Health Sector Partnership Plans for Summer Launch

Top executives in healthcare, education, and workforce development came together on April 23 to plan for the launch of HealthForce Partners Northern San Joaquin Valley (formerly known as the San Joaquin Area Health Sector Partnership), an innovative new partnership whose mission is to meet the talent needs of the region’s healthcare employers and the employment needs of community residents.

At the meeting, the partnership’s Executives Council affirmed the importance of increasing collaboration between industry, education, and workforce development to address the region’s healthcare talent shortage and improve pathways into healthcare for youth and adults. The Council emphasized the project’s urgency, recommending a summer 2018 launch.

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“Make It Happen” Team Drafts RN Pipeline Plans

Responding to a regional crisis supply of registered nurses, a group of innovative healthcare and education leaders convened in March to draft plans for a pilot nursing pipeline program.

Convened by Dr. Anitra Williams, Director of Nursing Operations at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, the group has drafted a concrete plan to help high school students enrolled at Stockton Unified School District’s Health Careers Academy make the transition to nursing.

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UCSF Study Predicts RN Shortfall for San Joaquin Valley

A new study from the UCSF Healthforce Center confirms what healthcare executives in HealthForce Partners have been saying: there aren’t enough nurses in the San Joaquin Valley, and the situation is getting worse, not better.

Forecasted RN Supply and Demand for the San Joaquin Valley

Registered Nurse Workforce: Forecasted Supply and Demand, 2016-2030
Source: “The San Joaquin Valley Registered Nurse Workforce: Forecasted Supply and Demand, 2016-2030,” Joanne Spetz, Janet Coffman, and Timothy Bates, Healthforce Center at UCSF, 2018.

The study, based on data from the California Board of Registered Nursing and other sources, predicts that the total number of RNs in the San Joaquin Valley will likely decline between 2017 and 2030. At the same time, demand for RNs is projected to grow more than 35%.

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