Welcome Back Initiative
1600 Holloway Ave. HSS-301
San Francisco, CA 94132-4161
José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA, Director
The Welcome Back Initiative:
A Study in Problem Recognition
While California needs more highly-trained employees in many key industries,
the state also has a great need for more health care professionals such as nurses,
respiratory technicians, dental hygienist, and physicians. California's need for these
professionals is often greatest in ethnic communities where there are high populations
and language barriers.
The Welcome Back Initiative seeks to meet this need by offering counseling and
educational programs to internationally trained health professionals.
This includes assistance in obtaining appropriate licenses, credentials,
orientation and job placement to work in the US health care system, and
development of US-specific leadership, management and advocacy skills among
immigrant health professionals.