Congratulations to our partners at the California Health Professions Consortium!

October 30 – 31st our partners at CHPC hosted their 6th Annual Conference entitled: “Leading Successful Collaborations to Strengthen Health Pathway Programs and Build Health Pathway Systems.”  Attendees heard from key-note speakers and panel members such as:  

  • Dr. Barbara Staggers (Director of Adolescent Medicine, UCSF-Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland and Chairman of the Board, The California Wellness Foundation) 
  • Funders panel with representatives from The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, the California Department of Education, and the James Irvine Foundation
  • Dr. Sandra Hernandez (CEO, The California HealthCare Foundation)
  • Alex Briscoe (Director, Alameda County Health Systems Agency
  • and many others!
As usual, the highlight of the convention was the Student Panel which showcased the accomplishments of students who had participated in health career pathway programs in California. We heard about the vital impact of the programs on supporting them to achieve their academic and professional goals, but also about common challenges that still need to be addressed by our state to ensure we are truly developing a diversified health workforce for our varied and multi-lingual communities.
Thank you to the sponsors of the conference!
  • The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Health Workforce Initiative
  • Center for Health Leadership
  • UC Berkeley School of Public Health
  • UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program
  • Latino Center for Medical Education and Research

We’re Redesigning our Website!

CHWA staff has been working with a design firm, Hyperarts, to create a new website and we’re really excited about its upcoming launch!

The new website will:

  • Be responsive to all viewing platforms including phones and tablets
  • Include a calendar that allows members to post upcoming events, job openings and funding opportunities
  • Highlight state-wide initiatives and advocacy opportunities 
  • Provide access to relevant research in the field of health workforce development for CA
  • Offer a Monthly Hot Topic from our co-directors and invited thought leaders
Look for our new site soon!



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.