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Allied Health: The Hidden Health Care Workforce

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.

The purpose of the brief is to educate policymakers and others regarding the major barriers to increasing the supply of allied health professionals in California. While the recommendations do not necessarily require legislation, they do require the attention of the Legislature and Governor when it comes to funding California’s public institutions of higher education and workforce development in the state.

Numerous studies have been completed that analyze allied health workforce shortages and articulate the need for action. However, efforts to implement recommendations have been hindered by lack of a coordinated effort involving various stakeholders and by budget constraints. Now is the time to develop long-term, innovative, coordinated strategies that will address current and future allied health workforce shortages in California.