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 over $1.4 million award 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. UW CHWS is one of six national health workforce research centers. The award is awarded over 3 years. Under the grant, the HWRC on allied health conducts 4-5 policy-relevant studies per year and provides rapid response to requests from NCHWA.
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.”
- Phase II of Leveraging Data for Allied Health Occupations
- Scope of Practice Alignment of Emergency Medical Services Personnel
- Commuting Patterns of Allied Health Workers
- Expanding Role of Medical Assistants
- Career Paths of Allied Health Professionals
- Emerging Roles in Allied Health Occupations
- Immigrants in Allied Health Professions
- Data for Allied Health Workforce Research
- Emerging Health IT Roles and Skillsets
- Characteristics of Physician Assistant Students Planning to Work in Primary Care
- Veterans’ Pathways to Allied Health
- Veterans in Allied Health
- Low Skilled, Low-wage Workers in Health Care
- Behavioral/Mental Health Workforce for Integrated Primary Care
Rapid Response Requests
- Diversity of the Health Workforce
- Incentives for Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses to Work in Rural and Safety Net Settings