Gov. Gavin Newsom announces "California Health Corps" initiative to expand health care workforce to fight COVID-19

Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday the launch of a new initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the coronavirus surge.

Posted: Mar 30, 2020 12:20 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2020 8:50 AM

CALIFORNIA – Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday the launch of a new initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the coronavirus 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 the state are encouraged to join the new California Health Corps, Gov. Newsom said.

Those who are interested, Click Here for more information and to register for the California Health Corps.

Gov. Newsom 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 coronavirus patients.

“California’s 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,” said Governor Newsom.

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

To watch the governor's full announcement, Click Here 

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