Julie A. Sochalski
Dr. Sochalski received her MS and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan, focusing on Health Economics, Public Policy and Public Health nursing. She is recognized as a national and international expert in health policy and the health care workforce. Her 3-year tenure at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010-2013) as Director of the Division of Nursing and Principal Advisor for Health Workforce Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration involved directing interagency initiatives that promoted research and program innovations to build a right-sized, well-skilled, and effectively-deployed health care workforce.
Prior to her recent federal position, Dr. Sochalski directed a series of national and international studies funded by NIH and other private and government foundations elucidating critical workforce factors influencing the quality of patient care and patient outcomes and innovative practice models that should be pursued to promote quality of care and population health. Her study featured in Health Affairs evaluated the outcomes of disease management interventions for heart failure patients by pooling data from 12 clinical trials conducted in four countries and explored payment policy options for the Medicare program to reimburse for these services. Her work has included examining the impact of innovative models of nursing care and nursing staffing on quality outcomes, and has demonstrated the cost-effective impact of nursing for diverse patient populations including high-risk high-cost chronically ill and terminally ill patients. In addition, she has investigated domestic and international trends in the health care workforce, workforce shortages, and migratory patterns of health workers and has collaborated internationally to develop policy recommendations for building an appropriately prepared and effectively deployed international health care workforce. She has published in interdisciplinary health policy and health services research journals on domestic and international trends in the health care workforce and their implications for public policy. This policy research portfolio and its recommendations have provided policy makers with the tools to build a health care workforce that achieves high value care and improved health outcomes.
Sochalski, J., Melendez-Torres, G.J. (2013). What is a Nurse? “A Missioner of Health”, Academic Medicine, 88.
Bettger, J.P.; Sochalski, J.A.; Foust, J.B.; Zubritsky, C.D.; Hirschman, K.B.; Abbott, K.M. & Naylor, M.D. (2012). Measuring nursing care time and tasks in long-term services and supports: on size does not fit all, The Journal of Nursing Research, 20(3), 158-168.