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Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

Research on the Flexible Use of Healthcare Workers to Improve the Quality and Efficiency of Health Care

Created in 2013, the Carolina Health Workforce Research Center (CHWRC) is 1 of 7 national health workforce research centers funded through a cooperative agreement with the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis within the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Center is comprised of investigators from a broad array of disciplines and also seeks input and expertise from an external advisory board.

CHWRC’s mission is to conduct and disseminate timely, policy-relevant research on the flexible use of healthcare workers to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. The development of a more flexible and nimble healthcare workforce is crucial to delivering high value care in our rapidly changing healthcare environment.

CHWRC’s research focuses on:

The shifting roles of existing healthcare workers and the emergence of new types of workers within new models of care delivery

The movement of healthcare workers among employment settings and medical specialties

The broader implications of a flexible healthcare workforce on team-based models of education and practice


Current Projects

Mapping GME Location and Practice Location by Specialty

Toward a Better Understanding of Social Workers on Integrated Care Delivery Teams

Barriers and facilitators for the LPN-to-RN transition: Perspectives from practicing LPNs

Integration of Rehabilitation Care from the Acute to Community Setting: The Role of Physician Referral

Developing a Better Understanding of Medical Assistants’ Roles and Functions in Primary Care Settings

Exploring the Magnitude and Timing of Physician Specialty Changes


Learn more about the Carolina Health Workforce Research Center by visiting their website at www.shepscenter.unc.edu/programs-projects/workforce/projects/carolina-health-workforce-research-center/