History and Mission

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.

Our mission is to elevate the importance of workers in the delivery of health care in policy discussions. To accomplish our mission, UW CHWS:
• Conducts health workforce research to inform health workforce planning and policy.
• Provides consultation to local, state, regional and national policy makers on health workforce issues.
• Develops and refines analytical methods to support health workforce planning.

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.