Governor Newsom Announces California Health Corps, a Major Initiative to Expand Health Care Workforce to Fight COVID-19

Governor signs executive order to expand health care workforce and staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds needed for the COVID-19 surge

 

Medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, certified nursing assistants all needed

 

Governor Newsom: ‚ÄúIf you have a background in health care, we need your help. Sign up at healthcorps.ca.gov‚ÄĚ

 

SACRAMENTO ‚Äď Governor Gavin Newsom today launched a major new initiative to expand California‚Äôs health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps.

 

Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit healthcorps.ca.gov for more information and to register for the California Health Corps. Medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, as well as certified nursing assistants are encouraged to step up and meet this moment to help California respond to the outbreak.

The Governor also signed an executive order that will temporarily expand the health care workforce and allow health care facilities to staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds the state needs to treat COVID-19 patients. A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here, and the text of the order can be found here.

‚ÄúCalifornia‚Äôs health care workers are the heroes of this moment, serving on the front lines in the fight against this disease. To treat the rising number of patients with COVID-19, our state needs more workers in the health care field to join the fight. If you have a background in health care, we need your help. Sign up at healthcorps.ca.gov,‚ÄĚ said Governor Newsom.

“Outreach to unemployed health care workers and under-employed foreign medical graduates will help build the workforce needed to fight the pandemic ‚ÄĒ and also create new opportunities and jobs for Californians struggling with unemployment,” said California Labor Secretary Julie A. Su.

‚ÄúCalifornia must continue to prepare our health care delivery system and make sure it has every resource to respond to a potential surge in COVID-19 patients. California‚Äôs most valuable resource is its people and I join the Governor in calling on all medical professionals to join the fight against COVID-19,‚ÄĚ said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly.

More ways for Californians to support their communities and request assistance are outlined on the California Volunteers website serve.ca.gov. For more information on the state‚Äôs response to COVID-19, visit covid19.ca.gov.

 

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Monica Vargas

Monica is an Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, 2017 winter storms, North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, Ridgecrest Earthquake and EMAC PIO support to 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

One thought on “Governor Newsom Announces California Health Corps, a Major Initiative to Expand Health Care Workforce to Fight COVID-19

  • March 30, 2020 at 6:12 pm
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    Ms Vargas,

    I’ve worked for the OES after the Northridge EQ, Winter Storms & Malibu Fires in Public Assistance & HazMit, consulting, and worked for FEMA extensively on numerous disaster recovery programs.

    I was also a Sgt/Medic in the 12th Special Forces (Airborne), but learned that I better served our country in PIO/Public Affairs, as a Sgt/Photojournalist, 19th Special Forces (Airborne).

    My very best and most creative work was for over 20 years in the news media, TV/movie and communications business, worldwide.

    I also have extensive experience as a K-14 (including adults) teacher, in multiple subjects.

    If I can be of help to you, the state of California and our country, as a photojournalist or related public assistance field, please contact me.

    Thank you very much,
    Sgt Dennis Sylvester, MA
    K-14 Teacher
    19th Special Forces (Airborne)

    Reply

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