HWNY formed in 2014 as an innovative blend of:
Community-based program work of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) system
Primary care research initiatives
Emerging digital transformation specialty service industry
The AHEC connection allows HWNY the opportunity to collaborate with local AHECs to deliver community-based programs and training.
HWNY employs the same academic rigor and reporting in each of its projects, as evidenced by its invited presentation in 2017 of its achievements working with New York Performing Provider Systems at the 13th Annual Association of American Medical Colleges Health Workforce Research Conference, “Collaborative Development of a Technology Platform to Coordinate and Leverage Multiple Healthcare Workforce Initiatives: A Test Case.”
Competency in Primary Care Research Methodology
Research Experience - Richard K. Merchant, CEO
Research Assistant J. Hillis Miller Health Center, Department of Pediatrics and Genetics, Gainesville, Florida. 1985
Research Associate J. Hillis Miller Health Center, Department of Endocrinology, Gainesville, Florida. 1986
Assistant to the Executive Director of Research University of Colorado Health Science Center, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Denver, Colorado. 1987
Director of Research University of Texas Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine, Family Practice Residency Program, Houston, Texas. 1993 – 1998
Recipient 2010 Walker Fellowship. SUNY Potsdam. Factors Influencing Rural Primary Care Physician Retention. Principal Investigator.
Recipient Rural PREP Microresearch Award. Impact of State Healthcare Budget Cuts on Rural Communities. Casey Harrison, CNM, Richard K. Merchant. 2018.
Over 30 Invited Presentations: North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC), Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (ABSME), International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), National AHEC Organization (NAO), Community Healthcare Association of New York State (CHCNYS), New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH), New England Rural Health Round Table (NERHRT)