Findings from the New York Dentist Re-registration Survey
Beginning in September 2007, the Center began conducting a survey of dentists in New York at the time of license renewal. Between September 2007 and September 2010, more than 7,500 completed surveys were returned, representing 42% of all licensed dentists in the state. An analysis of active dentists found that the New York ratio of dentists per capita (81 dentists per 100,000) is well above the U.S. ratio of dentists per capita (58 dentists per 100,000), with most regions of the state either meeting or exceeding the national ratio. Despite the large supply of dentists in the state, lack of access to dental care for underserved populations remains problematic. Download the brief here: http://www.chwsny.org/archive/uploads/2012/07/nydentist2011.pdf.
Annual New York Physician Workforce Profile, 2010 Edition
The Center recently completed its annual profile of the supply and distribution of physicians licensed in New York. The study found that 72% of active physicians practiced in downstate New York and 91% were located in urban counties. The study also found that while New York experienced an overall increase in the supply of active physicians between 2005 and 2009, several regions (Central New York, Mohawk Valley, and New York City) experienced growth rates below the state average. View the report: http://www.chwsny.org/r-2010-10/.
Findings from the New York Registered Nurse Re-registration Survey
Beginning in December of 2007, the Center launched a re-registration survey for all licensed registered nurses (RNs) in the state. Between December of 2007 and September of 2010, more than 97,600 completed surveys were returned, which represents 37% of all licensed RNs in the state. An analysis of the responses found that over 80% of licensed RNs are actively employed in nursing, the median age of a New York RN is 51, and the state’s nursing workforce is not as diverse as the state’s population. Download the brief here: http://www.chwsny.org/archive/uploads/2012/07/nyrn2011.pdf.
The Contribution of New York’s Graduate Medical Education Programs to Primary Care Capacity in the State’s Neediest Communities
New York’s graduate medical education programs are viewed as an important source of active patient care physicians in the state. This study assessed the source of community-based primary care physicians working in federally designated underserved areas in the state and found that over 75% of them completed their GME training in New York. Download the report here: http://www.chwsny.org/archive/uploads/2012/07/nygmehpsa2011.pdf.
Retention of Physicians after Completion of Graduate Medical Training in New York
In order to better understand the demand for physicians and outcomes of training in New York, the Center conducts an annual survey of all physicians completing a residency or fellowship training program in the state (the Resident Exit Survey). This research brief summarizes 2010 survey results and focuses on the in-state retention of new physicians. Less than half of new physicians plan to stay in New York after completing training. New physicians who attended high school and medical school in New York were the most likely to report plans to practice in New York after completing training. The two most common reasons given for leaving New York were proximity to family (31%) and better jobs in desired locations outside of New York (12%). Download the brief here: http://www.chwsny.org/archive/uploads/2012/07/nyphysretention2010.pdf.
Work in Progress…
UPDATE: Primary Care Rational Service Areas Development Meetings
The Center, in collaboration with the Community Health Care Association of New York State, has begun meeting with key stakeholders from across the state to assess a new approach to the designation of shortage areas in New York. The Center developed a preliminary set of Rational Service Areas (RSAs) as part of a HEAL 9 Local Health Planning grant based on patient commuting patterns for primary care services. The RSAs are intended to be the basis for a more systematic approach to designating primary care shortage areas in the future.
Health Workforce Minimum Data Set
The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis in HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions has made the development of a uniform minimum data set for the health professions a priority. The minimum data set includes basic questions on the demographic, educational, and practice characteristics of health professionals. It is designed to build consensus on the key questions that should be included in all health professions data collection and to support the collection of information in a consistent and uniform manner. The Center, in collaboration with the Lewin Group, is assisting the National Center in this endeavor. For more information, contact Jean Moore at 518-402-0250.
Jean Moore, director of the Center, has been reappointed to a three-year term to serve on the editorial board of the journal, Human Resources for Health. This international journal is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal covering all aspects of planning, producing, and managing the health workforce – all those who provide health services worldwide. For more information go to: http://www.human-resources-health.com/.
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