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Health Workforce Council

The Health Workforce Council addresses current and projected shortages of Washington healthcare workers. Council members represent business, labor, education, and government.

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Upcoming Health Workforce Council meetings

Meeting info is available here

News and Media Coverage of Health Workforce Council

National report cites's state's behavioral health study, Sentinel Network--Read more

 

Healthcare Sentinel Network helps spot emerging healthcare trends--Join today!

If you're a healthcare provider in Washington, we encourage you to join the Health Sentinel Network to help identify emerging health workforce demands.

 

Behavioral Health Workforce Analysis

Governor Inslee has charged the Workforce Board, in partnership with the Health Workforce Council, to develop recommendations to policymakers on ways to address shortages, distribution challenges and other retention issues in behavioral health.

 

See Washington's Behavioral Health Workforce Assessment - 2016-17 (PDF)

Learn more about the analysis and the Behavioral Health Stakeholder Group.

 

More about the Health Workforce Council

The Council regularly updates a strategic plan. The plan outlines actions for the Legislature, state and local agencies, educators, labor, healthcare industry  employers, and workers to take to close the gap. In 2003, the Legislature passed Engrossed Senate House Bill 1852 directing the Workforce Board to continue convening the Council, to monitor the state plan and report to the Legislature annually.

The Council holds public meetings at least twice a year to oversee progress on achieving the goals and strategies of the plan.

What is the Council plan for addressing healthcare personnel shortages? The Council plan outlines six goals:

  1. Increase educational capacity and efficiency in healthcare training programs to enable more people to gain qualification to work in healthcare occupations.

  2. Recruit more individuals, especially targeted populations, into healthcare occupations and promote adequate preparation prior to entry.

  3. Develop a data collection and analysis system to assess health workforce supply and demand.

  4. Retain current healthcare workers.

  5. Enable local communities to implement strategies to alleviate the healthcare personnel shortage in their areas.

  6. Develop a mechanism to ensure continued collaboration among stakeholders, track progress, create accountability for fulfilling this plan, and to plan for future health workforce needs.

Does the Council report to the Legislature?
Yes, state statute passed in 2003 (ESHB 1852) requires the task force to report progress annually to the Governor and Legislature.


Want to attend a Council meeting?

Anyone is welcome to observe Council meetings. There is space for about 40 audience members at each meeting.

How does the Council connect to local Skill Panels?
Since 2000, the Workforce Board has issued grants to support Industry Skill Panels for the purpose of enhancing competitiveness for industries that are key to a local region’s economy. healthcare is considered such an industry and there are healthcare Skill Panels in each of the state’s 12 Workforce Development Areas. While health Skill Panels are not solely responsible for activities that eliminate health workforce shortages, they play a pivotal role and are often a catalyst.

Contact: Nova Gattman, (360) 709-4612

 

 

 

 

 

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