Healthcare Workforce Development Division

California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission (CHWPC)

The Health Care Workforce Training Act originally called for the appointment of a ten-member California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission. Recent amendments to increase the nurse workforce has increased the membership to fifteen. The Commission is composed of the following members:

Governor's Appointments

  • Rosslynn Byous, DPA, PA-C
    Representing trainees of a Primary Care Physician Assistant Program
    Appointment Date: 12/31/2010
  • Elizabeth Dolezal
    Representing the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
    Appointment Date: 1/17/2007
  • Michael J. Farrell, MD
    Representing residents in Family Practice Training Programs
    Appointment Date: 09/27/2013
  • Katherine Flores, MD
    Representing practicing Family Physicians
    Appointment Date: 11/25/2013
  • William Henning, DO, Vice Chair
    Representing Private Medical Schools
    Appointment Date: 12/31/2010
  • Karyn Karp, CRNA, MS
    Representing practicing Registered Nurses
    Appointment Date: 5/28/2014
  • Ann MacKenzie, NP
    Representing practicing Family Nurse Practitioners
    Appointment Date: 3/5/2014
  • Cathryn L. Nation, MD
    Representing University of California Medical Schools
    Appointment Date: 3/14/2008
  • Joseph Provenzano, DO
    Representing practicing Osteopathic Physicians
    Appointment Date: 2/26/2014

Assembly Speaker Appointments

  • Laura Lopez
    Representing Consumers
    Appointment Date: 8/15/2012
  • Kathyann Marsh, PhD, RN
    Representing Nursing Students
    Appointment Date: 2/15/2012
  • Angelica Millan, MSN, RNP
    Representing practicing Registered Nurses
    Appointment Date: 5/15/2006

Senate Rules Committee Appointments

  • Carol Jong, PhD., RD
    Representing Consumers
    Appointment Date: 2/5/2014
  • Catherine Kennedy, RN
    Representing practicing Registered Nurses
    Appointment Date: 11/22/2013
  • V. Katherine Townsend, Ed.D., MSN
    Representing Nursing Students
    Appointment Date: 8/17/2006

The Commission adopts standards to determine funding eligibility under the Song-Brown Act and establishes criteria to be used by OSHPD for executing contracts with training institutions. The Commission acts as the applications review panel and makes recommendations to OSHPD for the award of contracts at meetings held three times a year.

For meetings information, go to Public Meetings.

The Commission periodically reviews and designates priority geographic areas in California to address the maldistribution of healthcare services where unmet medical needs persist. This process has divided the state into roughly 541 Medical Service Study Areas (MSSA's) that allows more detailed and in-depth healthcare analysis.

For more information, contact:

Melissa Omand | Program Administrator
Telephone: (916) 326-3753

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