About Workforce

California’s shortage of health care workers, which was already struggling to keep pace with the growing demand for services before the pandemic, has only been exacerbated by COVID-19. Statewide, more than 11 million Californians live in an area without enough primary care providers. These patients often face a health care system lacking enough nurses, physicians, pharmacists, behavioral health professionals, lab scientists, geriatric specialists, and physical therapists to provide the care they need. To care for patients across the state, California needs to add 500,000 new allied health care professionals — such as medical assistants, imaging specialists, and other non-nursing staff — by 2024.   

Health care offers Californians solid career paths with upward mobility and economic stability, and each year hospitals invest millions of dollars in training California’s next generation of health care providers. But closing the gaps will require partnerships among all who recognize the need to protect the health of Californians: employers, workers, policymakers, colleges, licensing entities, and others. Regulatory changes are needed to improve efficiency and transparency in licensing, address limitations on scope of practice, and enhance education and training for nurses and nurse assistants.  

Reps. Harder and McNerney Introduce Bill to Extend GME Residency Cap

Reps. Josh Harder (CA-10) and Jerry McNerney (CA-9) introduced the Train More Doctors Act of 2022 (H.R. 9156), which would extend the current Medicare graduate medical education residency cap timeline for teaching hospitals that have had their recruitment disrupted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. The current rule places a cap on residency slots based on the fifth year […]

A Return to the ‘HEART’ of Health Care

Over the past two years, California’s health care workers have been stretched to their limits. This includes you, our state’s hospital leaders, who have had to reassess and reconfigure daily if not hourly to meet the ever-changing and unprecedented demands brought by the pandemic.