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Direct Care Workers are the Foundation of a Dementia-Capable Workforce

Up to half of all individuals who receive long-term services and supports (LTSS) are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Direct care workers provide most of the care across...

Author(s): Kezia Scales and Laura M. Wagner
Date: April 12, 2023

Influences on Advance Practice Nursing Education to Prescribe Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid misuse is a major public health concern in the United States. Opioid agonist medications are evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorders (OUD) that can be prescribed by advance practice...

Author(s): Bethany J. Phoenix, Matthew Tierney, Susan A Chapman, and Joanne Spetz
Date: March 30, 2023

Defining a Long-term Care Workforce Shortage Designation: A Conceptual Approach

The aging of the US population is a well-documented phenomenon. In just 7 years, an estimated 73 million Americans will be aged 65 and over, equal to 21% of the population. Aging is associated with...

Author(s): Tim Bates and Susan A. Chapman
Date: Mar 2023

Two Questions Before Health Care Organizations Plunge into Addressing Social Risk Factors

As experience with social risk interventions matures, and federal and state agencies consider ways to incentivize social risk interventions, this is an ideal time to pause and ask whether we are...

Author(s): Caroline Fichtenberg and Taressa K. Fraze
Date: March 8, 2023

Characteristics of California’s EMT and Paramedic Workforce

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics play critical roles in delivering emergency services to Californians. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic employers have reported...

Author(s): Timothy Bates and Janet Coffman
Date: Feb 2023

Paraprofessionals in California’s Behavioral Health Workforce

One in five adults in California had a mental illness in 2018-2019. Some 23.5% of these adults had unmet need for mental health services as did an estimated 64.5% adolescents with major depression....

Author(s): Janet Coffman, Irene Ornelas, and Amy Quan
Date: Feb 2023

Building the Future Behavioral Health Workforce: Needs Assessment

The County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA) is developing a 10-year strategic plan for strengthening the county behavioral health safety net workforce to meet the needs...

Author(s): Janet Coffman and Margaret Fix
Date: Feb 2023

Be Kind. Use Systems. Improve Care

Most people’s perspective of health care carries an expectation that patients will be treated with kindness and empathy by health care workers. However as rates of burnout among workers rise, empathy...

Author(s): Taressa K. Fraze and Sunita Mutha
Date: January 26, 2023

Linking Patient Safety Climate With Missed Nursing Care in Labor and Delivery Units: Findings From the LaborRNs Survey

This study aimed to explore the association of nurses’ perceptions of patient safety climate with missed nursing care in labor and delivery (L&D) units. We recruited nurse respondents via email...

Author(s): Jie Zhong, Kathleen Rice Simpson, Joanne Spetz, Caryl L. Gay, Jason Fletcher, Gay L. Landstrom, and Audrey Lyndon
Date: January 13, 2023

Eliminate the Buprenorphine DEA X Waiver: Justification Using a Policy Analysis Approach

Drug overdoses have reached a historic milestone of over 100,000 deaths in a single year, 75,673 related to opioids. The acceleration in opioid-related deaths coupled with stark health inequities...

Author(s): Katie Fitzgerald Jones, Monica O’Reilly Jacob, Joanne Spetz, Laurie Hailer, and Matthew Tierney
Date: January 9, 2023