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Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)—the Workforce Treating Opioid Use Disorder

Date: 05/14/2020Authors: Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Brianna Lombardi, Erica Richman, Anjalee SharmaResearch Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Personnel, Primary Care, Training

This report assesses which professionals comprise the workforce that provides MAT (medication-assisted treatment) in primary care, how OBOT teams communicate about patient care, and the behavioral components of MAT provided in primary care settings.

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State Health Workforce Deficit Estimator

Date: 04/28/2020Authors: Eric Luo, Clese Erikson, Candice Chen, Drishti Pillai, Nicholas Chong, Emily Bass, Patricia PittmanResearch Center: GW Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Staffing, Personnel, Demand

The Estimator is an online tool to help state and federal planners consider different strategic approaches to ensure sufficient heath workforce for COVID-19.

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The Respiratory Therapist Workforce in the US: Supply, Distribution, Education Pathways, and State Responses to Emergency Surges in Demand

Date: 04/16/2020Authors: Susan Skillman, Bianca Frogner, Arati Dahal, Benjamin Stubbs, Grace GuentherResearch Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce StudiesTopics: Staffing, Personnel, Career Pathways

This brief describes the supply, distribution, education pathways, as well as COVID-19 emergency concerns about the respiratory therapist workforce capacity and examples of state approaches addressing workforce gaps.

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Compendium of Innovations in Oral Health Service Delivery

Date: 03/26/2020Authors: Leanne Keough, Morgan Clifford, Margaret Langelier, Nubia Goodwin, Tom MelnikResearch Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health, Behavioral Health, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Integration, Primary Care, Telehealth

This compendium summarizes best practices in innovative oral health service delivery programs drawn from over 40 case studies conducted by the OHWRC in recent years.

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Consumer Survey Focused on Parents’ Experiences Accessing Oral Health Services for Their Children

Date: 03/24/2020Authors: Simona Surdu, Margaret Langelier, Qiushuang Li, Nubia GoodwinResearch Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Oral Health, Medicaid

This report highlights unique access barriers for specific high-need children (racial/ethnic minorities, low-income parents, uninsured families, Medicaid beneficiaries, rural individuals) or geographic regions.

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Supporting the Adult Protective Services Workforce

Date: 03/17/2020Authors: Tim Bates, Susan ChapmanResearch Center: UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term CareTopics: Personnel, Long-Term Care

This study summarizes the current state of affairs with the APS workforce, highlights efforts being made to address their issues, and recommends actions that would further support these efforts to improve community APS in the US.

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The Behavioral Health Workforce in Rural America: Developing a National Recruitment Strategy

Date: 03/10/2020Authors: Nancy Baum, Jaque KingResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Staffing, Behavioral Health, Career Pathways

This report describes state incentives for behavioral health provider recruitment, particularly in rural areas.

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Social Work and Electronic Health Records: A New Frontier for Health Workforce Research

Date: 02/27/2020Authors: Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Erica Richman, Brianna Lombardi, Kim Shoenbill, Erin FraherResearch Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Behavioral Health, Scope of Practice

This study aimed to demonstrate how electronic health records data can be used as a workforce research tool to assess the scope, contributions, and value of social work, a profession still in the process of establishing its return on investment in health care.

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The Health Workforce Delivering Evidence-Based Non-Pharmacological Pain Management

Date: 02/20/2020Authors: Samantha Pollack, Susan Skillman, Bianca FrognerResearch Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce StudiesTopics: Health Reform, Demand

This study compares 10 different health care occupations and certified practitioners in providing non-pharmacological pain management treatments to patients with chronic pain.

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Health Workforce Training Program Evaluation Toolkit

Date: 02/03/2020Research Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Staffing, Training

The Health Workforce Training Program Evaluation Toolkit is a comprehensive “program evaluation 101” resource for both new and established programs seeking to learn new evaluation strategies.

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