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Solutions to Reduce Imminent Primary Care Shortage in California

California needs a comprehensive strategy for primary care workforce development to alleviate a statewide shortfall of primary care providers that is projected to occur within the next 15 years....

Author(s): Janet Coffman and Kris Himmerick
Date: Jun. 12, 2018

Peer Providers Uniquely Positioned to Support Long-Term Recovery of People with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults experience mental illness in a given year; yet our health care system does not have enough behavioral health workers to meet...

Author(s): Susan Chapman, Lisel Blash, & Joanne Spetz
Date: May. 17, 2018

Evaluation of California’s Community Paramedicine Pilot Program

Community paramedicine (CP), also known as mobile integrated health, is an innovative model of care that is being implemented throughout the United States. The California Emergency Medical Services...

Author(s): Janet M. Coffman, Cynthia Wides, Matthew Niedzwiecki and Igor Geyn
Date: May. 04, 2018

CIN Connections, Spring 2018: Healing the Healers

The California Improvement Network’s latest report, CIN Connections: Healing the Healers, features actionable information to tackle provider burnout and promote well-being at health care...

Date: Apr. 20, 2018

2017 Survey of Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives

This study of California nurse practitioners (NPs) and certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) was conducted in early 2017. In November 2016, there were 20,337 NPs living in California, of whom 569 also were...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Lisel Blash, Matthew Jura and Lela Chu  
Date: Apr. 11, 2018

New Survey Finds that California Needs More Highly Skilled and Experienced Nurses

As the registered nurse (RN) baby boomers retire, there is a need for more highly skilled and experienced nurses in California, according to a new survey published by Healthforce Center at UCSF and...

Author(s): Lela Chu, Joanne Spetz and Timothy Bates
Date: Apr. 09, 2018

Community-Based Palliative Care Leader Perspectives on Staffing, Recruitment, and Training

This qualitative descriptive study assesses perspectives of US community-based palliative care program leaders on staffing, recruitment, and training. Leaders from academic medical centers, large...

Author(s): Nancy Dudley, Susan Chapman and Joanne Spetz
Date: Apr 2018

California's San Joaquin Valley Faces Nurse Shortfall

While the demand for registered nurses (RNs) in California’s San Joaquin Valley is projected to grow by more than 35 percent by 2030, the region’s total number of RNs will decline. This will result ...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Janet Coffman and Timothy Bates
Date: Mar. 26, 2018

California Peer Providers in Transitions of Care

This study explored care models and policies that enhance the utilization of peer providers in California and to identify and describe best practices in peer support roles and practices for...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Lisel Blash, Joanne Spetz
Date: Mar. 16, 2018

Federally Qualified Health Centers Reduce the Primary Care Provider Gap in Health Professional Shortage Counties.

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) were designed to provide care in medically underserved areas and substantial and sustained federal funding has accelerated FQHC growth. This report examines...

Author(s): Ying Xue, Elizabeth Greener, Viji Kannan, Joyce A. Smith, Carol Brewer, Joanne Spetz
Date: Feb. 13, 2018