What is the Sentinel Network?
The Sentinel Network is an information network linking the healthcare industry with partners in education and training, policymakers and workforce planners to collectively identify and respond to new and changing demand for healthcare workers, skills and roles. Part of the Healthier Washington initiative, the Sentinel Network is a collaboration of state’s Workforce Board and the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, with funding from Washington’s Health Care Authority.
In order to know more quickly--and with more certainty--where shortages are occurring and training is most needed during this time of rapid change in the healthcare system, Sentinels in the Network regularly report about workforce demand at their facilities and contribute to the discovery of emerging trends statewide, regionally, and in different healthcare settings. Register to be part of this very important data collection effort!
2016 Phase I Report of the Behavioral Health Workforce Analysis has been completed.
Governor Inslee 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.
Behavioral health is an evolving area in the healthcare field and incorporates a wide range of issues, including mental health, behaviors that impact health, such as eating and exercising, as well as chemical dependency. Because physical health and behavioral health issues frequently go together, there is an increased focus on finding ways to treat both issues, particularly in a primary care setting.
"This evaluation will establish a baseline for behavioral health workforce shortages and provide a plan for improving how we coordinate the right services for patients," said Gov. Inslee.
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a Free Summer Enrichment Program
This 6 week program is for underrepresented and disadvantaged current freshmen and sophomore college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.
These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian, Alaska Native, or Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. SHPEP, formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions. June 19 - July 28, 2017