Current HWRC Projects

The projects listed below are scheduled for completion by August 31, 2018.

Where is Behavioral Health Integration Occurring? Using NPI Data to Map National Trends

This project is is supported by University of Michigan Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center and is being completed in collaboration with the University of North Carolina.  Investigators: Lisa de Saxe Zerden, PhD, MSW; Erica Richman, PhD, MSW; Br… Read more »


Association Between Title VII Funding for Medical Schools and Physician Workforce Outcomes (2017-18)

Investigators: Ryan Kandrack, BS; Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP; Tom Ricketts, PhD, MPH   Background: In 2008, Rittenhouse et al published a study that looked at the association between physicians attending a Title VII-funded medical school or residency p… Read more »


Investment in Graduate Medical Education Outcomes: An Analysis of Pediatric GME at the Residency Program Level (2017-18)

Investigators:  Tom Ricketts, PhD, MPH; Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP; Ryan Kandrack, BS   Background: One of the key findings from our Center’s recent study of state innovations in using Medicaid funds to support GME was that states want far more transpa… Read more »


Developing a GME Policy Toolkit that States Can Use to Evaluate Return on Investment for Public Funds Invested in Training (2017-18)

Investigators: Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP; Tom Ricketts, PhD, MPH; Ryan Kandrack, BS   Background: Despite the release of numerous reports calling for national reform of Graduate Medical Education, little policy change has occurred at the federal level… Read more »


LPN Employment Transitions: A Signal of Changing Value to Employers? (2017-18)

Investigators: Cheryl Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN; Mark Toles, PhD, RN; George Knafl, PhD   Prior research suggests that licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPNs/LVNs) are an untapped resource in the health workforce that could bring much needed divers… Read more »


Barriers and facilitators for the LPN-to-RN transition: Perspectives from practicing LPNs (2016-17)

Investigators:  Cheryl B. Jones, PhD, RN; Mark Toles, PhD, RN; Anna Beeber, PhD, RN Background and Policy Relevance: The Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing Report (IOM, 2011) called for an increase in the percentage of registered nurses (RNs) with… Read more »


Developing a Better Understanding of Medical Assistants’ Roles and Functions in Primary Care Settings (2016-17)

Investigators: Erin Fraher PhD MPP & Dana Neutze MD PhD Background: There are over 600,000 Medical Assistants (MAs) in practice in the United States.[1] MAs are one of the fastest growing health professions and their numbers are expected to increas… Read more »


Exploring the Magnitude and Timing of Physician Specialty Changes (2016-17)

Investigators: Erin Fraher PhD MPP, Andy Knapton MSc Background/Study Purpose:  Congressional proposals to expand Graduate Medical Education have set a goal of funding 3,000 new PGY1 slots for five years for a total of 15,000 new residency positions. … Read more »


Rapid Response to Requests from NCHWA

Investigators: CHWRC investigators and staff as appropriate for each request Part of the CHWRC’s role is to provide rapid response to time-sensitive requests from the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) and other key constituents. Our… Read more »