Current Policy Work


Eldercare Workforce

The Health Policy Center has teamed with the William D. Ruckelshaus Center on a project to create a baseline analysis of eldercare workforce capacity in Washington State. The HPC also is partnering with the University Network for Collaborative Governance (UNCG) to launch an initiative to facilitate similar efforts in additional states. The project team will publish two Fact Sheets that summarize its findings in late 2014.

Project "Updates"
PR2: Partnership to Reduce Psychiatric Rehospitalization

The Health Policy Center has joined the Washington Community Mental Health Council to develop and implement a 14-month curriculum for community mental health agencies to create, test, and evaluate quality improvement interventions to reduce psychiatric rehospitalizations among Medicaid-enrolled adults. The project is funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services through a DHHS Adult Medicaid Quality grant. Additional partners include the WA State Health Care Authority and Rutgers University.

The ACA Implementation Research Network

This study focuses on the role of states in implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Three areas are emphasized: 1) Who governs (agencies, offices, program leaders), 2) Interagency and federal-state relationships that develop under the Affordable Care Act, and 3) State-level operations of the principal coverage-expanding policies adopted in the law. The Health Policy Center is one of 35 teams in a 35-state network of indigenous state experts on health policy and public management. The project is based at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York, and is jointly sponsored by the Brookings Institution, The Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Rockefeller Institute.

Publications To Date
Shaping Policy for Health™
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Initiative director Patricia Lichiello is a nationally certified Shaping Policy for Health™ trainer. This five-part curriculum, sponsored by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE), supports states and communities in improving health through policy and environmental change. We are pleased to be a part of this nationwide effort to support public health practitioners and their partners in enhancing their knowledge and skills for working in the policy arena.

2013 Shaping Policy for Health™ Workshops:  
  • "Assessing and Framing the Policy Problem" October 29-30, 2013 in Helena, MT
  • "Using Policy Analysis Tools" October 8-9, 2013 in Fargo, ND
  • "Using Policy Analysis Tools" July 10-11, 2013 in Oklahoma City, OK
  • "Using Policy Analysis Tools" March 19-20, 2013 in Salt Lake City, UT

2012 Shaping Policy for Health™ Workshops:  
  • "Assessing and Framing the Policy Problem" Sept. 12-13, 2012 in Olympia, WA.
  • "Influencing the Policy Change Process" Aug. 28-29, 2012 in Olympia, WA.
  • "Assessing and Framing the Policy Problem" Aug. 9-10, 2012 in Bend, OR.
  • "Assessing and Framing the Policy Problem" June 28-29, 2012 in Olympia, WA.
  • "Influencing the Policy Change Process" June 7-8, 2012 in Bremerton, WA.
  • "Influencing the Policy Change Process" June 4-5, 2012 in Olympia, WA.
  • "Influencing the Policy Change Process" May 17-18, 2012 in Moses Lake, WA.
  • "Influencing the Policy Change Process" May 14-15, 2012 in Spokane, WA.
  • "Using Policy Analysis Tools" April 12-13, 2012 in Anacortes, WA.
  • "Using Policy Analysis Tools" April 9-10, 2012 in Chehalis, WA.
  • "Assessing and Framing the Policy Problem" March 26-27, 2012 in Anacortes, WA.
  • "An Introduction to Competency-Based Practice" Feb. 16-17, 2012 in San Diego, CA.