Addressing the Latino Physician Shortage

The California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) and The Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) jointly convened an expert panel on May 28, 2020 to showcase research focused on addressing the Latino physician shortage in California and supporting Latino physicians in practice. California has a growing shortage of primary care physicians, which presents significant access barriers for monolingual Spanish-speaking Latinos. There is an urgent need to improve the representation of Latinos in medicine and to ensure that Latino physicians are professionally supported. The briefing highlighted how workforce policies aimed at increasing the Latino physician pipeline can advance health equity for Latinos across the state.

Read the Briefing Proceedings HERE.

Priority Actions for California to Reduce the Impact of Housing Instability and Homelessness on Health

Housing instability and homelessness in California have been exacerbated by COVID-19. On March 11, 2020, Cal-IHEA co-sponsored a briefing with Assemblymember David Chiu, the Chair of Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, focused on “housing as a health intervention”. The briefing highlighted gaps in addressing homelessness and highlighted existing innovative solutions that promote housing as a way to improve health outcomes of people experiencing homelessness and unstable housing.

Read the Briefing Proceedings HERE.