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 Principal Investigator.

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

  • Role of Allied Health Professions in Treating Pain

Objective: This study will examine the role that allied health professionals currently in delivering evidence-based, non-opioid pain management interventions, and how their training and education may allow expanded use of these providers in addressing the growing opioid crisis.

  • Apprenticeships as Pathways to Healthcare Careers: Experiences of Employers Using Medical Assistant Apprenticeships

Objective: This study will examine the experiences of healthcare employers who are, and who are not, using Medical Assistant (MA) apprenticeships to sustain and expand their MA workforce.

  • Leveraging Data Phase IV: Mapping Movement of Allied Health

Objective: This study will examine available supply of allied health occupations by mapping where they live and work, and how this pattern has changed over time.

  • Supply of and Demand for Therapy Services in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Objective: The proposed study will compare wages and patterns of employment (e.g., full-time versus part-time, contracting, skill level- PT/OT versus PTA/OTA versus therapy aide) among therapy staff by market demand factors and SNF provider characteristics.

2017-2018 Studies

2016-2017 Studies

2015-2016 Studies

2014-2015 Studies 

Rapid Response Requests