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Levering Information for Health Workforce Research and Policy

Hannah Maxey, Ph.D.

Friday, December 1 at 12:30 p.m. in IT 252


A myriad of factors play a role in the health of individual and population.  Among these is access to health care services, frequently associated with improved health outcomes. Access to care cannot occur without the workforce that delivers health care services.  This workforce includes a diverse array of professions and occupations focused on delivering or supporting the delivery of health care services to the population.  The occupations comprising this workforce represents are among the most highly regulated.  Regulation of this workforce occurs at many levels; licensing or certification is a regulatory requirement for many health care occupations.

The health care workforce is the fastest growing workforce sector Indiana.  Understanding the size (how many workers), composition (of what type occupations), and distribution (where they work) of this workforce is critical to inform health policy and health system planning.  Although Indiana gathered information collected through licensure survey on selected licensed health care occupations for over a decade, no formal management strategies for these data existed until recently.  Beginning in 2015, through partnership with the State of Indiana, the Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy has been developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies to managing information on Indiana’s licensed health care workforce.  These data are now used by policy makers, state agencies, and key stakeholders to support health policy and planning work, and by researchers who are interested in pursuing health workforce related lines of inquiry.

This presentation will 1) review the history of health workforce information in Indiana, 2) explain the current processes for managing these data in Indiana, 3) describe the health workforce data resources/products that are now publically available, and 4) discuss selected research studies leveraging these data.

About Hannah Maxey

Dr. Hannah Maxey, Assistant Professor and Director of the Indiana University Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy, is actively involved in health workforce policy and research at the state and national level. Her research is focused on understanding the relationship between workforce policy and healthcare delivery systems, access to care, and the health status. She received her PhD from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in 2014.  Prior to pursing graduate education, Dr. Maxey spent seven years providing preventive oral health care to underserved populations at Indianapolis area community health centers.