Erin P. Fraher, PhD, MPP is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Fraher directs the Carolina Health Workforce Research Center at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. The Center's mission is to provide the evidence needed to redesign health workforce training, deployment, and regulation in a rapidly changing health care system. Her research focuses on interprofessional teams in emerging models of care, developing new methodologies to project how many health workers will be needed under different possible “futures,” and using life course theory to better understand health professionals’ career trajectories. Dr. Fraher is the immediate past Chair of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) which is charged with advising the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress on workforce trends, training issues and financing. She is the Deputy Director for Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research where she is frequently called upon by legislators, government officials, educators, employers, and regulators to conduct and interpret analyses on a wide variety of emerging health workforce topics. She has a BA in Economics/Spanish from Wellesley College, a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP
Carolina Health Workforce Research Center
Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina
The pandemic has ravaged the nation’s health along multiple dimensions. Patients have become sick, died, and are suffering the long-term physical and mental health effects of infection. Underserved, marginalized and rural populations have endured a disproportionate share of illness and economic impact. Health care providers are burned out, traumatized, and leaving the workforce in unprecedented numbers. Hospitals and practices are in “survival mode,” straining to provide care while short-staffed and facing high turnover rates. Although the long-term effects of the pandemic are unknown, one of…