Director, Health Workforce Research and Policy
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
725 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Erin P. Fraher, PhD, MPP, has worked as a policy analyst and health workforce researcher in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She is currently the director of the North Carolina Health Professions Data System (HPDS) at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. For over ten years, she has led the work of the HPDS to provide timely, objective, and data-driven analyses to inform state and national policymakers wrestling with decisions about how to best educate and deploy health professionals. Dr. Fraher has led and participated in various studies of the allied health workforce in North Carolina including studies of the physical therapy, speech-language pathology, health information management, radiologic sciences, respiratory therapy, and clinical laboratory science workforces. Working with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, the Council for Allied Health in North Carolina, the Governor’s office, and the Department of Commerce, Dr. Fraher has led efforts to build the allied health workforce analytical infrastructure in North Carolina. These efforts have resulted in a rich source of data that are actively used by two- and four-year educational institutions to identify in which allied health professions and geographic areas they should develop or expand training; by workforce development boards to determine the health care jobs for which they should be retraining laid-off workers; and by health care employers and private foundations to identify mechanisms to improve the recruitment and retention of allied health workers.
Dr. Fraher is also the associate director of the American College of Surgeons Institute for Health Policy Research. She holds joint faculty appointments in UNC’s Departments of Surgery and Family Medicine. She earned her PhD degree from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her master’s degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley, and her BA degree from Wellesley College.