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CHA Co-Hosts Legislative Briefing on Strategic Health Workforce Development

Yesterday, CHA, along with other members of the California Health Workforce Development Council (HWDC), hosted a well-attended briefing at the state Capitol. The briefing, for legislative staff, focused on the importance of strategic health workforce development as the Affordable Care Act continues to be implemented. HWDC is a special committee of the California Workforce Investment Board and is comprised of stakeholder members representing health employers, health associations, legislators, philanthropy, labor and education.

The briefing provided an overview of hospital and primary care clinic workforce needs, highlighted innovations in workforce training and development, and presented examples of successful partnerships that have proven to be best practices in addressing health professional shortages. All panelists emphasized the importance of establishing regional partnerships to develop a skilled, diverse health workforce of the future. The briefing was moderated by Bob Redlo, HWDC chair and vice president of Doctors Medical Center, San Pablo, who urged attendees to consider the HWDC as a resource for health workforce planning research and information.