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Diversity of Health Care Providers

Research shows that access to and quality of health care services improves when the health care workforce reflects the racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural diversity of its patients. A diverse network of providers can better overcome language and cultural barriers that patients may experience when receiving health care services.

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Incentivizing Health Care Providers in Areas of Need

Our country’s health care workforce is experiencing a major shortage of providers who can serve individuals recently enrolled in the ACA’s health care reform insurance plans. Did you know that, by 2020, it is estimated that there will be a deficit of 45,000 primary care providers (PCPs)?

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Meeting the Affordable Care Act’s Promise

In a series of four posts, we will explore key issues raised by the Affordable Care Act pertaining to our need for more health care providers to serve the many new enrollees. What are your thoughts on what public health care agencies should do to address this growing demand? Next week, we explore how incentives…

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The Importance of Managers

By Patricia Marrone Bennett Research tells us that the best way to promote staff retention, higher productivity and employee satisfaction is to ensure that people are engaged in their work. Did you know that 70% of employee performance is directly related to the manager? Many managers are promoted into managerial positions having done the work…

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Leveraging Our Greatest Organizational Resource

By Patricia Marrone Bennett There is no doubt that there is increasing pressure to do more with less. Whether you manage a government department or a non-profit organization, the needs of those we serve typically outweigh available resources. Moreover, there is an increased demand for transparency requiring us to demonstrate that we are doing our…

Public Sector Leadership

By Patricia Marrone Bennett Last year, I posted a blog about entitled New Leadership in the Public Sector and the unique challenges facing public sector leaders, including: Increasing rates of retirement and the challenges and opportunities this creates Fast paced, major changes in state and federal policy and funding An emerging generation of new public…

Leadership and the New Year

Dear Friends, Happy New Year!   I think that we can look forward to a lot of potential positive change in 2014: New hope for people coming back to our communities from prison as community correctional partnerships work to create systems of re-entry supports and services. Record level mental health funds in last year’s State budget…

Response to the State of California’s Prisons

By Patricia Marrone Bennett In 1982, I was the lobbyist for the Friends Committee on Legislation, a Quaker sponsored advocacy group.  Jerry Brown was ending his first term as Governor. One of the most detrimental pieces of legislation that was passed at that time was the authorization of the construction of Tehachapi prison, the first…

New Leadership in the Public Sector

By Patricia Marrone Bennett I am aware of the change that is occurring in government as heads of departments are reaching the age of retirement. I seem to receive more and more invitations to retirement parties for individuals who have served county or city government for many decades.  I am mindful of the contributions that…

Mental Health Celebration

By Patricia Marrone Bennett and Roberta Chambers Last night, we had the privilege of attending a celebration for the restoration of mental health funding in the California state budget.  For the first time in history, mental health funding was increased after decades of devastating cuts that have undermined the infrastructure and capacity of the public…

RDA Presents Case Study at International Conferences on Management

We are very pleased to have been chosen to present a paper entitled Improving System-level Outcomes through Shared Managerial Understanding – A Case Study of A Group Process Strategy. The paper describes how local government jurisdictions in the United States face revenue loss due to our economic recession, and are experiencing a loss of institutional…

RDA NOMINATED FOR THE OAKLAND INDIE AWARDS!

RDA has been nominated for an Oakland Indie Award as a Social Changemaker!  The Oakland Indie Awards is a One PacificCoast Foundation initiative, in partnership with East Bay Express, encouraging people to recognize the community, economic, environmental and political impacts of supporting locally owned businesses and local artists.  For more information about the event, you…

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A HUGE OPPORTUNITY

By Patricia Marrone Bennett The Public Safety Realignment Act, known as AB 109 or “Realignment”, has given our local communities a chance to implement “the most significant change in criminal justice in California in more than three decades”.[1] California is requiring counties to oversee all non-violent, non-serious, non-sex offenders by either putting them on county-supervised…

Child Welfare and Immigrant Families

By Patricia Marrone Bennett Last month, I had one of those wonderful opportunities to step outside of my day-to-day work life and refresh my brain by attending a workshop. The topic of discussion was the social impact of the global economy and the fracturing of immigrant families. I learned some alarming facts regarding the disposition…