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A Retrospective of 2021 Progress at Healthforce Center

By Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP If 2020 was the year of a collective reckoning on racial injustice across the nation, then 2021 was the year of laser-like focus on how to redouble our efforts to advance...
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Dr. Elizabeth Mertz to Lead Research at Healthforce Center at UCSF

Healthforce Center at UCSF is excited to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Mertz has been appointed Associate Director of Research to succeed Dr. Joanne Spetz. In this role, Mertz will be responsible for...
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OpEd: COVID-19 Reveals Need to Increase Diversity Among California Physicians

Story source: CalMatters By Janet Coffman, Healthforce and Alicia Fernández, Special to CalMatters COVID-19 has revealed serious flaws in our health system, but none is more distressing than the deep...
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Innovations, Failures, and Leadership Lessons During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On September 18, Dr. Mitch Katz, President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals, shared with California Improvement Network (CIN) partners at the fall CIN partner meeting about his experience leading the...
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California Offers Student Debt Relief for Doctors and Dentists Serving Medicaid Patients (NY Times, LA Times, Sacramento Bee)

California is providing debt relief for doctors and dentists who agree to accept Medi-Cal. The grant has lifted “an emotional burden,” one recipient said in The New York Times, adding, “I can focus...
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Researcher of the Month: Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP

Healthforce Center at UCSF Director Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP, was featured in the UCSF Office of Research series, "Researcher of the Month." The article highlights Healthforce's role as the leading...
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Six Solutions to Meet California’s Health Care Needs 

California faces serious shortages in its health workforce, which makes it difficult for too many people to access the care they need. For example, in the next decade, California will face a...
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16 Workforce Recommendations to Deliver High-Quality Care for People With Serious Illness (Health Affairs)

Healthforce Center at UCSF Associate Director of Research Joanne Spetz, PhD, co-authored a blog in Health Affairs that includes 16 workforce recommendations for field experts, policy makers and...
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California: A Health Care Laboratory With Mixed Results (California Healthline)

(source: California Healthline) By Anna Gorman California’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act enabled many low-income HIV patients to get health insurance previously denied to them...
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Victory: Governor Brown Signs Bill Expanding Scope of Practice for Medical Lab Technicians (MLTs)

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2281 into law, which expands MLT scope of practice. The new law’s provisions were informed by Healthforce Center at UCSF research and...