In September 2018, LPPI launched rapid-response policy project to address California’s Latino physician crisis to increase the health and well-being of all Californians. The capacity of California’s health care workforce to meet the needs of all residents is a chief policy concern for state leaders, and LPPI’s interdisciplinary team of research scientists will provide compelling evidence to support policy reforms that integrate the needs of the state’s plurality. LPPI experts leading this project include Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Professor of Medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine and Center for the Study of Latino Health & Culture; Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Fielding School of Public Health; and Dr. Matt A. Barreto, Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Political Science. Read the full press release here.

California’s Language 

Concordance Mismatch:

In California, nearly 44% of the population speaks a language other than English at home, and about 19% of the total state population can be categorized as Limited English Proficient “LEP” (State of California, 2018). The Institute of Medicine has noted that the Limited English Proficiency of some patients may have effects on health status, access to care, health outcomes and patient safety (2009). Click here to read the first LPPI policy brief on California’s Latino Physician Crisis by Dr. Paul Hsu and Dr. David Hayes-Bautista.

5 Centuries to Reach Parity

This policy brief is the first to articulate the direction and magnitude of California’s Latino physician shortage by estimating the number of years it would take for medical schools in California to close the Latino physician gap. This research suggests that if the racial/ethnic composition of California MD graduates persist, it will take upwards of five centuries to fully address the Latino physician shortage.Click here to read the second LPPI policy brief on California’s Latino Physician Crisis by Dr. Paul Hsu and Dr. David Hayes-Bautista.

LPPI Policy Experts

Addressing the Latino Physician Crisis

Relevant Research from LPPI Policy Experts

Dr. Paul Hsu, Health Affairs (September 2018)

The historical narrative on diversity, race, and health would predict that California’s population change from 22 percent racial/ethnic minority in 1970 to 62 percent in 2016 would lead to a massive health crisis with high mortality rates, low life expectancy, and high infant mortality rates—particularly given the state’s high rates of negative social determinants of health: poverty, high school incompletion, and uninsurance.

Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante, Health Affairs (September 2018)

According to lead author Arturo Vargas Bustamante, associate professor of health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, “Our study shows that even though undocumented immigrants were excluded from the Affordable Care Act nationally, in California undocumented Latinos reported marginal increases in health insurance coverage and usual source of care, perhaps because of the specific policies implemented at the state or local level.”

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