From the Mouths of Leaders: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities to Increase Health Professions Workforce Diversity in California
2008 | Download
The Connecting the Dots Initiative: A Comprehensive Approach to Increase Health Professions Workforce Diversity in California
This report is one of seven inquiries conducted as part of The Connecting the Dots Initiative, a statewide effort to establish an evidence base, develop comprehensive strategies, and build momentum to increase diversity in California’s health professions workforce.
The findings and recommendations in the report are a product of 68 key informant interviews conducted with leaders of health professions education institutions (HPEIs), organizations that employ health professionals, and State health agencies.
The purpose of the key informant interviews was to solicit input from leaders on issues, challenges, and opportunities associated with efforts to increase diversity in the health professions workforce. The interviews were confidential in an effort to encourage optimal candor.
Among HPEIs, the inquiry focused primarily on four disciplines: medicine, dentistry, nursing, and public health. Health professions employers included teaching hospitals, health systems, health plans, independent practice associations, community health centers, local public health agencies, biotechnology companies, and pharmaceutical companies. Interviews with State health agencies focused on those with roles in data collection and monitoring, program support, and health workforce development.
The report is divided into three parts for each of the three categories of institutions, HPEIs, health professions employers, and State health agencies. For HPEIs and health professions employers, findings and recommendations are divided further into sub-sections that focus on different functions relevant to efforts to increase health professions workforce diversity.
The Connecting the Dots Initiative
This is one of seven reports that share findings from a coordinated set of inquiries commissioned by The California Endowment. The purpose is to foster a more comprehensive, evidenced-based understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities associated with efforts to increase health professions workforce diversity. Each report includes a set of targeted recommendations to increase health professions workforce diversity in California. The basic theme and title of the initiative is “Connecting the Dots,” reflecting an understanding of the need for a thoughtful, deliberate, and sustained commitment by the full spectrum of educational institutions, health professions employers, businesses, community stakeholders, and other leaders in the public and private sectors.
The Public Health Institute and UC Berkeley School of Public Health formed a partnership to conduct the research and take action as part of The Connecting the Dots Initiative, and worked in collaboration with UCSF Center for Health Professions, Gibson and Associates, and The Praxis Project.