Varying Estimates of Social Workers in the United States: Which Data Source to Use?

Behavioral health needs are on the rise in the United States, significantly influencing health care utilization, costs, and outcomes. Social workers offer diverse services across health, behavioral health, and community settings. Although this variety enhances care delivery, it also makes health workforce analyses more complex. This article describes the various estimates provided by 5 national…

Pediatric Medical Subspecialist Use in Outpatient Settings

Pediatric medical subspecialists offer care to children with uncommon or atypical health issues, those who haven’t responded well to standard primary care treatments, or those requiring specialized diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Evaluating whether the number and distribution of these subspecialists meet the needs of the nationā€™s children is difficult due to a lack of evidence…

The Gender Wage Gap Among Healthcare Workers Across Educational and Occupational Groups

The health care sector, predominantly staffed by women, faces significant gender pay disparities. This inequity not only results in lower lifetime earnings for women but may also discourage them from pursuing advancement in health care careers. However, little is known about how the gender wage gap has changed in the health care workforce over the…

Safety-Net Patientsā€™ Satisfaction With Oral Health Services by Provider Type and Intent to Return For More Care

Recent changes in dental workforce models, driven by rising demand for oral health services, have sparked discussions about the need for innovation and greater efficiency in the United States’ oral health care delivery system. Legislative action enabling new workforce models and expanding scopes of practice for the existing dental workforce has facilitated team-based approaches to…

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Community Pharmacy Workforce

Community pharmacies are among the most accessible health care sites in the United States. Community pharmacists offer many services including medication optimization, chronic and acute care management, wellness and prevention, and patient education. However, community pharmacies face several barriers that have impeded patientsā€™ ability to universally access these services. This article describes the impact of…

Black and Hispanic Representation Declined After Increased Degree Requirements for Physician Assistants

The physician assistant (PA) profession is among the least racially and ethnically diverse health professions requiring advanced education. Between 1995 and 2020, the percentage of Black PA graduates fell from 7% to 3.1%, while Hispanic representation increased from 4.5% to 7.9%. PA programs that transitioned from bachelor’s to master’s degrees experienced a 5.3% point decline…

Pharmacists Co-Located With Primary Care Physicians: Understanding Delivery of Interprofessional Primary Care

Despite evidence supporting the integration of pharmacists in team-based primary care, little information exists on the co-location of pharmacists with primary care physicians in the United States, and even less information on the factors associated with these models in primary care. This article analyzes the degree to which pharmacists are co-located with primary care practices…

Disability Competency Training in Medical Education

The Alliance for Disability for Health Care Education developed ā€œcore competenciesā€ to help guide disability competency training in health care, including medical education. This webinar presents findings from a study that explores how medical education programs address these core competencies. Facilitators and barriers to integrating disability competency training in medical education are discussed, as well…

How to Develop a Study Area Composed of Different Geographic Units

This tutorial demonstrates how to develop a study area composed of different geographic units.ArraySeptember 6, 2021 115 minutes This tutorial demonstrates how to develop a study area composed of different geographic units. 57September 6, 2021

Immediate and Long-term Economic Impacts of the Pandemic on the Nursing Workforce

Utilizing data from monthly population surveys, this webinar examines employment trends throughout the US health care delivery system, as well as employment and earnings trends of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing assistants. Presenters discuss whether trends differ by employment setting and by different characteristics of the nursing workforce. Preliminary estimates of future growth…

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