Newsletter 4
March 21, 2017
Welcome to the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center's newsletter, where you can keep up to date with our research, presentations, publications, and events.
News & Updates
Upcoming webinar o n March 30th
The Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Montana State University and the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health are pleased to co-sponsor a four-part webinar series in February, March, April, and May 2017. 

  • The second webinar, “Solving the BH Workforce Crisis:  Award-Winning Tools for Growing your Pipeline of Providers”, which will be held March 30th, 1:00 pm EDT, addresses workforce development challenges and highlights ongoing efforts in Nebraska and New Mexico to bolster the behavioral health workforce pipeline. REGISTER HERE

  • The third webinar, “Changes and Constants in National Behavioral Health”, which will be held April 13th, 1:00 pm EDT, focuses on legislative and policy changes and their potential impact on the behavioral health workforce.

  • The final webinar "The Challenges and Opportunities facing the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Workforce” will be held on May 11th, 1:00 p.m. EDT.

  • The first webinar, Research to Strengthen Behavioral Health Workforce Capacity, took place on February 16th and provides an overview of the state of the behavioral health workforce in terms of size, composition, and characteristics. It summarize efforts underway by the SAMHSA/HRSA-funded Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center to conduct studies to build workforce capacity.
New Report on the State of the U.S. Health Workforce

The George Washington University Health Workforce Institute announces a new report available on the state of the U.S. health workforce:  Health Workforce Research Centers Key Findings, 2013-2016

Press Release:
Dissemination of BHWRC Study Findings

The BHWRC website features several policy briefs and project reports that highlight findings of our Year 1 projects. The reports are available on each project page and also under the Publications tab.

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  Project Spotlight: Factors Impacting the Development
of a Diverse Behavioral Health Workforce

The purpose of this study was to survey a sample of behavioral health workers in Michigan representing different occupations to assess factors associated with worker recruitment, retention, promotion opportunities and work environment to determine to what extent underrepresented minority workers face barriers in the workplace. The findings of the study will inform policy recommendations for developing strategies and programs for enhancing workforce diversity in behavioral health. The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards provided assistance with survey dissemination.

BHWRC on the Road
BHWRC's work will be featured at the following 2017 conferences:

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