New York Center for Health Workforce Studies, Rensselaer, New York, USA
The Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the University of Albany in New York was established in 1996 to develop a better understanding of the health workforce. It is a not-for-profit research organization that:
- Conducts studies of the supply, demand, use, and education of the health workforce;
- Collects and analyzes data to understand workforce dynamics and trends;
- Informs public policies, the health and education sectors, and the public; and
- Is one of six regional centers devoted to health workforce studies with a cooperative agreement with HRSA/Bureau of Health Professions.
CHWS has conducted studies on the physician workforce, graduate medical education (GME), nursing, allied health, as well as the hospital, nursing home, and home health care workforces, among others.
CHWS has engaged in a number of important and interesting programs examining many aspects of the health workforce across a number of broad substantive research themes (Physician Workforce, Nursing Workforce, Health Workforce Trends, and Other Health Professions). The Center continues to develop new programs of study within these subject areas. The current programs are: the New York Health Workforce Tracking, Factors that affect the Recruitment and Retention of Nurses, the Health Careers Website and the State Workforce Research Guide.
Links to the health workforce crisis
The work of CHWS assists health, professional, and education organizations; policy makers; and the public understand issues related to the supply, demand, distribution, and use of health workers. The Center assists teaching hospitals, physician organizations, and public agencies assess current and projected supply and demand by specialty. It advises health and education organizations on issues related to current and projected health workforce issues. CHWS works to increase access and improve the quality, efficiency, and equity of health care by encouraging education, training, distribution, and use of health personnel consistent with health care needs. The Center has gained a national reputation for the quality of its work and the Center is often called upon for data and information. The Center director and staff are frequent speakers on the topic of health workforce policy.
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