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    Policy Briefing & Webinar Diversity & Inclusion

    Addressing the Latino Physician Shortage


    UC faculty presented evidence on addressing California’s Latino physician workforce shortage. Cal-IHEA and LPPI aim to facilitate productive discussion about policies and solutions to address the Latino physician shortage and support Latino physicians currently in medical practice.

    Summary:

    The California Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) and the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI) convened an expert panel to showcase research evidence focused on addressing the shortage of Latino physicians in the state and supporting Latino physicians currently in practice. California has a growing shortage of primary care physicians, which presents major access barriers for monolingual Spanish-speaking Latinos. There is an urgent need to improve the representation of Latinos in medicine and to ensure that Latino physicians are professionally satisfied and supported. The briefing highlighted how workforce policies aimed at increasing the pipeline of Latino physicians can advance health equity for Latinos across the state.

    Expert Panelists:

    Yohualli Balderas Anaya, MD, MPH, UC Los Angeles

    Arturo Vargas Bustamante, PhD, MPP, MA, UC Los Angeles

    Marlene Martin, MD, UC San Francisco

    Jeffrey Oxendine MPH, MBA California Future Health Workforce Commission