$32M public-private partnership to add healthcare professionals to California’s workforce
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Posted about 4 years ago
SACRAMENTO, CA – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has launched a $32 million public-private partnership designed to add thousands of professionals to California’s healthcare facilities over the next three years.
The Allied Health Initiative is aimed at reducing California’s critical healthcare worker shortage.
“We are taking some great action to put Californians in jobs and pump up the economy, and at the same time improve the quality of healthcare for Californians,” said Schwarzenegger. “The healthcare industry is one of the bright spots in our economy continuing to add jobs, and still our hospitals and community clinics struggle with massive shortages because our colleges and medical training program can’t keep pace with the rising demand.”
Regional industry and education leaders will work together to develop effective allied health partnerships. An allied health professional is a licensed individual, such as a lab technician, dental hygienist or pharmacy technician, who works in support of a nurse or doctor.
“This public-private partnership will expand the number of pharmacists, lab technicians, imaging specialists and more – giving thousands of Californians the opportunity to pursue their dreams while making our state a healthier place to live,” said Schwarzenegger.
Funding for the program consists of $16 million from the state, divided into $8 million in federal Workforce Investment Act funding and $8 million in Recovery Act federal stimulus funding. Private partners, such as schools and hospitals, will provide $16 million in matching funds or in-kind contributions.