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.
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 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.
The Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at UNC’s Sheps Center for Health Services Research recently developed 2 tools to query and visualize health workforce data. One tool visualizes county-level data on 200,000 licensed health professionals across 19 health professions in North Carolina. The other tool describes the migration of residents in training and actively practicing physicians between states. This webinar will demonstrate both tools, discuss the considerations that went into their design, and explore how these data can be used to help shape health policy.
ArcGIS for Desktop is a powerful tool for data visualization when working with maps and geographic information. This webinar will introduce the basics features of ArcGIS and demonstrate how to develop maps using the software. It is highly recommended that attendees have ArcGIS installed on their computer prior to the webinar. A free 21-day trial version of the software is available for download at: https://www.arcgis.com/features/free-trial.html.
Maps are powerful tools to communicate data and complex information that resonate with policymakers and other stakeholders. The difference between a good map and a great map lies in knowledge and details. This webinar will introduce the principles of cartography, deliver tips on what to do (and more importantly what not to do) when making a map, and provide a brief overview of selected cartographic software and online tools.
Data visualization can be a powerful tool for detecting patterns in data and for sharing data accessibly with a wide audience. This webinar will introduce the basics of data visualization with an eye towards practice, including simple tips and tricks to help create effective visualizations. The webinar will also discuss the major tools available to create static or web-based interactive visualizations.