About Workforce

California’s shortage of health care workers is severe. Statewide, more than 22% of Californians live in an area without enough primary care providers. There, patients often face a health care system lacking enough nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and others.  California needs to add 500,000 new allied health care professionals such as medical assistants, imaging specialists, and more. Closing the gap will require partnership among employers, workers, policymakers, colleges, licensing entities, and others.

Health Workforce Initiatives

CHA is hosting this webinar with the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) to share initiatives and grant opportunities to support the health care workforce.

HCAI Makes Changes to Hospital Supplier Diversity Report

The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) has made changes to its Hospital Supplier Diversity Report, which hospitals are required to submit annually on their minority, women, LGBT, and disabled veteran business enterprise procurement efforts.  

HRSA Announces Funding Opportunity to Address Nursing Gaps

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced a new funding opportunity — the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Pathway to Registered Nurse Program — to create a pathway from academic training to clinical practice. This would be accomplished through the creation and implementation of licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse to registered nurse bridge programs and employment of clinical nurse faculty. 

Governor’s 2023-24 Budget Proposal Neglects to Meet Urgent Need for Support for Patients, Hospitals

“California’s hospitals commend Gov. Newsom for his ongoing commitment to increasing access to health care in his proposed January budget, despite the state facing a more than $22 billion budget shortfall,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “The budget also must support the health care providers who care for patients day […]