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Erin Fraher, PhD Granted North Carolina Institute of Medicine Award for Excellence in Health Policy Leadership

Dr. Adam Zolotor of The North Carolina Institute of Medicine presented Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP, director of the Carolina Health Workforce Research Center, with the Award for Excellence in Health Policy Leadership at the NCIOM 2019 Annual Meeting.
Fraher was selected for the impact of her public health achievements. Her insights and analyses of the NC Health Professions Data System have informed state policy decisions, influenced health professional education planning and have been used in reporting by media organizations.  Dr. Fraher has served as a mentor to students, research staff and junior faculty, growing the next generation of workforce researchers. Organizations across the country regularly invite Dr. Fraher to provide advice on emulating the program she has built in North Carolina. Read more here.  

Workforce team wins 2019 IHWC Data Olympics data visualization challenge

The workforce team--Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP, Evan Galloway, MPS, Julie Spero, MSPH--won the Data Visualization challenge at the International Health Workforce Collaborative’s (IHWC) Data Olympics for 2019 where Fraher presented the team's work. 

In this challenge, IHWC asked participating countries to showcase a creative and innovative project that demonstrates effective use of data visualization for knowledge translation. Fraher presented on two interactive data visualization tools, DocFlows and the NC Sheps Health Workforce blog and interactive map.
The International Health Workforce Collaborative (IHWC) conferences brings together policy makers, academics, researchers and practitioners from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom with responsibility for and interests in medical workforce issues. 

Meet our newest team members: Shikira Thomas, MSPH and Heather Wilson, BA

Shikira Thomas, MSPH is a Research Associate-Project Manager for the Health Workforce Research Center. She provides support in coordination, planning and implementation of the center’s projects. She is a recent MSPH graduate from the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research interests are in how social phenomena such as colorism and discrimination influence disease outcomes in Blacks.
Heather Wilson, BA is a Research Assistant and Communications Specialist with the Program on Health Workforce and Policy. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where she specialized in creative non-fiction and English literature. Her work since has evolved around helping academics, educators and researchers tell their stories in a variety of platforms. She uses her skills as a communicator to help public health and public policy researchers turn results into meaningful messages.

Exploring nursing workforce supply & demand

Our team ended October with an expert advisory meeting for our project modeling the future supply and demand of nurses in North Carolina. An incredible group of deans, CNOs, nurse leaders, educators, public health experts, AHEC representatives, students and other stakeholders participated. Next year, look out for the findings, including a new data visualization showcasing the supply and demand for nurses in NC.

NC Health Workforce Data now available by Medicaid regions

Our health professional workforce data are now available by Medicaid region! Check it out here on our data visualization site. The six Medicaid Managed Care regions were developed by NC Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of organizing contracts with prepaid health plans under Medicaid transformation. The success of Medicaid Managed Care will depend in part on training and deploying the health workforce to meet the needs of each region’s Medicaid population.

Recent blog: NC's physician-to-population ratio is increasing, but most of the growth is in urban areas

  • The number of physicians in NC has grown over time, outpacing population growth.
  • The main concern is not the overall number of physicians in North Carolina, but the distribution of physicians in the state. Most of the growth in physicians per capita has occurred in urban counties.
  • In rural (non-metropolitan) counties, growth in physician supply per capita has been slow. Access-to-care issues remain concerning in many rural and underserved places.
See the blog here on the site.

Check out our updated website

We recently refreshed and reorganized our Carolina Health Workforce Research Center website.

Click here to learn more about our ongoing projects. To learn more about our past projects in graduate medical education, nursing, behavioral health integration, value in health workforce and workforce data and modeling, click here.

de Saxe Zerden quoted in Social Work Today

“Social workers already bring a lens to focus on the social determinants of health (SDOH) in patient care—and an ethos to help other professionals see like we do,” says Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Carolina Health Workforce researcher and associate professor of social work at UNC.

De Saxe Zerden was quoted in Social Work Today article, Professional Development and Interprofessional Practice — Social Workers Share With (and Learn From) Colleagues in Other DisciplinesRead the full article here.

Spotlight manuscript: the role of social work in the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is a national emergency in the United States. To meet the needs of individuals diagnosed with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), office-based opioid treatment programs (OBOT) are quickly expanding. However, social workers roles in OBOT programs are not clearly described. This paper explores three roles social workers may fulfill in OBOT programs to combat the opioid crisis. Read the full paper here.

Spotlight manuscript: designing workforce around patients and populations not professions

Traditional workforce planning methodologies and interprofessional education (IPE) approaches will not address the significant challenges facing health care systems seeking to integrate services, eliminate waste and meet rising demand within fixed or shrinking budgets. This article describes how New Zealand's workforce planning approach could be used as a model by other countries to move toward needs-based, interprofessional workforce planning. Read the full paper here.

Recent scholarship 

Recent manuscripts
 Recent briefs

  •  Erin Fraher, PhD,  Julie Spero, MSPH, Evan Galloway, Shikira Thomas, MSPH, Heather Wilson, BA. International Health Workforce Collaboration; Data Olympics. Invited presentation, winner of the data visualization challenge. Developing Data Visualizations that Educate, Engage and Provoke. Ottawa, Canada. October 21, 2019.
  • Fraher E. Shaping the Clinical Learning Environment to Meet the Evolving Needs of the Health Care System and Patients. Keynote at Nexus Summit 2019, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Minneapolis, MN. August 19, 2019.
  • Richman, E., Lombardi, B. M., Zerden, L. D. (2019, June). Mapping Co-Location: Using National Provider Identified Data to Assess Behavioral Health Co-Location. Poster Presentation, Academy Health, Washington, DC.
  • Richman, E., Lombardi, B. M., Zerden, L. D. (2019, May). Where is Behavioral Health Integration Occurring? Mapping National Co-location Trends Using National Provider Identifier Data. Plenary Presentation, AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference, Arlington, VA.
  • Zerden, L. D., Lombardi, B.., Wu, S. (2019, January). Social workers roles in integrated primary care: A task analysis of a systematic review of RCT studies. Symposium paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research National Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Zerden, L. D., Lombardi, B.., Richman, E. (2019, January). Electronic Health Records: A New Frontier for Social Work Research and Practice. Symposium paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research National Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Lombardi B., Richman, E., & Zerden, L. D. (2019, January). Where is social work behavioral health integration occurring? Using NPI data to map national trends in co-location. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research National Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Lombardi B., Richman, E., & Zerden, L. D. (2019, January). Where is social work behavioral health integration occurring? Using NPI data to map national trends in co-location. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research National Conference, San Francisco, CA.  
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