As demand grows for quality health care, California does not have enough of the right type of health workers, with the right skills, in the right places to meet the needs of our state’s growing and increasingly diverse population.
In spite of everything California has done in recent years to improve health care delivery, the state will face a shortfall in the next decade of 4,100 primary care clinicians and 600,000 home care workers and will only have two-thirds of the psychiatrists we need.
Millions of Californians still don’t have access to quality health care — because of where they live, how much they earn, or the health conditions they face.
Complicating this challenge is the arrival of the “silver tsunami:” California is getting older — and more reliant on health and social services.
Health care professionals aren’t exempt from these trends — with substantial portions of the workforce reaching retirement age.
Between now and 2030, the state is expected to grow by six million people — but California’s education system isn’t keeping pace.
Today’s health workforce doesn’t current reflect the diversity of our state’s population.