Addressing the Healthcare Workforce Shortage and Racial Disparities by Strengthening the Youth of Color Pipeline

"According to data compiled by the California Healthcare Foundation, in California, only 11 of 58 counties are meeting required primary care physicians (PCP) rates (60-80 PCPs per 100,000 patients).  Furthermore, 2015 data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development shows that South LA had a rate of 13 PCPs per 100,000. In addition to workforce shortage, several reports have shown that there is a substantial lack of racial and ethnic minorities representation in healthcare professions. Developing a healthcare workforce pipeline for youth of color presents many great opportunities as it informs and empowers youth of color to pursue healthcare careers at various levels within their communities."

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