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Crain’s New York Business

Health care organizations need to focus on creating pipelines for new talent, recruiting professionals, retaining and training workers, as well as making sure hospitals and home care agencies collaborate in order to repair the sector’s workforce issues, according to a new report…

Jean Moore, director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies, SUNY Albany, which worked on the report, said localizing initiatives is another key to success in both partnerships between organizations and workforce retention.

“What works in Plattsburgh might not work in New York City,” she said. “We can learn from each other but also recognize that geography matters and can influence what you decide to do.”

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Crain’s New York Business 

The state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Mental Health are two of the top three worst offenders in overtime usage in 2021, a report from the state comptroller’s office has found.

OPWDD and the mental health office, along with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, account for just 25% of the state workforce but 66% of overtime hours logged by all state agencies in the year, the report, which was released Friday, found. The cost of overtime in 2021 reached an all-time high of more than $924 million and total overtime used rose by more than 800,000 hours. Nearly double the number of workers left agencies as were hired…

…According to the comptroller’s office, most overtime was performed in agencies that have already typically relied on it, such as OPWDD and the Department of Corrections. Jean Moore, the director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the State University of New York at Albany, echoed that turnover rates within agencies have remained consistent with previous years, signaling that an increase in overtime usage isn’t necessarily due to more staff leaving agencies this year than normal…

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Crain’s New York Business

The latest report from the Center for Health Workforce Studies found that not only are job prospects worsening for New York’s medical residents but a lack of diversity among the resident population is also persistent.

It is a problem because outcomes are improved when patients can access care from doctors from a similar racial or ethnic background. Research has shown the mortality rate for Black babies is improved dramatically when Black doctors care for them after birth, and cardiovascular mortality rates for Black men are improved when they see Black doctors.

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Crain’s New York Business

The 2021 job market for physicians completing residency was not as strong as it was pre-pandemic, and a lack of diversity among the resident population persists, according to a new report from the Center for Health Workforce Studies.

New York’s graduating physicians had fewer job options in 2021 compared to 2019, the survey found. About 35% of residents reported it was difficult to find a satisfactory job; 38% of them attributed the issue to a lack of jobs overall, and 38% said it was hard to find a satisfactory job because there weren’t many options in the places they most wanted to work. Furthermore, 21% of residents said they had to change post-graduation plans because of limited job opportunities.

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Dentistry Today

Dental therapy is a workforce model that introduces mid-level practitioners – dental therapists – to both preventive and restorative skills.

The introduction of dental therapists appears to improve access to and equity in dental service delivery in the US.

A recent study conducted by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC) at the University at Albany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) assessed the satisfaction of clinical providers, organizational administrators, and patients with dental therapists working at Apple Tree Dental in Minnesota, the first US state to authorize dental therapy practice statewide. Apple Tree Dental was among the first employers of dental therapists, employing them since 2012…

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Crain’s New York Business

The idea that students no longer need a degree to get good jobs in the city has found important validation in a new program that could turn out more qualified, but not necessarily degreed, candidates in the health care field…

…New York City’s total employment is down 5.5% from its record February 2020 level, according to the latest seasonally adjusted data from the state’s Department of Labor. In health care the labor shortage has reduced hospitals’ teams of clinical laboratory technologists and medical assistants, the Center for Health Workforce Studies found…

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Crain’s New York Business

Calvary Hospital, a hospice- and palliative-care provider in the Bronx, plans to launch a nurse-residency program in the summer to attract more health care workers to the specialty.

The 12-month program, funded by $500,000 from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, will have eight residents, who will split their time between inpatient settings and home-based hospice care, Calvary said. Residents will be assigned a mentor to coach them through the program, plus inpatient and hospice preceptors to help them build expertise, it said…

…Between 2016 and 2020 the number of registered nurses dipped by 1.2% to fewer than 179,000 statewide, according to a study released last month by the Center for Health Workforce Studies at SUNY Albany’s School of Public Health. That translates into a loss of nearly 2,200 RNs.
The annual number of RN graduates held roughly steady during that period. There were 11,600 graduations in 2020, 178 more than in 2016, the study found.

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DrBicuspid

January 27, 2022 — Female dentists in the U.S. are more diverse in race, ethnicity, nativity, and spoken languages than their male colleagues. However, they also report significantly lower annual incomes than male dentists, according to research from the State University of New York (SUNY).The diversity of female dentists may help improve access to dental care but may also come at a cost. Female dentists reported mean annual incomes 25% lower than those of male dentists, concluded the researchers from SUNY Albany’s Oral Health Workforce Research Center.Read full article

 

American Dental Association

The growth in the number of women in dentistry may expand the capacity of the oral health delivery system to better meet the needs of the population, particularly the underserved, according to a new study conducted by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center at the University at Albany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies.

“Diversity within the dental profession is a widely embraced goal,” said Margaret Langelier, Oral Health Workforce Research Center co-deputy director. “One desirable outcome is that dentistry becomes increasingly representative of the patient community, which has been shown to improve access to care.”

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Dentistry Today

The dental profession is undergoing substantial demographic changes, especially in relation to gender. A new study conducted by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC) at the University at Albany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) builds on their previous work on gender diversity in dentistry. Researchers used data from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS) to assess variation in workforce participation patterns among dentists related to certain personal characteristics…

…“Diversity within the dental profession is a widely embraced goal,” says OHWRC Co-Deputy Director Margaret Langelier. “One desirable outcome is that dentistry becomes increasingly representative of the patient community, which has been shown to improve access to care. Prior research suggests that female dentists treat more children and more publicly insured patients than their male counterparts. The growth in the number of women in dentistry may expand the capacity of the delivery system to better meet the needs of the population, particularly the underserved.”

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