The University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies (UW CHWS) conducts research and informs policy regionally and nationally around health workforce. UW CHWS members also serve on a wide variety of state, regional, national and international committees, task forces and collaborations.

Since 2014, UW CHWS has received funding from the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services to create a Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) on allied health. In 2017, UW CHWS received a second round of funding in the amount of $2.25 million over five years. UW CHWS is one of six national health workforce research centers. Under the grant, the HWRC on allied health conducts 4-5 policy-relevant studies per year and provides rapid response to requests from NCHWA. Come back regularly to read our latest findings and to see what studies will be conducting in the upcoming years.

Read the key findings from studies conducted between 2013 and 2016 across six health workforce research centers here.

What is Allied Health?

The term “allied health” was first popularized when the federal Allied Health Professions Personnel Training Act was passed in 1967. While it is generally accepted that allied health professions do not include physicians, dentists, or nurses, there is not general agreement on a single list of occupations covered under this broad term. An allied health professional is defined within the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) simply as “an individual who graduated with an allied health professions degree or certificate, and is employed as an allied health professional in a health care setting” and references the Public Health Service Act, which defines allied health as trained professionals, other than registered nurses or physician assistants, who share “in the responsibility for the delivery of healthcare services or related services, including services relating to the identification, evaluation, and prevention of disease and disorders, dietary and nutrition services, health promotion services, rehabilitation services, or health systems management services.”
2017-2018 Studies

2016-2017 Studies

2015-2016 Studies

2014-2015 Studies 

Rapid Response Requests