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North Bay Leaders Discuss Workforce and Access


  • Hospital leaders from Hospital Council North Bay Section (Adventist, Kaiser, Providence, Santa Rosa Behavioral Health, Sonoma Valley, and Sutter) 
  • Partnership HealthPlan (PHP) representatives 
  • Cal Poly Humboldt representatives 


The North Bay Section gathered in person on March 13 to hear an overview of Hospital Council and CHA’s 2024 priorities and discuss health care workforce development. Highlights include:  

  • Cal Poly Humboldt’s health care education hub is presently being constructed in Arcata and will begin to provide services by the end of 2025. While Cal Poly Humboldt currently pulls health care students from Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, and Napa counties, with the addition of an outpost in Sonoma, their footprint and services are growing to meet the needs of all North Bay hospitals and health care organizations.  
  • PHP representatives discussed a multitude of physician retention and development initiatives. Particularly focused on primary care, PHP will soon offer incentives for hard-hit specialty areas, including up to $120,000 for medical residents training in PHP’s 24-county region. Its retention program, which launched earlier this year, offers cash incentives for providers winding down their practices who stay on to provide mentoring services.  

Takeaway/Next Steps

Participants noted their appreciation for having a space where they can speak candidly with colleagues and learn from one another’s experience. Hospital Council will continue to provide a forum for hospitals and their community partners to collaborate in pursuit of better health care.


RVP Meghan Hardin at