BREAKING: 3 New Policy Briefs on the Latino Physician Crisis
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In Fall 2018, LPPI launched a rapid-response policy project to address California’s Latino Physician Crisis; a crisis, that if left unaddressed will take 5 centuries to remedy. The project is led by Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Professor of Medicine and Director of Center for the Study of Latino Health & Culture; Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Fielding School of Public Health; Dr. Laura Martinez, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at UCLA; and Sonja Diaz, Founding Executive Director of LPPI, with support from undergraduate and graduate policy fellows. This research project was made possible by a generous grant from AltaMed Health Services. Please scroll below for links to the policy briefs, infographics, and short videos about each report.


The Current State of the Latino Physician Workforce: California Faces a Shortfall in Latino Resident Physicians, authored by Dr. Laura Martinez, compares Latino residents in the four states with the largest Latino populations: California (15,477,304), Texas (11,156,514), Florida (5,371,385), and New York (3,811,945). The report finds that Latino resident physicians are most severely underrepresented in California, which lags behind peer states in educating, training, and retaining Latino doctors. Read the press release here and the report here.


Authored by Dr. Arturo Vargas-BustamanteThe Latino Physician Shortage in California: The Provider Prospective discusses the main barriers and sources of support for Latinos in the medical professor. Dr. Vargas-Bustamante conducted focus groups and informant interviews with Latino pre-med students, MD students, Latino physicians, and medical school administrators to identify 5 key barriers to a MD for Latinos. Read the press release here and full report here.


Dr. Laura Martinez‘s policy brief: California’s Language Concordance Mismatch finds a troubling gap between Language-Proficient Physicians (LPP) and Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals in California. Dr. Martinez analyzed the five most underrepresented languages in California’s physician pool: Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Lao, and Vietnamese, providing a geographical lens to linguistically underserved communities. Read the press release here and the full report here.

Recap: Latino Physician Crisis Policy Briefing (Oakland)

On January 15, 2019, LPPI partnered with the Greenlining Institute and the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC) to facilitate a public-facing policy briefing on the Latino Physician Crisis. The briefing featured remarks from Orson Aguilar (Greenlining), Sonja Diaz (LPPI), Dr. Jeffrey Reynoso (LCHC), Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante (LPPI), Carmela Castellano-Garcia (California Primary Care Association), Berenice Núñez Constant (AltaMed), Carmen Estrada (UC Davis School of Medicine), and California Assemblymember Rob Bonta. Special thanks toAltaMed Health Services & the California Health Care Foundation for their financial partnership. Click here to watch the full discussion. 

EVENT INVITATION: Symposium in Honor of Dr. Leo Estrada

Join the UCLA Department of Urban Planning at the Luskin School of Public Affairs and LPPI on May 31st for an academic symposium in honor of Dr. Leobardo Estrada’s contributions to the academy and community. For 40 years, Dr. Estrada (1945-2018) devoted his time and talent to research and teaching new generations of urban planners and civic leaders. Please join us on May 31st for an interactive symposium on Demography, Redistricting, & Powertopical areas that seek to translate Dr. Estrada’s research to today’s critical challenges regarding the 2020 Census, the ballot box, and political power. RSVP today!

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