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HRSA Funds 2021-2022 Projects for the Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis in the Health Resources and Services Administration has selected these five projects to be funded in 2021-2022.
  1. Advancing Understanding of How Institutional, Professional, and System-Level Factors  Contribute to Physician Burnout
    Tania M. Jankins, PhD

  2. Are Behavioral Health Providers Co-located with DEA Waivered Buprenorphine Prescribers?
    Lisa de Saxe Zerden, PhD, MSW; Brianna Lombardi, PhD, MSW; Erica Richman, PhD, MSW; Alex Forte, MSW; Evan Galloway, MPS
  3. Co-location of Pharmacists with Primary Care Providers: An Analysis of NPI vs Other Data Sources
    Emily M. Hawes, PharmD, BCPS, CPP; Brianna Lombardi, PhD, MSW; Evan Galloway, MPS; Hilary A. Campbell, PharmD, JD; Cristen P. Page, MD, MPH; Mary Roth McClurg, PharmD, MHS

  4. Interrupted Integrated Health Care: How Primary Care Practices Utilized Tele-Health and Coordinated Team-Based Care in Response to COVID-19 
    Brianna Lombardi, PhD, MSW; Lisa de Saxe Zerden, PhD, MSW; Erica L. Richman, PhD, MSW
  5. Toward a Better Understanding of the Career Trajectories of Physicians from Underrepresented Groups in Medicine
    Erin Fraher PhD MPP and William F. Owen, Jr. MD FACP

Learn more about our 2021-2022 projects on the Carolina Health Workforce Center website.

Fraher Discusses Nursing Shortage

Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP discusses North Carolina's nursing shortage in this video produced by HigherEdWorks as part of their Nursing Education series.
Higher Ed Works, a nonprofit organization focused on public higher education in North Carolina, recently produced a series of articles and videos on North Carolina's nursing shortage. Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy Director Erin Fraher spoke about the factors contributing to the shortage and gave a preview of NC Nursecast, a model that forecasts the future supply and demand for nurses in NC through 2033, which will launch on November 1, 2021 (we will send you an alert when it goes live!).

Explore the full series of articles on the Higher Ed Works website.
If your organization employs health workforce in NC,
we want to hear from you!

The NC Sentinel questionnaire is now open for North Carolina health care employers to share current needs and concerns about staff recruitment, retention, and skill needs. This feedback will be used for statewide strategic planning: participate today!

Questionnaire closes on Sunday, November 7th

New Deputy Director: Brianna Lombardi

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Brianna M. Lombardi, PhD, MSW, as the Deputy Director for the Carolina Health Workforce Research Center at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Dr. Lombardi holds appointments at UNC as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and as a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work.
Dr. Lombardi received her master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh and her PhD in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lombardi’s work seeks to understand how health care practices and health systems deploy teams of providers to address the physical health, behavioral health, and social needs of vulnerable individuals through integrated models of care. She is an expert in social worker roles on integrated health teams and uses innovative methods to study the expanding role of social workers in integrated primary care. Dr. Lombardi’s work has evaluated how rapidly changing payment and practice models impact the health workforce and shift roles in team-based models of care. She has been funded through research and workforce training grants through the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center at the University of Michigan.

New Research Project Manager: Emily McCartha

We are thrilled to have Emily on the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy team where she will contribute to many aspects of our work. Emily is particularly interested in the intersection of research and decision-making and policy formation. Her former research areas include public health, education, organizational structure, networks, and budget and finance. She joins the Sheps Center after spending five years in a non-partisan research office in the North Carolina General Assembly and a brief period in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
In those roles she contributed to and led teams that examined state-funded organizations, processes, and programs. Prior to that, Emily worked on several research teams out of NC State University, examining a systems change health initiative for children and youth with special health care needs, communication in large-scale wildfire response, and North Carolina networks of health collaboratives. She has also served as an adjunct instructor in the UNC School of Government for last six years. 
Emily completed her PhD in Public Administration at NC State University and her Master of Public Affairs at the the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School; her undergraduate degree in Urban Studies is also from UT Austin. 
She lives in downtown Raleigh in a historic home with her husband, two young daughters, and cat Monti. She loves being outside - running, hiking, swimming - reading about psychology and holistic health (her would-be second career in a do-over!), watching soccer, and being with her family and community. 

Recent Scholarship and Media

  • Pathman DE, Sonis J, Harrison JN, Sewell RG, Fannell J, Overbeck M, Konrad TR. Experiences of Safety-Net Practice Clinicians Participating in the National Health Service Corps During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Public Health Reports. 2021 Oct 25.
  • Long JC, Delamater PL, Holmes, GM. Which Definition of Rurality Should I Use?: The Relative Performance of 8 Federal Rural Definitions in Identifying Rural-Urban Disparities. Medical Care. 2021 Oct; 59(10 Suppl 5), S413.
  • Beck A.J, Spetz J, Pittman P, Frogner B, Fraher EP, Moore J, Armstrong, D, Buerhaus P. Investing In A 21st Century Health Workforce: A Call For Accountability. Health Affairs Blog. 2021;
  • Hawes E, Fraher EP, Crane S, Weidner A, Wittenberg H, Pauwels J, Longnecker R, Chen F, Page CP. Rural Residency Training as a Strategy to Address Rural Health Disparities: Barriers to Expansion and Possible Solutions. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2021; 13(4):461-465. 
  • Jones CB, McCollum M, Tran AK, Toles M, Knafl GJ. Supporting the dynamic careers of Licensed Practical Nurses: A strategy to bolster the long-term care nurse workforce. Politics, Policy, & Nursing Practice. 2021 Jul 7;  
  • Yun J, Zerden LdS, Cuddeback GS, Konrad TR, Pathman DE. Overall work and practice satisfaction of Licensed Clinical Social Workers in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program. Health & Social Work. 2021;46(1):9-21.
  • Fraher EP. The Evolving Sex, Race and Ethnic Composition of the Surgical Workforce: North Carolina is a Bellwether of National Change. Surgery. 2021 Mar 20.  
  • Ricketts TC. Place and Population Matter in General Surgeon Location and Practice Structure. JAMA Network Open (Invited Commentary). 2021 Apr 20. 
  • Delamater PL, Long JC. The Relative Performance of 8 Federal Rural Definitions in Identifying Rural-urban Disparities. Presented at the: Health Equity Seminar Series; 2021 Jul 27.
  • Murray, G. Understanding the influence of COVID-19 on the primary care workforce. Presented at the 27th Annual Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) NRSA Trainees Research Conference, virtual, 2021 Jun 7.
  • Kandrack R, Holmes GM, Fraher EP. Rural-urban differences in family medicine physician scope of services. Presented at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. 2021 Jun 14.
  • Jenkins TM. The Structural Underpinnings of Satisfaction and Wellbeing Among Physicians. Presented at the HRSA BHW Leadership Meeting. 2021 Sept 16.
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