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California Respiratory Care Workforce Study

This report summarizes the findings from a research study of California’s respiratory care workforce conducted over the course of 18 months between July 2015 and December 2016. Study components...

Author(s): Tim Bates, Ginachukwu Amah, Lisel Blash, Christopher Toretsky, Joanne Spetz
Date: May. 20, 2017

How do Stakeholders Perceive Labor Nurses' Influence on Birth Outcomes?

Background Childbirth is a leading reason for hospital admission in the USA, and most labor care is provided by registered nurses under physician or midwife supervision in a nurse-managed care model...

Author(s): Audrey Lyndon, Kathleen Rice Simpson and Joanne Spetz
Date: Apr. 21, 2017

Prescribing Practices by Nurse Practitioners and Primary Care Physicians: A Descriptive Analysis of Medicare Beneficiaries

Introduction Nurse practitioner (NP) prescribing continues to be a contentious policy issue, and studies systematically examining NP prescribing are lacking. The aim of this study was to conduct a...

Author(s): Ulrike Muench, Jennifer Perloff, Cindy Parks Thomas, Peter I. Buerhaus
Date: Apr. 01, 2017

Review of Recent Literature on Peer Support Providers

This report updates a literature review on peer support providers prepared in 2015. Peer support workers fulfill a broad range of tasks ad job titles, in a broad range of mental health and substance...

Author(s): Alicia LaFrance, Lisel Blash,  Joanne Spetz and Susan Chapman
Source: UCSF
Date: Mar. 23, 2017

California's Primary Care Workforce: Supply, Characteristics and Pipeline

Is California prepared to meet growing demand for primary care? This report is the first in a series of three Healthforce Center at UCSF reports that will provide information to help policymakers,...

Author(s): Janet Coffman, Igor Geyn and Kristine Himmerick
Date: Feb. 16, 2017

New Roles for Medical Assistants in Innovative Primary Care Practices

This publication, which is part of a special issue for the journal Health Services Research on the evolving US health care workforce, describes innovative roles for medical assistants (MAs) in the...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman and Lisel K. Blash
Date: Jan. 31, 2017

The State of the California Medical Laboratory Technician Workforce

California faces laboratory workforce shortages to meet the healthcare demands of the population. This national study compares the California MLT workforce to the rest of the country. The California...

Author(s): Kristine A. Himmerick, Ginachukwu Amah and Susan Chapman 
Date: Jan. 30, 2017

Utilization of Community Health Workers in Emerging Care Coordination Models in California

Community health workers (CHWs) and promotores de salud are playing an increasingly important role in community-based and clinical care settings. This research, supported by the Blue Shield of...

Author(s): Susan Chapman, Onyi Okwandu, Jennifer Schindel and Jacqueline Miller
Date: Jan. 24, 2017

Remote Monitoring Technologies in Long-Term Care: Implications for Care Team Organization and Training

There is a widely accepted observation that the current health care delivery model in the U.S was not developed to manage care needs associated with extended life expectancy and growing rates of...

Author(s): Aubri Kottek, Zoey Stafford, and Joanne Spetz
Date: Jan. 05, 2017

The Black Dentist Workforce in the United States

The Black population in the US experiences disparities in oral health. Black adults are twice as likely to have unmet dental needs when compared to Whites and face many barriers to accessing dental...

Author(s): Jean Calvo, Cynthia Wides and Paul Gates
Date: Dec. 21, 2016