New York City Physician Profile
The Center recently completed a report of the 2006 New York City physician workforce, updating a previous report that was based on 2000 data. Both were produced with support from the United Hospital Fund. The 2006 profile presents data on active physicians for the city as a whole, for each of the five boroughs, and for the 41 United Hospital Fund Neighborhoods. While the supply of physicians in New York City continues to grow, distribution of physicians is problematic. The study found a decline in the supply of physicians in some neighborhoods considered at risk for access problems. A database on New York City physicians that was created in the development of this report is available. The Center is seeking feedback from people who use either the report or the database or both. View the report and data here.
Toward A Methodology for Sub-state Projections of Registered Nurse Supply and Demand in New York
The Center recently completed a study to forecast future registered nurse supply and demand gaps in New York. The RN forecasting model developed by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration was adapted and applied to counties and county groups within New York, using 2005 as a base year and projecting through 2020. The study quantified RN supply and demand gaps in New York by county and by region over a 15-year period. The study found that supply/demand gaps vary greatly by region and within regions. This study provides an in-depth understanding of the dynamics that drive sub-state labor markets for RNs and can help policymakers better allocate scarce resources to address the problem. Download the report.
A Profile of New York’s Underrepresented Minority Physicians, 2008
This research brief examines the demographic and practice characteristics of New York physicians as well as newly trained physicians who are from racial and ethnic groups considered underrepresented in medicine. The number of underrepresented minority (URM) physicians practicing in New York has not substantially increased over the past 10 years and remains far less than their proportion in the state’s population. New York’s URM physicians are more likely to practice in primary care specialties and serve more Medicaid patients. Newly-trained URM physicians in 2007 began their professional careers with higher levels of educational debt compared to all other newly-trained physicians. This research brief can be downloaded here.
A Profile of Hospital RNs with Previous Health Care Experience
To better understand the hospital RN workforce and gain insight into how to recruit and retain more RNs, the Center conducted a survey of RNs working in in New York’s hospitals. The survey included questions about health care employment prior to becoming an RN. This brief highlights findings that show a growing number of recent RN graduates worked in health care prior to becoming RNs, and these RNs contribute substantially to nursing workforce diversity. This research brief can be downloaded here.
Works in Progress…
AHEC Data Warehouse
The Center is current working with the New York State Area Health Education Center System (NYSAHEC) to upgrade and update its Data Warehouse. The Data Warehouse is a central repository for data on the population, the health care system, the educational system and the health workforce. These data are used by AHEC staff regularly for grant writing, research, planning, and other activities. The Center is updating existing data, identifying new data elements and sources, and working with the NYSAHEC to make the Data Warehouse more user-friendly.
Jean Moore, director of the Center, attended the 11th International Medical Workforce Collaborative (IMWC) Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland in September and presented a poster, The Effect of Local Primary Care Physician Supply on Patient Utilization of Preventive Health Services. Ms. Moore has been named chair of the U.S. planning committee for the next meeting of the IMWC, which is scheduled to be held in New York City in May of 2010.
The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), with support from the Josiah Macy Foundation, analyzed health workforce shortage issues from a broad multiprofessional perspective. As part of this study, AAHC commissioned a series of papers to inform its analyses. Eight of these papers were published by AAHC in a volume, From Education to Regulation: Dynamic Challenges for the Health Workforce, including a paper contributed by Jean Moore, “Health Workforce Research: What Are the Issues?” AAHC then released a final report of findings from this initiative, Out of Order, Out of Time: The State of the Nation’s Health Workforce. To view the report, visit the AAHC Web site: http://www.aahcdc.org/Policy.aspx
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