$1-billion Gift Will Boost Workforce Diversity by Making Tuition Free


A $1-billion donation by former professor Ruth Gottesman to Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx will permit the school to waive student tuition — $63,000 per student per year — in perpetuity. The tuition waiver will enable local students and students from underrepresented groups to pursue medical education.

America’s First Paramedics Were Black. Their Achievements Were Overlooked for Decades

By Arthur L. Kellermann, ER doctor, public health researcher and patient advocate. Reprinted with permission from the author.

Pictured above: Freedom House Ambulance Service Group Photo, 1974 (photo courtesy of John Moon)

Strategies for Recruiting and Nurturing a Thriving Health Workforce

By the California Improvement Network Team at Healthforce Center

Recruiting, nurturing, and retaining staff is an increasingly greater challenge for providers of community health and social services. In an era of persistent labor shortages, insufficient resources, and soaring costs, organizations must adapt with greater flexibility, new approaches, and humility to sustain the workforce required.

Announcing Our New Initiative to Strengthen California’s Health Workforce

By Director Sunita Mutha, MD, FACP, and Associate Director of Research Elizabeth Mertz, PhD


“We envision a collective effort that prioritizes systems and policy changes to advance the diversity and skills of workers to produce better economic opportunity and, ultimately, better health for communities of color.”



Transforming California’s Behavioral Health Workforce

Two new reports released; webinar offered ways organizations can lead on this critical issue

California is facing a drastic shortfall of behavioral health care providers that has been exacerbated by the pandemic, an aging workforce, high turnover, poor geographic distribution, and a workforce that does not match the racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of Californians.

Dr. Sunita Mutha on California’s Primary Care Shortage

About a third of Californians live in areas where there is a shortage of primary care clinicians. The shortage is particularly acute in rural areas such as the Inland Empire, Northern California and the Sierras, and San Joaquin Valley. The rapidly growing Inland Empire has only 40 primary care physicians per 100,000 people, far below the recommended range of 3,000 to 3,500 physicians.

First Primary Care Scorecard: What It Reveals and What Comes Next

Access to primary medical care is closely associated with better health outcomes for patients, fewer hospital visits, and longer life spans. Yet in the United States, primary care spending for all payers accounted for merely 4.6% to 12.1% of total health care expenditures, depending on how broadly primary care is defined. For the first time, a national scorecard provides a deep dive into where primary care is lacking within a matrix of recommendations.

Rural Colorado Tries to Fill Health Worker Gaps with Apprenticeships

By Kate Ruder for Kaiser Health News. Reprinted with persmission.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — During her 12-hour overnight shift, Brianna Shelton helps residents at BeeHive Homes Assisted Living go to the bathroom. Many of them have dementia, and some can’t get out of bed on their own. Only a few can remember her name, but that doesn’t matter to her.

“They’re somebody’s mom, somebody’s grandma, somebody’s great-grandmother,” Shelton said. “I want to take care of them like I would take care of my family.”