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Wednesday, July 9 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Workforce Development Panel - AHEC’s Role in State Health Workforce Data Collection

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AHEC’s role in State Health Workforce Data Collection

As health reform has accelerated, states are increasingly feeling pressure to collect timely, objective and comprehensive state-level data to determine whether they will have the health workforce place to meet an expected increase in demand. Policymakers and other stakeholders lack basic data with which they can answer questions about supply (e.g., how many health professionals do we have and in what settings and geographies do they work?); demand (e.g., for what health professions and in what settings/geographies will demand increase?); demographic characteristics (e.g., will mass retirements endanger future supply?); and educational characteristics (e.g., how many nurses have and how many go on to pursue a BSN?) of health professionals.

Many states do not collect the type of rigorous and comprehensive data needed to provide snapshots or longitudinal data on the supply, distribution and characteristics of their health professionals. AHECs are well positioned to play a role in developing and maintaining state data systems, as they  have the ability to 1) create partnerships and be neutral conveners; 2) be multi-disciplinary; and 3) be involved in all stages of the health careers pipeline.  High quality workforce data are also important to the AHEC programs and centers in that they provide a basis for planning educational programs at state and regional levels and then evaluating those programs once they have been implemented.

This panel, facilitated by North Carolina, will bring together representatives from three states where AHEC is already playing a role in collecting health workforce data or is involved in attempts to develop statewide data systems.  Panelists will provide an overview of efforts in their state, identify challenges which they have faced, and describe strategies that they used or are using to overcome barriers.  Panelists will also speak to how their programs have used the workforce data to enhance AHEC programming.


Lead Presenter
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Katie Gaul

Research Associate, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Katie Gaul  is a research associate with the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Program houses the AHEC-supported North Carolina Health Professions Data System, which has been  collecting, analyzing and reporting data on licensed health professionals in the state since 1979 in an effort to inform policy. ... Read More →

Speakers
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Richard D. Kiovsky, M.D., FAAFP

Executive Director, IN-AHEC Network, Indiana University School of Medicine
Dr. Kiovsky is a Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and currently serves as Executive Director, Indiana AHEC Network.  Dr. Kiovsky serves on the Board of Directors of the National AHEC Organization.  He developed the statewide clerkship in Family Medicine, served as a Member of the STFM Preceptor Education Faculty Development Project, and currently is a consultant to HRSA to promote... Read More →
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Linda M. Lacey

Director, Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning, South Carolina AHEC
Linda Lacey is the Director of the Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis & Planning within the South Carolina AHEC program office. She is responsible for developing data resources related to the South Carolina healthcare workforce and coordinating research efforts to address supply and demand issues for the wide variety of healthcare personnel in the state. Recent projects include a profile of the pharmacist workforce in the state; a... Read More →
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Cindra K. Stahl

Assistant Director, Montana AHEC
Cindra Stahl is the Assistant Director of the Montana AHEC, and Network Director for the Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Network.  Her current focus is educating, recruiting and retaining the health IT workforce in Montana so that rural and frontier facilities can meet Meaningful Use requirements.  Cindra also works extensively on Healthcare Workforce issues, serving as facilitator for the Montana Healthcare Workforce... Read More →


Wednesday July 9, 2014 8:30am - 9:30am
Grand Ballroom CD