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California Healthcare Almanac: Health Care Workforce

California’s health care industry employed more than 1.7 million people in 2019. Among these workers, nearly 50% were employed in ambulatory settings, 32% in hospitals, and 18% in nursing or...

Author(s): Timothy Bates and Amber R. Rose
Date: March 4, 2021

CIN Connections, Spring 2021: Addressing Racism to Improve Health

This issue of CIN Connections contains strategies and reflections from health care leaders as they grapple with how to abolish racism to improve health and remove roadblocks to real health equity....

Date: March 2, 2021

Investing in Leadership Development: A Tool for Systems Change in the Community Health Center Field

Over the course of 12 years, the Blue Shield of California Foundation committed nearly $20 million to growing a pool of community health center leaders who were prepared to be effective agents of...

Author(s): Michael Arnold, Natalie Blackmur, Brenda Solorzano, Carolyn Wang Kong, Bobbie Wunsch, and Sunita Mutha
Date: 2021

Evaluation of California’s Community Paramedicine Pilot Program

Community paramedicine, also known as mobile integrated health, is an innovative model of care that is being implemented throughout the United States. From 2014 to 2020, the California Emergency...

Author(s): Janet M. Coffman, Cynthia Wides, Lisel Blash, Ginachukwu Amah, Igor Geyn, and Matthew Niedzwiecki
Date: February 19, 2021

Dental Health Aides: Adapting a Community Health Worker Program to Preventive Dental Care

Community health workers (CHWs) are an increasingly important member of the healthcare and public health professions who help build primary care capacity. Yet, in spite of the exponential growth of...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Nadereh Pourat, Kimberly Moler, Elizabeth Mallott, Tom Bornstein, Dane Lenaker, and Dana Hughes
Date: February 18, 2021

Conceptualizing Performance Measurement for Social Care Interventions: An Issue Brief for State Medicaid Agencies

Growing recognition that socioeconomic adversity impacts health outcomes has led the healthcare sector to support initiatives that address social determinants of health (SDOH). There is an...

Author(s): Erika Brown, Caroline Fichtenberg, Taressa Fraze, Susannah Bernheim, and Laura Gottlieb 
Date: 2021

The State of California's Physician Workforce

This report provides California policymakers with up-to-date information about the state’s physician workforce and the pipeline of trainees in the state’s medical schools and graduate medical...

Author(s): Janet Coffman and Margaret Fix
Date: 2021

Translating Evidence into Practice: ACOs’ Use of Care Plans for Patients with Complex Health Needs

Care plans are an evidence-based strategy, encouraged by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and are used to manage the care of patients with complex health needs that have been shown to...

Author(s): Taressa Fraze, Laura Beidler, Adam Briggs, and Carrie Colla
Date: Jan 2021

Barriers and Facilitators to Promoting Oral Health Literacy and Patient Communication Among Dental Providers in California

Care coordination is a key strategy used to improve health outcomes and efficiency, yet there are limited examples in dentistry. A large dental accountable care organization piloted care coordination...

Author(s): Winston Tseng, Elizabeth Pleasants, Susan Ivey, Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, Jayanth Kumar, Kristin Hoeft, Alice Horowitz, Francisco Ramos-Gomez, Miku Sodhi, Jessica Liu, and Linda Neuhauser
Date: December 30, 2020

Health, Quality of Life, and Economic Impacts of Home Care Vouchers for Middle-Income Adults With Disabilities

The Support at Home pilot program provided financial support for the purchase of home care services by middle-income adults with disabilities in San Francisco to support aging in place. The mixed-...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Jacqueline Miller, Connie Kwong, and Laura Wagner
Date: December 16, 2020