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.



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

McCarty, RL & Skillman, SM Washington’s Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment: Understanding Barriers and Finding Solutions Department of Family Medicine Research Seminar, University of Washington, Seattle, WARead More
Skillman SM The eldercare workforce: Meeting the long term services and support needs of older adults. Plenary presentation to the Elder Friendly Futures Conference. September 14, 2017, Lynnwood, WA.Read More
Skillman SM Preliminary findings: Survey of Medical Assistants in Washington Allied Health Deans & Directors Meetings, Yakima Valley CollegeRead More

Recent Publications

Gattman NE, McCarty RL, Balassa A, Skillman SM Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board Read More
Patterson DG, Andrilla CHA, Schwartz MR, Hager LJ, Skillman SM Assessing the Impact of Washington State’s Oral Health Workforce on Patient Access to Care Seattle, WA: Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington Read More
Skillman SM, Dahal A Alaska's physician workforce in 2016 Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington Read More