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October 9, 2002

Center for Health Professions Celebrates 10 Years

The UCSF Center for the Health Professions will celebrate its ten-year anniversary on Monday, October 14, with a day-long symposium at the Laurel Heights Conference Center, 3333 California Street.

The symposium, which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is titled “The Next Ten Years: Healthcare’s Shifting Workforce Landscape.”

It will feature some of the nation’s leading thinkers and policymakers and focus on some of the most pressing issues facing health care: fostering effective leadership within health care, examining population diversity as a strategic asset; exploring current and future health professions practice models; facing the challenges of providing healthcare to our aging population; and mapping strategies for building healthy communities.

Featured speakers include:

Rebecca Rimel, president of the Pew Charitable Trusts

David Hayes-Bautista, PhD, Director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino  Health

Charles Bertolami, DDS, DMedSc, Dean of the UCSF School of Dentistry

Beth Witrogen McLeod, author, journalist and consultant on aging, health and healing

José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPH, Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Health Occupations Resource Center.

Started in 1992 through the Pew Charitable Trusts, the UCSF Center for the Health Professions has focused its efforts on understanding the challenges faced by the health care workforce, whose labor comprises 70 percent of health care costs.

Over the past decade, the Center has implemented more than 50 programs with over $88 million in funding. The Center’s current work -- in more than 20 programs and with an operating budget of over $20 million – includes such efforts as:

Tracking the supply, demand and distribution of the numerous health professions

Providing research on mandatory nurse patient ratios

Conducting a national study of the nursing shortage

Developing national, state, and local leadership programs for health care professionals.

“I think of the Center for the Health Professions as a kind of think tank – an incubator of big thoughts – a place where expansive views, introspective reflections, and the brains of immensely gifted people all marinate together to yield new and different ways of thinking about the health care professions,” said Charles Bertolami, DDS, DmedSc, Dean of the UCSF School of Dentistry.

“In addition to tackling a broad range of health profession issues, the Center is also committed to finding new and better ways of implementing improvements within the health care system,” said Ed O’Neil, PhD MPH, director of the Center. “By crafting specific recommendations for policymakers, providing a wide range of technical assistance for health professionals, and communicating with our audiences in proactive, tailored ways, we are able to effect change.”

Current projects are targeted at creating leaders who will one day assume positions of influence and explore, promote and advance reform within the California health care work force, O’Neil explained.

Before establishing the UCSF Center for the Health Professions in 1992, O’Neil served as Executive Director of the Pew Health Professions Commission. Prior to his work at the Pew, O’Neil conducted research at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. O’Neil has degrees in social and intellectual history, political science, and public policy administration.

For more information on the symposium, call the Center at 476-8181.


Center for the Health Professions

Source: Maureen McInaney


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