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 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.”

2018-2019 Studies

2017-2018 Studies

2016-2017 Studies

2015-2016 Studies

2014-2015 Studies 

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