What’s New: November 3, 2017

Since the launch of the California Future Health Workforce Commission (Commission) in August, Commissioners and staff have been hard at work putting a plan in motion to build the health workforce California’s future needs.


On Thursday, September 28th in Oakland, nearly all 24 Commissioners met along with presenters, key staff, and CEOs from three of the four funding partners: The California Endowment, California Health Care Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, and Blue Shield of California Foundation.

  • Co-chairs Janet Napolitano (President, University of California) and Lloyd Dean (President/CEO, Dignity Health) led the Commission to agree upon its three priority content areas of focus: Primary Care & Prevention, Behavioral Health, and Healthy Aging & Elder Care.
  • In addition, the Commission’s recommendations will address three topics that cut across each of the priority areas: Diversity, Equity and Technology.
  • The Commission also established Subcommittees to focus on each of the priority areas. They are comprised of Commissioners, Technical Advisory Committee members and other subject matter experts. The Subcommittees will meet for the first time at the November 8th Commission meeting.

For more details about the Commission’s first meeting, including the agenda and presentations, visit the “Meetings” section of our website.


The second Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 8th in Los Angeles. During this meeting, Commissioners hear from technology experts about the role innovation can play in meeting California’s workforce challenges. They will also hear from a range of leaders about what is and isn’t working when it comes to strengthening our primary care, behavioral health, and elder care workforce. Those leaders include: Dustin Corcoran, CEO of the California Medical Association; Carmela Castellano-Garcia, president and CEO of the California Primary Care Association; and Jennie Chin Hansen, former CEO of the American Geriatrics Society, among others.

Stakeholders are welcome to attend the public portion of the meeting and are invited to participate by providing public comment.

Meeting Details:
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
9:00 am – 2:30 pm (Public Session)
Embassy Suites LAX North
9801 Airport Boulevard – Pacific Ballroom
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Please note that pre-registration is required to attend due to space limitations. For more information and to review the draft agenda, please visit the “Meetings” section of our website.


Our Commissioners get most of the attention, but much of the deep knowledge that powers the Commission’s work comes from our Technical Advisory Committee. It’s an All-Star team of California’s health workforce experts. They allow the Commission to drill down into key topics, and to understand key trends and opportunities in each of our priority areas. Now that the Technical Advisory Committee has taken its full shape, see for yourself who is working hard behind the scenes to help the California modernize its health workforce.

Check out the full list of Technical Advisory Committee members.


“Struggling For Care”: A series by Kerry Klein at Valley Public Radio

“Struggling For Care” is a collection of in-depth reports on physician shortages and solutions in the Central Valley. The series includes testimonials and panel discussions examining what the shortage means to residents, what some health professionals are doing about it, and why the Valley has such a tough time holding on to doctors in the first place.

Politico Looks at America’s Health Workforce

Politico recently published a series of articles on the state — and future — of America’s health workforce. They explore the role of immigration in filling the growing need for home health aides, how the job of being a doctor is becoming more team-oriented, and why we need men to become nurses. They also provide infographics that project the demand for health care workers at every level, from specialist physicians to home health aides.