Chamber joins Charles Drew University for frank discussion on California's health workforce crisis

L.A. Area Chamber

April 3, 2019


As part of Chamber’s yearlong Listening Tour, Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas visited the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) to join Dr. David Carlisle, president and CEO, in a fireside chat on Wednesday, April 3.

The convening highlighted the Chamber and CDU’s ongoing efforts to cultivate a diverse, local health care workforce pipeline, the conversation addressed the recently released California Future Health Workforce Commission report, which puts forth bold recommendations to eliminating the projected shortfall of primary care health providers, nearly eliminate a severe psychiatry shortage, and bolster the pipeline of students and health workers to deliver care in underserved communities, all by the year 2030. Dr. Carlisle, who served on the Commission, also spoke on CDU's economic impact and role in supporting this pipeline. The Chamber highlighted its role in engaging health care industry leaders such as Kaiser Permanente, Cedars Sinai, L.A. Care Health Plan, AltaMed among others who are leading efforts to address these workforce shortages.

"Our students reflect the communities around us," said Dr. Carlisle. Read Dr. Carlisle's full op-ed, "Health care workforce crisis: Need more diversity, access to care."


As part of the Chamber's year-long "L.A. Connects: Inspiring and connecting leaders for impact" listening tour, the event also featured a Q&A and reception with Salinas.

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