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Evaluation of the San Francisco Support at Home Program: Year One Report

The purpose of this project is to conduct a two-year formative and summative evaluation of the San Francisco Support at Home program. The Support at Home program provides financial support for the...

Author(s): Laura Wagner, Jacqueline Miller, Susan Chapman, Timothy Bates & Joanne Spetz
Date: Sep. 12, 2018

California’s Nurse Practitioners: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have completed additional education to prepare them to deliver a broad range of services including the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: Sep. 07, 2018

Expanding Registered Apprenticeships in Health Care

Registered apprenticeships (RA) – programs that have formal standards and are regulated by both federal and state agencies – have a long history in the United States. Health care-related RA programs...

Author(s): Tim Bates, Susan Chapman and Joanne Spetz.
Date: Sep. 04, 2018

California Nurse Practitioners Are Positioned To Fill The Primary Care Gap, But They Face Barriers To Practice

Nurse practitioners are well prepared to help fill care gaps arising from shortages of primary care physicians in California. This article reports findings from a survey of California nurse...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz and Ulrike Muench
Date: Sep. 03, 2018

Breaking Barriers for Underrepresented Minorities in the Health Professions

In spite of the United States’ racial and ethnic diversity, the health care workforce remains predominately white, particularly in professions that require doctoral degrees. This has a real and...

Author(s): Christopher Toretsky, Sunita Mutha and Janet Coffman
Date: Jul. 30, 2018

California’s Physicians: Headed for a Drought?

The people in California’s communities rely on physicians — primary care providers and specialists alike — to keep them healthy. This report, compiled using data from surveys completed by doctors...

Author(s): Janet Coffman, Margaret Fix and Michelle Ko
Date: Jun. 25, 2018

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

More Nurses with Bachelor's Degrees Required to Meet Future Health Care Needs

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM, now part of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine) released a report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” which...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: May. 03, 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