CHWA announces July and August meetings

to discuss strategies to expand the engagement of Community Health Workers


The California Health Workforce Alliance will hold three technical consultation meetings to convene safety-net providers, administrators and front line workers to solicit input about the integration of CHW’s in team-based care delivery models and the documentation of their contribution to the goals of the Triple Aim.

Meetings will be held:

Los Angeles     Mon     July 28            9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fresno               Tues    August 12       9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Oakland            Fri       August 15          9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The meetings will address:  

  1. Skill requirements to engage CHW’s in team-based care delivery models
  2. Evidence-based practices to integrate CHW’s in team-based care delivery models
  3. Technical assistance needs to build provider capacity
  4. Public policies and targeted resource allocations to facilitate CHW engagement

If your organization is interested in supporting our work, please contact Elva Castellanos at ecastellanos@phi.org or call 510-285-5602 for further information and to register for the event.

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Congratulations to the Career Pathway Trust Awardees!

Many of our health career pathway partners have been recognized by the California Department of Education with a grant award from the Career Pathway Trust.  While not limited to education pathways in health care, the industry plays prominently in the awards as a core focus area for economic and workforce growth in various regions.

Review the Awards


CHWA Announces Release of Report on Community Health Workers


Community health workers (CHWs) and promotores expand California’s ability to provide models of primary care and needed health interventions for communities, but there is statewide work that needs to be done to coordinate and promote the profession says our new report – Taking Innovation to Scale: Community Health Workers, Promotores and the Triple Aim. 

Funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation and published by the California Health Workforce Alliance (CHWA) at Public Health Institute, the report provides an assessment of the current role of community health workers in California, and makes recommendations about how to better support and utilize this valuable resource to positively impact health outcomes in our communities.

CHWA would like to thank Blue Shield of California Foundation, our survey respondents and our partners – all of whom have made this valuable work possible.


Joint Quarterly meeting on 4/24/14 was terrific! 


The CA Health Workforce Alliance and our partners at the CA Health Professions Consortium want to thank all of you who were able to attend our second Joint Quarterly meeting for 2014.  Thank you to our presenters, who gave us updates about regional and state initiatives to further develop a skilled and diverse health care workforce in CA!

Thank you to the following presenters:

   Makani Themba – Executive Director, The Praxis Project

   Ramon Hernandez – Project Director, UC San Diego Health Sciences Institute

Adrian Sanchez and Calvin Williams – BMoC Initiative, Urban Strategies Council

Lupe Alonzo-Diaz – Deputy Director, Healthcare Workforce Development, OSHPD

Joel Ervice – Associate Director, Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program


Our next meetings will be held:  September 4 and December 4

Please contact us with any questions or if your organization is interested in providing support for our meetings:  510-285-5653



National Employment Law Project releases report:  “A Healthy Balance: Expanding Health Care Job Opportunities for Californians with a Criminal Record While Ensuring Patient Safety and Security.”

The National Employment Law Project just released it’s report, exposing inequities in background check protocols for those interested in pursuing a career in health care.  The report goes on to recommend reform actions and employer practices to ensure fair consideration and a move away from lifetime disqualification for certain professions.  CHWA’s co-director, Jeff Oxendine, served as a reviewer for the report.