Program on Health Workforce
Research and Policy
 @ Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
January 2014
In This Issue

2013-14 Seminar Series

Pharmacy Workforce Advisory Group    

As part of our study of the pharmacist workforce in North Carolina, due out Spring 2014, the Program on Health Workforce this past December brought together an expert advisory group of pharmacy leaders from across the state to review and discuss emerging pharmacy workforce models and innovative roles for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians envisioned under the new models of healthcare delivery and team-based care.

Staff News 

Katie Gaul, research associate at the Program, has been named deputy director of the newly created Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center (HWTAC), a collaborative effort between the Center for Health Workforce Studies at SUNY-Albany and the Sheps Center. While continuing in her role at Sheps,she will assist HWTAC in their efforts to provide help to states that want to develop health workforce data systems and understand how to collect, analyze and disseminate health workforce data. Congratulations Katie!   


Matt Minnotte is the new Data Coordinator for the North Carolina Health Professions Data System. He has 10 years of experience working in the field of research, including survey research, spatial analysis, creating maps in GIS, and data analysis. Welcome aboard Matt!   

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Program Selected as National Workforce Center
We are pleased to announce that the Program was named as one of four new national Health Workforce Centers aimed at addressing the question of what health care workforce is needed to ensure access to high quality, efficient health care for the U.S. population. The new Carolina Center for Health Workforce Innovation, Research and Policy will focus on the flexible use of healthcare workers to improve health care delivery and efficiency.

All centers are supported through a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration and managed by the Bureau of Health Professions' National Center for Health Workforce Analysis.
Erin Fraher, program director, has given many briefings and presentations over the past few months to national, regional, and local legislative and policy organizations including the North Carolina General Assembly, and the National Health Policy Forum in Washington D.C. on health workforce issues. This month she also moderated a seminar panel at the National Governors Association's meeting on optimizing and expanding the workforce to accommodate new delivery models.
The Program has had a significant number of publications and articles published over the past few months. Tom Ricketts, deputy director of the Sheps Center and Erin Fraher, director of the Health Workforce Program had their article, "Reconfiguring Health Workforce Policy So That Education, Training, And Actual Delivery of Care Are More Closely Connected," in the November issue of Health Affairs.

The journal Academic Medicine published the following articles from our staff:

As part of our grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI), the program wrote and published a series of three briefs providing expert guidance on creating, funding, and maintaining state-level nursing workforce data systems. 

GME in the United States: A Review of State Initiatives Report Released

The debate on how best to reform and fund Graduate Medical Education (GME) is moving up the health policy agenda. Most proposals are coming from national organizations offering national solutions. Often absent from the discussion is the important role states play in reforming GME. We conducted a study of state-level GME initiatives that examined the extent to which states are using health workforce data, implementing novel GME financing initiatives, creating governance structures, and establishing policies or measures to encourage accountability of public funds invested in GME. The interviews paint a picture of states having much to risk and much to  gain, but perhaps missing out on important opportunities to reform GME. Click here to read the complete report.