Healthforce Center partners with organizations nationwide to address their research needs through rigorous workforce analysis. We collaborate with researchers within UCSF, as well as other organizations, to assemble the best team to approach the issue at hand. Our studies have spanned critical issues across the industry, from minimum nurse staffing ratios, to underrepresented minority dentists, to the use of electronic health records. 

Healthforce Center is uniquely positioned to identify and understand the most pressing health workforce issues, to empower leaders to address these issues, and to produce knowledge that influences policy. To read more about our projects and impact, see the list below. 

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Research Support for the Campaign for Action for the Future of Nursing

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Future of Nursing released a report called The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

Nurse Workforce Studies for the California Board of Registered Nursing

UCSF has conducted studies of the supply, education, and other aspects of California’s nursing workforce for the California Board of Registered Nursing since 2005.


This program used grant funding and technical assistance to build the capacity of health care organizations to integrate equity into quality improvement efforts.

Language Access Systems Intervention (LASI)

This three-year effort will evaluate a language access systems intervention (LASI) and test evidence-guided and patient-centered interventions to reduce disparities for Chinese- and Spanish-...

Underrepresented Minority Dentists in the United States: A National Survey

A severe underrepresentation of minority providers persists despite evidence of the benefits of a diverse workforce.

Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC)

Access to oral health care has become a growing concern over the past decade. Despite efforts to improve the oral health of the nation’s population, oral health disparities persist.

Enhancing the Utilization of Peer Providers in California

Peer providers are individuals with lived experience who are hired to provide direct support to persons in recovery from mental health (MH) and/or substance use disorders (SUD).