About the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA)

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The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) is a national resource for health workforce research, information, and data.

NCHWA provides policymakers with information and data to help them make decisions regarding health workforce education, training and delivery of care.

To achieve this, NCHWA analyzes the supply, demand, distribution, and education of the nation’s health workforce, as well as coordinating and managing data collection, analysis, and evaluation efforts for Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) programs.

What are our primary functions?

Workforce Analysis 

Through our Workforce Analysis, we:

  • conduct analyses and projections on a wide range of health care occupations;
  • develop and distribute results through reports, briefs, and factsheets; 
  • collect and distribute data through mechanisms such as surveys and the Area Health Resources Files
  • provide technical advice to states on health workforce data collection, analysis, and interpretation; and
  • support Health Workforce Research Centers at various universities through cooperative agreements.  

Performance Metrics and Evaluation 

By using Performance Metrics and Evaluation, we:

  • develop and publish performance measures and benchmarks for BHW's health workforce training and education programs, 
  • conduct performance management/measurement of grant program outcomes, and
  • conduct multi-year retrospective and prospective program evaluations.

Who are we?

Michelle Washko, NCHWA Director

Prior to her current position as director of the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA), Michelle M. Washko, Ph.D., worked at the Administration for Community Living, where she advised on older adult employment and health workforce policies.

Before joining HHS, she served in the U.S. Department of Labor developing and implementing employment initiatives for older workers. And previous to entering the federal government, she was a senior research associate at the Institute for the Future of Aging Services, conducting applied research on the long-term care workforce.

Dr. Washko holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in individual and family studies from the University of Delaware.

NCHWA Deputy Director

This position is vacant.

Jason Roffenbender, Workforce Analysis Branch Chief

Jason Roffenbender is the workforce analysis branch chief in the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) located within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He provides leadership on activities related to workforce supply, demand, and shortage projections for the U.S. health workforce.

Isaac Worede, Performance Metrics and Evaluations Branch Chief

Isaac Worede is the performance metrics and evaluation branch chief in the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) located within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He works collaboratively with NCHWA and other division staff to use national data to support grant performance. He also manages the performance measurement and evaluation for/of bureau programs.

Date Last Reviewed:  May 2019