Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

The words: We define & measure value in the health workforce

A nurse holding a patients handIf the health care system in the United States is to transition from volume to value, we must educate, deploy and regulate the workforce in a way that delivers value. The Carolina Health Workforce Research Center (CHWRC) seeks to address this challenge by conducting and disseminating timely, policy-relevant research on emerging health workforce topics related to defining and measuring Value in the health workforce. Our current projects and past work focus on Graduate Medical Education, Nursing, Workforce Data and Modeling and Behavioral Health and Integrated Care. Learn more about current projects here, and past projects here.

The Center 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-Chapel Hill.

This website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $525,465.00, with no financing from non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.


Our mission is to conduct and disseminate timely, policy-relevant research that defines and measures value in the health workforce.

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

Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP
Program Director

Dr. Erin Fraher has worked as a policy analyst and health workforce researcher in the United States,… Read more »

Julie Spero
Julie Spero, MSPH
Research Associate

Ms. Spero is the Director of the North Carolina Health Professions Data System and a Research Associ… Read more »

Thomas C. Ricketts, PhD, MPH
Deputy Director

THOMAS C. RICKETTS, III, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Social Medi… Read more »

Tom Bacon, DrPH
Senior Research Fellow

Tom Bacon, DrPH, is chair of the Board of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.  For the past se… Read more »

Sue Isley
Business Services Coordinator

Sue Isley is a part-time Business Services Coordinator with the Program on Health Workforce Research… Read more »

Evan Galloway, MPS
Data Visualization Analyst

Mr. Galloway is a Research Associate with the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at the… Read more »

Heather Wilson
Research Assistant

Research Assistant & Communications Specialist, Heather Wilson Heather Wilson is a Research Assi… Read more »

Photo of Shikira Thomas, MSPH
Shikira Thomas, MSPH
Research Associate

Shikira Thomas, MPSH Shikira Thomas is a Research Associate-Project Manager for the Health Workforce… Read more »

Carolina Health Workforce Research Center
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 7590, 100 Europa Dr,  Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC   27517

info@healthworkforce.unc.edu