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Update for Licensees: California Health Workforce Research Data Center News

Information from the Department of Health Care Access and Information for Veterinary Medical Board (Board) Licensees

The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI), formerly known as the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, is partnering with the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and the Board to collect important health workforce data. HCAI is the leader in collecting data and disseminating information about California’s healthcare infrastructure. HCAI promotes an equitably distributed health workforce and publishes valuable information about healthcare outcomes.

With the passage of Assembly Bill 133 (Chapter 143, Statutes of 2021), HCAI is launching the California Health Workforce Research Data Center (Center). The Center will serve as the state’s central repository for health workforce data, and will collect, analyze, and distribute information on educational and employment trends for healthcare occupations in the state. An annual report will be produced discussing:

  • Supply and demand of the health workforce
  • Geographical distribution of the health workforce
  • Diversity of the health workforce, by specialty (including, but not limited to, data on race, ethnicity, and languages spoken)
  • Current and forecasted demand for healthcare workers, by specialty
  • Educational capacity to produce trained, certified, and licensed healthcare workers, by specialty and by geographical distribution

HCAI, in partnership with the Board and DCA, has developed a workforce survey for you to complete during your electronic licensure renewal process. We are asking for your help with this important data collection effort, by completing this survey at time of licensure renewal. This data will help shape the future of health workforce policy in California. The workforce survey will be available beginning July 2022. HCAI plans to present data and findings from the Center at future Licensing Board meetings, social media posts and other outlets.

HCAI and the Board thank you for your time and consideration on this important effort. If you have questions, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or contact HCAI at workforcedata@hcai.ca.gov.


Wellness Evaluation Committee Recruitment—Deadline is August 31, 2022

The Veterinary Medical Board (Board) is currently recruiting one public member to fill its vacancy on the Board’s Wellness Evaluation Committee (WEC).

The WEC is a five-member committee comprised of three (3) licensed veterinarians and two (2) public members. The purpose of the WEC is to rehabilitate veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians (RVTs) with impairment due to abuse of dangerous drugs or alcohol affecting competency so that they can be treated and safely return to the practice of veterinary medicine.

The available position is for one (1) public member. The terms of the position is four (4) years in length.

Pursuant to Business and Professions Code (BPC) section 4861, subdivision (c), “Each person appointed to a wellness evaluation committee shall have experience or knowledge in the evaluation or management of persons who are impaired due to alcohol or drug abuse.”

The WEC holds public meetings in Sacramento or Folsom, California three (3) times a year. The WEC has the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. To evaluate those veterinarians and RVTs who request participation in the program according to the guidelines prescribed by the Board and to consider the recommendation of the administrative physician on the admission of the veterinarian or RVT to the wellness program.
  2. To review and designate those treatment facilities to which veterinarians and RVTs in a wellness program may be referred.
  3. To receive and review information concerning veterinarians and RVTs participating in the program.
  4. To call meetings as necessary to consider the requests of veterinarians and RVTs to participate in a wellness program, and to consider reports regarding veterinarians and RVTs participating in a program from an administrative physician, or from others.
  5. To consider in the case of each veterinarian and RVT participating in a program whether they may with safety continue or resume the practice of veterinary medicine or the assisting in the practice of veterinary medicine.
  6. To set forth in writing for each veterinarian and RVT participating in a program a treatment program established for each such veterinarian and RVT with the requirements for supervision and surveillance.
  7. To hold a general meeting at least twice a year, which shall be open and public, to evaluate the program’s progress, to review data as required in reports to the Board, to prepare reports to be submitted to the Board, and to suggest proposals for changes in the wellness program.

The WEC operates pursuant to BPC sections 4860–4873 and California Code of Regulations (CCR), title 16, sections 2075–2082.

How to Apply

Applicants seeking WEC appointment should provide the following:

  • Letter of interest stating reasons for seeking appointment; and
  • Supporting background information, which may include:
    • Letters of recommendation;
    • Current CV/Resume;
    • Statement of understanding of the nature of regulatory bodies within the Department of Consumer Affairs; and
    • Any other information the candidate believes is pertinent and would assist the Board in making its decision.

Please email the above information to Timothy.Rodda@dca.ca.gov no later than August 31, 2022.

Selected WEC candidates will be invited to interview with the Board during its October 19, 2022 meeting. Please note that WEC candidate documents submitted to the Board are subject to public disclosure in accordance with the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code, § 6200 et seq.) and Information Practices Act (Civ. Code, § 1798 et seq.).

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