Healthforce Research Director Joins National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) Committee to Study Generational Issues

Healthforce Associate Director of Research Joanne Spetz, PhD, will serve on a committee exploring generational differences in the workforce. Titled Consideration of Generational Issues in Workforce Management and Employment Practices, the group’s research will evaluate the behavioral science and business management and literature on generational attitudes and behaviors.

Many Nurse Practitioners Cannot Provide Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction

At least six states with high opioid abuse rates also have strong work restrictions that hinder nurse practitioners (NPs) in prescribing medication that can help treat the problem, according to a study by researchers at Healthforce Center and UCSF. 

Despite Regional and Skill Gaps, Balanced Labor Market Projected for Registered Nursing in California

Projections by Healthforce Center at UCSF demonstrate a balanced labor market of registered nurses (RNs) in California.

“If there are shortages, they are regional, and they are for RNs with specific experience. We have plenty of new graduates now and projected,” said Healthforce Associate Director of Research Joanne Spetz.

Evolving the Dental Public Health Landscape

Healthforce Center at UCSF faculty member Elizabeth Mertz recently presented at an American Institute of Dental Public Health Colloquium. Her talk, entitled Role of Oral Health Workforce in the Health Care Value Equation, focused on the current status of the oral health workforce and changes to dentistry from value-based payment models. 

She explores the following topics in her presentation, which can be viewed below:

Five Ways to Cure California’s Doctor Shortage (CHCF)

Source: California Health Care Foundation

We know that primary care is essential for good health, but access to primary care in California varies greatly, with large swaths of the state competing for attention from increasingly fewer doctors. The primary care shortage is complex, rooted in decisions that future doctors make long before they attend medical school, the cost of their education, where they choose to live, and the financial lure of specialty practice.

First, a few facts:

Nursing Shortage Looms for San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley and Central Coast of California

By Healthforce Center at UCSF Associate Director of Research Joanne Spetz, PhD

Some regions of California face nursing shortages, according to new Healthforce research. Substantial shortages are projected for the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, and Central Coast regions, while surpluses may emerge in the Sacramento and Los Angeles regions. This is the first time regional projections have been created since 2007.

New Faculty Member Jason Flatt Brings Fresh Ideas

by Maile Richardson

Recently, Jason Flatt, PhD, MPH joined Healthforce Center’s faculty.  He wears many hats at UCSF as an assistant professor in the Institute for Health and Aging, department of social and behavioral sciences, and assistant director of the Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership (MS-HAIL) at the school of nursing. He’s especially interested in exploring different models of health care and workforce-related issues for dementia care.

California: A Health Care Laboratory With Mixed Results (California Healthline)

(source: California Healthline)

California’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act enabled many low-income HIV patients to get health insurance previously denied to them. Still, those with mental health needs, who had been receiving coordinated care through a separate federal program, suddenly faced gaps in treatment, payment disputes and doctors who had little understanding of life with HIV.

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 recommendations. For two decades Healthforce faculty member Susan Chapman has been leading and conducting research on the medical lab workforce, which is in short supply. We spoke with Dr.