Turning great ideas into healthier communities

Program

California Health Workforce Alliance

California's current health workforce is composed of more than one million individuals. In order to supplement and replace the retiring professionals with California residents over the next 30 years, CHWA works to educate and develop more than one million new and upcoming healthcare professionals.

Program Director(s)

Kevin Barnett

Program Site

http://calhealthworkforce.org/

Projects

Alignment of Governance and Leadership in Healthcare

This project will support health care transformation among senior leaders and board members of hospitals and health systems by increasing awareness, knowledge, and collaborative learning about improving population health. To accomplish this goal, PHI, the Governance Institute, and Stakeholder Health will engage three cohorts of senior leaders and board members in intensive retreats and follow-up coaching and an evaluation to assess impact.

Assessment of Employer Need for Bay Area Community Health Workers

The project will develop a Bay Area-focused assessment of employer needs for community health workers, as well as an assessment of existing training programs and how these align with employer needs.

California Health Workforce Alliance: Core Mission Support

Current workforce development efforts in California are fragmented and lack the scale, optimal geographic distribution, and sustainability to address current and projected needs. The California Health Workforce Alliance will provide a dedicated infrastructure to develop and implement more systematic, coordinated health workforce solutions. It will also be a catalyst and innovator for delivery system and corresponding practice model change.

California Health Workforce Alliance: Core Mission Support

The California Health Workforce Alliance will provide a dedicated infrastructure to develop and implement more systematic, coordinated health workforce solutions. It will also be a catalyst and innovator for delivery system and corresponding practice model change that will create new models for the provision of services and workforce roles.

California Health Workforce Alliance: Tool Development

The goal of this project is to support the California Health Workforce Alliance's efforts to develop tools for ongoing dialogue, planning, policy development, coordination and action with sector partners and stakeholders.

California Health Workforce Core Operating Support

Core operating support for the California Health Workforce Alliance to continue to develop and implement statewide and regional strategies and policies to increase the diversity of the state’s health care workforce.  Objectives include: continue to inform policymakers and opinion leaders about the need for a diverse health care workforce and continue to convene key stakeholders working toward diversity in the health professions across California at least three times annually as a learning exchange and to build relationships to strengthen the pipeline.

Collaboration with the State Health Workforce Development Council

The California Health Workforce Alliance will collaborate with the State Health Workforce Development Council and California workforce funders to guide discussions and recommendations for increasing workforce and diversity initiatives in the healthcare industry.

Community Health Workers, Promotores and the Triple Aim: Taking Innovation to Scale

The California Health Workforce Alliance (CHWA) is conducting a statewide assessment that examines specific contributions of community health workers (CHWs)/promotores (Ps) related to Triple Aim goals. A report of findings and recommendations that includes case profiles will be disseminated in July 2013.  The report will build consensus among CHWA’s diverse membership and lay the groundwork for a second project to convene a statewide taskforce and implement strategies that take the engagement of CHWs/Ps to scale. 

Primary Care Residency Project Implementation

The California Workforce Alliance will conduct a review and gap analysis, and then develop a strategic plan to increase the yield and distribution of primary care residency graduates aligned with projected needs.

Primary Care Workforce Development: A Review of Innovations and Opportunities

PHI will review Primary Care Workforce Development opportunities through environmental scans, conducting informant interviews, and developing report summaries.

Tackling Hunger to Improve Health in Americans

To identify and address needs of food insecure patients with chronic disease PHI will conduct a health and economic burden study. Deliverables include exploratory evaluation of practices to identify and address needs of food insecure patients along with creation of tools for health system leadership. Learn more: http://www.phihungernet.org


Here's How We're Making a Difference

Elevating the Role of Community Health Workers

Community health workers (CHWs) are among the best resources hospitals have to improve population health. The California Health Workforce Alliance offers hospitals recommendations for improving population health by integrating CHWs into team-based primary care in Community Health Workers in California: Sharpening Our Focus on Strategies to Expand. And thanks to CA4Health’s CHW initiative, 263,000 Californians have accessed chronic disease services.

Helping Hospitals Tackle Hunger

Community health needs assessments (CHNAs) are conducted every three years by nonprofit hospitals. The CHNA presents an opportunity to identify and address a broad spectrum of factors that impact health and well being in local communities. Our guidance helps hospitals assess one these factors: the community food environment.

With examples from food policy councils, food banks and health departments, the Making Food Systems Part of Your Community Health Needs Assessment guide points to existing sources of data and case studies of collaborations between hospitals and food system stakeholders.

The guide is designed to support a local dialogue that encourages stakeholders to share experiences and identify existing tools, data, and resources. This process will create synergistic linkages and an ethic of shared ownership of the community’s health and well-being.

Read the guide.

Improving Health Access, Quality & Equity

 In California’s Bay Area, the East Bay Health Workforce Partnership works with leading health employers, workforce development boards, schools, and public health and community stakeholders to build a pathway system that helps local youth move into health professions. By developing equitable pathways to rewarding health careers, the partnership simultaneously strengthens the health workforce and improves community health.