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Pharmacy Technicians in California: Snapshot of an Emerging Profession

The pharmacy technician profession is experiencing rapid change and growth, mirroring changes in the pharmacy profession and in pharmaceutical treatment. This issue brief examines the growth and...

Author(s): Tina McRee
Date: Mar 2003

The Mental Health Workforce: Who's Meeting California's Needs?

Over the past two decades there has been a growing call for parity between mental and physical health care. Mental health services have been stigmatized, provided unsystematically, and they came late...

Author(s): Tina McRee, Catherine Dower, Bram Briggance, Jenny Vance, Dennis Keane, Ed O'Neil
Date: Feb 2003

Nursing for the Public's Health: A Profile of Public Health Nurses in Five California Counties

This report provides data on the demographics of the PHN workforce in five counties in California; the educational preparation of the PHN workforce; the job market and employment issues for the PHN...

Author(s): Janet Miller, Kevin Grumbach, Elizabeth Mertz
Date: Dec 2002

California Physicians 2002: Practice and Perceptions

As health care in California continues to experience major changes and challenges, it is important to periodically check the pulse of one key group of participants in this system: the state’s...

Author(s): Kevin Grumbach, Catherine Dower, Sunita Mutha, Jean Yoon, William Huen, Dennis Keane, Diane Rittenhouse, Andrew Bindman
Date: Dec 2002

Nursing For The Public’s Health: A Profile of Public Health Nurses in Five California Counties

Public health nurses (PHNs) make up the largest group of public health workers and are important health care providers for a variety of underserved populations, yet data about PHN demographics and...

Author(s): Janet Miller, Kevin Grumbach, Elizabeth Mertz
Date: Dec. 01, 2002

Improving Recruitment and Retention of Primary Care Practitioners in Rural California

Policy brief summarizing findings from site visits and interviews with heatlh care executives and primary care physicians in six rural communities in California.

Author(s): Janet M. Coffman, Emily Rosenoff, Kevin Grumbach
Date: Oct 2002

Dental Health Professional Shortage Area Methodology: A Critical Review

Legislative calls for new methodologies to identify dentally underserved areas are an acknowledgement of the growing concern that the existing Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (DHPSA)...

Author(s): Joshua Orlans, Elizabeth Mertz, Kevin Grumbach
Date: Oct. 01, 2002

Minimum Nurse-to-Patient Ratios in Acute Care Hospitals in California

Many registered nurses believe that nurse staffing in acute care hospitals is inadequate. In 1999 California became the first state to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals. State...

Author(s): Janet Coffman, Jean Ann Seago, Joanne Spetz
Date: Sep 2002

The Growing Challenge of Providing Oral Health Care Services for all Americans

By many measures, the practice of dentistry has improved for the dentist over the past decade. Hours of work are down, and compensation is increasing. However, there is a growing disconnect between...

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz, Ed O'Neil
Date: Sep. 01, 2002

Evidence for Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Rotations: A Review of the Literature

PURPOSE: Block ambulatory rotations and longitudinal ambulatory care experiences are now common in U.S. medical schools, but little is known about their efficacy. Through a structured review of the...

Author(s): Gregory Ogrinc, Sunita Mutha, David Irby
Date: Jul. 01, 2002