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Susan Skillman, MS
Deputy Director, Center for Health Workforce Studies
Family Medicine Research Section
Phone: (206) 543-3557
e-mail: skillman@u.washington.edu


Biographical Information

Susan M. Skillman, MS, is the Deputy Director of the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies and WWAMI Rural Health Research Center and is Associate Director of the WWAMI Area Health Education Center Program Office. Her areas of recent research focus include examinations of the nation's rural nurse workforce; the contributions of community colleges to rural workforce needs; assessment of how the federal Workforce Investment Act had impact on health workforce development in states; and studies of the relative contributions of physicians, NPs and PAs to rural primary care. Ms. Skillman is Chair of the U.S. Delegation to the International Health Workforce Collaborative, a member of the Advisory Board for the Washington State Center of Excellence in Allied Health, and is on the planning committees for the Association of American Medical Colleges' Physician Workforce Research Conference, the Northwest Regional Rural Health conference and AcademyHealth's Health Workforce Interest Group.


Research Interests & Roles

Health workforce and rural health issues, including access to care for underserved populations and how to ensure adequate supply and distribution of needed medical, oral, mental and public health care providers.


Current Projects

Ms. Skillman's recent research topics include examinations of the RN workforce in the rural U.S.; Wyoming's health professions workforce; Washington's oral health workforce; and RN, LPN and advance practice nurse supply and demand in Washington State. She is currently directing a study that is assessing the extent to which community college allied health education programs are serving rural communities across the U.S.


Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

Kaplan L, Skillman SM, Fordyce MA, McMenamin PD, et al. Understanding APRN distribution in the United States using NPI data. J Nurse Pract. Sep 2012;8(8):626-635.

Skillman SM, Doescher MP, Mouradian WE, Brunson DK. The challenge to delivering oral health services in rural America. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2010;70 Suppl 1:S49-S57.

Skillman SM, Palazzo L, Hart LG, Keepnews D. The characteristics of registered nurses whose licenses expire: Why they leave nursing and implications for retention and re-entry. Journal of Nursing Economic$ 2010;28(3):181-189.

Skillman SM, Andrilla CHA, Patterson DG, Tieman L, Doescher MP. The licensed practical nurse workforce in the USA: One state’s experience. Cahiers de Sociologie et de Demographie Medicales 2010;50(2):177-212.

Skillman SM, Palazzo L, Keepnews D, Hart LG. Characteristics of registered nurses in rural vs. urban areas: Implications for strategies to alleviate nursing shortages in the United States. Journal of Rural Health 2006;22(2):151-157.


REPORTS

Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Lishner DM, Doescher MP. The rural health workforce: data and issues for policymakers in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho. Issue #1: the rural health workforce: challenges and opportunities. Policy Brief #146.1. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington; Jul 2013.

Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Lishner DM, Doescher MP, Fordyce MA. The rural health workforce: data and issues for policymakers in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho. Issue #4: what is rural in the WWAMI States? Why definitions matter. Policy Brief #146.4. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington; Jul 2013.

Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Lishner DM, Doescher MP, Andrilla CHA. The rural health workforce: data and issues for policymakers in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho. Issue #5: health workforce assessment: tools for policymakers and planners. Policy Brief #146.5. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington; Jul 2013.

Skillman SM, Andrilla CHA. Washington State data snapshot: advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs). Seattle, WA: WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington; Apr 2013.

Skillman SM, Andrilla CHA. Washington State data snapshot: licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Seattle, WA: WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington; Apr 2013.

Skillman SM, Andrilla CHA. Washington State data snapshot: registered nurses (RNs). Seattle, WA: WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington; Apr 2013.

Patterson DG, Skillman SM. National Consensus Conference on CommunityParamedicine: summary of an expert meeting. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington; Feb 2013.

Patterson DG, Skillman SM. A national agenda for community paramedicine research. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington; Feb 2013.

Skillman SM, Palazzo L, Doescher MP, Butterfield P. Characteristics of rural RNs who live and work in different communities. Final Report #133. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington; Sep 2012.

Skillman SM, Keppel GA, Patterson DG, Doescher MP. The contributions of community colleges to the education of allied health professionals in rural areas of the United States. Final Report #136. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington; Oct 2012.

Skillman SM, Fordyce MA, Yen W, Mounts T. Washington State primary care provider survey, 2011-2012: summary of findings. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington; Aug 2012.

Skillman SM, Kaplan L, Fordyce MA, McMenamin PD, Doescher MP. Understanding advanced practice registered nurse distribution in urban and rural areas of the United States using National Provider Identifier data. Seattle, WA: Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington; Feb 2012.

Institute of Medicine. Community colleges and the education of allied health professionals in rural areas (summary of presentation by SM Skillman). In: Institute of Medicine. Allied health workforce and services: Workshop summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2011:42-44.

Skillman SM, Andrilla CHA, Tieman L, McCook AU. Washington State registered nurse supply and demand projections: 2011-2031. Final Report #134. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington; Dec 2011.