Health Professionals and Patients in California: Speaking the Same Language
Workforce, Health Equity
This brief identifies policy strategies to increase the number of health professionals with language concordance — those that speak the same language as their patients. This is especially important in California where 44% of households speak a language other than English.
Expanding Postbaccalaureate Programs to Address California’s Health Workforce Crisis
Prehealth postbaccalaureate programs (PBPs) increase the rates at which students from underrepresented communities are admitted to and graduate from medical school. PBP participants are more likely to provide care in underserved areas.
2021 Edition — California Physicians
Janet Coffman, Emmie Calimlim, Margaret Fix
Although the number of active physicians increased by 21% between 2006 and 2018, and exceeded the 10% population growth, many areas in California face substantial shortages of primary care providers and specialists. This Almanac report describes the state's landscape for physician services.
COVID-19 Tracking Poll, February 2021: Views from California Health Care Providers on the Front Lines
Goodwin Simon Strategic Research
This poll provides detailed insights on health care providers' views of a COVID-19 vaccine, including their rates of vaccination to date. Also included are providers' responses about mental health and morale, and the availability of personal protective equipment.
How Fine Art Can Help Doctors See Past Their Clinical Biases
October 29, 2020
Xenia Shih Bion
Health Equity, Workforce
What does it take for a doctor to really see a patient well? Alexa Miller uses fine art to teach medical students and clinicians how to become better observers and diagnosticians.
The Health Care System Has the Black Community in a Choke Hold
August 4, 2020
A system that is literally supposed to help those who can’t breathe is figuratively applying a choke hold to Black people by sending them home to die when they say, "I can’t breathe."
COVID-19 Tracking Poll: One-Third of California Primary Care Doctors Worry Their Practices Won’t Survive
May 15, 2020
Many physicians say their practices furloughed or laid off staff or cut physician pay while increasing telehealth visits with patients.
Community Health Centers Need a COVID-19 Safety Net
May 4, 2020
Xenia Shih Bion
Investing in Innovation, Telehealth, Workforce
Stories That Caught Our Attention: The COVID-19 crisis is an existential threat to thousands of primary care providers nationwide — especially those in the safety net.
COVID-19 Tracking Poll: California Critical Care Doctors Report Increased Availability of Protective Gear, Tests
May 1, 2020
Compared with two weeks ago, California frontline clinicians are now less worried about hospitals meeting staffing needs in the next month.