DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY & BIOSTATISTICS

Regional Center for Health Workforce Studies (RCHWS)

The Regional Center for Health Workforce Studies (RCHWS) is a research facility within the Center for Health Economics and Policy (CHEP) in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. It was created in 2001 under a cooperative agreement between the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Bureau of Health Professions of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Center for Health Economics and Policy (CHEP) was founded in September of 1987 as a University-wide resource to support the education of students in Health Economics and Policy and to conduct research on efficiency, effectiveness, and equity in the delivery of health care.

The Centers' technical staff consists of a small group of professionals available as needed to interact with associate scientists and organizations engaged in specific research projects. The director of the Centers, Dr. Brad H. Pollock, the chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, assisted by the associate director Dr. Antonio Furino. Data are under the oversight of the Faculty Associate Mr. William Sanns.

RCHWS studies have examined regional staffing levels for physicians, nurses, dentists, public health, mental health and allied health professionals; the location of these professionals throughout the region; their training needs; and their recruitment and retention challenges. Results from the research have been estimate of shortages, and the clarification of policy options for addressing workforce development issues.

Contact person: Antonio Furino, PhD.
(210) 567-3168
(210) 289-9145
Fax (210) 567- 6804
Email: furino@uthscsa.edu
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, Texas 78229

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