The Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the University at Albany School of Public, has published its Health Workforce Analysis Guide, 2016 edition, to assist health services researchers and others collect and analyze health workforce data. The guide, prepared by CHWS Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center (HWTAC) staff, provides an updated framework for health workforce planners, policymakers, and researchers interested in developing a better understanding of available health workforce data and how to use these data to conduct health workforce research. The guide covers a wide array of topics, including basic health workforce research terminology and methods and special challenges associated with conducting health workforce research. The guide also provides examples of research that aim to clarify key workforce-related concepts, methods, data interpretations, and policy challenges.
Established to support the efforts of HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA), HWTAC provides technical assistance to states and organizations that engage in health workforce planning. HWTAC conducts a number of initiatives each year designed to provide assistance with health workforce data collection, analysis, and dissemination. HWTAC is based at the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), and was formed as a partnership between CHWS and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina.