Commission Welcomes New Funder & Commissioner

The Commission’s work is rapidly expanding thanks to support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, who joins a group of esteemed funders dedicated to the development of a stronger health workforce to meet the needs of Californians. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area.

The Commission also welcomes Patrick T. Courneya, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, National Health Plan and Hospitals Quality at Kaiser Permanente. As the administrator for Kaiser Permanente’s national quality agenda, national executive sponsor for the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine and executive sponsor for Kaiser’s mental health programs and operations, Dr. Courneya brings exceptional expertise in quality, community-based health and industry innovation. As a family physician, he will help guide the Commission’s work on primary care & prevention and behavioral health.

Get to know the newest commissioner and read his Q&A on workforce shortages and the role technology plays in bringing care to homes across California by visiting our previous blog post.

Workforce 2025

Mercer analyzed the health care labor market across the United States to identify the occupations that are likely to grow the most and the fastest through 2024, as well as the projected gaps in demand and supply by state for the Healthcare Workforce 2025 report. Unsurprisingly, analysis showed that the health workforce is growing rapidly but unevenly, saying “which occupations are likely to become ‘critical occupations’ for which supply is unable to meet demand depends largely on the state’s education pipeline, its general labor force and the degree of misalignment between where workers are and where they need to be by 2024.”

California, like most of the country, is facing a likely gap of thousands of home health aides, physical therapists and occupational therapists through 2025, according to the report.