California Future Health Workforce Commission
In recent years, California has shown great leadership in improving care, expanding coverage, and fostering delivery model innovation. These efforts have fueled material growth in the health economy and enabled providers to take steps to improve population health. But progress been hampered by a mismatch between the health workforce of today and the workforce required to fully deploy the health care delivery system of tomorrow.
To successfully deliver care in the future, California will need to recruit, educate, and sustain a diverse health and health care workforce that is skilled in working collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams, is technically competent, and is adept at using modern health information technology. In addition, a workforce committed to improving population health will require new roles and expertise, such as skills in assessing and addressing social determinants of health, knowledge of effective prevention strategies, and the ability to communicate to an increasingly diverse state population. The California Future Health Workforce Commission is tasked with these very issues, and is making excellent progress to address these challenges.