About Us

Learn more about the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies (UW CHWS).


Descriptions of completed and in-progress health workforce studies by UW CHWS.


Links to findings from research studies by UW CHWS.


Presentations and posters from research studies by UW CHWS
UW CHWS receives $2.25 million, 5-year cooperative agreement grant from Health Resources and Services Administration!
UW CHWS is happy to announce a $2.25 million, 5-year renewal of their collaborative agreement grant with the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue conducting research on the allied health workforce. To learn more, visit our webpage on the Health Workforce Research Center on Allied Health.



NPR Patti Neighmond interviews Director Bianca Frogner about her study showing that seeing a physical therapist can curb opioid use.
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CHWS and RHRC attend the NW Rural Health Conference
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UW CHWS Director Bianca Frogner and Joanne Spetz of UCSF discuss health policy in Health Affairs Journal
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UW CHWS cited extensively by Politico on role of immigrants in health workforce
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CHWS Deputy Director Sue Skillman explains health care’s transition from a volume-based system to a value-based system.
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CHWS Newsletter

View current and past issues of our quarterly newsletter to learn more about how our work is helping shape the health workforce.

Research Partner

Rural Health Research Center

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. UW CHWS houses one of seven Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs) across the U.S. funded by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis at HRSA. Each HWRC focuses on a specific aspect of the health workforce. UW’s HWRC is addressing the allied health workforce. Read the key findings from studies conducted between 2013 and 2016 across six health workforce research centers here.

Recent Presentations

Skillman SM Washington State’s Nurse in Long Term Care: Recent Research Findings. Nursing and Long Term Care Workgroup, Tumwater, WARead More
Jopson AD, Frogner BK, Dahal A Contingent Workers in Long-term Care 7th Conference of the American Society of Health Economists, Atlanta, GA, June 11, 2018Read More
Jopson AD, Frogner BK, Dahal A Contingent Workers in Long-term Care 14th Annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference, Tysons, VA, May 10, 2018Read More

Recent Publications

Frogner BK, Harwood K, Andrilla CHA, Schwartz M, Pines JM Physical Therapy as the First Point of Care to Treat Low Back Pain: An Instrumental Variables Approach to Estimate Impact on Opioid Prescription, Health Care Utilization, and Costs Health Services Research doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12984Read More
Frogner, BK Update on the Stock and Supply of Health Services Researchers in the United States Health Services Research Special Issue: Global Health Services Research Workforce. doi.org/10.1111/1475-6773.12988Read More
Snyder CR, Dahal A, Frogner BK Occupational Mobility among Individuals in Entry‐level Healthcare Jobs in the United States Journal of Advanced Nursing Read More