What EHRs Tell Us about How We Deploy Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Product type: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center research brief published June 2020. Authors: Erica Richman, PhD, MSW, Brianna Lombardi, PhD, MSW, Lisa de Saxe Zerden, PhD, MSW Background: Increasing aware­ness of the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) has prompted health systems to im­plement strat­egies to screen for and address pa­tient SDOH. These resources are valuable… Read more »

Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)—the Workforce Treating Opioid Use Disorder

Product type: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center policy brief published March 2020. Authors: Lisa de Saxe Zerden, PhD, Brianna Lombardi, MSW, Erica Richman, PhD, Anjalee Sharma, MSW. Background: The current opioid crisis in the United States is a recognized national health emergency. The number of opioid-related deaths has more than quadrupled since 1999. Over 42,000 individuals… Read more »

Title VII funding not associated with practice outcomes in cross-sectional study of physicians graduating medical school between 2004-2010

Product type: policy brief from the Carolina Health Workforce Research Center project “Association Between Title VII Funding for Medical Schools and Physician Workforce Outcomes.” Objective: To examine the association between attending a Title VII-funded medical school and probability of practicing in primary care or underserved communities. Data/Setting: We used data from the 2016 AMA Physician Masterfile, the… Read more »

Social Work Student and Practitioner Roles in Integrated Care Settings

Product type: manuscript. Authors: Erin P.Fraher PhD, MPP, Erica Lynn Richman, PhD, MSW. Lisa de Saxe Zerden, PhD, MSW, Brianna Lombardi, PhD, MSW. Introduction: Social workers are increasingly being deployed in integrated medical and behavioral healthcare settings but information about the roles they fill in these settings is not well understood. This study sought to… Read more »

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; Brianna Lombardi, MSW; Randy Randolph, MRP Background: Integrated behavioral health care has resulted in improved patient-level outcomes and has increased… 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. However, numerous states are actively looking for innovative ways to redesign GME. As the demand for health care services… 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 diversity to nursing care delivery. This study builds on the Center’s expertise modeling nursing career trajectories to investigate how LPN… Read more »

Temporal Trends in Ambulatory Care Physicians Referral to Physical Therapists for Musculoskeletal Conditions: Analyses from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), years 2003-2014

June 21, 2017 Samannaaz S. Khoja, PT, PhD; Janet K. Freburger, PT, PhD Poster presentation, 2017 CoHStar Summer Institute on Health Services Research Carolina HWRC Project: Integration of Rehabilitation Care from the Acute to Community Setting: The Role of Physician Referral           Objectives: To examine primary care physicians’ (PCPs) and orthopedists’ referral patterns to physical… Read more »