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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: September 4, 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: September 3, 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: July 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: June 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: June 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 3, 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: April 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: April 11, 2018

Survey of Nurse Employers in California, Fall 2017 (2018)

This report summarizes the findings from a survey of general acute care hospital employers of registered nurses (RNs) in California conducted in fall 2017. This is the eighth annual survey of...

Author(s): Lela Chu,  Joanne Spetz and Timothy Bates
Date: April 9, 2018