UCSF Health Workforce Research Center

Investigator: Joanne Spetz, PhD
Sponsor: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

Location(s): United States


The UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care (UCSF HWRC) is a dynamic hub of policy-oriented research and investigation, established through support from the U.S. Bureau of the Health Professions. Our mission is to help answer the essential question: Is our health care workforce prepared to meet the growing long-term care needs of the aging U.S. population? With the coming “Silver Tsunami,” as Baby Boomers enter their mid-60s, a rapidly increasing proportion of older Americans, and people with disabilities will require long-term care (LTC), both at home and in the community. The Center will closely examine the health care workforce and help shape policies to meet expanding LTC needs. Our expertise in understanding how the complex LTC workforce contributes to improving access, increasing quality, and attaining high-value health care is a key component of our work.  Over the next several years, we will conduct sponsored research on LTC labor market developments, outcomes and impacts of employment and training policies, and report on LTC labor trends.