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California community paramedics record their first-hand accounts of what they've experienced in the field.

Boots on the Ground: Community Paramedics’ Experiences in the Field

By Maile Richardson Since 2015, the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has been testing the viability of asking paramedics to step outside of their traditional scope of practice....
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The Newest Members of Your Care Team: Pharmacists

By Jackie Miller Lately, the rising cost of drug prices, the opioid crisis and the role of pharmacy benefit managers have dominated the headlines of pharmacy-related news. However, a slower moving,...
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How One Man’s Road to Recovery Has Helped Others with Mental Illness

By Lisel Blash, MPA After losing his job in the corporate sector, Josh was homeless and in and out of jail for several years. “Until I had my diagnosis; I thought everyone heard voices,” he said. The...
Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants are Crucial to the Long-Term Care Industry

The Lifeline the Long-Term Care Industry Can’t Afford to Ignore

By Jackie Miller The long-term care (LTC) industry faces a troubling landscape. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the industry's financial crisis, which is largely due to actuarial...
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New Report Shows Rising Demand for Health Care Workers with Expertise in Long-term Care

Demand for health care professionals with expertise in long-term care (LTC) is rising, due to projected growth in the older population and the increasing burden of chronic disease. One way to meet...

Closing the Looming Health Care Talent Gap (SHRM)

The United States may not be producing enough qualified doctors, nurses, specialists and health care workers to meet patients' needs, according to a body of Healthforce Center at UCSF research and a...
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Media Roundup: Primary Care Physician Shortage Looms in California

In August, Healthforce Center released the second in a series of three reports on primary care in California, which projected a statewide primary care clinician shortfall in the next 15 years, with...
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Restrictive Policies (and Politics) Impede Nurses, Fail Patients

Healthforce Center Associate Director of Research Joanne Spetz, PhD, was interviewed for a nursing website (onlinefnpprograms.com) about her research on policies, politics and nursing practice that...
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Community Health Worker Joins Movement

By Jackie Miller As a community health worker (CHW) at Care Connections Program in Los Angeles County, Walfred Lopez acts as a liaison between patients and medical professionals to help people find...
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Community Paramedicine Project Shows Early Success

An independent study by Healthforce Center at UCSF has shown that California’s community paramedicine pilot projects have improved patient well-being and generated savings for insurers and hospitals...