Research Background

HWNY formed in 2014 as an innovative blend of:


Community-Based Programs

Community-based program work of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) system


Research Initiatives

Primary care research initiatives


Digital Transformation

Emerging digital transformation specialty service industry

AHEC Connection

The AHEC connection allows HWNY the opportunity to collaborate with local AHECs to deliver community-based programs and training.

Invited Presentations

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)