Current Projects

Resources to Assist in Health Workforce Planning

The Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center (HWTAC) is engaged in a number of technical assistance initiatives aimed at states and organizations that need assistance with health workforce data collection, analysis and dissemination.

HWRC Dissemination

Disseminating the Work Of HRSA-funded Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs)

HWTAC will support the development of a health services research journal supplement that contains manuscripts based on the HRSA-funded work of the HWRCs.

HWTAC will continue implementation of the Health Workforce Research Alert System.

HWTAC will assist with the management of quarterly Center Director calls.

Models of Behavioral Health Care

Design and Construct Database for 4 Models of Behavioral Health Care

In collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center (BHWRC), HWTAC will design and construct a behavioral health care database.

The 4 behavioral health models of care would be:

  • Behavioral health integration into primary care
  • Telehealth and its impact on behavioral health care delivery
  • Collaborative Care Model
  • Coordinated Care for First Episode Psychosis

The first step, the Design Phase, would be to “design” the database to collect information about these 4 models in a way that could support health workforce planning, including the development of provider supply and demand projections.

The second step would be a Construction Phase, to include compiling data identified by U Michigan (and others), developing documentation, and hosting the data in a publicly available environment.

In addition, HWTAC staff will conduct an analysis of registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) who work in behavioral health using National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) data to better understand their demographic characteristics, geographic distribution, and practice settings.

Promote the 2018 NSSRN

Promoting the Availability and Use of the 2018 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) Data

Working collaboratively with a noted nursing workforce researcher, HWTAC will develop 2 manuscripts for publication in a peer-reviewed journal based on analysis of the 2018 NSSRN data.

Manuscript 1 will be an analysis of the racial and ethnic composition of the RN workforce, including differences by earnings, work settings, education and geographic region.

Manuscript 2 will examine characteristics of nurse practitioners and registered nurses working in primary care and geriatric care.

Technical Assistance

Providing Support for Effective Health Workforce Planning

HWTAC will provide training and assistance to planners, policy makers, and researchers on strategies that support effective health workforce data collection, analysis and dissemination. HWTAC will employ a variety of methods, including webinars, virtual workshops, research briefs, issue-specific HWTAC webpages, and reports.

HWTAC will provide support to the Virgin Islands Primary Care Office with activities related to workforce data collection and analysis. Specifically, HWTAC will assist in developing an RSA work plan; analyze existing provider data and produce a summary report; develop a provider database using these data; and assist in improving the Virgin Islands’ current provider survey.

HWTAC will enhance health workforce research dissemination through the use of data visualization techniques. HWTAC will provide researchers with better information and tools to enable use of visual communication, including, common data visualization techniques, examples of how data can be presented in different graphic formats, and offering potential advantages and disadvantages of various data visualization approaches.