Maldistribution of the Population Health Nursing Workforce in North Carolina

Product type: presentation delivered to the AcademyHealth Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI) on July 22, 2020. Authors: Jacqueline Nikpour, BSN, RN, Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP Summary: North Carolina has been leading the nation in the shift to value-based healthcare, including the roll out of programs through the state’s Medicaid program that address the… 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 »

Ensuring and Sustaining a Pandemic Workforce

Product type: article published in New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on April 8th, 2020 Authors: Erin P. Fraher, Ph.D., M.P.P., Patricia Pittman, Ph.D., Bianca K. Frogner, Ph.D., Joanne Spetz, Ph.D., Jean Moore, Dr.P.H., Angela J. Beck, Ph.D., M.P.H., David Armstrong, Ph.D., and Peter I. Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N. Overview: Directors of publicly and privately funded workforce researcher centers, Bianca Frogner, PhD,… Read more »

Modernizing Scope-of-Practice Regulations — Time to Prioritize Patients

Product type: article published in New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on February 13th, 2020. Authors: Bianca K. Frogner, Ph.D., Erin P. Fraher, Ph.D., M.P.P., Joanne Spetz, Ph.D., Patricia Pittman, Ph.D., Jean Moore, Dr.P.H., Angela J. Beck, Ph.D., M.P.H., David Armstrong, Ph.D., and Peter I. Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N. Overview: Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP, Bianca Frogner PhD and the directors of… Read more »

Special Needs in Rural America and Implications for Workforce Education and Training

Product type: presentation at the Council on Graduate Medical Education in Washington, DC. June 5, 2019. Presenter: Erin Fraher, PhD Overview: Rural populations less healthy on almost every measure Need to foment a “Copernican Revolution” to reframe GME policyto put patients at center of discussions Need to align training and financing to address rural population’s“essential… 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 »