Critical Care: Increasing the Capacity of Allied Health Training Programs


California’s demand for allied health professionals far outstrips their numbers. The state faces a shortage of up to 35,754 workers annually, even before taking into account extra strains from the COVID-19 pandemic.

On February 24, 2021, California Competes hosted a webinar, “Critical Care: Increasing the Capacity of Allied Health Training Programs,” featuring subject experts, leaders from government and higher education, and critical new research funded by Futuro Health.

California Competes Senior Policy and Research Analyst Gail Yen began the webinar by sharing findings from California Competes’s report, Meeting California’s Demand for Allied Health Workers. California Competes Executive Director Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez moderated the conversation that followed.


  • 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

Deep-Dive Interview with John Cordova

Futuro Health Educational Consultant Dr. Grant Goold interviewed California Community Colleges Health Workforce Initiative Statewide Director John Cordova about the education-to-employment pipeline for allied health professionals. Jump to 10:48 to hear them discuss California Competes’s recommended policy solutions.

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