Health Workforce Sentinel Network


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Description:

The workforce is key to healthcare transformation, and to effectively meet transformation goals the healthcare industry needs early signals of changes in the occupations, skills, and roles required by evolving healthcare systems.

The Washington State Health Workforce Sentinel Network (WSHWSN) supports efficient and effective health workforce preparation and deployment by:

  • identifying emerging signals of changes in health workforce demand, and
  • rapidly disseminating this information to education, training and policy partners who can take action based on findings.

Health workforce Sentinels:

  • help ensure the state’s health workforce is prepared to respond to the transforming health care environment,
  • have access to current and actionable information about emerging workforce needs, and
  • can compare their organization’s experiences and emerging workforce demand trends with similar employer groups.

Information provided by health workforce Sentinels are kept confidential and are reported in aggregate form, grouped with data from other similar organizations.

The Sentinel Network, is an initiative of Washington’s Health Workforce Council, conducted collaboratively by Washington’s Workforce Board and the University of Washington’s Center for Health Workforce Studies.
Funding to initiate the Sentinel Network came from the Healthier Washington initiative in 2016, with ongoing core support from Governor Inslee’s office and the Washington State Legislature.

Project Director: Susan M. Skillman, MS
Contact Info: skillman@uw.edu
Operation Director: Ben Stubbs, MPH
Contact: bstubbs@uw.edu
Health Workforce Sentinel Network in Other States
Connecticut
The Health Workforce Sentinel Network was introduced in Connecticut in Spring, 2019

 

Funder:

WA - Washington State Legislature

 

Status:

In Progress

 

Links/Documents:

This study referenced in the May 2018 Milbank Memorial Fund Issue Brief, Behavioral Health Integration and Workforce Development by Rachel Block.

 

Publications/Presentations

Authors Title Type Date Documents/Media
O’Connor J, Skillman SM Washington’s Health Workforce – Committee Update (including WA Health Workforce Sentinel Network) PRESENTATION 01-27-2021
Skillman SM What’s Demand Got To Do With It? PRESENTATION 09-10-2020
Skillman SM, Coleman L, O’Connor JG Health care workforce development PRESENTATION 11-21-2019
Skillman SM Using a novel approach to obtain and deploy demand data for health workforce development: Recent applications of the Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 06-04-2019
Skillman SM Washington State’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network Update. PRESENTATION 08-06-2019
Skillman SM Recent findings from the Washington State Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 07-17-2019
Skillman SM Signals of Connecticut’s health workforce demand: Initial findings from the Health Workforce Sentinel Network – Connecticut PRESENTATION 07-09-2019
Skillman SM, Ruttinger C, Spetz J, Aragon S Describing workforce demand: Three states’ data collection and dissemination approaches and examples of uses of the data PRESENTATION 06-13-2019
Skillman SM Using a novel approach to obtain and deploy demand data for health workforce development: Recent applications of the Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 05-03-2019 PDF
Skillman SM The rural health workforce: Supporting effective rural workforce planning in Washington with data PRESENTATION 03-27-2019
Ferguson D, Skillman SM, Stubbs BA, Swadener S Understanding Washington’s health workforce: Using the Sentinel Network to assess need and find solutions. PRESENTATION 03-26-2019
Papadakis E, Skillman SM Health workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 02-14-2019
Stubbs BA, Clark AK Presenting Data Using Online Interactive Dashboards: The Washington State Health Workforce Sentinel Network Experience PRESENTATION 05-23-2018 Media
Skillman SM, Stubbs BA, Clark AK Washington State’s health workforce Sentinel Network: A novel way to obtain and deploy workforce demand data PRESENTATION 04-11-2018
Skillman SM A novel way to obtain and deploy health workforce demand data: The Washington State Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 03-20-2018
Skillman SM A novel way to obtain and deploy health workforce demand data: the Washington State Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 06-09-2017
Stubbs BA, Skillman SM, Clark AK, Patterson DG Washington State’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network: A Novel Way to Obtain and Deploy Workforce Demand Data PRESENTATION 06-26-2017 ARM Sentinel Network poster 2017-06-16
Stubbs BA A Novel Way to Obtain and Deploy Health Workforce Demand Data: The Washington Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 06-24-2017
Stubbs BA A novel way to obtain and deploy health workforce demand data: The Washington Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 05-04-2017
Stubbs BA, Skillman SM, Ferguson D. The Sentinel Network: Identifying Emerging Health Workforce Demand and Training Needs in Washington State PRESENTATION 03-15-2017
Stubbs BA, Skillman SM, Ferguson D The Sentinel Network: Identifying Emerging Health Workforce Demand and Training Needs in Washington State PRESENTATION 03-01-2017
Skillman SM Washington State’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 11-10-2016 Power Point
Skillman SM Washington State’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 09-01-2016
Skillman SM Skillman SM PRESENTATION 05-01-2016
Skillman SM Washington State’s health workforce: (1) Physicians and (2) Washington’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 07-01-2016
Skillman SM Washington State’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 07-01-2016
Hager LJ, Skillman SM Washington State’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 03-24-2016
Skillman SM, Hager LJ Washington State’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network PRESENTATION 03-17-2016
Skillman SM, Hager LJ A new approach to monitoring changes in health workforce demand: Washington’s health workforce industry sentinel network PRESENTATION 11-19-2015