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UW CHWS Director Interviewed by KIRO 7 News on Nurse Staffing Levels at Local Hospitals

Bianca Frogner, UW CHWS Director, was recently interviewed by KIRO 7 News on nurse staffing [...]

CHWS Paper on the Doula Workforce Is Among the Top Cited Papers for 2023 in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

A paper by CHWS team members and led by Paula Kett, which focused on the [...]

UW CHWS Director Interviewed by KOMO News on Gender-Based Wage Gaps Among Health Care Workers

Bianca Frogner, UW CHWS Director, was recently interviewed by KOMO News on gender-based wage gaps [...]

The March 2024 CHWS Newsletter is available now!

Health workforce needs and challenges are critical and persistent topics of discussions by policymakers, educators, [...]

UW CHWS Director Received the 2023 UW Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty

Bianca Frogner, UW CHWS Director, received the 2023 UW Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring [...]

UW CHWS Deputy Director of Health Equity Appointed to Advisory Board of the National Center for Rural Health Professions

Davis Patterson, Deputy Director of the CHWS HWRC on Health Equity and Director of the [...]

UW CHWS Director Joins Editorial Advisory Board of The Milbank Quarterly

UW CHWS Director Bianca Frogner was invited to join the Editorial Advisory Board of The [...]

Gender Pay Gap Study is Selected as “Editor’s Choice”

Women gained representation and wages among health care jobs with higher educational requirements yet gender [...]

CHWS Study 3rd Most Downloaded Paper of 2023 in the American Journal of Public Health

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) identified a CHWS study was as the third [...]

CHWS team partnering with Workforce Board to inform Washington State legislators on long-term care workforce needs

Investing in the long-term care (LTC) workforce is a priority for Washington state policymakers. In [...]

The November 2023 CHWS Newsletter is out now!

UW CHWS recently released the November 2023 edition of our newsletter! Read about the latest [...]

Producing more workers isn’t the sole solution to health care industry’s problems

CNN Health article quotes CHWS Sr. Deputy Director Sue Skillman about approaches to address health [...]

Dr. Tracy Mroz, UW CHWS researcher, testifies at US Senate Finance Committee healthcare hearing

Among witnesses and lawmakers describing home health access challenges to the US Senate Finance Committee, [...]

Most nursing homes fall short of proposed CMS staffing thresholds

Bianca Frogner, UW CHWS Director, was cited by Healthcare Dive saying that “concerns about a [...]

States debate expanding scope of practice

States have been expanding scope of practice for health professionals, including nurse practitioners, as a [...]

The June 2023 CHWS Newsletter has arrived!

Summer is finally here! Read about the latest CHWS Research Highlights in population studies, rural [...]

UW CHWS at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

Each year, AcademyHealth brings together researchers, health professionals, policymakers, insurers, educators, and other stakeholders at [...]

Doulas may be able close racial gaps in maternal mortality rates

A recent Seattle Times article discusses the state of maternal and child health in Washington [...]

Spring is here and so is the latest UW CHWS Newsletter!

It our 25th anniversary! If you are attending the Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth in [...]

UW scores big with efforts to train dentists for rural areas

Bringing health care to rural and underserved populations in Washington and the region at large [...]

Med students given a taste of rural life will likely return

UW med school alumni were twice as likely to practice in rural areas if they trained at [...]

2022 Annual Report of Health Workforce Research Center Activities

The Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration have [...]

Statewide Access to Dental Therapists Promoted by Swinomish Tribal Community

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community continues to promote statewide dental therapist practice to the 2023 [...]

UW CHWS’ research informs Washington Health Workforce Council reports to the Governor and Legislature

UW CHWS findings from the Washington Health Workforce Sentinel Network informed, and were summarized in, [...]

Webinar: Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Rural, Tribal and Underserved Communities

Oral health among rural, underserved, and Tribal settings has been an ongoing challenge as poor [...]

A Vital Discussion of Access to Care in Washington State

How do we tackle barriers to health care and improve health equity? These vital questions [...]

The October 2022 CHWS Newsletter is out now!

Health workforce policy is making headlines as health care employers around the country struggle to [...]

Physician Supply Reports from 5 States

Five reports on the 2021 physician workforce across the WWAMI states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, [...]

UW Medicine The Huddle highlights op-ed by Dr. Janice Sabin on tackling implicit bias

UW Medicine’s The Huddle highlighted an op-ed in the New England Journal of Medicine on tackling implicit bias [...]

Insurance navigators support the advancement of health equity

Insurance navigators help individuals sign up for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The [...]

Crosscut article features interview with UW CHWS researcher Paula Kett on the important role of doulas in health equity

UW CHWS research scientist, Paula Kett, PhD, MPH, RN was interviewed as part of an investigative report [...]

The June 2022 CHWS Newsletter is out now!

The June edition of our newsletter is now available! Upcoming events, research highlights, and important [...]

Read the March 2022 CHWS Newsletter

UW CHWS recently released the March 2022 edition of our newsletter! Highlights include our work [...]

Supply and Demand? Nursing Shortages Fuel Increase in High Paying Travel Nurse Jobs

Entering the third year of the pandemic, hospitals and long-term care facilities continue to have [...]

Travel Nurses Meet National Staffing Demand at What Cost?

Travel agencies that staff nurses around the country are reportedly paying as much as twice [...]

Behavioral health workforce shortages may be attributed to availability of higher wage jobs in other industries

Boosting the behavioral health workforce is cited as one of four key ways lawmakers want [...]

New research on the evolving nature of the health services research workforce

AcademyHealth member Bianca Frogner, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, highlighted data on [...]

Mapping mental health care in Washington: A look at how the system works, and its gaps

Included are detailed infographics which describe the complexity of Washington’s mental health landscape, including real-world [...]

Travel nurses in high demand as health workforce shortages increase nationwide

The health care industry has lost thousands of workers since the beginning of the pandemic [...]

New “Behavioral Health Support Specialist” occupation in WA could help fill workforce gaps

While not an instant fix for deep problems in Washington’s behavioral health care system, a [...]

The Challenge of Primary Care Workforce Projections

The productivity of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in primary care, measured by number of [...]

UW CHWS October 2021 Newsletter

UW CHWS recently released the October 2021 edition of our newsletter! Highlights include our work [...]

Long-Term Care Staffing Challenges in Washington State

The COVID-19 pandemic has added pressure to existing long-term care workforce challenges in Washington state. [...]

Staffing Up State and Local Health Departments

Public health is the foundation of American communities. But for years, state and local health [...]

Special Issue on Health Workforce Diversity

The diversity of the health workforce and their role in the delivery of equitable health [...]

Investing in a 21st Century Health Workforce

Billions of dollars have been invested in the US health workforce under the American Rescue [...]

Inside the Lab Podcast

Senior Deputy Director Sue Skillman was a guest panelist discussing workforce policy for a new [...]

Research Excellence Award

Congratulations to Senior Deputy Director Sue Skillman who received the Research Excellence Award from the [...]

Health Workforce Research Center Annual Report

Nine Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) [...]

Director Frogner Discusses New Study on Zero-Burnout Primary Care Practices

In the latest edition of Tradeoffs.org’s Research Corner, Director Bianca Frogner breaks down a new [...]

UW CHWS June 2021 Newsletter

UW CHWS recently released the June 2021 edition of our newsletter highlighting the effect of [...]

Telling the Stories of Health Insurance Navigators

CHWS investigator Dr. Marieke van Eijk’s research on the important role of health insurance navigators [...]

Diversity of Graduates from Associate Degree in Nursing Programs Examined in Recent Publication

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs contribute to a significant share of the registered nurse [...]

Director Frogner discusses one change that could help nursing homes recover from COVID-19 fears

Director Bianca Frogner shares her personal fears about nursing home care and discusses ways by [...]

UW CHWS February 2021 Newsletter

UW CHWS recently released the February 2021 edition of our newsletter highlighting the effect of [...]

UW CHWS Director Frogner and Senior Deputy Director Skillman Discuss Nursing Home Staffing

In a MedPAGE Today Op-ed, UW CHWS Director Frogner and Senior Deputy Director Skillman discuss [...]

New! Recommendations to Improve Washington State’s Behavioral Health Workforce

Our new report, produced with the Washington Workforce Board, recommends ways to strengthen Washington state’s [...]

Addressing Unemployment Among Health Care Workers

Director Bianca Frogner and Senior Deputy Director Sue Skillman discuss the importance of tracking unemployment [...]

Washington State Unemployment Claims: Health Related Occupations to 10/10/2020

This updated brief shows the number of both initial and continuing unemployment claims in Washington [...]

State-by-State Unemployment Claims by Health Care Workers 2/2020 – 9/2020

Four exhibits show the rate of unemployment claims filed by health care workers from February [...]

Director Bianca Frogner Speaks to the Workforce Challenges Facing Primary Care Clinics and Nursing Homes

Nursing homes and primary care clinics have both struggled with staffing due to COVID. A [...]

Director Bianca Frogner Comments on How a Recent Study Informs Scope-of-Practice Debates

California is the second state this year to pass a law that relaxes physician supervisory [...]

New Study Examining Employment of Therapists in Skilled Nursing Facilities

The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), a new value-based reimbursement plan under Medicare, is set [...]

Pharmacist Workforce Detailed in Two New UW CHWS Reports

UW CHWS has published two complementary studies on the size and scope of the pharmacist [...]

State-by-State Unemployment Claims by Health Care Workers 2/2020 – 7/2020

Updated maps through September 2020 available Four exhibits show the rate of unemployment claims filed [...]

Washington State Unemployment Claims: Health Related Occupations to 6/20/20

This brief shows the number of both initial and continuing unemployment claims in Washington State [...]

UW CHWS Director and Senior Deputy Director discuss decisions about returning to pre-pandemic scope-of-practice policies in Health Affairs blog

Director Bianca Frogner and Senior Deputy Director Sue Skillman co-author a Health Affairs blog post [...]

State-by-State Unemployment Claims by Health Care Workers 2/2020 – 5/2020

Four exhibits show the rate of unemployment claims filed by health care workers from February [...]

Washington State Initial Unemployment Claims for Specific Health Care Related Occupations 3/8-5/9/2020

This summary shows initial unemployment insurance claims in Washington State for specific health care related [...]

UW CHWS June 2020 Newsletter

  UW CHWS recently released the June 2020 edition of our quarterly newsletter highlighting the [...]

Washington State Unemployment Claims: Health Related Occupations to 5/23/20

This brief shows the number of both initial and continuing unemployment claims in Washington State [...]

Do Medicare’s Rural Add-On Payments Impact the Number of Home Health Agencies Serving Rural Communities?

Home health agencies provide critical nursing and therapy services to over three million Medicare beneficiaries [...]

State-by-State Unemployment Claims by Health Care Workers 2/2020 – 4/2020

Four exhibits show the rate of unemployment claims filed by health care workers from February [...]

Why do we only care about long-term care in a crisis? New report from Bianca Frogner in The Hill

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the tremendous sacrifice that Americans are willing to make to protect [...]

Washington State Initial Unemployment Claims: Health Related Occupations 1/11/20 – 5/9/20

This figure summarizes data on initial unemployment claims in Washington State for selected health occupations [...]

Washington State Initial Unemployment Claims: Health Related Occupations 1/11/20 – 5/2/20

This figure summarizes data on initial unemployment claims in Washington State for selected health occupations [...]

The Respiratory Therapist Workforce in the U.S. Supply, Distribution, Education Pathways, and State Responses to Emergency Surges in Demand

This Rapid Response Brief includes descriptions of the supply, distribution, education pathways, as well as [...]

Washington State Initial Unemployment Claims: Health Related Occupations 1/11/20 – 4/25/20

This figure summarizes data on initial unemployment claims in Washington State for selected health occupations [...]

April 27th Keynote Address: Sacrificing on the Frontlines During COVID-19 (Recording now available)

Director Bianca Frogner will be a keynote speaker during the Worker Memorial Day at the [...]

Increasing Demand for In-Home Care

Research led by Director Bianca Frogner on the risk that home care workers face during [...]

Washington State Initial Unemployment Claims: Health Related Occupations 1/11/20 – 4/18/20

This figure summarizes data on initial unemployment claims in Washington State for selected health occupations [...]

Washington State Initial Unemployment Claims: Health Related Occupations as a Percentage of Total Employed

This summary shows initial unemployment insurance claims in Washington State for health care related occupations [...]

Washington State Initial Unemployment Claims: Specific Health Related Occupations 3/8/20- 4/18/20

This summary describes initial unemployment claims in Washington State for select health care related occupations [...]

State-by-State Unemployment Claims by Health Care Workers 1/2020 – 3/2020

Four exhibits show the rate of unemployment claims filed by health care workers from January [...]

In Memoriam: UW CHWS Founder L. Gary Hart, PhD

We are sad to report that the founder and long time Director of the University [...]

COVID-19 Impact Reported through Washington Health Workforce Sentinel Network

In its 8th round of data collection, Washington’s Sentinel Network added questions to capture health [...]

Webinar: How are Countries Mobilizing and Protecting the Health Workforce in Response to COVID-19?

On May 6, 2020, Director Bianca Frogner is moderating an esteemed panel of health economists [...]

Protecting Frontline Health Care Workers

Director Bianca Frogner quoted by Vox on the need to include health care support staff [...]

Washington State Initial Unemployment Claims: Health Related Occupations 1/11/20 – 4/11/20

This figure summarizes data on initial unemployment claims in Washington State for selected health occupations [...]

Washington State Unemployment Claims: Health-Related Occupations as a Percentage of Total Employed

The figure shows initial unemployment claims in Washington State for healthcare related occupations through 4/11/2020 [...]

Washington State Unemployment Claims: Specific Health-Related Occupations 3/8/20 – 4/11/20

This summary compares weekly initial employment claims in Washington State for specific health-related occupations. Read [...]

Numbers Lacking on COVID-19-Infected Healthcare Workers

Director Bianca Frogner interviewed by Medscape on the need to systematically track COVID-19 infections and [...]

Washington State Initial Unemployment Claims: Health Related Occupations 1/11/20 – 4/4/20

This figure summarizes data on initial unemployment claims in Washington State for selected health occupations [...]

Special COVID-19 Newsletter

UW CHWS recently published a special edition of our regular newsletter detailing responses to COVID-19. [...]

UW CHWS contributes to health workforce web resource for managing COVID-19

Workforce strategies to help develop, deploy and replenish the health workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic [...]

Health Workforce Research Center Directors Identify Strategies to Ensure and Sustain Health Workforce During COVID-19 Pandemic

Bianca K. Frogner, PhD, Director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University [...]

UW CHWS Director Bianca Frogner discusses scope of practice changes in response to COVID-19

Dr. Frogner joins Dr. Joanne Spetz, Associate Director of Research at Healthforce Center at UCSF, [...]

How many health care workers are at risk of being sacrificed to COVID-19 in the US?

[box title=””]Bianca K. Frogner, PhD Director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies Associate Professor, [...]

UW CHWS Spring 2020 Newsletter

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is highlighting stress points in the U.S. health system. [...]

UWFM Professor joins Directors around the Country Calling for Modernizing Scope of Practice Regulations

Bianca K. Frogner, PhD, Director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies and Associate Professor [...]

Wrapping up the Year with CHWS Newsletter Cheer!

The CHWS team has had a very eventful year, with new hires and new collaborators [...]

Senior Deputy Director Sue Skillman & WA Workforce Board members engage State House Health & Wellness Committee

Sue Skillman and the Workforce board team consisting of Nova Gattman, Liz Coleman & Julia [...]

NPR Patti Neighmond interviews Director Bianca Frogner about her study showing that seeing a physical therapist can curb opioid use.

The study “Physical Therapy as the First Point of Care to Treat Low Back Pain: [...]

CHWS and RHRC attend the NW Rural Health Conference

Our UW CHWS and WWAMI RHRC team recently attended the 2018 NW Rural Health Conference [...]

UW CHWS Director Bianca Frogner and Joanne Spetz of UCSF discuss health policy in Health Affairs Journal

Drs. Frogner and Spetz discuss the potential impact that proposed policy changes might have on [...]

UW CHWS cited extensively by Politico on role of immigrants in health workforce

One of the biggest future crises in U.S. health care is about to collide with [...]

CHWS Deputy Director Sue Skillman explains health care's transition from a volume-based system to a value-based system.

CHWS Deputy Director Sue Skillman explains health care's transition from a volume-based system to a [...]