In response to the burgeoning heath care personnel crisis, the Washington State Hospital Association founded the Health Work Force Institute as a non-profit affiliate in 2004. Since then, the Institute has made great strides in building a more sustainable health work force for the state of Washington. The Institute has brokered partnerships that have resulted in an investment of more than $56 million for health care training, retention and recruitment efforts.
The Institute is chartered to look past economic, educational, and regulatory boundaries to develop, test, and launch the most promising catalysts to increase the supply of skilled health care workers. HWFI's strategies focus on increasing capacity of the state's colleges and universities to train people, especially those from diverse backgrounds, to enter a health profession. Improving our health care system, increasing its diversity, and bolstering our economy - this is the work of the Health Work Force Institute.
The Health Work Force Institute is located in the Washington State Hospital Association offices at:
300 Elliott Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
The work of the Institute focuses on four areas:
1. Research: accurately describe industry needs and project workforce demand into the future
2. Capacity: increase the supply and competence of health industry workers
3. Diversity: increase diversity and youth participation in the health work force to increase economic opportunities and decrease health disparities.
4. Innovation: increase industry productivity and deliver improved quality, access and value to patients, employees, employers, and payers.