California Demand for Primary Care Providers to Exceed Supply by 2030

UCSF Report Shows Potential Shortfall of 4,700 Clinicians as Soon as 2025

California is expected to face a statewide shortfall of primary care providers in the next 15 years, with acute shortages in the Central Valley, Central Coast and Southern Border areas, due to the uneven distribution of care across the state, according to a report released Aug. 15, 2017, by Healthforce Center at UCSF.

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 resources and overcome challenges related to chronic conditions.

He’s part of a growing movement of CHWs who joined together on June 19 for Healthforce Center at UCSF’s CHW convening, an event that introduced Walfred to a broader picture of the CHW landscape.

People With Mental Illness Are Finding Work Helping Peers (NPR)

A new NPR story about peer support for people with mental illness in Texas, features Joanne Spetz, Healthforce Center's associate director of research.

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 wellbeing and generated savings for insurers and hospitals.

Despite ACA Uncertainty, Medical Assistants Adopt New Roles

by Healthforce Center Senior Research Analyst Lisel Blash, MPA

Jeannine had been working as a medical assistant (MA) for 20 years when her clinic recruited her to take part in a “senior medical home” for frail elders. Along with other seasoned MAs from her clinic, she attended classes in geriatrics and motivational interviewing skills. She and other MAs were deployed to help older adults stay well and in their homes.