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Susan M Skillman
Research Scientist, Senior Principal
Research
skillman@uw.edu

Biography

Susan M. Skillman, MS, is the Senior Deputy Director of the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, Investigator with the Collaborative for Rural Primary Care, Research, Education, and Practice (RuralPREP) and Investigator with the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center. Recent research includes examinations of the nation's rural nurse and nurse practitioner workforce; rural health information technology workforce needs; contributions of community colleges to the health workforce; issues affecting access to home health care services in rural communities; medical assistant apprenticeship programs across the U.S., and the workforce needed to integrate behavioral health and primary care. She recently directed astatewide assessment of Washington State's behavioral health workforce supply and demand. She also developed and is implementing a program to assess emerging health workforce demand in Washington State - the Health Workforce Sentinel Network. Other recent work includes contracts with the National Governors Association to provide health workforce planning assistance to states, and analyses of the physician workforce in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (the WWAMI states). Ms. Skillman is on the Advisory Board for the Washington State Center of Excellence in Allied Health, was recently chair of the U.S. Delegation to the International Health Workforce Collaborative, and has been on the planning committees for several national and regional conferences. Prior to her current position, Ms. Skillman was a research project director at the University of Washington's Department of Health Services from 1989-99 and worked as a research projects director and coordinator of research development at the Center for Health Studies at Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound from 1981-88. She received her Bachelor's degree from Whitman College and her Masters degree from Washington State University.


 

CHWS Publications

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Oster NV, Patterson DG, Skillman SM, Frogner BK. COVID-19 and the Rural Health Workforce: The Impact of Federal Pandemic Funding to Address Workforce Needs Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington 03-01-2022

Dahal A, Stubbs BA, Frogner BK, Skillman SM. Leveraging Data to Monitor the Allied Health Workforce: State Supply Estimates Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington 11-01-2021

Dunlap B, Basye A, Skillman SM.. Background Checks and the Health Workforce: Practices, Policies and Equity Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington 11-01-2021

Dahal A, Frogner BK, Skillman SM, Patterson DG. Accelerating Health Professions Pathways for Immigrants Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington 07-26-2021

Prusynski R, Frogner BK, Skillman SM, Dahal A, Mroz TM. Therapy Assistant Staffing and Patient Quality Outcomes in Skilled Nursing Facilities Journal of Applied Gerontology 07-22-2021

 

CHWS Presentations

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Skillman SM, Flores A, Garcia E. Inside the Lab Podcast: Workforce Policy American Society for Clinical Pathology Inside the Lab Podcast. Season 2, Episode 3

Frogner BK, Skillman SM. Health Workforce Development: Aligning Interprofessional Education, Team-based Models of Care, Organizational Cultural, DEI Strategies and Workforce Development Nexus Summit 2021

Oster NV, Skillman SM, Frogner BK, Dahal A, Stubbs BA, Pollack SW, Guenther G. Characterizing the Respiratory Therapist, Physical Therapist and Pharmacist Workforce Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic AAMC 2021 Group on Diversity and Inclusion & Health Workforce Research Joint Virtual Conference

Skillman SM (Moderator). Providing Behavioral Health Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Social Workers’ Rapid Transition to Tele-behavioral Health Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center

Skillman SM (Moderator and Discussant), Ryskina K, Hall R, Bhandari N, Schoebel V. COVID-19’s Effects on the Health Care Workforce AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2021

 

RHRC Publications

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Mroz TM, Garberson LA, Andrilla CHA, Skillman SM, Larson EH, Patterson DG. Post-acute care trajectories for rural Medicare beneficiaries: planned versus actual hospital discharges to skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington 03-24-2021

Kaplan L, Pollack SW, Skillman S, Patterson DG. Factors that encourage and support advanced practice registered nurses to work in rural and safety-net settings J Health Care Poor Underserved 31(5):163-181 11-01-2020

Kaplan L, Pollack SW, Skillman SM, Patterson DG. NP program efforts promoting transition to rural practice The Nurse Practitioner 45(10):48-55 10-01-2020

Mroz TM, Andrilla CHA, Garberson LA, Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Wong JL, Larson EH. Variation in use of home health care among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries by rural-urban status and geographic region: assessing the potential for unmet need WWAMI Rural Health Research Center 02-01-2020

Mroz TM, Andrilla CHA, Garberson LA, Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Wong JL, Larson EH. Differences in care processes between community-entry versus post-acute home health for rural Medicare beneficiaries WWAMI Rural Health Research Center 04-04-2019

 

RHRC Presentations

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Mroz TM, Garberson LA, Andrilla CHA, Skillman SM, Patterson DG. Quality of post-acute care for rural Medicare beneficiaries: Comparing urban and rural skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

Mroz TM, Garberson LA, Andrilla CHA, Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Larson EH. Planned versus actual discharges to post-acute care for rural Medicare beneficiaries AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

Mroz TM, Garberson LA, Andrilla CHA, Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Larson EH. Variation in use of home health care by urban-rural status and geography AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Washington, DC.

Mroz TM, Andrilla CHA, Skillman SM, Garberson LA, Patterson DG, Wong JA, & Larson EH. Relationship between Medicaid expenditures on home- and community-based services and use of community-entry home health by rural Medicare beneficiaries Poster presented at the AcademyHealth –Long Term Services and Support Interest Group Meeting, Seattle, WA

Mroz TM, Andrilla CHA, Garberson LA, Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Larson EH, & Karmarkar A. Rehabilitation services in home health for lower extremity joint replacement and quality outcomes for rural Medicare beneficiaries Poster presented at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Seattle, WA