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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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).

Assessing the Adequacy of the Behavioral Health Workforce in California

Around 18 percent of adults in California report needing help for mental health problems or issues with substance abuse, but can the state's behavioral health workforce meet this growing demand?...

Implementation of Clinical Decision Support Tools Into a Large Group Dental Practice

The use of clinical decision support (CDS) tools to develop individualized, evidence-based treatment plans is becoming increasingly popular with electronic health records (EHR).

Community Health Workers in California

This research, funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation,  examines community health workers in California.

Evaluating Standardized Preventive Care to Reduce Dental Disparities in Children

This research project, which is being funded by NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), will evaluate the disparity reduction and oral health improvement potential of...

Evaluation of Community Paramedicine Pilot Projects

In December 2013, the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) proposed a pilot project that would assess the feasibility of community paramedicine, a model of care in which...

California Physicians’ Participation in Medicaid

Recent increases in enrollment in Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program) due to the Affordable Care Act have heightened concerns about whether sufficient numbers of physicians are participating...