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 new $1.8 million, four-year cooperative agreement grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration! In September 2018, the UW CHWS successfully competed to become one of two new Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs) funded by HRSA to address health equity and health workforce diversity. The new HWRC complements the HWRC on allied health, already hosted by UW CHWS, and enhances UW CHWS’ portfolio of research addressing key health workforce topics.



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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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 two of nine 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 HWRCs are addressing 1) the allied health workforce and 2) health equity and health workforce diversity. Read the key findings from studies conducted between 2013 and 2016 across the HWRCs here.

Recent Presentations

Patterson DG, Skillman SM The rural healthcare workforce then and now: Evidence and policy themes Milbank Memorial Fund Reforming States Group meeting. November 14, 2018. Portland, ORRead More
Skillman SM Health workforce research to fill gaps in state health workforce planning: Recent experiences from Washington State HealthForce Center, University of California San Francisco. October 25, 2018. San Francisco, CARead More
Skillman SM Medical assistants’ careers and factors affecting retention Washington State Association of Health Care Recruiters Meeting. July 19, 2018. Seattle, WA.Read More

Recent Publications

Skillman SM, Dahal A, Frogner BK, Andrilla CHA Frontline workers’ career pathways: A detailed look at Washington State’s medical assistant workforce Medical Care Research and Review (Online First, November 17)Read More
Frogner BK, Stubbs BA, Skillman SM Emerging Roles and Occupations in the Health Workforce Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington Read More
Stubbs BA, Skillman SM 2018 Washington State data snapshot: registered nurses (RNs) Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington Read More

CHWS Newsletter

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Research Partner

Rural Health Research Center