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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



Washington State Unemployment Claims: Health Related Occupations to 6/20/20
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UW CHWS Director and Senior Deputy Director discuss decisions about returning to pre-pandemic scope-of-practice policies in Health Affairs blog
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State-by-State Unemployment Claims by Health Care Workers 2/2020 – 5/2020
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Washington State Initial Unemployment Claims for Specific Health Care Related Occupations 3/8-5/9/2020
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Center for Health Workforce Studies – University of Washington

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

Frogner BK Sacrificing on the Frontlines during COVID-19: Health Care Workers at Risk UW Worker Memorial Day hosted by the School of Public HealthRead More
Frogner BK State workforce strategies in response to COVID-19: experiences from the field Hosted by HWTACRead More
Frogner BK Webinar hosted by Health Workforce Special Interest Group of the International Health Economics Association The panelists from the World Health Organization (WHO) and experts from Italy and the U.S discussed both short-term and long-term challenges to sustain the health workforce as the COVID-19 pandemic evolvesRead More

Recent Publications

Stubbs BA, Skillman SM Washington State’s 2019 Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington Read More
Mroz TM, Frogner BK, Patterson DG The Impact Of Medicare’s Rural Add-On Payments On Supply Of Home Health Agencies Serving Rural Counties Health Affairs 39:6, 949-957Read More
Fraher EP, Pittman P, Frogner BK, Spetz J, Moore J, Beck AJ, Armstrong D, Buerhaus PI Ensuring and Sustaining a Pandemic Workforce The New England Journal of Medicine 10.1056Read More

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 Partners

Rural Health Research Center

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