With the Affordable Care Act, more than 4.6 million Californians will seek health care services, including an additional 600,000 people in the Inland-Southern California region. However, without more physicians, especially primary care physicians, to treat newly covered Californians the current provider gap to medical care will worsen.
The Inland-Southern California region is already greatly undeserved by physicians, with the lowest supply of physicians per capita in the state. Where 60 to 80 primary care physicians per 100,000 people are recommended, the region only has 40 per 100,000 people. In addition, 47.3% of the population in the region is Latino; just 5% of physicians are Latino.
To reach our regional health workforce goal, IEEP has set a long-term goal to promote a cross-sectoral, integrated strategy to improve the health of the Inland Empire, promotes promote healthy communities by empowering people to make healthy choices, and a collective approach to developing and attracting a skilled workforce to sustain the increased demand.
The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) Supports:
• Strategies that improve access to healthcare, reduce inefficiencies in our local health system, and improve the quality of health for all in the Inland Empire
• Strategies to address physician shortages and support adequate funding for a regional increase in Graduate Medical Education
• Collective impact efforts for data collection and innovative social financing models for population health
• Sustained and local investment in preventive and public health programs, including health lifestyle programs offered by multiple entities to increase access to clinical preventive services and promote healthier communities
• Encourage and support strategies to develop, attract and retain a qualified and diverse healthcare workforce
• Strategies and legislation that promote healthcare pipeline educational efforts that encourage students in our region to pursue careers in healthcare