The Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health collected scope of practice and credential requirements for 10 behavioral health occupations across all 50 states and DC. These data were then transformed into 2 visualization tools and hosted on the Center’s website, allowing visitors to parse through the information intuitively and export subsets of their choosing. This 30-minute webinar covers the visualizations’ functionality in detail, explaining the range of information captured, how to use the online tools, and what features will be added in the future. To view the tools, click here. If you have questions or feedback on the tools, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oral Health Workforce Research Center studies dental hygienist (DH) scope of practice and finds great variability in what DHs in different states are allowed to do. Researchers at the Center built a scope of practice scale for DHs, the Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index (DHPPI) and used it to score state-specific DH scope of practice in 2014. Using 2014 DHPPI scores, researchers found that more autonomous DH scope of practice had a positive and statistically significant association with population oral health. Since broader DH scope of practice is correlated with better oral health outcomes, researchers developed an infographic that allows state-to-state comparisons of DH scope of practice. This presentation highlights the research that supported the development of the DH scope of practice infographic.
As part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Shortage Designation Modernization Project, HRSA is asking PCOs to update state correctional facility and state/county mental hospital designations by July 2nd. This webinar will review the criteria for these types of designations and will include an interactive panel discussion on things to consider/best practices. Time will also be allotted for PCO participants to ask questions at the conclusion.
Presenting Data Using Online Interactive Dashboards: The Washington State Health Workforce Sentinel Network Experience
During this webinar, the presenters will discuss some of the considerations necessary for preparing and presenting health workforce demand data using online interactive dashboards, based on their experience with the Washington State Health Workforce Sentinel Network. Topics to be covered include: how to create dashboards based on data that are updated periodically, data privacy concerns, software and hardware needs, and a brief overview of Tableau software.
A Novel Way to Obtain and Deploy Health Workforce Demand Data: The Washington State Health Workforce Sentinel Network
Collecting, analyzing and disseminating health workforce demand data to inform state health workforce planning can be costly and time-consuming, and secondary data sources that provide detailed and timely demand information are rare, if available at all. Nonetheless, as healthcare transformation proceeds, there is great need to detect signals of changes in health workforce demand in time for appropriate responses. The Washington Health Workforce Sentinel Network was developed to detect and communicate emerging health workforce demand changes within a statewide network of engaged industry, education and policy stakeholders. Using an online survey tool, employer “sentinels” periodically respond to a short set of questions on recent workforce vacancies, demand, newly assigned roles/occupations and training/education needs. This webinar will describe the collaborative process by which the Sentinel Network was developed, present key findings to-date, describe current dissemination efforts and outline future plans for Washington’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network.
The Changing Landscape in Oral Health: An Introduction to Workforce Strategies Designed to Expand Access to Care
This webinar will provide participants an introductory overview of the oral health workforce in America and highlight key themes emerging from the OHWRC’s work, including: strategies that facilitate oral health integration with primary care, particularly among safety net providers in clinics as well as community based settings; oral health service innovation, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary team based approaches to providing oral health services, including the use of dental therapists, advanced practice dental hygienists and community health coordinators.
The Center for Health Workforce Studies, in conjunction with the New York State Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), unveils New York’s new online Health Workforce Planning Data Guide. The data guide provides information on population demographics, health behaviors and outcomes, as well as the health care system and workforce through data visualization. The interactivity of the data guide allows users to tailor the information to their individual interests and to understand the data on multiple levels. This online data guide serves as a model for other states that are interested in developing one of their own. This webinar presents the visualization features of the data guide, and discusses best practices for initial development of the tool and for collecting and integrating data.
In this webinar, HWTAC unveils its updated and enhanced state health workforce data collection webpage. In addition, researchers from 2 states describe their new health workforce data collection initiatives. Danielle Weiss, a primary care workforce program manager from New Hampshire, discusses successful efforts to introduce mandatory reregistration surveys for health professionals and Mary Lou Brunell, the director of Florida’s Nursing Workforce Center, describes plans to expand data collection beyond nursing to include other health professions in the state.
Part 2 of a 2-part series based on a symposium of health workforce research centers that was previously held in Washington DC in May 2016. This second webinar (Part 2) will include 3 prerecorded 10-minute presentations regarding 3 separate studies on health care job growth, training, and career pathways. Following these presentations, time will be allotted for a live Q&A session. Attendees will be encouraged to ask the various researchers questions regarding their studies, such as lessons learned, and next steps.
First in a 2-part series on “Health Workforce Needs in a Time of Transformation” highlighting research conducted by 3 of the Health Workforce Research Centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. This session focuses on workforce configurations that support value based care. Presenters will describe changing workforce strategies in oral health, behavioral health, and primary care and consider issues such as emerging roles, scope of practice, and unique workforce challenges faced in rural communities.