Workforce Diversity Initiative Update:
4 New Grants to Study Health Workforce Diversity
Incorporating Equity into Health Care Grantmaking and Funding Processes: With support from the California Health Care Foundation, we are working with the California Health Care Access and Information agency (HCAI) to explore how the health workforce grantmaking/funding process could be used to promote equity, a more diverse workforce and service to high need populations.
Improving the Data on Diversity and Supporting the Social Mission of Health Professions Education: With support from the California Endowment, the Diversity Initiative is doing an extensive review of potential sources of data of value to those researching or advocating for a workforce reflective of the population. The Initiative is also exploring the development of a network of individuals and organizations in California supportive of the social mission of health professions education.
Evaluation of the California Medicine Scholars Program (CMSP): This creative program identifies individuals attending community colleges in CA with an intention of becoming a health professional; the program will then provide guidance and assistance for to the individuals to complete their bachelor’s degree, gain admission and successful complete medical school or another health profession education program. The Diversity Initiative received funding to support a 3-year evaluation of the program.
Comparing Diversity of Community Health Center Staff to the Population Served: Working with the National Association of Community Health Centers, we have designed a data collection instrument and diversity index to provide feedback to Centers comparing the diversity of their staff by professional category to the diversity of the patient population. The data report to each center will include benchmarks for diversity by category of worker.