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 Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), Health Workforce Development Division, has announced a request of applications (RFA) for its Health Career Training Program Mini-Grants.
Senate President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson have announced a request for applications for funding from the California Career Pathways Trust. The purpose of these competitive grants is to create innovative programs and partnerships linking rigorous academic standards to career pathways in high-need and high-growth sectors, such as health care. Although hospitals are not eligible to apply directly for funding, CHA members may have educational partners interested in collaborating on a proposal due to the high-growth, high-demand nature of the health care sector.
Grants as high as $15 million may be awarded to large regional projects. Letters of intent are due Feb. 14, with final applications due March 28. More information about this funding opportunity is available on the California Department of Education’s funding web page at www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/af.
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.