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GW Health Workforce Research Center

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

Established in 2013, the George Washington (GW) Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC), under the GW Health Workforce Institute based at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., is 1 of 7 centers that collects, analyzes, and reports data on the health workforce. The HWRCs are supported through a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and managed by the Bureau of Health Professions’ National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. The Centers’ aim is to produce policy-oriented research that will help inform public policy making at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as at the health system level.

The GW HWRC focuses specifically on the novel and flexible use of workers to improve health care delivery and efficiency. Because skill-mix strategies are embedded in broader system change, research findings tend to be highly contextual and difficult to generalize. As a result, we are committed to building a program of research that employs a shared framework across projects (rather than one-off studies) in order to build an evidence base in a modular fashion. The GW HWRC produces multiple research studies per year, as well as several short turn around policy briefs on topics of interest to HRSA.


Current Projects

Does Liberalizing State Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Laws Affect Staffing and Productivity in Community Health Centers?

Evolving Workforce Roles in Medicare Next Generation ACOs

Optimal Staffing of RNs, LPNs, and Nurse-Related Support Staff for Quality Outcomes in Hospitals

The Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Community Health Center Staffing


Learn more about the GW HWRC by visiting their website at www.gwhwi.org/hwrc.html