To Ensure The Doctor Is Always In, New Panel Tackles Health Worker Shortage

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To Ensure The Doctor Is Always In, New Panel Tackles Health Worker Shortage (California Healthline)

A look at the California Future Health Workforce Commission, which is designed to address “the state’s current and future health staffing needs and suggest ways to meet them. Its members hope their findings will lead to new policies and greater investment in training healthcare professionals. They also hope their recommendations will help other states grappling with similar problems.”

With an emphasis on primary care, mental health, and an aging population, the commission will begin by looking specifically at ways to ease the shortages of healthcare workers in the state. Some initial ideas include working with medical programs to modify training schedules, addressing the social determinants of health outside of clinic settings, and improving the pay for home health workers. In addition, another priority “to examine whether health care workers can provide services that are better, faster and cheaper. One way to do that could be to have more community health workers and medical assistants working alongside doctors and nurse practitioners.”

Similarly, Delaware’s Center for Health Innovation (DCHI) has created the Workforce and Education Committee, which brings together state and regional educational institutions, hospitals and health systems, and state regulatory bodies to ensure that cutting edge education and training opportunities are available for current and future health care providers in the state. One specific goal of the committee is to provide insight into workforce needs and how these will change as Delaware moves towards the adoption of value-based payment models and new service delivery models, including an emphasis on patient-centered homes and increased care coordination. To learn more, visit us at

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