Preparing for the Future

The following statement was released today by Sandra R. Hernández, President & Chief Executive Officer, California Health Care Foundation:

Every day, the women and men charged with providing health care to California’s 40 million residents work heroically. In helping people in California achieve healthier lives, this network of health professionals not only upholds the highest ideals of human care, it constitutes a formidable economic force that accounts for over 7% of the state’s total employment.


Yet in the next decade the health care workforce will face unprecedented challenges. The state’s population is growing and becoming more diverse. The number of older Californians is projected to increase dramatically. Meanwhile, the cost of health care continues to rise faster than inflation. One of the biggest reasons these costs are so high and rising so fast is that we rely on a health care workforce that does not fit our needs.


To ensure that all who need care can get it in the future, California must cultivate a workforce that delivers smarter, more affordable care. Today, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is proud to join just such an effort — the California Future Health Workforce Commission, an unprecedented opportunity to ensure that the talent we have matches the care we need.


The 24-member commission, co-chaired by University of California President Janet Napolitano and Dignity Health President and CEO Lloyd Dean, is composed of top leaders in California health care, higher education, and business. This extraordinary group of commissioners has the vision, expertise, experience, and position to not only deliver a comprehensive, statewide plan but to help implement it after the commission completes its work. See below for the full list of commissioners.


Over the next 12 months, Future Health Commission members will develop a master plan addressing these and other pressing workforce issues. Their work will guide the state, educational institutions, employers, and other stakeholders for years to come.


We at CHCF could not be more enthusiastic about supporting a project that builds on so much of our past and current work to strengthen California’s health workforce. We are excited to be joined by our colleagues at Blue Shield of California Foundation, The California Endowment, and The California Wellness Foundation in backing this effort.


The Future Health Commission gives us an opportunity to accelerate the necessary transformation of our health workforce — so that it works for all Californians. I encourage you to follow their efforts in the coming months by signing up to receive regular updates.


Good health isn’t something that just happens to you — it’s something you have to plan for. That’s true for people. It’s true for communities. And it’s true for California’s health workforce.



Sandra R. Hernández

President & Chief Executive Officer



The 24 members of the California Future Health Workforce Commission


Janet Napolitano, President, University of California (co-chair)


Lloyd Dean, President/CEO, Dignity Health (co-chair)


Anne Bakar, President and CEO, Telecare


America Bracho, Executive Director, Latino Health Access


Linda Burnes Bolton, Vice President for Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer, Cedars-Sinai


David Carlisle, President and CEO, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science


Joseph Castro, President, California State University, Fresno


Diana Dooley, Secretary, California Health and Human Services Agency


Hector Flores, Chair, Family Practice Department, White Memorial Medical Center


Jane Garcia, President and CEO, La Clínica de la Raza


C. Dean Germano, CEO, Shasta Community Health Center


Liz Gibboney, CEO, Partnership HealthPlan


Alma Hernandez, Executive Director, SEIU California


Sen. Ed Hernandez, Chair, Senate Committee on Health, California State Senate


Mitchell Katz, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services


Rishi Manchanda, President, HealthBegins


Arnold Milstein, Medical Director, Pacific Business Group on Health


Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges


Nirav Shah, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Operations, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California


Sheila Thornton, President and CEO, OneFuture Coachella Valley


Timothy White, Chancellor, California State University


Assemblymember Jim Wood, Chair, Health Committee, California State Assembly


Donna Wyatt, Director, Career and College Transitions Division, California Department of Education


Heather Young, Dean and Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis

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