The Healthier Washington initiative seeks to transform our health system through multiple approaches, including workforce innovation. Two of the ways we are doing this is through the Community Health Worker Task Force and Health Workforce Sentinel Network.
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The task force was created to develop system change recommendations to align the CHW workforce with the Healthier Washington initiative. Here is what has been accomplished:
- The task force released a report in 2016 with recommendations about CHW roles, skills, qualities, training and education needs, and finance and sustainability considerations for long-term CHW integration into Washington’s health care system.
- In collaboration with task force members and statewide partners, the Department of Health (DOH) developed guidelines for implementing training and education recommendations for CHWs.
This network links the health care sector with partners in education and training, policymakers, and workforce planners to identify and respond to new and changing demand for health care workers, skills, and roles. Health care employers identified as Sentinels regularly track and report about workforce demand at their facilities and contribute to the discovery of emerging trends statewide, regionally, and in different health care settings.
Part of the Healthier Washington initiative, the sentinel network is a collaboration of the state’s Workforce Board and the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, with funding from Health Care Authority.
Visit the sentinel network website to view what Sentinels have reported by type of health care facility, region, and occupation.