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Characteristics of Physician Assistant Students Planning to Work in Primary Care

Date: 11/19/2019Authors: Eric Larson, Bianca FrognerResearch Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce StudiesTopics: Staffing, Personnel, Primary Care

The purpose of this study was to identify the characteristics of matriculating PA students planning to enter primary care specialties and compare them with students planning on entering other specialties.

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Use of Apprenticeship to Meet Demand for Medical Assistants in the U.S.

Date: 11/13/2019Authors: Andrew Jopson, Susan Skillman, Bianca FrognerResearch Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce StudiesTopics: Staffing, Personnel, Career Pathways

This study identifies different apprenticeship models including alternative ways program administration, didactic instruction and clinical skills training are provided, and broadens information about healthcare apprenticeships’ value to employers.

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Factors That Influence Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment

Date: 11/07/2019Authors: Dana Foney, Shannon MaceResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Behavioral Health, Medicaid

This study examines factors that may influence access to MAT and to SUD treatment services, including negative perceptions associated with SUD treatment, cultural norms, and Medicaid and other insurance coverage. The study also examines state-specific initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic and SUDs.

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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Workforce and Service Delivery Trends

Date: 11/01/2019Authors: Dana Foney, Shannon Mace, Adriano BoccaneliResearch Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Community Health Center, Behavioral Health

To better understand behavioral health workforce factors and service delivery within Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, this mixed methods study helps inform policy makers and discusses future practice recommendations.

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The Role of the National Health Service Corps Clinicians in Enhancing Staffing and Patient Care Capacity in Community Health Centers

Date: 10/28/2019Authors: Xin Xin Han, Patricia Pittman, Clese Erikson, Fitzugh Mullan, Leighton KuResearch Center: GW Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Dentistry, Community Health Center, Staffing, Primary Care

This study helps validate the effectiveness of NHSC loan repayment and scholarship incentives as a recruitment strategy and to inform policies on the impact of NHSC on CHCs’ patient care capacity.

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Practice Patterns of Postgraduate Dental Residency Completers from Select Long-Term HRSA-Funded Primary Dental Care Training Programs

Date: 08/15/2019Authors: Ginachukwu Amah, Matthew Jura, Elizabeth MertzResearch Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Dentistry, Oral Health, Training

This report assesses the impacts of HRSA’s postgraduate dental training programs on current practice patterns of ‘completers’ of these programs and on improving the capacity of dentists to meet the needs of the underserved.

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Does expanded state scope of practice for nurse practitioners and physician assistants increase primary care utilization in community health centers?

Date: 08/06/2019Authors: Jeongyoung Park, Xinxin Han, Patricia PittmanResearch Center: GW Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Community Health Center, Nursing, Scope of Practice

This study examines the impact of expanded state scope of practice for nurse practitioners and physician assistants on primary care utilization in community health centers by NP, PA, and primary care physician.

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The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Long-Term Care and the Health Workforce

Date: 07/31/2019Authors: Susan Chapman, Jacqueline Miller, Joanne SpetzResearch Center: UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term CareTopics: Demand, Long-Term Care

This report assesses which emerging technologies may facilitate, replace, or enhance recruitment, training, and retention of the long-term care workforce.

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A National Study of the Practice Characteristics of Women in Dentistry and Potential Impacts on Access to Care for Underserved Communities

Date: 07/15/2019Authors: Simona Surdu, Margaret Langelier, Yuhao Liu, Nubia GoodwinResearch Center: Oral Health Workforce Research CenterTopics: Dentistry, Oral Health, Diversity

This report evaluates the differences by gender of dental professionals’ practice characteristics including employment status, working hours, and practice location.

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Geriatrician Roles and the Value of Geriatrics in an Evolving Healthcare System

Date: 07/08/2019Authors: Timothy Bates, Aubri Kottek, Joanne SpetzResearch Center: UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term CareTopics: Integration, Primary Care

This study focuses on information solicited from field experts in geriatrics as to how geriatrician roles are evolving as healthcare systems and organizations reorganize care in response to a changing environment.

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