The principals of the Alliance, Jeff Oxendine and Kevin Barnett , identified key health workforce needs in their Connecting The Dots (CTD) Initiative calendow.org, a four year statewide initiative funded by The California Endowment. This work included a series of inquiries into issues, challenges, and opportunities to increase health professions workforce diversity. They established close working relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, and built a substantial level of shared understanding and commitment.
As a result of this investigation, CHWA was formed to build on the momentum and relationships, and to implement many of the recommendations that were developed in the CTD Initiative. The central goal of the Alliance is to build a health professions workforce that can effectively serve California’s diverse population.
Jeffrey Oxendine, MBA, MPH
Co-Director of the California Health Workforce Alliance. He also serves as Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health where he is a faculty member in Health Policy and Management. He is also founded and directs the Center for Health Leadership at the School of Public Health.
Jeff has been a health executive, educator and consultant for 28 years. Prior to his role at Berkeley, Jeff held senior executive positions in leading San Francisco and Boston area hospitals and medical groups including Partners Healthcare System, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Bay Imaging Consultants and Alta Bates Medical Center. He also taught for 5 years at Harvard School of Public. Jeff started and continues operates his own management consulting practice.
Jeff has been developing innovations in health workforce development and working to increase health professions diversity for over 20 years. In addition to his leadership role with the California Health Workforce Alliance he serves as Co-Director of the California Health Professions Consortium, a state-wide coalition focused on increasing diversity in the health professions. Mr. Oxendine’s roles with both organizations were outgrowths of the work he did for 4 years as Co-Project Director of The Connecting the Dots Initiative, a California Initiative to Increase Health Professions Diversity, funded by The California Endowment. He also Co-Founded and Co-Directs the Bay Area Coalition for Increasing Diversity in the Health Professions.
Mr. Oxendine’s expertise and leadership in health workforce spans multiple health profession, educational and geographic levels. He is currently co-leading California’s Health IT Workforce Efforts, through the Alliance. In allied health workforce development, he led a successful medical imaging workforce program for Partners Healthcare System in Boston and conducted research for The Boston Foundation to inform its Allied Health Workforce Initiative. He is a member of the California Hospital Association Allied Health Workforce Advisory Council. Jeff is also a leader of the state-wide Public Health Workforce Development Initiative in California through the Pacific Public Health Training Center.
Jeff is also the Founder and President of Health Career Connection (HCC), a non-profit that inspires and empowers under-represented and disadvantaged undergraduate students to discover and pursue health careers.
Jeff was recognized as a 2010 Champion for Health Professions Workforce Diversity by The California Wellness Foundation.
Jeff obtained masters degrees in Business Administration and Public Health from UC Berkeley.
Kevin Barnett, Dr.P.H., M.C.P
Co-Director of the California Health Workforce Alliance. He is also a Senior Investigator at the Public Health Institute (PHI), a private, nonprofit research, technical assistance, and training organization with projects in the domestic and international arena.
As a Senior Investigator at PHI, Kevin has engaged in research in community benefit and health workforce diversity for over two decades. Partners have included the National Network of Public Health Institutes, the Health Research and Education Trust, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the HHS Office of the Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the WK Kellogg Foundation, and The California Endowment. Kevin holds a Doctorate in Public Health and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
Kevin served on the IOM committee that produced the report “in the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce,” and co-authored numerous studies on strategies to increase health workforce diversity. He currently serves as a faculty member for The Governance Institute, as a member of the Board of Directors of communities Joined in Action, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Trinity Health.
Between March 2006 and April 2010, he served as the co-director of a statewide initiative in California entitled “Connecting the Dots” (CTD) that focuses on the development of comprehensive strategies to increase health professions workforce diversity. The California Health Workforce Alliance is an outgrowth of the work of the CTD initiative.