UW received our first competitive grant to support research on the allied health workforce from 2014 to 2017 and a second round from 2017 to 2022 for a total grant support of approximately $4 million. Bianca Frogner is Principal Investigator and Susan Skillman is the Senior Deputy Director.
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.”
Funding amount: $619,908
- Y6-1: What are Career Pathways to Registered Nursing?
- Y6-2: Occupational Therapists as part of the Behavioral Health Workforce
- Y6-3: Are Allied Health Providers Sick? If So, Are There Wage Consequences Associated with Being Sick?
- Y6-4: The Emergency Medical Services and Community Paramedic Workforces Respond to COVID-19
- Y6-5: Where and From What Industries are Health Care Workers Entering Health Care Jobs and Where are We Losing Them During COVID-19?
- Y6-6S: How are Allied Health Workers Being Deployed During COVID-19?
- Y6-7S: What Health Care Jobs and Skills are in Demand During COVID-19?
Funding amount: $601,188
- Y5-1: Role of Allied Health Professions in Treating Pain
- Y5-2: Apprenticeships as Pathways to Healthcare Careers: Experiences of Employers Using Medical Assistant Apprenticeships
- Y5-3: Leveraging Data Phase IV: Mapping Movement of Allied Health
- Y5-4: Supply of and Demand for Therapy Services in Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Y5-5: Assessing the Size and Scope of the Pharmacist Workforce in the US
Funding amount: $536,570
- Y4-1: Allied Health Professionals and the “Gig Economy”: Trends in Alternative Work Arrangements
- Y4-2: The Role of Apprenticeships in Meeting Employers’ Demand for Allied Health Occupations
- Y4-3: Leveraging Data to Monitor the Allied Health Workforce: Phase III
- Y4-4: State Incentive Programs that Encourage Allied Health Professionals to Provide Care for Underserved Populations
- Y4-5: Trends in the Supply and Demographics of Oral Health Providers in Rural Communities, 2005-2015
Funding amount: $518,489
Rapid Response Requests
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- The Respiratory Therapist Workforce in the U.S. Supply, Distribution, Education Pathways, and State Responses to Emergency Surges in Demand
- NCHWA Memorandum on defining urban/suburban/rural areas
- Diversity of the Health Workforce
- Incentives for Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses to Work in Rural and Safety Net Settings
These studies are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.