skillman SM. Washington's health workforce: What do we know? What can we know? Presented at Healthcare Leadership Workforce Summit: Envisioning the Future, Planning for Change, Bellingham, Washington, 5/23/12.
Skillman SM. Issues in assessing the rural and primary care workforce. Presented at HRSA National Center for Health Workforce Analysis Meeting: Best Practices in State Health Workforce Data and Planning, Alexandria, Virginia, 5/16/12.
Skillman SM. How to find and use health workforce data on state health workforce supply and distribution. Presented at HRSA National Center for Health Workforce Analysis Meeting: Best Practices in State Health Workforce Data and Planning, Alexandria, Virginia, 5/15/12.
Skillman SM. Policy implications of primary care practice redesign with and without payment reform: summation panel. Presented at The Primary Care Workforce Crisis: Driving Health Policy Change through Innovation, Seattle, Washington, 5/25/11.
Skillman SM. The rural health workforce: building on what we know. Presented at National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, National Workforce Summit, Laramie, Wyoming, 8/19/09.
Skillman SM. The right mix: linking the workforce to patient and health outcomes. Moderator of session at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 6/28-30/09.
Skillman SM. Wyoming Healthcare Commission workforce project: the role of the University of Washington (WWAMI) Center for Health Workforce Studies and Rural Health Research Center. Presented to Wyoming Healthcare Commission, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 10/13/08.
Skillman SM. Studies of access to care: University of Washington Rural Health Research Center and Center for Health Workforce Studies. Presented at Measuring Healthcare Access--Washington State Interagency Idea Exchange, Olympia, Washington, 8/21/08.
Pathways to Middle Skilled Allied Health Care Occupations
Bianca Frogner and Sue Skillman were commissioned in 2015 by an expert committee convened by The National Academies, acting for the National Research Council and the National Academy of Engineering, to prepare a paper examining the education and training pathways to middle skilled jobs in the health care field. This paper discusses the current supply of middle skilled jobs and the projected demand for these jobs, the policy and demographic context in which these jobs are demanded, and the education and training paths to enter these jobs and on which to build a long-term career. In this paper, we discuss the opportunities and challenges to identifying career pathways to middle skilled jobs in health care. The focus of this paper is on the set of health care jobs that have a pre-baccalaureate (i.e., less than a four-year degree) entry-level requirement.
Frogner, BK, Skillman SM. Pathways to middle skilled allied health occupations. At: Symposium on the supply chain for middle-skilled jobs: Education, training and certification pathways. June 24-25, 2015 at National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Link to presentations at National Academies
Health Workforce Planning Technical Assistance to States (NGA)
Through funding by and collaboration with the National Governors Association (NGA), this project involves providing technical assistance to states that are awarded NGA grants to hold one-day health workforce planning meetings with the state's leading health policy and program stakeholders. Susan Skillman, Deputy Director of the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, is working with NGA staff to help grantee states plan and carry out health workforce planning meetings, each with goals and objectives determined by the state.
State health workforce planning technical assistance meetings to-date:
Skillman SM. Health Workforce Planning: Who, What, How? Presented at the National Governors Associationís Health Workforce Policy Academy Retreat, Indianapolis, IN, March 23, 2015.
Skillman SM. Health workforce planning. Presented at the National Governors Associationís Health Workforce Policy Academy Retreat, Frankfort, Kentucky, December 2, 2014.
Skillman SM. Building alignment: Access, education and economic development -- state/local linkages for health workforce development [Panel moderator]. National Governors Associationís Health Workforce Policy Academy Retreat, Denver, CO, November 19, 2014.
Skillman SM. Health workforce investment: future demands, tools and resources. Presented at a National Governors Association-sponsored Health Workforce Retreat, Frankfort, Kentucky, 1/17/14.
Skillman SM (moderator). The economic opportunity of revamping your health care workforce. Presented at the National Governors Association Conference "Learning from Each Other: The Roles of States in Transforming their Health Systems," Washington, DC, 1/15/14.
Skillman SM (facilitator). Health workforce planning for Colorado. Presented at a National Governors Association-sponsored Health Workforce Retreat, Denver, Colorado, 1/7/14.
Skillman SM. Washington's health workforce: meeting the state's needs. Presented at a National Governors Association-sponsored Technical Assistance Retreat, SeaTac, Washington, 9/5/13.