Past Projects

Analytic Capabilities for PCOs

Strengthening the Analytic Capabilities Of State Primary Care Officers (PCOs)

This project is designed to support the work of state PCOs by providing them with assistance focused on the development of technical skills that support effective completion of HRSA-funded activities, such as shortage area designations and primary care capacity assessments. This technical assistance will be provided using methods that include virtual workshops and the development of a PCO Resource Center that includes resources to assist them in their work.

Assistance to Planners, Policy Makers, and Researchers

Providing training and assistance to planners, policy makers and researchers on strategies that support effective health workforce data collection, analysis and dissemination

HWTAC will provide training and assistance to planners, policy makers, and other stakeholders with the information and skills they need to effectively collect, analyze, and disseminate information about the health workforce. To achieve this, HWTAC will identify the most pressing needs for technical assistance, and will use a variety of methods to address these needs, including webinars, virtual workshops, research briefs, issue-specific HWTAC webpages, and reports.

Assistance to Planners, Policy Makers, and Researchers

Providing Training and Assistance To Planners, Policy Makers and Researchers On Strategies That Support Effective Health Workforce Data Collection, Analysis and Dissemination

HWTAC will provide training and assistance to planners, policy makers and researchers, among others, on strategies that support effective health workforce planning and research. This initiative will employ a variety of methods, including webinars, virtual workshops, informational videos, research briefs, issue-specific HWTAC webpages, and reports.

Data Visualization

Enhancing health workforce research dissemination through the use of data visualization techniques

Data visualization, the presentation of data in graphical form, is a critical skill for researchers who must present findings from their work in ways that are easily understood and can inform decision making. HWTAC will assist researchers to better understand the value of visual communication, including common data visualization techniques, examples of how data can be presented in graphic formats, and to recognize potential advantages and disadvantages of different data visualization approaches.

Data Visualization

Enhancing Health Workforce Research Dissemination Through the Use Of Data Visualization Techniques

Data visualization, the presentation of data in graphical form, is a critical skill for researchers who must present findings from their work in ways that are easily understood and can inform decision making. HWTAC will assist researchers to better understand the value of visual communication, including common data visualization techniques, examples of how data can be presented in graphic formats, and to recognize potential advantages and disadvantages of different data visualization approaches.

Health Workforce Profile for the Virgin Islands

Developing a Health Workforce Profile For the Virgin Islands To Assess the Effects of Natural Disasters On Health Care Infrastructure, Health Workforce, and Demand for Health Services

In 2003, the Center for Health Workforce Studies, with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration, released a report on the health workforce of the Virgin Islands (VI). The profile drew from a wide array of data sources to describe the size and composition of VI’s health workforce. A number of issues emerged from this workforce assessment including concerns about the adequacy of the supply of health workers as well as the need to strengthen the educational pipeline into health professions.

To better understand current health workforce issues facing VI, the HWTAC will develop an updated VI health workforce profile. The updated profile will facilitate comparisons between workforce issues faced more than 15 years ago and those faced today. More importantly, it will support an assessment of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria which struck VI in September of 2017 that considers both supply of health workers and demand for health services.

HRSA Nursing Supply/Demand Model

Technical Assistance To States Using the Web-based HRSA Nursing Supply and Demand Model

HWTAC will support users of the newly developed web-based HRSA nursing supply and demand model. Strategies for the provision of technical assistance include webinars, presentations and live demonstrations at conferences, and one-on-one assistance with individual users or groups of users. A key audience is state-based nursing researchers. HWTAC will also collect and compile feedback on user experience with the web-based model to share with HRSA.

HWRC Dissemination

Disseminating the work of HRSA-funded Health Workforce Research Centers

HWTAC will promote and disseminate research studies produced by the Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs) funded under cooperative agreements with HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. HWTAC will build on the dissemination efforts of each of the 6 centers and implement strategies to reach wider audiences, including employers, educators, journalists, legislators and policy makers.

HWRC Dissemination

Disseminating the Work Of HRSA-funded Health Workforce Research Centers

HWTAC will promote and disseminate research studies produced by the Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs) funded under cooperative agreements with HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. HWTAC will build on the dissemination efforts of each of the centers and implement strategies to reach wider audiences, including employers, educators, journalists, legislators and policy makers. HWTAC will host a Health Workforce Research Symposium and develop a health workforce research alert system.

Strategies Addressing Opioid Misuse

Providing Technical Assistance On State Workforce Strategies To Address Opioid Misuse

HWTAC will collect and disseminate information about state workforce strategies for the prevention and treatment of opioid misuse. The information will be hosted on the HWTAC website in a manner analogous to HWTAC’s State Health Workforce Data Collection Inventory.

Technical Assistance to HRSA POs

Providing Assistance to HRSA Project Officers

HWTAC will develop up to 6 modules for HRSA project officers (POs) and provide technical assistance to POs upon request. The modules will be on topics relevant to POs and will be delivered via online, self-paced courses and webinars. The technical assistance will focus on relevant topics, such as assisting HRSA grantees to effectively integrate Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement (RCQI) into their grant activities. The technical assistance will be provided to POs by email, telephone, webinars, and face-to-face meetings.

Technical Assistance to PCOs

Providing Assistance to Primary Care Officers

HWTAC will provide technical assistance to state Primary Care Officers (PCOs) on topics relevant to their Cooperative Agreements with HRSA. HWTAC will facilitate 6 virtual meetings/webinars for PCOs and develop a webpage dedicated to issues of interest to PCOs.

Webinar Series

Information About Health Workforce Data Collection, Analysis, and Dissemination

HWTAC will conduct a series of 6 webinars over the course of the year on topics of relevance to health workforce planners, policy makers, and other stakeholders interested in health workforce data collection, analysis, dissemination, and research.

Webinar topics include:

  • An Introduction to Health Workforce Planning
  • Advanced Data Visualization Strategies
  • An Application of Health Workforce Data Visualization
  • Coalition building for state health workforce data collection
  • Designing health workforce survey instruments
  • Research studies conducted by HRSA sponsored Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs)