Now, more than ever, understanding your workforce experiences and concerns can help support and improve the health of Washington residents.
Make your voice heard – the Washington Health Workforce Sentinel Network needs your input to help inform policy development and funding investments at the state and national level. More than ever, this information could lead the justification for resources, and what shifts need to occur to meet the specific needs you have in addressing this global pandemic.
The Sentinel Network is collecting the next round of health workforce data and is asking for every providers’ participation. We know the challenges you are facing right now and the limitations on time. This survey is designed to quickly gather specific information to help inform immediate policy and funding needs.
The survey includes four questions about employers’ workforce experiences and needs related to the COVID-19 emergency. The plan is to turn data around as quickly as possible, so it is available for everyone’s communication and planning uses.
The data you provide to the Sentinel Network is confidential. Reporting on your organization is in aggregate form with data from similar organizations. Great care is taken to ensure that no individual organization’s responses can be identified in reports.
Participants can choose to complete the usual, more detailed workforce demand questions, or may also only respond to emergency-related questions.
The COVID-19 emergency-related questions address:
- Occupations and/or service roles, if any, most affected at facility(ies) and how
- Staffing arrangements or other factors that made it easier or harder to respond to the emergency
- Top workforce needs (short term and longer term) that could be alleviated by new or modified policy, regulatory, and/or payment rules
- Additional important workforce issues [resulting from the COVID-19 emergency at facility(ies)] that should be recognized and addressed
The Sentinel Network Works for Our Community
Washington’s Sentinel Network is a collaboration of the state’s Workforce Board and the University of Washington’s Center for Health Workforce Studies. Funding to create the Sentinel Network came from the Healthier Washington initiative, with ongoing support from Governor Inslee’s office and the Washington State Legislature.
Since the launch of Sentinel Network in 2016, healthcare providers have identified common occupational skills they need—but can’t always get. Sentinels supply feedback about changing healthcare roles, helping Washington’s education and training programs retool to reflect these changes. In 2019, the Legislature continued ongoing funding for the Sentinel Network, so we know policy makers are paying attention to this important tool.
If you have questions about the survey or the Sentinel Network, please contact the Washington Health Workforce Sentinel Network, (206) 543-9797.