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Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.300
Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 12, 2018

For programmatic questions:
Robin Streeter

For business, administrative, and fiscal questions:
Gerly Sapphire Marc-Harris


The Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support and disseminate research on trends in health workforce. The overall goals of the program are to collect, analyze, and report health workforce program data to the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis and the public, as well as to provide technical assistance to local and regional organization on health workforce data.

In this cycle, two separate HWRCs will be funded:

  1. Health Equity in Health Education Workforce and Training with a focus on strengthening the evidence base for effective education and training programs that can enable and empower a health workforce capable of fostering health equity. Includes activities such as:
    • Looking at how current training programs incorporate consideration of health equity, including social needs, social determinants of health, and related elements, into their programs.
    • Creating measures to track consideration of health equity into education and training programs.
    • Evaluating education and training programs to understand whether and how the incorporation of health equity considerations may improve healthcare delivery, with respect to factors such as: increasing access to primary care; mitigating provider shortages in underserved areas; delivering integrated primary, behavioral, and oral health care; addressing health workforce diversity; and strengthening community/provider partnerships.
  2. Behavioral Health Workforce with a focus on research that addresses current and emerging behavioral health workforce challenges. Includes activities such as:
    • Strengthening the behavioral health workforce to address the consequences and impact of substance use disorders and mental illness, including the developing evidence-based strategies for treatment of severe substance use disorders and mental illness.
    • Addressing behavioral health workforce shortages and maldistribution to identify strategies to strengthen training, recruitment, and retention, especially in rural and underserved areas, among other things.
    • Improving service delivery and reimbursement to identify new models of service delivery, improve behavioral health providers' understanding and implementation of telehealth and other technology-assisted care models, and to assess integration of behavioral health and primary care, among other things.

Eligible applicants include states, State workforce investment boards, public health or health professions schools, academic health centers, and public or private nonprofit entity. Faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and tribal organizations may apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Health Equity in Health Workforce Education and Training: Up to $450,000/year for 4 years

Behavioral Health Workforce: Up to $900,000/year for 4 years

Application process

Links to the full announcement and application are available through

Tagged as
Access · Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Health workforce · Health workforce education and training · Research methods and resources · Social determinants of health

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