NY Projects

Many projects conducted at CHWS are designed to support ongoing monitoring of New York’s health workforce. With support from key stakeholders, CHWS uses both primary and secondary data sources to provide critical information on the supply of and demand for health workers in New York.

THE PRIMARY GOAL IS TO PROVIDE STATE POLICY MAKERS, PLANNERS, AND OTHER INTERESTED STAKEHOLDERS WITH THE BEST AVAILABLE, UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT NEW YORK’S HEALTH WORKFORCE TO INFORM DECISION MAKING THAT SUPPORTS A HEALTHIER POPULATION.

  • Nursing

    Nursing Education Survey

    Annually, CHWS conducts a survey of deans and directors of New York State-based registered nursing (RN) programs to understand trends in applications, acceptances, and graduations, and the RN job market. For the 2020 survey, CHWS staff is conducting key informant interviews to identify questions that assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on RN education. Staff are responsible for reviewing survey responses and conducting follow up and technical assistance as necessary.

    Recent Nursing Education Reports:

    Trends in New York Registered Nurse Graduations, 2002-2018
    Trends in New York Registered Nurse Graduations, 2002-2017

    For more information on this project, contact Maa’isa Cleaves at (518) 402-0250 or at mcleaves@albany.edu.

    Nurse Practitioner Data Collection

    CHWS collects information from New York’s NP workforce as part of their triennial license renewal, as well as, from secondary data sources, including Medicaid claims data. CHWS develops and disseminates reports and research briefs summarizing these data. CHWS also maintains an online interactive tool on NPs in the state.

    Recent publications on NPs:

    A Profile of New York State Nurse Practitioners, 2018
    A Profile of New York State Nurse Practitioners, 2017

    For more information on this project, contact Nafin Harun at nharun@albany.edu.

  • Graduate Medical Education

    In conjunction with graduate medical education (GME) programs across the state, CHWS conducts an annual survey of all physicians completing a residency or fellowship training program in New York. The survey collects information about residents’ and fellows’ demographic and educational characteristics, post-graduation plans, and job market experiences. CHWS produces an annual report of findings based on analyses of survey responses. The goal of this research is to provide stakeholders with information about the outcomes of GME training and demand for new physicians. CHWS also maintains an online interactive tool on GME outcomes in the state.

    Recent GME reports:

    2018 New York Residency Training Outcomes: A Summary of Responses to the 2018 New York Resident Survey
    2017 New York Residency Training Outcomes: A Summary of Responses to the 2017 New York Resident Exit Survey

    For more information on this project, contact Dr. David Armstrong at dparmstrong@albany.edu.

  • Primary Care Needs Assessment

    As part of a contract with the New York State Department of Health, CHWS is developing a statewide primary care needs assessment. The project includes a number of components: collecting and analyzing secondary data; conducting stakeholder interviews on recruitment, retention, access to care, and other health workforce related issues; and identifying potential areas of high needs for shortage area designation or redesignation.

    For more information on this project, contact Dr. Robert Martiniano at (518) 402-0250 or at rmartiniano@albany.edu.

  • Opioid Prescribing Practices of Dentists in NY

    CHWS is currently analyzing Medicaid data to understand how oral health prescribing practices influence the abuse of opioids. This study describes dentists’ prescribing patterns prior to the implementation of prescribing guidelines in New York for dentists, and prior to national guidance from the American Dental Association. This study examines the number of follow-up visits after receiving an opioid prescription at a dental visit.

    For more information on this project, contact Shen Wang at (518) 402-0250 or at swang6@albany.edu.

  • Recruitment and Retention Surveys

    CHWS collaborates with key stakeholders around New York State to build partnerships and information gathering regarding the current state of New York’s health workforce. As part of this collaboration, CHWS conducts annual surveys of human resource directors and administrators of health care settings to collect information on current recruitment and retention issues. Additionally, this year CHWS is researching the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on recruitment and retention of the health workforce. Summaries of previous recruitment and retention surveys can be found in our annual workforce reports.

    Recent Reports:

    The Health Care Workforce in New York State: Trends in the Supply of and Demand for Health Care Workers, 2020
    The Health Care Workforce in New York State: Trends in the Supply of and Demand for Health Care Workers, 2018

    For more information on this project, please contact Kris Stiegler at (518) 402-0250 or at kstiegler@albany.edu.

  • Effects of COVID-19 on Medicaid Service Delivery

    CHWS is analyzing the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the delivery of health care services in 2 related studies: 1) the effects of the COVID-19 telehealth services for New York’s Medicaid beneficiaries, and 2) the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on behavioral health services for individuals receiving NY Medicaid benefits. Both studies will assess the utilization of services by setting, by provider type, by geography, by patient demographics, and by diagnosis.

    These studies seek to understand telehealth and behavioral health care utilization trends before the pandemic and at different points in time during the 2020 pandemic.

    If you have questions or need assistance on the telehealth study, contact Shen Wang at (518) 402-0250 or at swang6@albany.edu.

    If you have questions or need assistance on the behavioral health study, contact Maa’isa Cleaves at (518) 402-0250 or at mcleaves@albany.edu.

  • Health Workforce Projections

    Annually, the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics develops 10-year projections on the national workforce by occupation and by industry. CHWS pulls out data on the health care industry to describe these projections by health care setting, occupation, and region in New York.

    Recent Projections Report:

    Health Care Employment Projections, 2016-2026: An Analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Projections by Setting and by Occupation

    For more information on this project, contact Dr. Robert Martiniano at (518) 402-0250 or at rmartiniano@albany.edu.

  • Regents Physician Shortage Areas

    CHWS works with the NYS Department of Health and Education Department to identify shortage areas and shortage facilities annually by analyzing hospitalization data and identifying existing shortage areas. These shortage areas and facilities are used to place physicians through the Regents physician loan repayment program.

    For more information on this project, contact Kris Stiegler at (518) 402-0250 or at kstiegler@albany.edu.

  • Medicaid Participation of Dentists in NY

    CHWS is analyzing dental office Medicaid claims to determine the characteristics and utilization trends among dentists serving individuals receiving Medicaid benefits. The research examines both dentists’ participation in Medicaid as well as the volume of Medicaid services they provide. Dentists’ characteristics included in the analysis are age, race/ethnicity, specialty, setting, and dental school attended, among others. A report summarizing the findings is anticipated in 2021.

    For more information on this project, contact Shen Wang at (518) 402-0250 or at swang6@albany.edu.

  • Technical Assistance

    CHWS collaborates with a number of states, facility and occupational associations, and other stakeholders to understand health care workforce issues. CHWS provides technical assistance on a variety of topics, including but not limited to, conducting program evaluations, developing shortage designations, creating workforce surveys, understanding service obligated program requirements, analyzing Medicaid data, and conducting community needs assessments.

    CURRENTLY, CHWS IS PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS:

    Rational Service Area Development and Monitoring

    Based on its experience in New York, CHWS provides technical assistance to primary care offices (PCOs) in other states and other interested researchers on developing rational service areas (RSAs). The technical assistance involves identifying potential data sources and the use of GIS and mapping techniques in creating RSAs.

    For more information on this project, Nafin Harun at (518) 402-0250 or at nharun@albany.edu.

    Small Area Analysis

    CHWS is developing resources to assist health workforce researchers in conducting research at various levels of geography. This project is focused on resources to help researchers who are interested in conducting small area analysis.

    For more information on this project, contact Maa’isa Cleaves at (518) 402-0250 or at mcleaves@albany.edu.

    Community Needs Assessment

    CHWS provides technical assistance on developing community needs assessments. The assistance includes discussions with national experts on community engagement and data collection and analysis. Click here to visit the community needs assessment web page.

    For more information on this project, contact Dr. Robert Martiniano at (518) 402-0250 or at rmartiniano@albany.edu.

    Service Obligated Programs

    As part of its work with the New York State Department of Health on shortage designations, CHWS staff provide technical assistance to providers and health facilities on state and federal service obligated programs available to New Yorkers. Click here to visit the service obligated programs web page.

    For more information on this project, contact Maaisa Cleaves at (518) 402-0250 or at mcleaves@albany.edu.