Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

Focus: Flexible Use of Healthcare Workers

Created in 2013, the CHWRC is one of five national Health Workforce Research Centers funded through a cooperative agreement with the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis within the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Center is comprised of investigators from a broad array of disciplines and also seeks input and expertise from an external advisory board. The Center’s current projects can be found here, and completed projects and products are here.

The Carolina Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) conducts and disseminates timely, policy-relevant research on the flexible use of health care workers to support health system transformation. Since 2013, our HWRC researchers have produced research, data, and analyses that have shaped policy; developed new methods and tools to analyze workforce data; built the science of workforce research by disseminating findings; and mentored the next generation of health workforce researchers.  A summary of CHWRC’s products and dissemination from September 2013 to March 2017 can be found here.

Mission

CHWRC’s mission is to conduct and disseminate timely, policy-relevant research on the flexible use of healthcare workers to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. The development of a more flexible and nimble healthcare workforce is crucial to delivering high value care in our rapidly changing healthcare environment. CHWRC’s research focuses on:

  • the shifting roles of existing healthcare workers and the emergence of new types of workers within new models of care delivery
  • the movement of healthcare workers among employment settings and medical specialties
  • the broader implications of a flexible healthcare workforce on team-based models of education and practice

CHWRC products are used by federal agencies, such as the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, practitioners, healthcare consumers, employers, insurers, educators, and state and local agencies. The CHWRC also responds to specific requests for information from local, state and national policymakers about the flexible healthcare workforce.

Leadership

The CHWRC is directed by Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP who also directs the Program for Health Workforce Research and Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC.

Contact Us

Carolina Health Workforce Research Center
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 7590
725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590
info@healthworkforce.unc.edu