CCHE Seminar Series: Health Workforce Challenges During the COVID-19 Crisis

Bianca Frogner

University of Washington

Friday November 6, 2020, 10am-12pm, Zoom

Abstract: Health care workers have emerged as heroes of our time and are critical players in addressing the COVID crisis. Early in the pandemic, segments of the health workforce needed to rapidly surge such as respiratory therapists to address patient demand. As the pandemic continues, attention has turned to the risk that health care workers face themselves in acquiring COVID as well as facing burnout. Data are critical to monitor the available supply of workers as well as their well-being, but data are often limited. In this presentation, Dr. Frogner will discuss these health workforce challenges, how data are being leveraged to inform health workforce planning, and what gaps remain.

Bianca Kiyoe Frogner, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the School of Medicine at University of Washington (UW). She is the Director of the UW Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) and Deputy Director of the Primary Care Innovation Lab (PCI-Lab), which are housed in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Frogner is a health economist (NIH T32 trainee) with expertise in health services delivery, health workforce, labor economics, health spending, health insurance coverage and reimbursement, and international health systems. She is the Principal Investigator of two Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) grants, one focused on allied health and another focused on the training and education of health professionals to address health equity. In 2016, Dr. Frogner served on an Institute of Medicine (IOM) Consensus Study Committee on Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health. She serves on the editorial boards of Medical Care Research and Review and Health Systems. She received the 2019 John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year Award as lead author of a study investigating physical therapy as the first point of care for low back pain treatment published in Health Services Research. Dr. Frogner has published over 85 peer-reviewed articles and reports. Her research has been shared in about 190 scholarly presentations and has appeared in popular media outlets including CNN, NPR, and Politico. Dr. Frogner completed a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Dr. Frogner received her PhD in health economics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and BA at University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology.