Current Policy Work


Eldercare Workforce

The Health Policy Center has teamed with the William D. Ruckelshaus Center on a project to examine eldercare workforce capacity in Washington State, including mapping the issue, convening stakeholders statewide to listen and learn from one another about areas of conflict and consensus, and facilitating those stakeholders as they create and put into operation a Washington State Eldercare Workforce Alliance. In December 2012, the partnership was awarded a $50,000 grant from WSU Extension for Phase 1 of the project, which will develop a baseline understanding of eldercare workforce capacity concerns within the state.

The Health Policy Center also is partnering with the University Network for Collaborative Governance (UNCG) to launch an initiative to facilitate similar efforts in additional states. The UNCG initiative will focus on hosting a national colloquium on eldercare workforce concerns and collaboration, resulting in a report to serve as the basis for implementing eldercare workforce assessments and collaborative efforts in several states.

Eldercare Quarterly Reports:
Decreasing Rehospitalizations for Adults with Serious Mental Illness: A Learning Collaborative

The Health Policy Center has joined the Washington Community Mental Health Council to develop 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.

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:  
  • "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.