The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and Bipartisan Policy Center teamed up to provide a comprehensive report on the future demand for health care professionals. The American health system is going through rapid change, which will affect many aspects of patient care. This report helps address the need to plan for a strong, dynamic work force that can meet the growing demand for health care professionals. Read the full report
The Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation share recommendations on how to shore up health workforce capacity as the nation implements the Affordable Care Act. The report highlights creative solutions from different states, including new scopes of practice and training programs. Read the full report
The Healthcare Workforce Clearinghouse Program was established in 2007 under Senate Bill 139. The Clearinghouse is administrated by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development's Healthcare Workforce Development Division to collect, analyze, and publish information on the educational and employment trends for healthcare occupations in the State. Funded by the California Health Data and Planning Fund, HWDD works with the State health licensing authorities, Employment Development Department’s Labor Market Information Division, and State higher education entities to collect supply, demand and education data. Access the clearinghouse
This comprehensive report, sponsored by The California Wellness Foundation, explores the current and future capacity of California's health care workforce to meet the expected increase in demand resulting from expanded insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). California’s Health Care Workforce: Readiness for the ACA Era uses key informant interviews, detailed analyses of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Professional License Masterfile, a literature review, and an environmental scan to highlight the challenges of comparing data across professions and identifying and analyzing the options for meeting workforce needs in the context of the current economic environment. A series of policy recommendations is included. Read the full report
A study by QuantiaMD found that language and cultural barriers are equally crucial to offering culturally competent care, which many of the surveyed providers reported as vital to the quality and efficiency of care. "'The ability to communicate with a patient in their native tongue is a huge asset, but it only addresses part of the issue. It is just as important for physicians to understand the effects of different cultural beliefs and behaviors and how these may influence expectations of healthcare, understanding of a disease state or adherence to treatment,' [said Cardiologist Victor Bonilla, MD, FACC, FSCAI, University of California, Davis]." Read the full story or view the full report.
A recent comprehensive, nationwide report on rural healthcare access proves that health workforce shortages hit rural America hardest and have consequences on the well-being of citizens. The problem will only grow as more rural Americans become insured, but the report does suggest some solutions, like mobile health clinics. "UnitedHealth[, the report author,] calls for a coordinated effort by patients, providers, private and public sectors to ensure that coverage expansions do not make existing problems worse. 'The next few years will be times of considerable stress on rural health care,' the conclusions state, 'but also times of great opportunity.'" Read the full story or view the full report.
"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have little net effect on overall employment but should provide a modest boost in healthcare sector employment, according to the Urban Institute." The study found that health care reform will not the economy and job market as a whole, but "will result in increased demand for labor in the health sector, including increasing use of medical equipment, new technologies and pharmaceuticals and could lead to wage and salary increases in the health sector." Read the full story or view the full report.
This series of Quick Reference Guides from the CHCF California Health Care Almanac examines specific segments of the state's health care workforce, focusing on pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, physician assistants, health diagnostic and treatment therapists, clinical laboratory scientists and technicians, and imaging professionals. The guides provide data on employment, wages, degree programs, workplace setting, and ethnicity of graduates, among other factors. View the full reports.
A survey of deans of allied health programs at California community colleges casts new doubts on the state’s ability to produce the health care workers it will need in coming years. Among the findings: 72 percent of deans report that allied health training programs are their school’s most sought after, and 97 percent report that those graduates are usually successful in finding employment. Yet only six percent of colleges were able to accept all qualified applicants for allied health programs in 2009 and 2010, and only one in four accepted all or most. In fact, one in four community colleges had to eliminate one or more allied health training programs during the past two years, while one out of five reduced the number of slots in their programs. In addition, 65 percent of deans said that too few partnerships with health care providers were an extremely or very important reason why they had to reject qualified applicants.
Direct-care workers provide an estimated 70 to 80 percent of the paid hands-on long-term care and personal assistance received by Americans who are elderly or living with disabilities or other chronic conditions. This fact sheet explores their job titles and responsibilities, job demand and demographics. View the full report. (PDF)
Thousands of allied health workers in key categories are eligible for retirement in the next five years, which places further pressure on training programs to produce more workers. A report from CHA further explores which allied health jobs will be hit the hardest and the impact those shortages will have on hospital care. The report also makes recommendations to the industry, government and educators on how to develop the workforce more efficiently. Read the full report here.
The Guide is based on lessons learned from six regions of the State, who developed strategic plans to increase the diversity of the health care workforce in their regions. The California Endowment provided funding for these regional efforts through CWA. They include the Humboldt County Workforce Investment Board (WIB); Northern Rural Training Consortium (NoRTEC); EASTBAY Works, which includes Contra Costa and Alameda County WIBs; the Workforce Consortium of California’s Central Coast (WCCCC) that encompasses the Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey County WIBs; the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network that included participation by the Orange County and Los Angeles WIBs; and, the San Diego Workforce Partnership.
Latino men are profoundly underrepresented in California’s health professions education programs. Educational attainment for both African American and Latino men is low, at the high school and postsecondary levels. This is a critical issue because a high school degree is the minimum educational requirement for all health professions education programs, and for many others a college degree is required (medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy). Read the full report here.
The new health care reform law will substantially increase the number of Californians who have health insurance. While the new law provides a major opportunity to improve the health of Californians, it also poses a major challenge for California's health care organizations. Insuring more people will increase demand for care, further straining organizations that are already having difficulty recruiting and retaining health professionals. Health care organizations in California face shortages of health professionals, maldistribution of health professionals across the state, lack of racial/ethnic diversity, and an aging workforce. Read the full report here.
The San Francisco Bay and Greater Silicon Valley Centers of Excellence in collaboration with research and funding partners studied allied health occupations in the 11-county San Francisco Bay Area. The healthcare sector is one of the largest industries in the region, employing over 342,000 individuals in hundreds of occupations. This report provides an industry overview and reviews trends driving the growth of the healthcare sector such as population growth, an aging population and healthcare reform legislation. Read the full report here.
Health care reform engaged the nation in intense debate about increasing coverage, lowering costs, and improving quality. Largely missing from the conversation over the legislation was the need for a skilled health care workforce, particularly on the front lines of care — among the men and women who provide a great deal of the nation’s direct patient care and public health services, yet who earn low wages and have limited opportunities for advancement.
In this report, JFF’s Randall Wilson describes what is needed to match the demands of a reformed health care system with a supply of skilled professionals and supporting occupations. Read the full report here.
A new report, entitled "California's Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs," reveals that "middle-skill jobs" — jobs that require more training than a high school diploma but not necessarily a Bachelor's degree — account for the largest share of California labor force today (49 percent) and are projected to continue to do so in the future. These positions — including highly skilled, technical, and high-wage occupations such as fire fighters, electricians, medical technicians, and mechanics — offer California workers a chance at economic security and prosperity, if they have access to appropriate education and training. Read the full report here.
New workforce projections show that California’s allied health industry will be a key driver of economic growth in the state over the next two decades. By 2030, the allied health sector will comprise almost 1 million workers with a collective earning power of more than $116 billion in wages. At the same time, the study casts doubt on whether California’s education system will be able to provide enough health workers to meet the growing demand. Read the full report and find out more here.