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New Frontiers for Virginia’s Healthcare Workforce

The Healthcare Workforce Data Center (HWDC) recently released five reports compiled from 2011-2012 surveys of healthcare licensees from the professions of dentistry, nursing and pharmacy.  The Department of Health Professions hosted a forum to announce and discuss the results.
Read more here.

 


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Data Products

Profession Reports
The HWDC Profession Reports are the mainstay of the HWDC's data products. They provide a statewide look at the healthcare workforce on a profession-by-profession basis. Profession reports are published following the end of the data collection period. Profession reports include HWDC CareForce Indicators as well as more detailed information pertaining to the professions.

Virginia CareForce Snapshots
The Virginia CareForce Snapshot is a compilation of the CareForce indicators for all professions, statewide, in a given HWDC survey year. The Careforce Snapshot, updated annually in spring, provide an interactive guide to compare CareForce Indicators across professions.

Regional CareForce Snapshot
Produced in collaboration with the Virginia Healthcare Workforce Development Authority, (VHWDA) our Regional CareForce Products provide an interactive guide to the CareForce in each of Virginia's eight AHEC regions. Regional Reports are updated each spring.

Trends in Healthcare Workforce Full Time Equivalency (FTE) Units
Starting in June 2016, the Trends in Healthcare Workforce Full Time Equivalency (FTE) Units feature enables FTE trend comparisons of the original surveyed professions from 2012 to 2015. It also compares 2015 results for 20 professions by county, as well as AHEC, Council on Virginia's Future, Workforce Investment Area, and Health Planning Districts.

Student Choice
Our interactive Student Choice page uses HWDC data and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help students begin thinking about health careers and education. This tool highlights the interoperability of HWDC data and how it can be used in analysis and decision making.

Virginia Healthcare Workforce Briefs
The Healthcare Workforce Data Center's Virginia Healthcare Workforce Briefs provide timely indicators of the strength of Virginia's healthcare labor market in an accessible format. Information in these briefs is based on data provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis. The briefs consist of three series:

  • Series 1: State & National Employment (Monthly)
  • Series 2: Virginia Regional & Sectoral Employment (Monthly)
  • Series 3: Income & Compensation (Quarterly)

 

Occasional Papers

Virginia’s Oral Health Workforce: Planning DistrictsPDF

Pathways to BSN, a look at Virginia’s Registered Nurse Workforce PDF

Methodology & Glossary

Methodology & Glossary PDF

The Department of Health Professions Healthcare Workforce Data Center works to improve the data collection and measurement of Virginia’s healthcare workforce through regular assessment of workforce supply and demand issues among the 80 professions and 350,000 practitioners licensed in Virginia by DHP.

DHP healthcare workforce data is provided online to ensure accessibility of the findings among healthcare decision makers, hospital systems, academic institutions and constituents statewide.

Data Collection

The Virginia Department of Health Professions provides voluntary surveys to Department of Health Professions’ licensees through the Department’s online application and renewal processes.  Survey reports for each profession are released a few months after the end of each renewal cycle.

Surveys in collection, grouped by renewal date, include: 

Every March:
Assisted Living Facility Administrators
Dental Hygienists
Dentists
Funeral Service Licensees
Nursing Home Administrators

Every June:
Clinical Psychologists
Licensed Professional Counselors
Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Every December
Audiologists
Optometrists
Pharmacists
Pharmacy Technicians
Speech-Language Pathologists

December, Odd Years
Physician Assistants†
Radiologic Technologists†
Respiratory Care Practitioners†

 

December, Even Years
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine†
Medical Doctors†
Occupational Therapists† Occupational Therapy Assistants†
Physical Therapists
Physical Therapy Assistants

Every October*
Certified Nurse Aides*
Licensed Practical Nurses*
Nurse Practitioners*
Registered Nurses*

*Nurses renew biennially during their birth month on an ongoing basis.  Our data collection period for nurses runs from September to August.  Each survey report and data release is based on a rolling two years of data.
** The first Nurse Practitioner collection ran from March 2011 to February 2013. Subsequent  collections will conform to the Nursing  schedule.
†Renew every other year during their birth month. 

Future Goals

Initially, the HWDC provided analytic support for surveys created by DHP’s regulatory boards or committees of professionals.  Over the past few years the HWDC has adopted a standardized survey template.  Since our renewal cycles are measured in years, the HWDC is continuing to implement the standardized template for currently surveyed professions, as well as expanding it to new professions.  We are currently developing a standardized processing code to match our standardized surveys.  This code will allow for the efficient and timely processing of HWDC survey results.
Our next step is to integrate HWDC datasets into an integrated, searchable, multi-professional database.  This will allow for multi-professional analysis of Virginia’s health workforce based on concepts and themes such as geography, patient population, provider specialty, education, income levels or demographics.  This database and our datasets will be available to qualified researchers who meet the strict confidentiality standards.  Future goals include developing an online data and mapping center to make our results more accessible to researchers, policymakers, providers and the public. 

The healthcare workforce operates largely within a national market and the HWDC is working with HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis as it develops national standards and minimum datasets.


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