Workforce Development

Mayra E Alvarez

Mayra E Alvarez 

Meet Mayra Alvarez

Posted by Stephanie Valencia on April 08, 2011 at 02:52 PM EDT

To mark the launch of, we’ll be featuring interviews with Obama Administration staff whose work impact the Hispanic and Latino communities. This first interview is with Mayra Alvarez, from the Department of Health and human Services.

1)  What is your key responsibility?

I am the Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In my position, I coordinate with various operating and staff divisions in HHS to make sure we’re implementing the public health, prevention, and healthcare workforce policy provisions in the Affordable Care Act in an effective and timely manner.  In addition, I have the great opportunity to be out in the community and participate in many Affordable Care Act outreach related activities, and in particular our effort to ensure the Latino community is engaged.

Leveraging Community Health Workers within California’s State Innovation Model: Background, Options and Considerations Prepared by Anna C. Davis, MPH; Prepared for the California Health and Human Services Agency; Funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation, ( July 2013; 20 page; 36 references)

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development OSHPD 

Director: Robert P David 

Robert P David

Deputy Director: Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, MPH  Phone: (916) 326-3700

Lupe Alonzo Dias OSHPD Cover 20120001 OSHPD HWDD 2012


Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development California Workforce Investment Board  Health Workforce Development Council Career Pathway Sub-Committee Final Report September 2011

OSHPD CHWIB UC Berkeley 2012 Career Pathway0001

Career Pathway Sub-Committee(Table 1. pages 9-10)

Kevin Barnett                    California Health Workforce Alliance
Steve Barrow                     Chair California State Rural Health Association
Cindy Beck                         California Department of Education
John Blossom                     California Area Health Education Center
Dena Bullard                      UC Office of the President Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development *California Workforce Investment Board
David A. Cherin                 CSU F and California Social Work Education Center
Diane Factor                      Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Priscilla Gonzalez-Leiva    California Institute for Nursing in Healthcare
Cindy Kanemoto                California Department of Consumer Affairs
Laura Long                         Kaiser Permanente, National Workforce Planning and Development
Cathy Martin                      California Hospital Association
Jose Millan                         California Community College Chancellor’s Office
Caryn Rizell                       California Primary Care Association
Anette Smith-Dohring       Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region
Sheila A. Thomas (Jenni Murphy) Office of the Chancellor, California State University
Linda Zorn                         California Community College Health Workforce Initiative

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development * California Workforce Investment Board* Health Workforce Development Council  ( Pages 71-7;7 Page 73 visual representation of career path for Community Health Workers/Promotoras)

Community Health Worker/ Promotor Career Pathway -Jeff Oxendine

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development California Workforce Investment Board Health Workforce Development Council Career Pathway Sub-Committee (Mental Health – Peer Support Specialists 39-44 (Total 55 pages) October 2013

Jeff Oxendine
Peer Support Specialist Career Pathway – Jeff Oxendine  
California Health Workforce Alliance (CHWA):  Contacts: Jeff Oxendine; Kevin Barnett
The principals of the Alliance, Jeff Oxendine and Kevin Barnett , identified key health workforce needs in their Connecting The Dots (CTD) Initiative  (, a four year statewide initiative funded by The California Endowment.  This work included a series of inquiries into issues, challenges, and opportunities to increase health professions workforce diversity. They established close working relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, and built a substantial level of shared understanding and commitment.As a result of this investigation, CHWA was formed to build on the momentum and relationships, and to implement many of the recommendations that were developed in the CTD Initiative.  The central goal of the Alliance is to build a health professions workforce that can effectively serve California’s diverse population.

Jeff Oxendine

Jeff Oxendine  
Taking Innovations to scale: Community Health Workers, Promotores, and the Triple Aim- A Statewide Assessment of the Roles and Contributions of California’s Community Health Workers  Prepared by the California Health Workforce Alliance; Senior Investigator Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP, Public Health Institute ( December 2013, 78 pages; 60 References)
Kevin Barnett
Kevin Barnett



 CA4Health Public Health media messages

  1. Safe routes to school
  2. Chronic disease self management
  3. Reducing consumption of sugary beverages
  4. Smoke free multi unit housing

Contact: Pamela Ford-Keach

Pamela Ford-Keach
Pamela Ford-Keach


California Workforce Investment Board  

Meeting Schedule  2013-2014

STATE BOARD:  March 19, 2014;  June 17, 2014 – TBD; September 10, 2014 – TBD

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: May 5, 2014 – TBD; August 19, 2014


CAREER PATHWAYS AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE: March 6, 2014 (Amended);  May 22, 2014; July 9, 2014; September 10, 2014

GREEN COLLAR JOBS COUNCIL: March 19, 2014: May 14, 2014

HEALTH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: April 16, 2014; July 16, 2014; October 15, 2014


Health Workforce Initiative (HWI)

HWI Bay Area Regional Center hosted at:

Mission College
3000 Mission College Blvd.
MS #19
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1897

Health Workforce Initiative (Formerly known as RHORC) promotes the advancement of California’s health care workforce through quality education and services by:

  • Expanding – California’s Health Care Workforce
  • Training – Health Care Job Analysis and Curriculum Development
  • Partnerships – Solving Challenges in Health Care

Strategies to Support Expanded Roles for Non-Clinicians on Primary Care Teams:
Two State Case Studies Webinar 2August 12, 104 

Penn Center for Community Health Workers


In the IMPaCT™ model, community health workers provide tailored support to help high-risk patients achieve individualized health goals. IMPaCT has been adopted by the University of Pennsylvania Health System as part of routine care for over 3,000 high risk patients. IMPaCT was built in response to the question: “What do patients want?” Our team conducted hundreds of interviews with patients and analyzed this data. We then created IMPaCT recruitment, training, care, and integration systems in order to address challenges reported by patients, using their suggestions.