Shortage of Healthcare Professionals in California

“The health and well-being of Californians is compromised by both a significant health workforce shortage and a growing mismatch between population needs and available services.

Of particular concern: 

  • Insufficient supply of health professionals and frontline workers, especially in primary care, prevention, behavioral health, and aging-related services 
  • Imbalanced geographic distribution, with too few health workers in rural areas and inner-city urban areas, and an oversupply of some types of workers in urban areas
  • Limited cultural and language match between providers and populations 
  • Barriers to fully utilizing health workers and technological innovations”

California Future Healthcare Workforce Commission, 2019