By 2030, the California Future Health Workforce Commission is committed to ensuring California’s health workforce will have the capacity, competencies, agency and diversity to meet Californians’ evolving health needs.
The Commission is preparing a strategic plan that will seek to effectively leverage technology, cross-sector partnerships and institutional support to accomplish these “North Star” goals:
- Improve health, equity and well-being in all communities, and close health gaps within and across populations.
- Provide accessible, affordable, high-quality whole-person services at the right time, right level, and in the right places for all Californians.
- Transform health care delivery through care coordination, self-care and innovations to address social needs in order to improve health outcomes across the life course and achieve better value in services.
COMMISSION FACT SHEET: Solving California’s Health Workforce Equation
A brief timeline of the Commission’s activities over the last year can be found below.
Crafting a Proposal: September 2017 – June 2018
The Commission began its work in 2017-18 by holding a series of five public meetings that brought together broad, multi-sector expertise and multidisciplinary perspectives on health, education and workforce needs. A wide range of experts and stakeholders helped shape the Commission strategy, including:
- Commission Staff: The Public Health Institute, an independent nonprofit whose mission is to build capacity for strong public health policy, programs, systems, and practices, and a network of consultants staffed the Commission.
- Technical Advisory Committee: A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was established to inform the Commission and help identify priority focus areas and action proposals. The TAC consists of leading experts on policy, research and practice in health, education and workforce.
- Subcommittees: Commissioners, TAC members, and other invited experts formed subcommittees in three key areas: Primary care and prevention, behavioral health, and healthy aging for older adults. The subcommittees also identified a range of “cross-cutting” issues.
- Stakeholder engagement: To highlight the Commission’s progress and gather further input, staff held meetings with key stakeholders and shared updates via monthly newsletters with stakeholders. In addition to public comment periods in each meeting, the Commission invited public input, comments, and questions through its website. In June 2018, the Commission shared an online survey with more than 1,500 of its newsletter subscribers to solicit feedback on the topic areas and potential strategies. The subcommittees reviewed the more than 800 responses and incorporated the survey findings into their draft recommendations.
Adopting Final Recommendations: October 2018 – January 2019
After more than a year of engagement, the Commission is finalizing its recommendations this fall and winter, with a planned launch of the Commission’s future health workforce strategy in early 2019.
- October 2018: In its final meeting of 2018, Commissioners reviewed and discussed an initial draft of strategies and recommendations, which were approved and advanced for further refinement into action proposals.
- November – December 2018: Following the meeting, Commission staff updated the strategies and recommendations and prepared an updated draft based on comments from Commissioners and other stakeholders. Commissioners will receive this new draft on December 11, and meetings have been scheduled with each Commissioner to review the document and solicit feedback before a final report is prepared.
- January 2019: The Commission is scheduled to review an updated set of recommendations and proposals at its final meeting in Oakland. The Commission is scheduled to release its final report to the public late in the month.