In California’s battle against the coronavirus, we have a new class of superheroes

Our savvy governor is preparing for a worst-case scenario, which means not only adding a potential 50,000 patient beds to existing care capacity, but also boosting the number of health care professionals who can assist and treat the escalating number of patients. Even with the flexibility and power afforded the governor under California’s current state of emergency, tackling such a major “system redesign” is an unprecedented task.

And it requires expert understanding of the laws, regulations and funding streams that govern the education of health professionals, hospital administration and patient care. That’s why Joanne Spetz, Phd, and her colleagues – Sunita Mutha, Laura Wagner, Susan Chapman, Janet Coffman and Michelle Ko (now at UC Davis) – at the Healthforce Center make up one of many Marvel-like teams fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic here in California. They have the knowledge, experience and judgement to help re-engineer bureaucracies into more nimble fighting machines.

No doubt about it: Joanne Spetz, associate director of research, and her colleagues at the Healthforce Center make up one of many Marvel-like teams fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic here in California.

The Healthforce Center at UCSF is nationally recognized for research on the health care workforce. They’ve studied workers in long-term care, oral care, medical labs, nursing and a field most of us only recently tuned into: respiratory care.

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