CPCA is committed to building primary care workforce capacity for community clinics and health centers in California. In the report, Horizon 2030: Addressing California’s Primary Care Workforce Needs we see at current utilization, California will need an estimated 8,243 additional primary care physicians by 2030, a 32% increase compared to its current workforce of 25,153 workforce (as of 2010). This does not take into consideration the behavioral and oral health needs of our populations. We need immediate and impactful solutions today. Read on for more information and resources related to CPCA’s recruitment, retention and primary care workforce training efforts. 

From Compensation & Benefits to Workforce Development: What Are Your Health Center’s Priorities?

THANK YOU to the nearly 140 health centers that completed the 2019 Compensation & Benefits Survey! We know this information is vital to your strategic workforce decisions, and we also know more detailed information about workforce development strategy is needed BEYOND the financials. For that reason, we pulled the Salary Survey into two separate surveys so that we can more carefully look at the way health centers recruit, utilize, train and retain their staff. 

You can participate in this second, brief workforce development survey from September 16 through October 4 AND receive one free, 30-day job posting on CPCA’s job board while you’re at it! 

See the survey here!

Both the Salary Survey report, and the companion Workforce Development report will be available mid-November, for FREE, to all participants. Copies can also be purchased on CPCA’s Store.

Contact Christina Hicks with questions: cmhicks@cpca.org.

CHC Residency Road Map

The California Primary Care Association’s Community Health Center (CHC) Residency Road Map is paving the way for community-based graduate medical education in California’s CHCs. Our federal and state advocacy efforts to increase graduate medical education funding coupled with our online and in-person educational offerings are positioning CHCs as leaders in physician resident training. Learn more here.

Health Center Careers

This resource is available to job seekers and employers in order to create a perfect fit in a community clinic or health center. Health centers are able to post job openings in an easy, effective, and time saving manner. Job seekers can also share their resume and look for specific healthcare positions. Learn more here.

Current State of CA Health Center Residency Programs

By 2030, California is projected to need between 39,331 and 44,188 primary care clinician FTEs, an increase of 12% – 17% above the current demand. Developing and/or expanding community health center residency programs is a viable option for helping to address these shortages. Community health centers are ideal training sites for medical residents, especially those dedicated to serving underserved communities and disadvantaged areas of the state. To expand the existing knowledge set around the current state of residency programs in California’s health centers, CPCA commissioned Schoen Consulting to complete an environmental scan between June 2017 and February 2018. In addition to primary care medical residency programs, research was also conducted around the postgraduate training of nurse practitioners and physician assistants (NP/PAs) given their impact on workforce development in health centers. In addition to extensive external research, a total of 35 California health center and consortium staff and experts were interviewed for this report.

Workforce Resources

This workforce resource packet is intended be a small warehouse of workforce-related resources that support recruitment, retention, training, and care transformation efforts in community health centers. You can expect to find a variety of toolkits, reports, research publications and funding opportunities. This packet is not a complete inventory of all health workforce related materials available – it is an initial survey of workforce resources that we hope will be of value to our community health centers and allied partners.

To download the workforce resource packet, click here


Christina Hicks, Deputy Director, Program Development & Evaluation, (cmhicks@cpca.org) or Isaias Iniguez, Program Coordinator, (iiniguez@cpca.org).