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State commission calls for $3 billion to avert health care worker crisis
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Every Monday, the phone rings off the hook at Santa Rosa Community Health’s dental clinic on North Dutton Avenue, as more than 500 people vie for an appointment — six weeks out. Outside the year-old clinic, the week starts out with a line of up to 20 people waiting for the same.

Because of a severe staff shortage, the clinic can only take between 50 and 55 new patients, most of them children and pregnant women.

“We have enough people to see. We just don’t have the staff,” said Oana Mihaltan, the dental clinic’s supervisor.