VCOM 2022 Annual Report

Healthcare Workforce Affiliates


NCAHD and NCRHW T he National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD) was established in 2007 as a national research center to support VCOM’s faculty, students and staff needs as well as other public and private sector entities. NCAHD’s unique enhanced state licensure (ESL) national provider datasets contains practice location information on physicians (DO, MD) and 13 other healthcare providers. With ESL, NCAHD is able to conduct highly accurate alumni tracking with results that indicate their proximity to rural and underserved, along with other spatial analysis. To provide easier access to the ESL and over 150 other datasets, NCAHD created a FREE online mapping portal. Additionally, the center recently created a new methodology for determining specialty physician demand/supply that is more accurate than national models.  In 2017, VCOM became the host for the National Center for Rural Health Works (NCRHW), which for the last 25 years has provided economic impact models for dozens of healthcare facilities, medical schools, primary care providers and dental practices. Many of these tools are online for public usage, but staff is always available to conduct the research and analysis too. 

he mission of the Southwest Virginia Area Health Education Center (SWVA AHEC) is to educate, recruit and retain a highly qualified, diverse

and culturally competent workforce for the 21 counties and seven cities that comprise Southwest Virginia. This is accomplished by offering a variety of pipeline programs aimed at exposing high school students to a range of healthcare careers such as multi-disciplinary CME on an array of current medical topics that foster and build a teamwork approach to treating patients in rural and underserved areas, the Virginia Scholars Program, and interdisciplinary courses for current undergraduate and graduate level healthcare students. In addition to partnering with VCOM-Virginia, the SWVA AHEC collaborates with other institutions of higher education in Southwest Virginia that offer healthcare professions degree programs, including three community colleges, Virginia Tech, Radford University, Henry and Lee Physical Therapy, Bluefield University and Appalachian College of Pharmacy.




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