Current Initiatives

Health Care Provider Workforce Development Initiative

The CalOptima Health Provider Workforce Development Initiative will increase access to high-quality, equitable care for members by investing in strategies that aim to close gaps in Orange County’s health care workforce.

To address the crisis shortages and gaps in the Orange County health care provider workforce, CalOptima Health allocated $50 million over five years towards the Health Care Provider Workforce Development Initiative to increase opportunities for education, training, recruitment and retention of health professionals needed to serve our diverse members. The initiative includes:

Competitive Grant Programs: The first of two rounds of grants will focus on providing funding for educational investments to increase the number of health care professionals. A second round of grant funding will be announced for workforce training and development innovation.

Physician Recruitment and Loan Repayment Programs: CalOptima Health will launch two physician recruitment and loan repayment programs in 2024. More information will be provided on the application process and timeline soon.

Stakeholder Collaborative: CalOptima Health will convene an Orange County Health Care Provider Workforce Development Collaborative in 2024. More information will be provided on how to participate in the collaborative soon.

Funding Opportunities

Round 1: Educational Investments to Increase Supply of Health Care Professionals

Notice of Funding Opportunity  Application Deadline - January 31, 2024, 5 p.m. (PST)

Application Application closes Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Budget Template Please download this budget template to complete and upload as part of your application submission.

Round 1 Q&A  Increasing the Health Care Workforce Pipeline through Educational Investments Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Q & A

Round 2: Workforce Training and Development Innovation Fund

To be announced in April 2024 (timeframe subject to change).

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