Leveraging the State Budget to Implement California Future Health Workforce Commission Recommendations


Janet M. Coffman, Timothy Bates and Joanne Spetz

October 1, 2019

This report describes provisions of California’s state budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 that either directly fund the California Future Health Workforce Commission's recommendations or fund other initiatives that are consistent with these recommendations. The Commission’s recommendations, released in February 2019, identified 10 priorities for action to ensure that California has sufficient numbers of the right types of workers in the right places to meet the needs of the state’s growing, aging, and increasingly diverse population. 

The following budget items support the Commission’s 10 priority recommendations:

  • Funding for primary care physician residency positions
  • Funding for mental health workforce development
  • Grants for family nurse practitioner training programs and physician assistants programs
  • Scholarships for qualified students who pursue priority health professions and serve in underserved communities

Healthforce offers recommendations for specific allocation of funds in the 2019-2020 budget, in addition to recommendations for the 2020-2021 budget that would address these and other Commission priorities.