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The University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies (UW CHWS) was established in 1998 with funding from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It is based in the Research Section of the Department of Family Medicine, part of the University of Washington School of Medicine. An award from HRSA in 2014 made UW CHWS one of five Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs) across the U.S., each focusing on a specific aspect of the health workforce. The University of Washington’s HWRC at CHWS is addressing allied the health workforce.

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Pathways to Middle Skilled Allied Health Care Occupations

Bianca Frogner and Sue Skillman were commissioned 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. The paper was presented by Dr. Frogner at the committee meeting in Washington DC on June 25, 2015. Watch a video of this presentation at the link below:


UW CHWS receives new HRSA funding

The UW CHWS became one of 5 HRSA-funded Health Workforce Research Centers in Fall 2014 with award of a $1.3 million, three year competitive collaborative agreement grant. The following studies of the allied health workforce are supported during the first 2 years of the award:

Year 1
· Characteristics of Physician Assistant Students Planning to Work in Primary Care
· Characteristics of Veterans in Allied Health Care Jobs
· Pathways for Military Veterans to Enter Allied Health Careers
· The Workforce Needed to Integrate Behavioral/Mental Health Workforce with Primary Care
· Impacts of Greater Use of Low Skilled, Low-wage Workers in Health Care Delivery

Year 2
· Career Paths of Allied Health Professionals
· Emerging Roles in Allied Health Occupations
· Immigrants in Allied Health Professions
· Leveraging Data to Monitor the Allied Health Workforce: Building a Database for Studies of Workforce Size, Distribution and Availability

Bianca Frogner named UW CHWS Director 
Bianca Frogner, PhD, joined the UW CHWS in December 2014 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and Director of the UW CHWS.  Dr. Frogner is a NIH-trained health economist with research expertise in workforce, health insurance reimbursement, health systems, and welfare. She previously worked at The George Washington University. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and BA from the University of California.

New CHWS Publications

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UWCHWS Studies IconDescriptions of completed and in-progress health workforce studies by the WWAMI CHWS.

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UWCHWS Publications IconLinks to findings from research studies by the WWAMI CHWS

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UWCHWS Resources IconLinks to resources for more information about rural health and related topics

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UWCHWS Workforce Questionnaire IconView questionnaires developed for health workforce surveys from around the country

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