New Report: Meeting California’s Demand for Health Workers

Meeting Clinical Requirements Present Major Challenges for Allied Health Students

In the new report, Meeting California's Demand for Allied Health Workers, California Competes analyzes the barriers limiting California’s supply of allied health professionals and offers potential solutions for addressing an anticipated annual shortage of up to 37,000 workers.

The state’s recent announcement that supporting the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines at vaccination hubs may count toward allied health students’ clinical hours is one strong example of how an employer-engaged, regionally focused effort can support effective, practical credential completion, and we hope to see others like it.

Read the report.


On Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. PST, join California Competes for an important discussion on how to solve California’s allied health worker shortage. “Critical Care: Increasing the Capacity of Allied Health Training Programs” will expand on our new research and elevate strategies to put more allied health professionals on the front lines of patient care.


  • Assemblymember Evan Low, Representing the 28th District
  • Van Ton-Quinlivan, CEO, Futuro Health
  • Dr. Stacey Ocander, Vice President, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Dr. Carel Mountain, Director of Nursing, Sacramento City College

California Competes Executive Director Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez will moderate the conversation, which will be preceded by a short presentation on the organization’s latest allied health research, delivered by Senior Policy and Research Analyst Gail Yen.

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