The Program for Health Workforce Research and Policy serves as the umbrella organization for numerous other projects and centers. Some of our current projects include:
The Carolina Health Workforce Research Center conducts and disseminates timely, policy-relevant research on the flexible use of workers to improve the quality and efficiency of health care.
The North Carolina Health Professions Data System (NCHPDS) collects and disseminates descriptive data on selected licensed health professionals in North Carolina.
The FutureDocs Forecasting Tool is an interactive, user-friendly, web-based model that estimates the supply of physicians, use of physician services, and capacity of the physician workforce to meet future use of health services at the sub-state, state and national levels.
Since 1994, the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy (PHWRP) has collaborated with the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program to produce an annual report that tracks the where NC medical school graduates are practicing and in which specialties five years after graduation from medical school.
The goal of this project is to develop local, state and national capacity for evidence-based nursing workforce policy. This goal is well-aligned with Key Message #4 of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report, which identified that “effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure.”
The Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center, or HWTAC, is a partnership between the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at the Sheps Center, and the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the School of Public Health at SUNY-Albany.
For several years, the Sheps Center has partnered with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to study and report on issues related to the state of the surgical profession, the surgical workforce, and surgical utilization in the United States. From 2008-2013, this work was housed within the ACS Health Policy Research Institute (HPRI), which was located at the Sheps Center until a new ACS facility was constructed in Washington, DC.