The mission of CHA's Workforce Committee is to lead a coordinated, statewide effort to develop and implement long-term, strategic solutions that address the need for specific allied health professionals in California.
The mission of CHA’s Workforce Committee is to lead a coordinated, statewide effort to develop and implement long-term, strategic solutions that address the need for specific allied health professionals in California.
Comprised of CHA hospital and health system members, the committe includes a number of workgroups:
Allied Healthcare Workforce Advisory Council - In order to ensure stakeholder input, an Allied Health Care Workforce Advisory Council was created. The workforce committee works closely with the advisory council as it evaluates and makes recommendations. The council is comprised of various stakeholders, including representatives from the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, the University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges, University of California, San Francisco, Center for the Health Professions, Connecting the Dots Initiative, Campaign for College Opportunity, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, among others.
Service Area and Funding Workgroups - Four workgroups serve as the base of the committee’s organizational structure, three of which focus on shortages in specific professional services. These service areas include imaging, pharmacy and laboratory services. These professions were selected as a result of a member survey, review of recent literature and input from the committee and Allied Healthcare Workforce Advisory Council. A fourth workgroup has been established that will focus efforts on sustainable funding solutions.
CHA is pleased to release the attached report, Critical Roles: California’s Allied Health Workforce (March 2014), a follow-up to an original 2011 publication. The report includes statewide information on select allied health occupation vacancy rates and age distribution, as well as other important information. The report is based on a 2013 statewide hospital survey that was designed to gather up-to-date data on the demand for health professionals in the short term and to identify hospital workforce concerns in the coming years. In addition to highlighting the survey findings, the updated document also includes key messages for policy makers and other stakeholders relevant to health workforce development in California. For a printed copy of the report, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that $55.5 million in funding was awarded in FY 2013 to strengthen training for health professionals and to increase the size of the nation’s health care workforce. More than 270 grants will address health care workforce needs in nursing, public health, behavioral health, health workforce development and dentistry. For a full list of awards, visit www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2013tables/healthprofessions.
The Education Diversity and Growth in the Economy (EDGE) Campaign has released a report on moving workforce development forward in California. CHA has been a member of the EDGE Campaign – a nonpartisan coalition of groups focused on California’s economic growth through the skill base of its workers – since 2010. The attached policy brief, Moving Forward: Workforce Development in California, highlights workforce achievements for the year and identifies some potential implementation challenges on the horizon. Although not specific to health, the recommendations in the report are consistent with the goals of CHA members.
According to the report, California made significant legislative and administrative progress this year on workforce development policy in the areas of adult education, career pathways, and regional and sector-focused partnerships. For more information about the EDGE Campaign, visit www.californiaedgecampaign.org.
CHA is pleased to release Critical Roles:California’s Allied Health Workforce. This report highlights key findings from a recent CHA Allied Health Workforce Survey. The purpose of the survey was to gather up-to-date data regarding the effects of the economy on the demand for allied health professionals and to identify hospital workforce needs and concerns in the next one, three, and five years.
This report is the second comprehensive survey of the allied health professional workforce since CHA formed the Healthcare Workforce Coalition in 2007.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently released a report titled, “Workforce 2015: Strategy Trumps Shortage.” This report is the result of a year-long effort by the 2009 Long-Range Policy Committee to examine health workforce issues in the coming decade and to provide findings and recommendations for the field.
The Health Careers Training Programs, which falls within the Healthcare Workforce Development Division at The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, recently launched a new website which has a great deal of information and many links to resources regarding the health care workforce in California.
The CHA Healthcare Workforce Coalition is pleased to announce that five mini-grants, funded by The California Endowment, will be awarded to CHA members in 2010 for the purpose of increasing regional allied health workforce diversity and cultural competency.
Allied Health: The Hidden Health Care Workforce is the result of work completed by the CHA Healthcare Workforce Coalition. The coalition was established by CHA, and is sponsored in part by The California Endowment, in response to the need for a coordinated, statewide effort to develop and implement long-term strategies that will address allied health workforce shortages in the state. Members of this broad coalition include CHA member hospitals and health systems, as well as various stakeholders, including representatives from the University of California (UC), California State University, California Community Colleges, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, UC San Francisco Center for the Health Professions, Connecting the Dots Initiative, Campaign for College Opportunity, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and California Primary Care Association, among others.