Report to the New Mexico State Legislature

The first Report to the New Mexico State Legislature from the New Mexico Center for Health Workforce Analysis is available here.

House Bill 19 (Representative Mimi Stewart, 2012 legislative session) authorizes the University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center to create the New Mexico Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NMCHWA). Signed into law by the Governor in February 2012, the Health Care Workforce Data Collection, Analysis and Policy Act (Act) authorizes the transfer of health professional licensure and survey data from the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department to the UNM Health Sciences Center for analysis. The Act also requires health professional licensing boards to conduct electronic surveys of their health professionals. Lastly, the Center is to submit reports annually to the Legislature by October 1st, inclusive of recommendations from a comprehensive NMCHWA Healthcare Workforce Work Group that will be convened under the direction of the HSC Chancellor, Dr. Paul Roth.

Dr. Sam Howarth, Senior Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico has been working with colleagues at the UNM Health Sciences Center to operationalize the Center. Dr. Howarth also prepared this report describing progress to date.