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Allied Health Workforce and Services: Workshop Summary
produces e-mail newsletters for the AMA on the topics of health care careers, graduate medical education, health care disparities, physician health, and healthy lifestyles, and directs the AMA’s medical education Twitter page. Mr. Donini-Lenhoff also serves as secretary of Reference Committee C (medical education), which considers reports and resolutions that come before the AMA House of Delegates. In addition, he is on the board of directors of the Health Professions Network (HPN), a national group representing allied health professional associations. He is a graduate of DePaul University (M.A., writing) and Florida State University (B.A., writing).
Erin Fraher, Ph.D., M.P.P., has worked as a policy analyst and health workforce researcher in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She is currently the Director of the North Carolina Health Professions Data System (HPDS), at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. For more than 10 years, she has led the work of the HPDS to provide timely, objective, and data-driven analyses to inform state and national policy makers wrestling with decisions about how to best educate and deploy health professionals. Dr. Fraher has led, and participated in, various studies of the allied health workforce in North Carolina including studies of the physical therapy, speech-language pathology, health information management, radiologic sciences, respiratory therapy and clinical laboratory science workforces. Working with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, the Council for Allied Health in North Carolina, the governor’s office and the Department of Commerce, Dr. Fraher has led efforts to build the allied health workforce analytical infrastructure in North Carolina. These efforts have resulted in a rich source of data that are actively used by 2- and 4-year educational institutions to identify in which allied health professions and geographic areas they should develop or expand training; they are used by workforce development boards to determine the health care jobs for which they should be retraining laid-off workers; and they are used by health care employers and private foundations to identify mechanisms to improve the recruitment and retention of allied health workers. Dr. Fraher is also the Associate Director of the American College of Surgeons Institute for Health Policy Research. She holds joint faculty appointments in UNC’s Departments of Surgery and Family Medicine. Dr. Fraher earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley, and her B.A. from Wellesley College.
Edward S. Salsberg, M.P.A., In August 2010, Mr. Salsberg joined the Department of Health and Human Services as the Director of the new National Center for Health Workforce Analysis established by Affordable